Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Westerns and a Thriller: Old Hollywood Films

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm a huge classic film buff. So, here's a few more favorites of mine that will help you on your way to becoming more of an avid old film watcher:

The Quiet Man (1952) with John Wayne, the epitimy of the West, and Maureen O'Hara, the gorgeous redhead. I had never seen or heard of this Irish-set movie until my grandma (Thank you, by the way!) gave my brother a VHS tape of it. We were on the floor laughing non-stop! Never before had we seen such a ridiculous, yet intelligent movie. Although, nowadays, Wayne's character comes across a little strong with the violence against his wife, but in any case, the last 20 minutes of it are a riot...literally. You'll just have to watch it to see what I mean.

The Big Clock (1948) with Ray Milland and Maureen O'Sullivan. It was a great psychological thriller that played with your mind as just as good as any Hitchcock mystery. It's a doozie to watch at the beginning, but soon enough you'll get pulled in and you'll even start to strategize Milland's escape from his evil boss. And if you love clocks, you're sure to love this movie!

Jesse James (1939) with Henry Fonda and Tyrone Power as the James brothers. If there's anyone who enjoys a movie in the old television's style of Wells Fargo, this is your movie...with the exception that it's not nearly as cheesy. You'll fall for Jesse James, then you'll hate him and still love him to his death. I'll admit, it's a bizarre ride for the audience!

Have fun watching and don't forget about the movies of yesteryear. There's so many of them and most of them are more enjoyable than the one's we have now that are in theatres. Old Hollywood didn't have the advantage of computers, green screens and the technology we have now. But, take a seat and a handful of popcorn...and enjoy!

4Soon to Come:

The summer viewing of "White Christmas." Who doesn't enjoy Christmas in July? If you're wondering what this is about, you're going to have to wait and see for further information...

Note: If you're looking for a good review or critique site (or you just need to settle a bet about an actor in an old flick), check out the homepage of The Online Film Critics Society at .


At Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:34:00 PM, Anonymous Fran Bukvic said...

The difference betweenold Movies and current ones is the presence of a plot and story. New ones are all car crashes and sex. Old ones told the story of people and their problems and joys -- sometimes not exactly well but at least they tried.
Fran B. - Parma


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