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Your favorite old movies
« on: June 19, 2021, 12:04:03 AM »
What are some of your favorite old movies, old being movies made before you were born?  Why do you consider them among your favorites?  Who stars in them?

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
This is a movie with an ensemble cast.  The three main actors play servicemen who are coming home to a small midwestern city now that WWII is over.  One of this is a banker who served as an NCO in the infantry, one of them is a former drug store worker who was a bombardier in the air force, and the third was a sailor who lost his hands when his ship went down.  The three of them have to adjust to postwar life and their families have to adjust to them.  Many Oscars were won.

Gaslight (1944)
With Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.  Ingrid is a younger woman who meets an older man in Italy.  they fall in love, marry, and then settle in her family townhouse in London.  There, things start to happen that lead Ingrid to think that she is starting to lose her mind, much as her own mother did when she was a child.  Boyer and the servants watch.  This is a great period movie.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2021, 12:08:03 AM »
I have both Gaslights!

I am getting the 1931 and 1936 version of The Maltese Falcon (book published in 1929) soon and I recently watched the more famous film from 1941. I have some Film Noir on my list now.

I like some old Republic serials, particularly Commando Cody. Ray Harryhausen's work is something to behold.

But I think the best old movie is King Kong from 1933. It is a masterpiece.

Universal's The Invisible Man from 1933 is great. I have nostalgia from it too because I saw it when I was very young.

This is of course for Talkies. I don't think I have a favourite individual traditional moving picture.


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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2021, 12:56:37 AM »
I particularly like The Gold Rush (1925, Charlie Chaplin).  Charlie is a prospector in Alaska.  He and his partner find themselves starving in a shack in the middle of a blizzard and having to contend with a criminal.

Brother Orchid (1940, Edward G. Robinson) is also one I enjoyed watching.  After an attempt on his life, a gangster boss goes into hiding by pretending to be a monk.

For something more recent, there's Never a Dull Moment (1968, Dick Van Dyke).  An actor is mistaken for a hired killer and taken into the employ of a gangster boss.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2021, 07:44:02 AM »
Casablanca 1942

Roman Holiday 1953

These have the common theme of putting duty above romance, an idea almost lost in our time.

The Court Jester 1955  This is a Danny Kaye comedy that somehow just really appeals to my sense of humour.  This is my favourite scene:

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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2021, 07:46:29 AM »
The Clint Eastwood Man with no name trilogy. Also one of my favourites is the Magnificent Seven. It’s  hilarious to watch an up and coming Steve McQueen gain confidence and charisma, much to the chagrin of Yul Brynner.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2021, 07:57:52 AM »
Brother Orchid (1940, Edward G. Robinson) is also one I enjoyed watching.  After an attempt on his life, a gangster boss goes into hiding by pretending to be a monk.

I've never seen that, but I really liked When in Rome (1952) which seems to have a similar plot.  A criminal on the run disguises himself as a priest in Rome during the 1950 Jubilee year.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2021, 08:23:25 AM »
@Jayne I’ve seen the Court Jester, it was absolutely hilarious.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2021, 10:07:41 AM »
I love Roman Holiday! I meant to watch it while I was in Rome, but I gave up movies that year for Lent. I love Bright Eyes, with Shirley Temple. I always watch it around Christmas time.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2021, 10:31:09 AM »
Old movies; I also like "The Magnificent Seven"; "Jaws"; The "Pink Panther" series; I would laugh myself sick. The first "Star Wars";
"Psycho". "Gigot" with Jackie Gleason (one of the finest acting scenes he ever did was in the Church trying to explain to the little girl about Our Lord (he plays a mute in this movie); I know I have missed a few.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2021, 11:47:17 AM »
The Clint Eastwood Man with no name trilogy. Also one of my favourites is the Magnificent Seven. It’s  hilarious to watch an up and coming Steve McQueen gain confidence and charisma, much to the chagrin of Yul Brynner.
How would you rank Clint's movies?  I'd go with 1. Fistful, 2. Good, Bad, Ugly, 3. Few Dollars More.  Number one is so much fun and moves right along.  Number two is iconic of course.  Number three is cool, but isn't the first and isn't the groundbreaker number two is.

The "Pink Panther" series;
Do you have a preference for any of them?  More the early ones or more the later ones?
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2021, 12:02:28 PM »
The Clint Eastwood Man with no name trilogy. Also one of my favourites is the Magnificent Seven. It’s  hilarious to watch an up and coming Steve McQueen gain confidence and charisma, much to the chagrin of Yul Brynner.
How would you rank Clint's movies?  I'd go with 1. Fistful, 2. Good, Bad, Ugly, 3. Few Dollars More.  Number one is so much fun and moves right along.  Number two is iconic of course.  Number three is cool, but isn't the first and isn't the groundbreaker number two is.

The "Pink Panther" series;
Do you have a preference for any of them?  More the early ones or more the later ones?

Hmm. 1. Good, Bad, Ugly. 2. For a few dollars. 3. Fistful of dollars.

I think Eli’s performance in the Good bad and ugly is severely underrated. Also the ending is one of my favourites ever. I like second one over first because I love the chemistry between the man with no name and the other bounty hunter (forget his name).
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2021, 01:49:27 PM »
My favorite of the three (all great) is for "A Few Dollars More" the final duel is great; just when it looks like the bad guy, Gian Maria Volonte is going to gun down the old bounty hunter, Lee Van Cleef as the chimes from the pocket watch end; they start up again off screen; and suddenly, there is the young bounty hunter, Clint Eastwood, with the second matching pocket watch, and holding the gun on the villain. The music and the whole scene where great.
I think I over-used the term "great" in this post.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2021, 01:52:22 PM »
A Miracle For Marcellino; this one brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. Marcellino, an orphaned baby is dropped off at the door of a Franciscan monastery; the monks adopt him; and he is quite the mischievous rascal until he discovers a Crucifix in the attic of the Monastery. The rest is cinema at its finest.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2021, 02:05:09 PM »
"The Lord of Rings"; I love the books so much that I kept reading them until I got sick of them. All three movies are great; for me the best scene is the "Ride of the Rhohirim" unto Pellenor Fields, to help lift the siege of Minas Tirith.
Now I think I'm all "movied" out.
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Re: Your favorite old movies
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2021, 02:07:25 PM »
"The Lord of Rings"; I love the books so much that I kept reading them until I got sick of them. All three movies are great; for me the best scene is the "Ride of the Rhohirim" unto Pellenor Fields, to help lift the siege of Minas Tirith.


The first of the trilogy came out in 2001.

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