Today’s topic? Movies! Classic movies!
If you keep up with My Life In Snippets, you know that I feel (along with many others) that I came from another era… In fact, my sister has said before that I’m a mix of 25 and 95 – an old soul. I grew up listening to music that my parents loved as young-in’s (back in the fifties and early sixties). The movies I watched were all based during this era – or back during the times of World War I or II. I’m kind of an odd-ball in that respect – but it’s justified, because even to this day, some of my most favorite movies are oldies (but goodies).
Of course, I must share a classic movie list!
- American Graffiti: Yes, this one, set in the early sixties creates one of my all-time favorite playlists. It’s mix of rock and roll tunes, along with the story of the last night for a group of kids before their adult lives began. It is an overall kickin’ movie. Oh, and by the way, where were you in ’62?
- Operation Petticoat: Cary Grant, Cary Grant, Cary Grant…drool. I’ll be honest, I love Grant (and for that matter, Tony Curtis) in this movie. It’s a 1959 comedy about a submarine during the war with Japan. It’s hilarious and captivating. Like honestly, have you ever seen a pink submarine?
- The Sound of Music: I could sing for days. Seriously. If I’m not in a rock and roll mood, the sounds of music on this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical are my next best bet. This movie made me fall in love with Austria and Switzerland – I see a trip in my near future 😉
- My Fair Lady: Following suit, of course. This musical competes heavily with The Sound of Music as it stars Audrey Hepburn (Like Cary Grant, I adore Hepburn).
- The King & I: Okay, last musical for this list. The dancing, the story, the costumes – wowzers. Need I say more?
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Audrey Hepburn, again – stars in this classic. She’s actually a prostitute, which I didn’t realize until after many times of watching it over the years. It’s a love story, a definite tearjerker for those who are suckers for love stories. Everything about this movie is perfect.
- The Sting: Can I be in a mob? Please? And can Robert Redford and Paul Newman be my sidekicks? Because that would be like a dream. This movie is everything. Literally, George Roy Hill perfected this to an indescribably enjoyable level.
- McLintock: John Wayne. Need I say more? But really… in this (one of his many films) he’s a well-off farmer and everyone wants what he has. A truly entertaining drama. If you enjoy John Wayne, you can add Hatari, El Dorado and In Harm’s Way to your list.
- Donovan’s Reef: Okay, one more John Wayne classic. This movie is funny and somewhat dramatic about two World War II veterans and the French Polynesian island of Haleakaloha. Love it.
- An Affair to Remember: Bring out the tissues, girls and guys because this one is a pure love story. Two people on a boat – both with significant others, running into one another constantly. At the end of the trip they decide to break it off with their significant others and get together…they set a time and a date…but…well, the rest is for you to find out. Like I said, you’ll want at least a box of tissues (cue the scene with the old woman who plays Grant’s mother).
- North by Northwest: Have you ever been chased by a plane? No? Me either. But Cary Grant has…in North by Northwest! A mix between a drama and comedic action packed adventure of Grant trying to make things right.
- Sabrina: As there are two versions, I’ll distinguish that I’m talking about the 1954 classic edition of Sabrina…clearly with Hepburn staring what other answer would you expect? It’s funny, it’s dramatic and it’s a definite romance.
- The Russians Are Coming: Not the Norwegians. A Soviet sub gets stuck on a sandbar close to New England… Oh, no! Communism in America! A good action movie if there ever was one.
- To Catch A Thief: Cary Grant plays an ex-con. While trying to clear his name he falls into the traps of a female and to keep her, he must prove he’s worthy? Can he do it?
He’s Cary Grant…of course he can.
- National Velvet: Definitely one of the few younger-based films on this list. This isn’t a love story – it’s a story of a girl and her horse. It’s a story to show that even the smallest of dreams can come true in life. A real, feel-good movie.
- Gone with the Wind: I said I wouldn’t share another musical. I clearly lied. Based in the Civil War era, Scarlett O’Hara faces many, many intriguing adventures. Absolutely classic. Stunning performance (although be prepared to sit and stay for a while as it’s on the long side). And frankly my dear…I don’t give a damn.
- Destination Tokyo: Back on another submarine, this film, starring Cary Grant, is far from simple and comedic as Operation Petticoat. There’s more adventure, here – more oomph! All around a delicious war movie.
Of course, there are more… Arsenic and Old Lace, Oklahoma, His Girl Friday, Once Upon A Time in the West, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, True Grit, Charade, Teacher’s Pet, In the Good Ol’ Summertime, Showboat, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Casablanca, Singin’ In the Rain, Roman Holiday, Strangers on A Train, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Dirty Dozen… need I keep going?
What are your favorite classics? Why? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!