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#1 mrroberts

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 02:11 AM

As a Carole Lombard fan, I'm delighted to see two of her films make this season's Essentials (though I note "To Be Or Not To Be" is also an Essentials Jr. selection). It always seemed that one of Carole's films would be the one shown after an Essential, usually one starring Katharine Hepburn -- that happened at least twice in recent years.

 

I'm particularly pleased to see "Twentieth Century" make the cut; I'm eager to hear Drew Barrymore's thoughts on her grandfather's brilliant performance, plus I sense Lombard is one of her favorites. 

R. O.  said it right out,  TWENTIETH CENTURY was John Barrymore's finest moment.  But I will still take Carole in MY MAN GODFREY as her best.



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:38 PM

I found an article in Vanity Fair online that lists all of the films that Rob Reiner had planned to host in 2001, when The Essentials first began. Actually, they say there were 26 films, but I only see Elmer Gantry and the first four mentioned and then 20 more at the end. So that only adds up to 25. In any case, this is the list of films and the link to the article is at the bottom:

 

Citizen Kane

Casablanca

The Producers

To Kill a Mockingbird

Elmer Gantry

North by Northwest

Dr. Strangelove

In the Heat of the Night

White Heat

From Here to Eternity

Singin’ in the Rain

The Maltese Falcon

Inherit the Wind

A Night at the Opera

The Birdman of Alcatraz

Gaslight

Dial M for Murder

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Bank Dick

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

A Streetcar Named Desire

Top Hat

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Witness for the Prosecution

Some Like It Hot

 

http://variety.com/2...ies-1117791857/

 

Great info thanks.    What sticks out to me is Dial M for Murder.    To me it is one of the weaker Hitchcock films.   If I was picking a Hitchcock film to show along with North by Northwest there are at least 6 films I would of picked before Dial M.     



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:57 AM

Any ideas who Robert Osborne's co-host might be next year?

 

 


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 01:28 AM

I found an article in Vanity Fair online that lists all of the films that Rob Reiner had planned to host in 2001, when The Essentials first began. Actually, they say there were 26 films, but I only see Elmer Gantry and the first four mentioned and then 20 more at the end. So that only adds up to 25. In any case, this is the list of films and the link to the article is at the bottom:

 

Citizen Kane

Casablanca

The Producers

To Kill a Mockingbird

Elmer Gantry

North by Northwest

Dr. Strangelove

In the Heat of the Night

White Heat

From Here to Eternity

Singin’ in the Rain

The Maltese Falcon

Inherit the Wind

A Night at the Opera

The Birdman of Alcatraz

Gaslight

Dial M for Murder

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Bank Dick

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

A Streetcar Named Desire

Top Hat

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Witness for the Prosecution

Some Like It Hot

 

http://variety.com/2...ies-1117791857/



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:00 AM

Let me offer a possible list of essential classic horror films



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 10:19 AM

As a Carole Lombard fan, I'm delighted to see two of her films make this season's Essentials (though I note "To Be Or Not To Be" is also an Essentials Jr. selection). It always seemed that one of Carole's films would be the one shown after an Essential, usually one starring Katharine Hepburn -- that happened at least twice in recent years.

 

I'm particularly pleased to see "Twentieth Century" make the cut; I'm eager to hear Drew Barrymore's thoughts on her grandfather's brilliant performance, plus I sense Lombard is one of her favorites. 



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:15 PM

Here's hoping that the new postings here pertain mostly to the films involved instead of the endless whining about who is providing the opening and closing comments that take up just a few minutes of air time.

Since the viewer is confronted with the hosts' personalities and comments "right out of the box", it's understandable why they would assume exaggerated importance.



#8 mrroberts

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 07:50 PM

Here's hoping that the new postings here pertain mostly to the films involved instead of the endless whining about who is providing the opening and closing comments that take up just a few minutes of air time.



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:42 AM

Here's the list I posted on the old boards from info compiled with help from Kyle over the years (I keep it on my computer):

 

 

The Essentials 2014-2015
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore
(Repeats Omitted)

Marty (1955)
The Sugarland Express (1974)
The Pink Panther (1963)
His Girl Friday (1940)

Field of Dreams (1989)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Laura (1944)
Beauty and the Beast (1946)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Stella Dallas (1937)
The Haunting (1963)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
My Fair Lady (1964)

On the Waterfront (1954)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
Blow-Up (1966)
The Champ (1931)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Bus Stop (1956)
Metropolis (1927)

The Thin Man (1934)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Belle de Jour (1967)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Network (1976)

Twentieth Century (1934)
The Black Stallion (1979)

 

__________________________________________________________

 

The Essentials 2013-2014
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore
(Repeats Omitted)

Grand Hotel

The Big Chill

Tootsie

Gun Crazy

Lawrence of Arabia

Anna and the King of Siam

Freaks

Giant

Gold Diggers of 1933

8pm How Green was My Valley

Stand By Me

Bride of Frankenstein

Friendly Persuasion

Libeled Lady

Breathless

The Palm Beach Story

The Searchers

Auntie Mame

Key Largo

The Women

Gaslight

Diner

The Bad and the Beautiful

The Lady Eve

Lifeboat

It Happened Once Night

Silkwood

___________________________________________________________
 

The Essentials 2012-2013
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore
(Repeats Omitted)

Some Like It Hot
This is Spinal Tap
The Razor's Edge
Alice Adams
The Goodbye Girl
Sunrise
Gilda
The Fallen Idol 
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Third Man
Camille
Diabolique
Wuthering Heights
Dinner at Eight
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Jezebel
The Way We Were
Kramer vs. Kramer
Rebel Without a Cause
Sullivan's Travels

Summertime
The Band Wagon
To Have and Have Not
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Lolita
Captains Courageous
Alice Adams
The Fallen Idol
The Wild Bunch
The Third Man
_______________________

 

The Essentials 2011/2012
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin
(Repeats Omitted)


Love Me Tonight

Hannah and Her Sisters
Mildred Pierce
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Splendor in the Grass
Ball of Fire
Gunga Din
An American in Paris
The Bicycle Thief
Cat People
East of Eden
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Dodsworth
The Caine Mutiny
Bringing Up Baby
Out of the Past
City Lights
Fail-Safe
The Misfits
Cool Hand Luke (Double Feature Night)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (Double Feature Night)
All Quiet on the Western Front
Stage Door
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
A Place in the Sun
A Letter to Three Wives
Sunset Boulevard
The Bank Dick
Miracle on 34th Street
=====================

 

The Essentials 2010/2011
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin
(Repeats Omitted)


A Streeetcar Named Desire (Double Feature)
Saturday Night Fever (Double Feature)
White Heat
Lawrence Of Arabia
Gigi
Bonnie And Clyde (Double Feature)
Serpico (Double Feature)
Judgement At Nuremberg
Strangers On A Train
The Graduate
A Foreign Affair
The Lion In Winter
The Blue Dahlia
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1935)
The Best Years Of Our Lives
Mutiny On The Bounty (1962)
San Francisco
A Star Is Born (1954)
The Snake Pit
Meet Me In St. Louis
My Darling Clementine
Road To Morocco
Black Orpheus
Bad Day At Black Rock
The Sea Hawk
Leave Her To Heaven
The Sting
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Meet John Doe
======================
The Essentials 2009/2010
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin
(Repeats Omitted)


A Night at the Opera
Rocky
Cat Ballou
Ben-Hur
Take the Money and Run
Saboteur
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Funny Girl
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Mutiny on the Bounty ('35)
The Devil and Daniel Webster
Battleground
Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
The Letter
The Fortune Cookie
Random Harvest
Notorious
The Mouse that Roared
Tom Jones
The Man Who Came to Dinner
An Affair to Remember
The Asphalt Jungle
Lolita
The Guns of Navarone
The Long Hot Summer
Wuthering Heights
The Grapes of Wrath
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The Essentials 2008/2009
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Rose McGowan
(Repeats Omitted)


The Apartment
The Music Box/Sons of the Desert
The Bad and the Beautiful
The Great Escape
All About Eve
The Night of the Hunter
The Misfits
Paper Moon
Rebecca
Now, Voyager
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Paths of Glory
Psycho
Fanny
A Face in the Crowd
Seven Samurai
The Spiral Staircase
3:10 to Yuma
The Postman Always Rings Twice
You Can't Take it With You
Modern Times
The Apartment
Swing Time
Woman of the Year
Witness for the Prosecution
The Great Escape
=======================

The Essentials 2007/2008
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Carrie Fisher
(Repeats Omitted)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (Only Showing as an Essential!)
Hud
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Fear Strikes Out
That Touch of Mink
The Great Dictator
Roman Holiday
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Producers
My Fair Lady
Ball of Fire
The African Queen
Take the Money and Run
King Kong
Harvey
The Lost Weekend
Dodsworth
Topper
Sorry, Wrong Number
Pride and Prejudice
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Born Yesterday
Red River
The Importance of Being Earnest
=======================

The Essentials 2006/2007
Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell
(Repeats Omitted)


The Hustler
The Quiet Man
Brief Encounter
Duck Soup
Winchester '73
Imitation of Life ('59)
The Four Feathers
A Place in the Sun
Gilda
Ride the High Country
Top Hat
From Here to Eternity
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Sunset Boulevard
The Thin Man
Black Narcissus
Gone With the Wind
Kiss Me Deadly
Foreign Correspondent
The Maltese Falcon
Jezebel
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Written on the Wind
The Manchurian Candidate
Gunga Din
Stalag 17
Little Women ('33)
==================

The Essentials 2005/2006
Hosted by Peter Bogdanovich
(Repeats Omitted)


The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The Lady from Shanghai
Adam's Rib
The Band Wagon
North by Northwest
His Girl Friday
Grand Illusion
Out of the Past
Swing Time
To Have and Have Not
Arsenic and Old Lace
Gaslight
They Were Expendable
The Lady Eve
The Big Sleep
Vertigo
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
White Heat
It Should Happen to You
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Merry Widow
Fort Apache
His Girl Friday
The Shop Around the Corner
Mogambo
The Awful Truth
Some Came Running
=====================

The Essentials 2004/2005
Hosted by Sydney Pollack (Season Two)
(Repeats Omitted)


Rear Window
High Noon
Annie Hall
Dr. Strangelove
Singin' in the Rain
Random Harvest
The Day of the Jackal
Tootsie
The Red Badge of Courage
Papillon
Spellbound
The Quiet Man
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Doctor Zhivago
Some Like It Hot
Citizen Kane
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Lion in Winter
Casablanca
====================

 

The Essentials 2003/2004
Hosted by Sydney Pollack (Season One)
(Repeats Omitted)


==Partial List==

The Wild One
The Magnificent Seven
Guys and Dolls
Touch of Evil
2001: A Space Odyssey
Pillow Talk
A Star is Born ('54)
Strangers on a Train
The Shop Around the Corner
Lawrence of Arabia
The Apartment
An American in Paris
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Rebel Without a Cause
Bringing Up Baby
Notorious
On the Waterfront
=================

_Various Essentials Titles 2003 _
Hosted by Rob Reiner
(Very Incomplete)


I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
The Caine Mutiny
Mildred Pierce
Ninotchka
Rocky
The Defiant Ones
West Side Story
Sweet Smell of Success
==================

 


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 02:32 AM

just before The Big Switch to the new boards, there was a listing of virtually all of The Essentials selections back to the early 2000's. please have a moderator find that listing and re-post it on The Essentials topic board. the transfer was done for SOTM and that will be quite handy.






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