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.
The Lady Vanishes (1938) My second Hitchcock entry. A quintessentially pre-WWII British rallying cry.
Dead of Night (1945) Part of my Tales of Terror. Really under-appreciated offering from Ealing Studios.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Another favorite from Cary Grant. This time at possibly his slapsticki-est! Zany characterizations abound in a tale straight out of Brooklyn!
Brief Encounter (1945) A touching if remote romantic drama from David Lean and Noel Coward. So many things left unsaid, so many deeds undone. Classic.
Scrooge (1951) The ultimate Christmas movie. Alastair Sim is my Ebenezer Scrooge for all time.