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Monday, September 08, 2008

LET'S TALK MOVIES

Are there movies that you never get tired of watching? I know of several that belong in that category. Most of you know that my favorite era for movies is 1930-1950, the true golden age of Hollywood. In that 20 year period there were movies covering the Depression, wonderful musicals, screwball comedy, film noir, World War II, and the postwar era.

Some of my favorites from then include Since You Went Away (1944) which deals with life on the home front during World War II, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) which is about the lives of three servicemen returning home after World War II, and High Sierra (1941), a film noir favorite that was Humphrey Bogart’s last role where he didn’t receive top billing.

Later faves include The African Queen(1951) starring Bogart in an Oscar winning role with Katharine Hepburn and Teacher’s Pet (1958) starring Clark Gable, in one of his last roles, with Doris Day. Charley Varrick from 1973 with Walter Matthau is a nice little crime caper, Tootsie (1982) with Dustin Hoffman is still one of the funniest movies I have seen and the Coen Brothers outdid themselves in 2000 with O Brother, Where Art Thou starring George Clooney.

One of my favorite scenes in a movie is the restaurant sequence with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple (1968). It’s the one where Lemmon goes through all sorts of gyrations and noises complaining about how the air conditioning is bothering his ears and sinuses.

There are a lot of great movies in most eras and, as good as they are, we tend to get tired of some. I used to love It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) but eventually tired of it. The same holds true for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). It’s a great movie but enough is enough.

Now that you know some of my favorites, let me know yours. Remember, your selections have to be movies that you feel you never get tired of. I’m sure you have some good ones too.

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