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Oldies But Goodies: Old Movie Fans?

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I'm watching Citizen Kane for the 3rd or 4rth time.  I wonder how much in common Charles Kane and Orson Welles have, personality-wise. 

Another favorite oldie is Wuthering Heights.  I think it is my all-time favorite oldie.  These films were made back in a time when theater-acting was still prevalent in technique - bigger is better.  Drama was high, accents bad.  They were much more oriented toward script, costume and contrast - obviously the latter because they only had black & white.  Color changed that. 

I love all kinds of films, from the obscure indies with an impassioned message to the silly B-rated horror flicks with Bruce Campbell.

Still though, there is something romantic about the art of a bygone era that fascinates me.  The films are a sign of their times and have a sort of 'memory' they carry.  I think its important we honor that memory. 

So what are your favorite oldie-movies?  They don't have to be black & whites, but old.  Meatballs is not an oldie.  Get it?  So what are your favorites & why?  Try not to spoil 'em. 

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Arsenic and Old Lace,  anything Hitchcock, and DH loves all the spaghetti westerns. 

How old is old? 

Some comedies -

The General (1926)
Duck Soup (1933)

The old Universal monster movies like Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), and The Mummy (1932) are always fun to watch.

I second Arsenic and Old Lace :] I was never really into old movies, my sister kinda was, so I've seen a few, but I remember really liking Arsenic and Old Lace. Apparently I didn't like much anything else enough to remember them :]

Oh but I did like the old Alfred Hitchcock show! That was good.

I would rather wach the old movies than the newer ones.

Anything with Kate or Audrey Hepburn, Vincent Price, Jimmy Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Shirley Temple, Abbott & Costello, Bogart and basically anything before the /70's.

Arsenic and old lace is a favourite, love the aunties.
For some reason old gangster movies are the best.

Don't know if it  qualifies as old, but "Singin' in the Rain" is my favorite movie (along with "Princess Bride" - but that's not an oldie, of course).

As for something that unquestionably old, I really like "Gone With The Wind."

"It happened one night", "Roman holiday", "You can' take it with you"

Edit to add: "The court jester" = best Danny Kaye movie ever.

"Wait Until Dark" still gets me. Anything with Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Gene Kelly or any and all musicals, I just can't see to turn away from.

Gone with the Wind

Wizard of Oz

The Parent Trap

Old Yeller

That Darn Cat

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Escape to Witch Mountain

What ever Happened to Baby Jane?

All about Eve

Hush, Hush, Sweet Charolette


I'm sure there's more, but these are the only ones I can think of right now. :)

I love old movies... prefer a lot of them to the crap they come out with now:)

Far too many to list them all, but here are a few of my favorites...


All about Eve

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

A Streetcar Named Desire

Some Like it Hot

Splendor in the Grass

Howard The Duck

Don't Be A Menace

Camp Cucamonga

Swiss Family Robinson

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Cool Hand Luke

Princess Bride





thats all i can think up right now



It's a Wonderful Life

To Kill a Mockingbird

Gentleman's Agreement (really anything with Gregory Peck, love him!)

Mildred Pierce

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

Some Like it Hot


oh! And The Day the Earth Stood Still of course. And anything with Yul Brynner, okay that's it lol!


Not many people have seen Orson Welles 2nd movie after Citizen Kane –‘ The Magnificent Ambersons’ – it’s a MUST watch! – Does George get his ‘come uppance?’ lol Smile

Sheesh - favourite old goes...I love any Hitchcock (including Jamaica Inn), Laurel & Hardy, Marx Brothers, any Charles Laughton (definitive version of Hunchback of Notre Dame, ‘The Barretts of Wimpole Street’ anyone?), The Grapes of Wrath, All About Eve, To Kill A Mocking Bird, Sunset Boulevard, 12 Angry Men, Brando’s big two (= On The Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire – ‘STELLA’ Yell!!), The Big Sleep, the Third Man, It Happened One Night, The ‘BIG 1939 3’ (Gone With The Wind, Wizard of Oz and Mr Smith Goes To Washington), Brief Encounter, Baby Doll, The Razor’s Edge, Roman Holiday, Room At The Top, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Freaks (Tod Browning), Arsenic and Old Lace (‘40s version), Double Indemnity (‘40s version), Viva Zapata!, A Place In the Sun.....I could go on and on – these are all my old favourites – there are more but I must do some work .........If there are any here you haven’t seen – get a hold of ‘em – they’re all wonderful classics..and no...I'm not gay..  lol  Cool 

And if you watch any of them whilst using an exercise bike at moderate pace, you will burn approximately 600 to 1200 calories depending on the length of the film.Tongue out

Captain's Courageous-can't beat Spencer Tracy

The invisibile man is a must as well.

South Pacific

"talk talk talk talk happy talk...."

Grand Hotel..."I vant to be alone" ooof. i tell ya they knew how to dress back then.

also anything with Danny Kaye. oh and Barbara Stanwyck (that smokey voice). Jane Eyre with Orson Welles, altho in fairness Joan Fontaine wasn't exactly plain!!!

While I like some of Jimmy Stewarts stuff I wish he would change his voice occasionally for some variation. Hitchcock always a fav!

Yum yum Robert Mitchum too. Oh the best looking ever, Paul Newman, even when he was on his death bed I'm sure he still looked good. He and Sean Connery, aging just doesn't matter. Oh wait this is supposed to be about old movies not actors, he he.

Love High Noon too.

I'll watch anything with Judy Garland, Mickie Rooney, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelley etc.


Im a musicals fan from the generation.

Oh, awesome!  Lots of good suggestions.  Lots of Betty Davis fans I see. 

Howard the Duck and The Princess Bride aren't that old!  LOL!  That's pretty funny. 

I could never get through The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.  Just not my thing. 

Freaks was pretty crazy.

I totally forgot about The Wizard of Oz!  That was a great one.  Old Yeller is just plain sad. 

Rear Window was really good but I agree, Jimmy Stewart's voice is annoying after awhile. 

And on the topic of hot old actors, Lawrence Olivier was very much so in Wuthering Heights


I like The African Queen, The Quiet Man, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Scaramouche, The Magnificent Seven, most of the Hitchcock stuff (guess its not that old...), and that is all I can think of right now that may not have been mentioned above.

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Howard the Duck and The Princess Bride aren't that old!  LOL!  That's pretty funny. 

I'm 21. They are old in my years.

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