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When did you first discover classic movies?


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Since I don't know anyone who enjoys classic films it has been a lot of fun reading the various posts on the TCM website.

 

I first discovered classic films in the mid 60's - on tv.

 

When did the "classic movie bug" hit you?

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The same way on TV in the 60's, My Mom was also a big movie buff, so we would stay up real late on the weekends and watch The late show,The Late Late Show, The Million Dollar Movie,The movie of the week (New York) ,if it was a good movie I would watch it all week long.Then in the 80's I realized that they weren't showing classics anymore, prior to cable.So I started collecting movies , either store brought or taped. Then I got TCM and the rest is history......vallo

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For me it was when I was around 18 for a real love and understanding of classic movies. That is when I met my husband who was already a John Wayne fan and already had his own collection of his favorite classics. I started watching films with him and very quickly fell in love with Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant Spencer Tracy and the others and MY HUSBAND hehe.

On our first date my husband rented Some Like It Hot and Desk Set and well .... seven months later we were married =)

I watched classics such as Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music , My Fair Lady , No Bussiness Like Show Bussiness and some others growing up but I don't think I ever understood they were classic until I got older.

My parents also let me watch I Love Lucy , Honeymooners and Happy Days. My real understanding and love came much later though when I was in my late teens. Our first Christmas together my husband bought me my first video tapes to start my collection. I got It's A Wonderful Life , Vertigo and Destry Rides Again. That was just about 12 years ago!

Now I am trying to pass on our love for these types of movies to my younger sister. She is just 15 and already she loves them.

 

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For me, I got started with black & white "stuff" with I LOVE LUCY when I was 9 or 10 (I think). I really got hooked with the movies last summer when I was thirteen. It all started when my dad showed me Casablanca. He had no idea that he would create a monster.

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As a child my father would take me and sometimes my brothers, to the movies every Saturday and some Sunday's after church and we would watch the movie(especially on Saturday's), and watch the movies over and over again. At that time, and I'm dating myself, most of the movies were in black and white so we got to watch the News Reel then the cartoons and then the B-Movie and then the main Movie. It only cost, I think, .75 for adult and .25C for child. I've always loved the old movies. I'm still a movie nut but there is nothing so great as watching an old Film-Noir or Drama or Comedy of the past when it's Saturday afternoon and maybe raining outside. It reminds me so much of my younger years growing up.

My favorites at that time were the Eastside Kids and Laurel and Hardy. As I got a little older, I loved to watch C. Grant, B. Davis, Boghart, Becall, Fontaine, Garfield, etc. I still love those old Grade-B movies Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto, Boston **** etc. and of course, the fantastic serials -- Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Northwest Mounted police, etc. I wish TCM would play some of those movies.

 

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the medium which movies felt would take away their audience, was the one which brought me to an appreciation for movies....TV!

 

Yes, watching old films after school or late at night in the summer, was my introduction to all the classics.

 

And I'm still enjoying them!

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Well, I fell in love with "black and white" movies because my parents were huge fans of classic television and movies so I have always been exposed to the 1920-1960 eras of film and television. I always loved the way the women dressed and did their hair, they were so classy and the way men were openly romantic...so I guess classic media has always has appealed to that "girly" side of me. So naturally when I was about 15, I discovered that there was a channel specifically for old movies, I flipped and watched six consecutive hours of old movies, I fell in love with Bette Davis, she was such a power house in film and I just so happened (in my first week of TCM) to catch a marathon of Bette Davis, and after watching the best actress in Hollywood perform, I have been addicted to TCM since then. I have seen over 200 classic films, some of which I don't know names, but since the day I discovered TCM, I have been a fan, because not only do they show great films, with classy actors which embody a wonderful era, they also tell the story behind the films and talk about issues occuring during those times, I love Robert Osborn, and the information he shares about each movie, I love TCM, and though I'm only 19, I'm a huge fan and wish there were more channels with good quality films. I feel like TCM will be a channel I can enjoy forever. Because no matter when I turn TCM on, I know that I can sit back and enjoy actors and actresses that knew the art of performing and stealing the hearts of all ages.

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Growing up in England between 1962 and 1981 I knew only 3 TV channels and rare visits to the cinema. I can still remember the first movie I ever saw at the "flicks" was 1967's Doctor Doolittle - magic for a child of 5 years. A trip to the cinema meant a double feature in those days, concessions ladies with their trays slung about their necks, absolute silence during the movie with no-one leaving their seats during the pic', and most importantly a single gigantic screen - the multiplex had yet to be born. Of the relative few movies I got to see at the cinema as a lad, the three that made the greatest impression on me were later distributions of Lawrence of Arabia, The Guns of Navarone, and especially Where Eagles Dare - thus setting a since lifelong passion for WW2 (and WW1) movies. The paucity of movies on the BBC meant that any movie was a special treat: Since coming to America and the advent of cable TV with dedicated 24 hour channels, that peculiar deliciousness that comes with rarity is gone forever. BUT... I began watching TCM at its' inception some ten years ago now and can safely say that given a choice of keeping a single TV channel on the air over all others, I would choose Turner Classic Movies in a heart beat. Up to a few years ago the choice would have been much tougher: I was just as frequent a viewer of American Movie Classics channel - in the days of Bob Dorian, Nick Clooney and "Remember WENN". Then came that awful David Burke and a descent into commercialism - AMC sought new paths in the field of classic movie broadcasting and became hopelessly lost. TCM's ability to introduce new folk (I like Ben Mankiewicz) and new features without losing the essential sameness that is its' hallmark is key in maintaining its' magical appeal. Even the relatively newer movies that have more recently joined the TCM ranks (I watched Jaws the other night) all seem to be carefully not carelessly chosen to compliment a stellar library. TCM has turned me on to other genres besides my favourite WW2, effecting a rediscovery of the classic movies of all nations. To Ted Turner the entire staff at TCM, and all of you fellow classic movie buffs who may read this, "thankyou" is simply not enough...

 

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Since I was very little I've been watching classic films (I'm only 15, but heck, who cares) and have developed a very strong love for them. I actually should thank my older siblings, they're the ones who began watching old films, which led me to watch them. Lol. What I started off on was mostly all of Jerry Lewis' films. I loved his movies, and still do. I especially love his films with Dean Martin. Those are my favorites. Anyway, that's pretty much how I got into classic films.

 

 

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Really nice to see young people like getoverit loving classics. My daughter tells people she was "raised right" too. hehe.

 

My dad was a projectionist, theatre manager so I always remember watching movies - but I always loved the 30's and 40's the best - still do. I spent a lot of time alone as a kid and would get right into the "matinees" etc. played on our one and only TV channel. Then when I was in grade 4, my mom worked and my dad was away for the winter - I really raised Cain, lol, we were supposed to be back at school from lunch at 1:25. Matinee began at 1:00 and I would begin watching it. I missed school every day that it was good, which was most of the time. About 3 or 4 afternoons a week, I missed school. The school couldn't reach my parent durng the day so I got away with it most of the year before everyone caught on. LOL I had a great time! And really fell in love with classic movies.

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Growing up in the 70s I remember seeing B&W movies regularly on television, especially late night, but prime time too. This was back in the pre-cable days when we got just five channels (the 3 networks, PBS, and an independent). So I've always been into B&W ("classic") movies. Had I known there would come a time when these movies would all but vanish from most channels I'd have been very depressed. Of course, had I known that we'd have a channel devoted to them entirely I'd have been very happy, so it all balances out. If TCM goes away, I'll be REALLY be upset.

 

The day I discovered AMC back in the late eighties was a very happy one. I hadn't heard of AMC. I just stumbled across it one day while channel surfing. I remember that they were showing the Loretta Young movie, "Three Blind Mice." We've all seen how AMC has gone down hill since then, but once it was my favorite channel. Whatever happened to Bob Dorian anyway?

 

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when i was little my grandma babysat me and after playing outside i'd watch old movies with her, mostly comedies. her favorite was jerry lewis movies, but i also remember marilyn monroe, cary grant, etc...

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It is funny...I don't remember a time that I started my "classic film" discovery, I think I must have been born with it! There is an abundance of knowledge that I have about old movies and the actors and actress of the "Golden Era" of Hollywood. I am only 21, and believe me going into show and tell in elementary I was the only kid bringing in a Claudette Colbert movie that I had just gotten...or an Angela Lansbury autograph that I got when I wrote to her in 2nd grade!!! My mother has repeatedly told me that I must have been born a couple of decades late- or that I lived in that era...with all of the information that I know! I love old movies and I collect them as well as memorabilia! One should see what I have. Everyone in my family hates Christmas shopping for me...they never can find any of the movies that I want! LOL....I do owe a great deal of thanks to my grandmother, who nurtured this passion of mine from an early age..while cuddling with me while the Lawrence Welk show was on and watching AMC (before they started to show movies...that are not classics to me)! Anyways...I am very lucky to have this passion.

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I don't really remember a specific time I started watching the classics. They're pretty much all I remember from when I was young. I always had a thing for Cary Grant...I would watch His Girl Friday and An Affair to Remember again and again. I also loved the Bob Hope movie My Favorite Brunette. And my Grandma and I always watched The Sound of Music together. The only movie I remember watching that actually came out when I was a kid is The Goonies, which I still love to this day, haha.

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I first really started watching classics this past November (2004). We had just got satellite and I had always heard my mom say that most all the old movies are good. I started watching them and now I like them better than recent movies.

 

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We always watched the classics on Channel 9WOR & 11WPIX in NY as far back as i can remember. Dad was a big fan of science fiction & horror so we watched all the outer space/UFO films, giant bugs & monsters. And I always remember watching Abbott & Costello movies. Mom liked musicals and comedy, so between them, I got a good variety.

Since I started watching TCM I have seen LOTS of movies I had missed, and I hope to keep discovering 'new' classics for a long time.

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I have to thank my Gran for getting me started on old movies. I used to watch them with her on Sunday afternoons. I also grew up watching those "That's Entertainment" specials on TV. I always watched them when they were on, but I didn't really get obsessed until about 10 years ago, when I was in a role-playing writing group and people started looking for famous people who their characters resembled. Well, it turned out my person was most like Katharine Hepburn, who I found fascinating, so I started buying her movies on ebay (since we didn't get TCM until about 6 years ago)and that made me start wanting to see Spencer Tracy's and then Cary Grants and so the madness began. LOL

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