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Title: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on December 16, 2013, 03:12:34 PM
I haven't watched a lot of classic movies from back then so I am trying to get some ideas on some that are really good to watch.  And I really don't know much about the classic movies from back then.  I really only have 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, movies.  I am ordering Rear Window so that's a great start.  I'm just starting to get interested in these classic movies.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Lin Sunderland on December 17, 2013, 03:42:05 AM
If you like Hitchcock then try The Torn Curtain. It stars Julie Andrews but I am pleased to say she does NOT sing.

Then there are the English movies. The Lavender Hill Mob, The Lady Killers, Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Man In White. They are from the 60s. Black and white and funny. I think they have aged quite well. They were filmed at Ealing studios in the UK and are usually referred to as The Ealing Comedies. Peter Sellers is one of the many stars that you may know.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on December 17, 2013, 07:31:13 PM
Thanks Lin :)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Doug on December 18, 2013, 04:22:54 AM
Favorite Hitchcock films would be Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Notorious, and Rope. Plus many others.

You should check out Billy Wilder. Sunset Boulevard., Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, One Two Three, and many others.

John Huston has made a huge number of great films, as has Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, John Ford to name only a small few.

Cary Grant is one of my very favorite actors, so check out anything with him.

Humphrey Bogart is another favorite, so check out anything with him. Casablanca is my second favorite movie of all time.

Lawrence of Arabia, with the recently deceased Peter O'Toole, is a must-see. A David Lean film I like even more is The Bridge on the River Kwai. I like a lot of film noir, though I haven't seen nearly enough. The Thin Man movies are great fun, especially the original.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on December 18, 2013, 12:55:46 PM
Thanks a lot Doug!
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Gant on December 18, 2013, 03:28:28 PM
Carry On Cabbie
Carry On Camping
Carry On Spying
Carry On Cleo
Carry On Up THe Kyber
and
Carry On Abroad spring to mind...
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 03, 2014, 02:15:32 AM
I remember when I first got cable tv and Turner Classic Movies was the one channel I was glued to each week. I was in movie heaven. If you have access to the channel R7, you'll see plenty of great films.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 03, 2014, 02:23:53 AM
The Guns of Navarone was one of my favourite movies.

I also loved the Ealing comedy movies.

The Lady Killers and Lavender and Old Lace are two that spring to mind.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Doug on April 03, 2014, 03:21:59 AM
.... Lavender and Old Lace are two that spring to mind.

Never heard of this movie. When I search the title, I get a movie from 1921, and I don't think that's what you're referring to. Unless you mean the Lavender Hill Mob...? Or maybe Arsenic and Old Lace...? (I love this one!) But I don't see a movie from the 40s with the title Lavender and Old Lace.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Lin Sunderland on April 03, 2014, 09:11:05 AM
Never heard of this movie. When I search the title, I get a movie from 1921, and I don't think that's what you're referring to. Unless you mean the Lavender Hill Mob...? Or maybe Arsenic and Old Lace...? (I love this one!) But I don't see a movie from the 40s with the title Lavender and Old Lace.


Doug, you caught me out being a dummy. It's an age thing you know.    :-[

I did mean The Lavender Hill Mob and Arsenic and Old Lace.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: The Man With No Aim on April 09, 2014, 12:08:21 AM
Science fiction:
Destination Moon
The Thing
War of the Worlds
Forbidden Planet
The Day the Earth Stood Still
2001 A Space Oddysey


Non-Science Fiction:
Every Marx Brothers Film
Every Abbot and Costello Film
Every Betty Boop Film

The Cheaters
The Man Who Came To Dinner
Its A Wonderful Life
The Bishops Wife 
High Noon
The Searchers
Flying Tigers
Casablanca
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Maltese Falcon
Spirit of St Louis
Strategic Air Command
Holiday Inn
White Christmas
The Old Man and the Sea
Grapes Of Wrath
Moby Dick
The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
The Ugly American
All Jimmy Stewart films of the era.

The Gunfighter
Will Penny
Melody Jones
The Appaloosa
One Eyed Jack
On the Beach
Cleopatra
Thunder Road
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Dr. Strangelove
The Hunters
Jet Pilot
Reach for the Sky
The Wild One
Streetcar Named Desire
Love Me Tender (This is really a very good film aside from its historic signifigance as a Really Big Star's first movie)
Paint Your Wagon

Some Like It Hot
Breakfast at Tiffany
The Vikings
20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea
Spartacus
The Big Country (apparently not starring Kirk Douglas)
Ben Hur
Sayonara
the first James, James Bond, movie. cant remember the title.
all the James, James Bond, movies starring that Connery guy
All the Eastwood films in the 60s
Once Upon A Time In The West
Doctor Zhivago

***WARNING*** ADULT MATERIAL AHEAD!!!
I, A Woman starring Essy Persson. (Swedish film)
Blowup



My proviso: every title on my list is a film I have watched and have greatly enjoyed.


My tardis batteries have run down and so I gotta  now go wait a while while they are recharging before  traveling back in time again and adding to this list.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: The Man With No Aim on April 13, 2014, 03:44:20 AM
More movies to put on my list but I am tired now and will do it after a few ZZZZs.

There were some good movies in those thrilling days of yesteryear.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on August 05, 2014, 04:31:55 PM
I couldnt sleep last night so I turned my tv on and flipped through the channels and found this movie starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.  I think it was on Turner classics or something it was at 2:30am.  Anyways I really enjoyed this movie and ended up watching the rest of it till 3:30am.  Both Garland and Rooney were terrefic in this movie.  And I've always enjoyed listening to Judy Garland sing.  I had never seen it before or even heard of this movie before.  But I have really enjoyed coming across some of these older movies and watching them for the first time.  Same thing happened with Rear Window.  Stayed up really late into the morning and came across that one I had never seen or heard of before either.  I think its really cool and interesting to see how actors and actresses were back then and how the movies were made back in the 30s, 40s, and 50s.  Any of you seen that movie before?
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 06, 2014, 11:19:48 PM
I've never seen the film before but it was a regular on TCM when I had cable TV. I think it may have been the first film Mickey and Judy did together too.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Lin Sunderland on August 07, 2014, 01:21:57 AM
You mention Rear Window Rawhide 7. That is one of my favourite "old" movies. It has everything, suspense, great acting and directing. Even though I know what happens I still like to watch it. 
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 07, 2014, 12:36:38 PM
James Cagney is a favorite.  Angels With Dirty Faces, White Heat and Yankee Doodle Dandee come to mind.  From Here To Eternity and Gunfight At The O.K. Corral are a couple I love watching.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Conan on August 07, 2014, 12:43:50 PM
1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front and City Lights
1940s - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Ox-Bow Incident
1950s - North by Northwest and The Hidden Fortress and Stalag 17
Early 1960s - The Great Escape and The Time Machine
Late 1960s - Le Samurai and 2001: A Space Odyssey
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: LCat on August 07, 2014, 08:33:32 PM
Lost Horizons
Lost Boundaries
Mildred Pierce
Sunset Boulevard
Imitation of Life (Both versions)
The Wizard of Oz
Camelot
Pinky
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Casablanca
Charade
House on Haunted Hill
The Haunting (up to the ending, which I didn't like)
Carnival of Souls
Night of the Living Dead
The Wild One
A Patch of Blue
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The Hurricane (starring Jon Hall)
Indiscretion of an American Wife
I Confess
The Out-Of-Towners (Jack Lemon, Sandy Dennis)
Red River
A Place in the Sun
It Happened One Night
The Heiress
All About Eve
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: KC on August 08, 2014, 01:18:13 AM
^ Nice list, LCat! :)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Gant on August 10, 2014, 12:25:21 AM
I recently watched All About Eve for the first time.... and thoroughly enjoyed it....
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 11, 2014, 05:46:50 AM
I recently watched All About Eve for the first time.... and thoroughly enjoyed it....

Yeah, that is a very good film.  I watched that again myself, not too long ago. 
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: LCat on August 15, 2014, 12:24:59 PM
I recently watched All About Eve for the first time.... and thoroughly enjoyed it....
^ Nice list, LCat! :)

Thanks, KC. Sorry I didn't see this sooner.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on December 14, 2014, 01:20:59 PM
Awhile back I watched a movie called Thoroughbreds never cry on TCM channel.  It starred Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland who both had really good chemistry together.  I liked the movie very much.  And the other night I watched another movie on TCM channel with both of them starring called Girl Crazy which was also pretty good as well.  I feel like Mickey Rooney was a very good actor and very charismatic.  He was small and full of energy.  Very entertaining to watch him and Judy together.  I've been really hooked on this channel! :)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: KC on December 14, 2014, 10:38:10 PM
^ I've merged the above post by Rawhide7, which was in a thread by itself, with this "classic movies" thread. I hope that's OK with Rawhide7. :)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 15, 2014, 07:47:13 AM
I haven't been able to post more often recently because I'm so swamped at work.  We're down a person that left a couple of weeks ago and on top of that, correcting a lot of mistakes left behind.  Argh!  Plus, I'm trying to get as much accomplished before quitting time Friday as I begin another vaction then!  Can't wait!

Anyway, I've been catching It's A Wonderful Life on television lately.  I love it.  It's one of my all time favorites.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on December 16, 2014, 11:29:49 AM
I know how you feel Jed.  I really wish I had more time to spend here on this site.  I'm also very busy at work and when I do have private free time I usually spend it doing things that I have to take care of.  Then add in holidays and trying to excercise at least 5 times a day.  That leaves very little free time for movies and spending time here on this site.  Things should slow down for me in January so I will be spending more time here on this great site.  Right now I try and spend quality time on the days that I can come on here.  Anyways would like to know what some of your favorite Mickey Rooney movies are?  Anybody have some of your personal favs of his?
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 16, 2014, 11:52:57 AM
I know how you feel Jed.  I really wish I had more time to spend here on this site.  I'm also very busy at work and when I do have private free time I usually spend it doing things that I have to take care of.  Then add in holidays and trying to excercise at least 5 times a day.  That leaves very little free time for movies and spending time here on this site.  Things should slow down for me in January so I will be spending more time here on this great site.  Right now I try and spend quality time on the days that I can come on here.  Anyways would like to know what some of your favorite Mickey Rooney movies are?  Anybody have some of your personal favs of his?

Yeah, right now it’s tough because we’re swamped.  It’s end of quarter which tends to be very busy and with one of our co-workers having been gone since just after Thanksgiving week, that’s making things tough, too.  I’m so looking forward to my departure Friday for my Christmas week vacation! 

I’ve also been trying to make time to update my Elvis database.  It’s something that I started years ago and has gone through multiple changes but now I’m content with what’s coming to be the final draft.  It’s an excel spreadsheet that houses all of The King’s recording, cross-referenced with original release information (singles, ep’s & lp’s) and my personal collection.  It’s been a labor of love for quite some time and I’m finally nearing completion.  What makes it convenient for me is when I have an idea for my own personal compilation, I can move all of the song title information onto a separate spreadsheet to see how many cd’s it will encompass because the database also records the length of time for each song title.     

Wow, Mickey Rooney.  Sad to say none come to mind.   :-[  Over the years I've come across various movie and television performances on tv and always came away with the impression that Mr. Rooney was a great actor.  I just perused the list of films he’s credited with appearing in and I don’t think I’ve seen any from beginning to end.  If I have, I’ve forgotten.  I know that contradicts my statement of his being a great actor but I mean it.  I remember seeing him in an episode of The Twilight Zone when I was a kid and it’s still one of my favorite episodes.  I’ll have to see what’s coming up on our dvr.  Any suggestions?  What are his top films?  I can always check the library databases, too.  I'll go with what you suggest, first, Rawhide7 because I'd like to know your opinion of what his best work was.   
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on December 16, 2014, 02:00:49 PM
Thanks Jed,

Wow!  Your a fan Of Eastwoods and Elvis doesnt get any better than those two superstars!  For most people alot of Mickey Rooneys movies were before there time.  I actually havent seen too many of his movies.  Just a few that have come on TCM channel.  I am hooked on watching the TCM channel with all the great classic movies.  I've never even heard of most of them.  But I usually watch whatevers showing on TCM and I always tell myself Ill watch maybe 20 or 30 mins before going to bed.  And I end up getting hooked on what Im watching and end up staying up really late and watching the rest of it and sometimes even the next movie they show.  And this is like 1 or 2 in the morning.  But I have found Mickey Rooney to be very entertaining to watch.  Espicially with Judy Garland.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Gant on December 16, 2014, 03:16:16 PM
I still love all the original Universal horror films..
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 17, 2014, 07:00:10 AM
Thanks Jed,

Wow!  Your a fan Of Eastwoods and Elvis doesnt get any better than those two superstars!  For most people alot of Mickey Rooneys movies were before there time.  I actually havent seen too many of his movies.  Just a few that have come on TCM channel.  I am hooked on watching the TCM channel with all the great classic movies.  I've never even heard of most of them.  But I usually watch whatevers showing on TCM and I always tell myself Ill watch maybe 20 or 30 mins before going to bed.  And I end up getting hooked on what Im watching and end up staying up really late and watching the rest of it and sometimes even the next movie they show.  And this is like 1 or 2 in the morning.  But I have found Mickey Rooney to be very entertaining to watch.  Espicially with Judy Garland.

I miss when the American Movie Classics channel played 'silver screen' era movies commercial free and without interruption.  I guess TCM is the next best thing but we don't have that channel.  I keep meaning to look into it, though.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 17, 2014, 07:00:43 AM
I still love all the original Universal horror films..

Those are great!  I'm fairly certain I've seen them reissued on dvd and Blu ray recently, too.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Hemlock on December 18, 2014, 02:52:08 PM
Here`s a few of mine:

1930`s :The Roaring Twenties,Captain Blood,The Adventures of Robin Hood,Duck Soup,City Lights,Modern Times,Ninotchka,Bringing Up Baby .So pretty much anything that included Bogart,Gagney,Flynn,Marx Bros,Cary Grant and Chaplin.

1940`s: My Darling Clementine,Fort Apache,She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,White Heat,High Sierra,Double Indemnity,Out of the Past,The Big Sleep,Red River,Notorius etc.Damn 40`s was awesome time for films.so many great films from that era.

1950`s: Rio Bravo,North by Northwest,Rebel Without a Cause,Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,Winchester '73,From Here to Eternity,The Man with the Golden Arm,On the Waterfront,The Young Lions,Some Like It Hot,The African Queen,The Searchers,High Noon,The Vertigo... to name a few  ;)

1960`s: Bullitt,The Great Escape,The Magnificent Seven,The Manchurian Candidate,The Guns of Navarone,The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,Once Upon A Time In The West,Dirty Dozen,Point Blank,The Train,Cool Hand Luke,Psycho,The Wild Bunch,The Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: KC on December 19, 2014, 02:06:59 AM
Nice list, Hemlock! :)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Hemlock on December 19, 2014, 03:15:59 PM
^ Thank you  ;)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Gant on December 22, 2014, 12:04:17 PM
Theres just so many...

Heres a few of my all time favourites I've viewed again recently..

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Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Matt on December 14, 2015, 12:49:30 PM
Great thread. I have so many favorites, but I usually can't think of them when I try to post lists. These are the ones I own on DVD so I guess they are my favorites --

You didn't ask for the 1920s, but I'm a big fan of some silent films, and I think a handful should be listed here....

1920s:

Safety Last (1923) Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor) starring Harold Lloyd
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81M-L-akOxL._SX522_.jpg)

The Gold Rush (1925) Directed by Charlie Chaplin
(https://peelslowlynsee.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/gold-rush-poster.jpg)

I fell so in love with Chaplin films, I wanted to get a film poster (a repro of course) and although my favorite of his was City Lights (coming up next decade), I opted for this one -- image above, as I liked the poster art more a lot more. This is great fun, and if you haven't watched a Chaplin movie, you definitely should, whether it's this one or one of the ones coming up in the 1930's section.


1930's

City Lights (1931) Directed by Charlie Chaplin
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/Chaplin_City_Lights_still.jpg)
In my top 10 films of all time. A true masterpiece and essential viewing by anyone who considers themselves a true cinema fan.

Modern Times (1936) Directed by Charlie Chaplin
(http://chaplin.bfi.org.uk/images/420/modern-times.jpg)
This was considered Modern Times back in 1936. Sadly enough, the relevance to the U.S. working conditions right now have often reminded me of this film.

It Happened One Night (1934) Directed by Frank Capra
(http://dearmrgable.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/ihon114.jpg)
I sought this one out after reading that Bronco Billy was more-or-less a modern retelling of the movie (or if my memory isn't good, at least it was compared to It Happened One Night) and it is a great comedy, so much fun.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Directed by Frank Capra
(http://www.graffitiwithpunctuation.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Filibuster-scene.jpg)
Also in my Top 10 films of all time -- maybe in the Top 3.

M (1931) Directed by Fritz Lang
(http://faculty.cua.edu/johnsong/crime/pages/M/m12-balloon-wires.jpg)
Another film that is a must-see for cinephiles.

The next two star James Cagney.

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) Directed by Michael Curtiz
(http://images.cdn.filmclub.org/film__13097-angels-with-dirty-faces--detail.jpg)
Another that might break into my Top 10 of all time. My favorite Cagney film.

The Public Enemy (1931) directed by William A. Wellman
(http://www.lassothemovies.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/The-Public-Enemy-1931.jpg)
The grapefruit scene -- hilarious. But this movie is inherently rewatchable.

The 1940's
So many great films in this decade, I'm sure I'll leave out a lot of them.

Casablanca (1942) Directed by Michael Curtiz
(http://www.inkstain.net/fleck/wp-content/uploads/Casablanca-casablanca-31993495-500-357.jpg)
Perhaps the most beloved classic film of all time... and one of my favorites, as well.

Citizen Kane (1941) Directed by Orson Welles
(http://www.cinemapolis.org/pics/pics2/citizen%20kane.jpg)
This is one of those films that you can take almost any screencap from it and you'd have a piece of art, worth of framing and hanging on your wall. Give it a shot if you don't believe me. Plus, the story and acting are perfect.

The Great Dictator (1940) Directed by Charlie Chaplin
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Strong message and amazing this was released in 1940 and not 15 or more years later.

White Heat (1949) Directed by Raoul Walsh
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Another great Cagney movie, and here's one more for good measure....

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Directed by Michael Curtiz
(http://www.lassothemovies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/yankeedoodledandy-2.jpg)
Anyone who loves Cagney's gangster films needs to watch this one to get a true appreciation of his wide range of talent.

The Third Man (1949) Directed by Carol Reed
(https://didyouseethatone.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/the-third-man-8.jpg)
Fabulous film-noir starring Orson Welles.

The Philadelphia Story (1940) Directed by George Cukor
(https://scribehardonfilm.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/philadelphia-story-altar.jpg)
The penultimate comedy romance with Katharine Hepburn at her most stunning.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Directed by Frank Capra
(http://www.ew.com/sites/default/files/i/2013/11/18/Its-a-Wonderful-Life_0.jpg)
Great at Christmas, but equally enjoyable all year round. This is probably the film that made me a James Stewart fan, he's fantastic here.

Rebecca (1940) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(https://flixchatter.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/rebecca1940still3.jpg?w=660)
One of my Top 5 Hitchcock films, and looking over his filmography, this is the first one he made that I truly loved.

And since we're in my favorite decade of Hitchcock films, here's two more which he released back-to-back
Spellbound (1945) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
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Notorious (1946) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
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There's something so creepy about that staircase with the black/white tile floor that it's the image that is cast in my mind whenever I think of this film, similar to Kubrick's shot of the twins in the hotel hallway in The Shining. Anyway, this is a great film, and one of my favorite Hitch films.

The Big Sleep (1946) Directed by Howard Hawks
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Lauren Bacall is transfixing - try peeling your eyes off the screen when she's on it.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) Directed by John Huston
(http://manhattman.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Maltese-Falcon.jpg)
Another great Bogart film of many this decade.

Double Indemnity (1944) Directed by Billy Wilder
(http://www.filmnoirblonde.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/double_sunglasses11.jpg)
Barbara Stanwyck's best, in my opinion. One of the greatest in the film-noir genre.

That's already a lot for the 1940's, and while I'm sure I'll kick myself for missing something spectacular, I'll move on now to ...

The 1950's.

Sunset Blvd. (1950) Directed by Billy Wilder
(http://cinapse.co/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/sunset-boulevard.jpg)
Another from my Top 10. About 5 years ago, I had my entire nuclear family staying with me for a week. Trying to keep everyone entertained, I put on some great movies with broad appeal, starting with City Lights, and then the next night, this one. In my mind, no one could possibly dislike this movie. More than an hour into it, my brother asks "Don't you have any current movies we can watch?" I was shocked "You're not enjoying this?" My father responds "Not at all." And it was that moment that I was reminded that I, for whatever reason, had little to nothing in common with any person in my family. I made them finish it, thinking by the end scene, it would win them over. My brother asked "Were you really expecting us to like this piece of crap?" So, at this point, I wonder how I'm going to get through the rest of the week. Maybe time to put on Titanic. Anyway, Sunset Blvd. is a classic that EVERYONE will love unless they're a member of my family.

Strangers on a Train (1951) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(http://www.cinemaqueer.com/movie%20images/strangersyes.jpg)
Another great must-see Hitchcock film.

Touch of Evil (1958) Directed by Orson Welles
(https://twscritic.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/touch-of-evil-screen.jpg?w=620)
Another classic film-noir that stars one of my favorite actors (and directors) Orson Welles.

And here's five from one of the best directors of all time:

The Wrong Man (1956) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(https://media.timeout.com/images/101696915/617/347/image.jpg)
Another of the best Hitch films, starring Henry Fonda.

Rear Window (1954) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(http://www.ew.com/sites/default/files/styles/tout_image_612x380/public/i/imgs/080124/best-investigative-movies/rear-window_l_0.jpg?itok=qofBs5k9)
I can't imagine there's anyone here who hasn't seen this movie, but if you haven't, put it on your watchlist asap.

Dial M For Murder (1954) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(http://www.jasonbovberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Dial-M-For-Murder4.jpg)
Another directed by Hitch starring Grace Kelly. Need I say more?

Vertigo (1958) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(http://www.top10films.co.uk/img/hitchcock_vertigo1.jpg)

North by Northwest (1959) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(https://13movies.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/north-by-northwest-cheers.jpg)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Directed by Howard Hawks
(http://twe.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/gentlemen-prefer-blondes-marilyn-monroe-02_large_0.jpg)
Marilyn was the ultimate screen goddess, and in my opinion, was never more stunning than in this film.


And again, I'm sure I'm missing a lot, but moving on to....

The 1960's

A Hard Day's Night (1964) directed by Richard Lester
(http://ultimateclassicrock.com/files/2013/11/HardDaysNight-Main.jpg)
So real, it's almost nonfiction. The dawn of Beatlemania in America captured on film, and a witty screenplay as well. The four individual personalities of The Beatles are created, and will hold for the rest of their lives.

(Won't add the spaghetti westerns here, everyone knows they belong on this list, and we've all seen them).

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Directed by Sergio Leone
(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Film/Pix/pictures/2009/5/14/1242316904608/Once-Upon-A-Time-In-The-W-001.jpg)
A Leone masterpiece.

Rosemary's Baby (1968) Directed by Roman Polanski
(http://litreactor.com/sites/default/files/images/column/2014/07/rosemary-6.jpg)
One of the finest horror films of all time. Creepy as hell.

Three more from Hitchcock:

Psycho (1960) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Film/Pix/pictures/2010/10/21/1287675746424/Anthony-Perkins-in-Psycho-005.jpg)

The Birds (1963) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ofR3ys3cscg/UEhag7gnnMI/AAAAAAAAEW0/9Y1wZleTnus/s400/The+Birds.JPG)
I absolutely love the scene where the birds start out with just one or two on the wire, and then a few more fly in, and then when the camera comes back, a few more, and then... my blood ran cold the first time I saw all those birds lined up. It still has a strong effect, though after multiple viewings, a little less.
 
Marnie (1964) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(http://www.bam.org/media/2775886/2013_Ctek_Nov_Images_marnie_613x463.jpg)
Sean Connery directed by Hitchcock! For a while, this was my favorite Hitch film.

The Apartment (1960) Directed by Billy Wilder
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l1uyxbcLf41qzlum5o1_500.jpg)
Sensitive and sweet comedy that has a sad undertone. Great acting by Lemmon and MacLaine.

Enough for now. :)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on December 15, 2015, 04:34:34 AM
Thanks a lot Matt. Those are some great looking Classic movies. A few yrs ago I started watch turner Classic movie channel late at night right before I went to bed. Needless to say I got hooked on this channel. I watched some great classic movies that I had never even heard of before. Like rear window, and thoroughbreds don't cry starring Mickey Rooney and Judy garland. I enjoyed both rear window and thoroughbreds don't cry so much that I now own both in DVD. And there were a few others that I enjoyed also like the Lou Gehrig biography movie with Gary Cooper and there was a baseball movie with jimmy Stewart in it. Yeah I really enjoyed watching these movies I've never heard of before and probably would never had seen before if it weren't for the TCM channel. Sadly my cable company has dropped this channel. Very unfortunate for me because I really enjoyed watching those movies late at night. And I like seeing how movies were made and how actors acted in them back then. Movie making has come a long way. I am at some point wanting to add a few of the silent movies with Charlie Chaplin. And also adding a few Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. Like top hat maybe. I really miss the TCM channel.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Doug on December 16, 2015, 03:54:46 AM
Another from my Top 10. About 5 years ago, I had my entire nuclear family staying with me for a week. Trying to keep everyone entertained, I put on some great movies with broad appeal, starting with City Lights, and then the next night, this one. In my mind, no one could possibly dislike this movie. More than an hour into it, my brother asks "Don't you have any current movies we can watch?" I was shocked "You're not enjoying this?" My father responds "Not at all." And it was that moment that I was reminded that I, for whatever reason, had little to nothing in common with any person in my family. I made them finish it, thinking by the end scene, it would win them over. My brother asked "Were you really expecting us to like this piece of crap?" So, at this point, I wonder how I'm going to get through the rest of the week. Maybe time to put on Titanic. Anyway, Sunset Blvd. is a classic that EVERYONE will love unless they're a member of my family.

This is why I sometimes feel like I'm from another planet...though to be fair my family would be a lot more open to watching something like that, and in fact may very well have already seen Sunset Blvd. I'm just talking in general. I took my wife to see North By Northwest at the theatre...she was bored. (Sigh.) I hope some day to turn my daughter into a little cinephile, at least enough for her not to go "yuck!" when I recommend seeing a black & white movie.

I liked all your choices there, Matt.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Doug on December 18, 2015, 06:22:01 AM
On another forum during the summer, they did a top 100 films of the 60s countdown as determined by the members of the forum. We each submitted our 25 favorite films of the 60s, so I might as well share my list here. It was actually easier for me not to have more than one film per director, a rule I didn't hold myself to for the 70s countdown. And when it's time for the 50s countdown, I definitely won't be holding myself it then either. For the record all three spaghetti westerns made the final list, as did Once Upon a Time in the West (at #5). GBU came in at #3.

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
3. A Hard Day’s Night
4. Persona
5. Playtime
6. Lawrence of Arabia
7. High and Low
8. The Apartment
9. Bonnie and Clyde
10. The Wild Bunch
11. Branded to Kill
12. The Americanization of Emily
13. Midnight Cowboy
14. Cool Hand Luke
15. Rosemary’s Baby
16. The Hustler
17. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
18. Peeping Tom
19. Woman in the Dunes
20. Night of the Living Dead
21. Andrei Rublev
22. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
23 Eyes Without a Face
24. Psycho
25. Father Goose
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on November 30, 2016, 10:56:15 PM
Question about the Movie Bullitt starring Steve Mcqueen

I have never seen this movie before.  Just the trailer only.  It looks good based on the trailer.  Is this movie pretty good?  Im always wanting to buy great older classic movies.  And Im wanting to own at least one movie of the major movie stars from several yrs ago.  Actors like Mcqueen paul Newmann, etc.

thanks
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: KC on December 02, 2016, 08:02:42 AM
Question about the Movie Bullitt starring Steve Mcqueen

I have never seen this movie before.  Just the trailer only.  It looks good based on the trailer.  Is this movie pretty good?  Im always wanting to buy great older classic movies.  And Im wanting to own at least one movie of the major movie stars from several yrs ago.  Actors like Mcqueen paul Newmann, etc.

thanks

^ I merged the above post by Rawhide7, which was in a thread by itself, with this "classic movies" thread. I had to edit it to get the title of the movie he's asking about into the post, so I hope that's OK with R7!

I noticed at least one mention of Bulitt among the earlier posts here, so perhaps that will go a little way towards answering the question. :)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 02, 2016, 12:53:32 PM
Question about the Movie Bullitt starring Steve Mcqueen

I have never seen this movie before.  Just the trailer only.  It looks good based on the trailer.  Is this movie pretty good?  Im always wanting to buy great older classic movies.  And Im wanting to own at least one movie of the major movie stars from several yrs ago.  Actors like Mcqueen paul Newmann, etc.

thanks

Buy it. I haven't seen it in years but McQueen is always good value.  8)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Gant on December 02, 2016, 05:31:13 PM
You've gotta see this movie..

Its Steve McQueen !!

It's Bullitt !!

Yeah, I'm a fan... :)
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on December 04, 2016, 01:41:01 AM
Thanks SK and Grant.

I'm fine with it KC. That's the perfect place for my question. I actually forgot about that post. And I'm the one that started it. Thanks
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Gant on December 19, 2016, 04:31:01 PM
Night of the Hunter... Always been one of my favourite movies..
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: The Schofield Kid on September 11, 2018, 12:54:50 AM
Speaking of old B&W films, has any seen the 1937 French film, Grand Illusion ?

It’s being shown here next Monday as part of a classic Monday movies season.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Doug on September 12, 2018, 04:15:22 AM
Grand Illusion is a deeper, richer precursor to The Great Escape. It's an excellent movie and you shouldn't miss a chance to see it on the big screen.
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Gant on September 17, 2018, 12:59:47 PM
I may have already mentioned this film but Sweet Smell of Success starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis
has always been one of my favourite films..
Title: Re: What are some of your favorite (classic) movies from the 1930's,40s,50s, and 60s
Post by: Rawhide7 on February 11, 2022, 01:31:36 AM
Just finished watching 1954 rear window starring James Stewart. Love this movie. It seems to always relax me and put me in a good mood. Great classic movie. It's my favorite classic movie. It's a wonderful life is a very close second for me. But wanted to update this thread and get some of your thoughts on rear window 1954 and some of your favorite older classic movies.