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  1. Just watched "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" last night. Amazing movie. My wife almost left early on due to the brutality, but stayed and was glad she did. My daughter fumed at the injustice done to poor James Allen. The film transcends it's production date - I totally forgot I was watching an 80+ year old movie. I had never heard of the film before starting my research into classic movies. No one I know had ever heard of it either. I think it would qualify as a forgotten film nowadays - along with Paul Muni as a forgotten star. That is a "chain gang" worthy crime in itself.
  2. Well, our family just celebrated the first anniversary of Classic Movie Night! We watched "The Maltese Falcon" (our first Bogey movie!) last night and loved every manic moment of it! One of the few movies that I could watch again immediately, as I'm sure there was so much that we probably missed. We watched one classic movie a week during the last year. We sometimes got behind, but always managed to catch up. It's been great fun and my daughter (a teenager now) still looks forward to each viewing. Below are some highlights (and a couple missteps)! Our Favorites: A Night at the Opera
  3. *Jason and the Argonauts (1963)* - recorded from TCM. My daughter is currently studying Ancient Greece in school, so I bumped this movie up in our schedule to coincide. Her class had already read the original myth and she wanted to know why the title didn't include "The Golden Fleece". I suppose that "Argonauts" just sounds cooler? I remember this film well from my childhood. Always a favorite. No pre-screening research on this one. My daughter already knows a great deal about mythology and the various Greek gods. After the initial introductions and setup, the film is really
  4. What?!! I've already set my DVR to record *Gunga Din* on the 29th! I really wanted to watch it with my family! That messes my whole schedule up! Now what am..... oh....wait... *Rebecca* is showing instead? Nevermind.
  5. Sep - Yeah, the consensus seems to be that the 1951 film is the best adaptation, so I went with it. I also recorded The Bishop's Wife and will try to fit that on in over the long Christmas break. I see in the other thread that you enjoyed it too! Ham - That baby reminds me of Baby Finster from the Bugs Bunny Cartoon.
  6. *Flipper (1963)* - recorded from TCM. This one wasn't on my list of "must-sees", but after I mentioned it to my daughter, it shot to the front of the schedule! Animal movies rule in this house and I shouldn't have to fear being inundated with requests for a pet porpoise. Even she realizes that would not be practical (or legal). Actually, we reviewed the differences between dolphins and porpoises as part of our pre-screening discussion. My daughter knows more about these marine mammals than I ever could, so she did most of the talking. I added some facts about the undefeated team of 197
  7. Great Lists! I'm taking notes... I haven't seen enough classic films to make a definitive list yet, so I made up a top ten consisting of movies that I am most excited to see some day: Metropolis (1927) Sunrise (1927) All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) City Lights (1931) Footlight Parade (1933) Rebecca (1940) The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) High Noon (1952) The Night of the Hunter (1955) Paths of Glory (1957)
  8. Thanks, Sep! Classic Movie Night was been a big hit at our house! It requires very little effort on my part to make it "special": A weekly check of the TCM schedule and then set the DVR A few mintues of internet research A printout of the original theatrical posters Move the furniture around for optimal viewing comfort Pop the popcorn It all takes only about a half hour of my time! My wife was skeptical at first, but quickly found that a good movie doesn't necessarily stop being good just because it's gets old. As for my daughter, I'm just lucky that she is in the twee
  9. *Them! (1954)* - recorded from TCM. Pre-screening review: Giant Ants. Period. SPOILER ALERT The movie starts off great! The little girl, wrecked trailer, bloody clothes, strange tracks, etc. all build up a pretty good mystery. It becomes much scarier and more ominous when we get to the general store. My daughter cringed at the sight of poor, dead Gramps. And those strange sounds! She was hiding her eyes a lot. The tension continued to mount until we finally got a glimpse of the creatures. My daughter was initially repulsed, but quickly decided that the ant wasn't as frightenin
  10. *Little Women (1933)* - Recorded from TCM Pre-Screening: We quickly researched the basic plot of the book by Louisa May Alcott. None of us had actually read it before. We found Concord, Massachusetts on the map and briefly discussed the state of the Union and American life during the Civil War years. My daughter immediately latched onto Hepburn's Jo character. She fancies herself a gregarious tomboy, though she probably has more in common with the shy and musical Beth. After the movie, my daughter asked me which of the sisters I related to the most. I enjoyed all of the girls and
  11. *War of the Worlds (1953)* - from the current DVD edition. A few months back, my daughter read the condensed version of War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells and thought it was great. When I mentioned that there were several film versions, she insisted we watch one of them. I figured we could fit the classic 1953 movie into our Creature Feature, and not wanting to wait for TCM to show it, I bought the DVD. I've seen the Tom Cruise version and liked certain parts of it, but had no desire to see it again. Having recently read the book, she was more familiar with the story than I was. I just h
  12. Let's hope that this time they're finally showing that 1925 silent version, as opposed to the heavily butchered ("enhanced") 1942 silent/sound hybrid which is nothing but a tribute to Chaplin's unlimited ego. Thank you for the info AndyM!!! I didn't know about the hybrid version, I'll look into that. Would certainly prefer the original! I'd show it to my 12-year old (if I had a 12-year old), but other parents may find it a bit over the heads of a child that age. My daughter and I had a great discussion after watching The Grapes of Wrath and she digested it well, but I don't think
  13. They may be old hat to most of you guys, but I have my sights set on the following for future family movie nights: *Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)* *Les Miserables (1935)* *The Gold Rush (1925)* - finally some Chaplin! *Bright Eyes (1934)* - intro to Shirley *The Bicycle Thief (1948)* - a good pick for our first foreign film? and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, Gulliver, Tarzan the Ape Man and Godzilla for our Creature Features! All new to me and mine, except for Godzilla and Tarzan!
  14. *The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)* - recorded from TCM We were very excited to watch this famous movie! I've seen all of the other more modern Robin Hood films and can't remember anything about them, so hopefully Errol's version will make a more lasting impression. Earlier in the week, my parents watched the movie on TCM at their house and enjoyed it very much. They're much more familiar with some of the old stars than I am. My mom swore that it was originally in black and white and had been colorized. It took awhile for me to convince her otherwise! Before the movie, we quickly
  15. *Phantom of the Opera (1925)* - recorded from TCM. I was really pumped up for this one! I've seen a handful of clips from the film and a whole bunch of stills, but I've never seen the entire movie. Silent films never got played on TV when I was growing up! I've seen the musical, and my daughter can play "Music of the Night" as part of her piano lessons, so we are both familiar with the story. I presented the movie to my daughter as the first Universal monster movie (with an asterisk for Lon Chaney's Hunchback). Getting to "experience" her first silent movie would be an added bonus! Her exc
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