Cool Off With the Classics

Another month has gone by and it is time for another Go, See, Talk Blog-a-Thon. This month, the theme is “Cool Off With the Classics.”

Here is the idea:

This is essentially a Top 10 list of oldies but goodies; only catch is that they have to be in black and white. The period should be from 1930 through the 1950s …. Just a fun list of classic films you’d watch to beat the heat.  Anything goes as long as it’s black and white.

A couple of items of note:

  • This is a hard task for me since I basically cut my teeth on the classic, so I am basically going off the top of my head with the “top ten” of the  moment. Ask me another day and the list would very likely change.
  • No matter where the film is in terms of running time I just have to stop and watch it 🙂
  • I had to “cheat” a little – I limited my number of Hitchcock titles to two (2), mainly for the sake the readers’ sanity and also to shine a light on other films that deserve some well due recognition (in my hypocrisy, you will see that I did not make such a rule for Cary Grant).
  • In getting the pictures for this feature, I noticed all my posters are in color! Oh the irony! But rest assured, the movies are B&W.

So without further ado – here is my list:


Notorious (1946) Hitchcock at his most romantic. Nothing beats the pairing of Grant and Bergman – they are lovely together


His Girl Friday (1940) A fast-paced, unmatched newsroom comedy, that keeps you on your toes and constantly engages your funny bone. Try to keep up!


The Third Man (1949) Orson Welles at his finest. Fantastic cinematopgraphy/photography. One of the reasons I cannot wait to get to Vienna in the near future.


The Ox Bow Incident (1943) My attitude towards the western genre was forever changed as a result of seeing this film. A timeless morality tale.


You Can’t Take It With You (1938) Capra doing what he does best – making you appreciate all that life has to offer. Really inspiring to the free spirits of the world.


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