Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday Musings: Classic Movies

Picture via IMDb

I've loved classic movies since I was a little girl. Probably the first I saw were Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s in suburban northern California, those two were shown occasionally on TV, and my aunt and uncle had a very early VHS player as well. By high school, I was watching American Movie Classics (AMC)--when they actually played pre-1960s movies. The first time I asked to stay up past my bedtime was so I could watch Singin' In the Rain for the first time. I devoured classic films, and they were friends and comfort throughout the turbulent teen years, and beyond. Young Sean Connery in Darby O'Gill and the Little People made me swoon as much as seeing Astaire and Rogers dance and Flynn and de Havilland banter. I laughed with Loy and Powell in The Thin Man series, and cried with Maureen O'Hara in How Green Was My Valley.

de Havilland and Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood Photo via IMDb

I also enjoyed going to the movies, but there was something about classic movies that appealed to me--maybe a kind of innocence. And the actors--how I loved Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Olivia de Havilland, Maureen O'Hara, Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Gene Tierney, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Myrna Loy, William Powell, Frederic March, James Stewart, and Sydney Poitier, to name just some of those who I delighted in watching. I even thought about becoming a film critic, but changed my mind on realizing I'd have to watch all movies, and I can't stomach most horror and thrillers. But give me a good musical or even a Hitchcock, and I'm happy. These days, I watch mostly on DVD (from the library or my small collection), and sometimes am lucky enough to go to the Stanford Theatre, or Alameda Theatre's classic movie nights, to see old movies the way they were meant to be seen--on the big screen! The next two Fridays, I'll post about two movies I had the good fortune to see there: Casablanca and Suspicion. Sometime this summer, I'll review my favorite George Cukor films as well. Hope you'll join in!

Do you like classic movies? Tell me your favorites!

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