Happy 70th Mom!

On the occasion of my mother’s 70th birthday, I have decided to take a look at some of the films that were released in 1942. I was quite surprised with all that was on offer; among the notable omissions are:

  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Saboteur
  • Mrs. Miniver
  • The Major and the Minor
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy,
  • Holiday Inn
  • The Glass Key
  • For Me and My Gal 
  • In Which We Serve
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Pride of the Yankees
  • The Road to Morocco
  • The Talk of the Town
  • This Gun for Hire

As you can see I had a lot of films to choose from. But after much deliberation, I have narrowed the list to “my” top 10 (in no particular order):

Woman of the Yearthe film that started it all; the first of 9 films starring Hepburn and Tracy.

hepburn tracy woman of the year

 

Random Harvest – I know that I should laugh at many of the movie’s pivotal scenes, but seriously some of the plot’s twists and turn are quite preposterous.

 

Now, Voyager – I just love this film. It is romantic melodrama at its finest, with a little psychiatry on the side.

 

The Palm Beach Story – a rapid-fire screwball comedy brought to you courtesy of Preston Sturges.

 

The Man Who Came to Dinner – a perfect example of a stage play successfully adapted for the silver screen.

 

Bambi – my favorite character is Thumper; when I was little, I wanted one of my own.

 

In This Our Lifeunder John Huston’s direction, this film stars Olivia de Havilland and Bette Davis. I really like this melodrama in a ‘guilty pleasure,’ soap opera way.

 

I Married a Witch – not widely seen but a wonderfully charming fantasy comedy.

 

Casablanca – you must remember this … and treasure it always.

 

Cat People – on its surface a straightforward, B-movie thriller. But a closer look reveals so much more.