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Movies from the '20s - '50s

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Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

What're your favourite movies & who're your favourite actors/actresses/directors from the studio era, film noir, etc.?

My favourite actors are possibly Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, & Humphrey Bogart.
My favourite actresses include Audrey Hepburn, Clara Bow, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Carole Lombard, & Ginger Rogers.
I cannot decide which movie, though. Maybe Roman Holiday or Top Hat? An Affair to Remember, Singin in the Rain....? It's a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, It? I can't decide!

over 9 years ago

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Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

Humphrey Bogart was so good as Rick! And Ingrid Bergman was as pretty as ever.

0 · August 8, 2009

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Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

Hmmm I thought this topic would be more popular.

Anyways, I watched "How to Steal a Million" last night. That movie is amazing! Audrey's hair & Peter O'Toole's eyes. yummm.

0 · August 14, 2009

#5
Nicole W.

Nicole W.

United States

26 posts

Funny Face<333
I idolize Audrey Hepburn.

0 · August 14, 2009

#6
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Nicole W.

Funny Face is so good! I love Fred Astaire, even though he was like 40 years her senior in that movie. I have to admit that the dances weren't spectacular, though. Fred could do so much more.

0 · August 14, 2009

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Leah Quin

Leah Q.

AYR,
Canada

126 posts

i love old movies,
but i have a soft spot for The Little Princess with Shirley Temple

0 · August 14, 2009

#8
Nicole W.

Nicole W.

United States

26 posts

@Chloe A.

I know Funny Face is definately my favorite movie! But how can it not be, it has 4 of my favorite things: fashion, dance, Paris, and Audrey Hepburn =)

I agree, I like Fred Astaire, but I'm not crazy about how much older he is than Audrey. And yes, the dances were nothing extraordinary, but I can definately appreciate watching Audrey, especially since I'm a dancer as well :)

0 · August 14, 2009

#9
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Leah Q.

I have to admit that I've never seen a Shirley Temple movie. I've seen her biopic like 20 times, but that's all. I'll add this to my Netflix queue immediately, haha!

0 · August 15, 2009

#10
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Nicole W.

it's funny because she trained to be a dancer & that was her dream. But then you know, she was too tall....and she never got to dance in any of her movies! "Funny Face" is about it. so sad. =(

and you're lucky you're a dancer. I wish I never quit...

0 · August 15, 2009

#12
Nicole W.

Nicole W.

United States

26 posts

@Chloe A.

Yeah, I knew she wanted to be a ballerina, but couldn't because of her height, so it's great she was able to dance in Funny Face.

But I was a dancer my whole life, but I don't get to do it much anymore =/

0 · August 15, 2009

#13
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Nicole W.

her dance in Funny Face, the one in the club, totally freaked me out. haha! But the ones with Fred Astaire were so lovely, like the one in his photo lab.

it's so sad that she couldn't have done more dancing in movies, though. Like Ginger Rogers type of dancing, not just the ballroom stuff like in Sabrina or Roman Holiday.

0 · August 15, 2009

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Sylvia S

Sylvia S.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

421 posts

Wow I could go on for hours about early film.

Currently, there's a tie between my two all-time favourites: Casablanca and Citizen Kane. Casablanca's love story is just so beautiful and heartbreaking, and Bogart is absolutely wonderful as Rick. You rarely see characters as dynamic and interesting Rick anymore. And then there's Citizen Kane, a film that just has you glued to the screen for a full 2 hours waiting to figure out who or what "rosebud" was. And the life of Kane is just so mesmerizing and sad.

Then there's the entire genre of film noir. Most mystery movies today can't even compare to the film noir's done by Bogart! Maltese Falcon has to be one the the best murder mysteries ever made.

As much as I love Bogart, I hated him in Sabrina. Horribly miscast. Same with Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Horribly miscast. She was just not believable at all. Julie Andrews, I think, would have been much better suited. But the director didn't think she was pretty enough. Can you believe it?

Then of course, my second love after Bogart, Cary Grant. Who doesn't love Cary Grant? Especially in Bringing Up Baby with Katharine Hepburn. I just fell in love with the two of them (and the leopard!). Then of course there's An Affair to Remember. The final scene had me in tears! I also just watched To Catch A Thief, which was wonderful as well. Grace Kelly is simply gorgeous!

I've also recently got into silent films. The only silent-film star I used to know of was Charlie Chaplin, but i'm trying to branch out. It's just so darn difficult to find silent films ANYWHERE. I'm currently trying to find some Clara Bow films.

Now, there is a movie I dislike with a passion -- Gone With the Wind. Absolutely hated it.

0 · August 15, 2009

#15
Nicole W.

Nicole W.

United States

26 posts

@Chloe A.

Yeah, I would have definately loved to see Audrey dance more!

But I disagree, I like the cafe dance :)

0 · August 15, 2009

#16
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Sylvia S.

ah, I'm so glad people are getting into this topic, haha!

I haven't seen Citizen Kane, but I will definitely have to now.

And I must agree with the miscast of Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina. Not good. And with Audrey in My Fair Lady! It should've absolutely gone to Julie Andrews. She's gorgeous & she did the role on Broadway.

Cary Grant, I have to admit, doesn't do much for me. I just watched Holiday today & didn't care much for him. Okay, I like HIM but I don't think he's that attractive or romantic in his roles. Same with in Charade, didn't like him in that. However, Bringing Up Baby is a childhood favourite & he's absolutely charming in that.

Katherine Hepburn is amazing. She looked so different compared to other film actresses during those times, too. So gorgeous.

I'm trying to get into silent films, too. I'd love to check out some Clara Bow ones! My grandfather was her chauffeur when he lived in Hollywood. They played poker together, haha! (yeah, my grandpa is really really old...and dead)

0 · August 15, 2009

#17
Sylvia S

Sylvia S.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

421 posts

@Chloe A.

Yes you definitely must watch Citizen Kane! Watching Kane's rise, fall, and ultimate death is just fascinating. You really feel connected to the guy and feel his emotions through the triumphs and the failures.

I always thought Sabrina was a mediocre film, and I think it was because Bogart really disliked Hepburn and wanted Lauren Bacall to play Sabrina instead. Bogart didn't really like many of his costars in the film...and it was kind of obvious. Not much chemistry at all.

My Fair Lady was also just okay to me. Audrey is not very believable as a poor English girl, and her cockney accent is just annoying rather than charming. The plot didn't make much sense, and for a near 3-hour movie, it felt like a lot of parts were missing. The movie felt incomplete in a way. And add to the fact that I disliked how it was filmed on a soundstage rather than London! It was obvious how the entire set just looked so darn fake.

But, the wardrobe is just beautiful. That's a given. Audrey's dresses at both the race and the ball are just so incredibly beautiful that you can't take your eyes off her!

Now, the Sound of Music is a true musical!

Oh Cary Grant, I thought, wasn't great in Charade. I honestly believed that he was much too old to be playing Audrey's love interest! Definitely check out his films from the 30's and early 40's. Other than Holiday, they are truly fantastic!

Oh wow, I can't believe he used to be her chauffeur! That's so great...I wish I could have lived in her time. I'm definitely a 20s/30s/40s girl.

0 · August 15, 2009

#18
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Sylvia S.

ah god yes, her accent was just terrible. But her outfits were always beautiful. In every movie...except Sabrina. I guess Sabrina was just not a great movie, haha! I didn't know about Bogart wanting Lauren Bacall as the leading lady though, interesting. He was quite old in the movie, actually....

I love love love The Sound of Music. I watched it the other night. I don't know who played Captain Von Trapp but he was so handsome. And Julie Andrews was so so so pretty.

Apparently Cary Grant didn't want to do "Charade" at first because he thought he was too old for Audrey. as a compromise he insisted that lines be added in where he commented on her age vs. his age and how it was inappropriate that he was so much older than her. "Charade" is a good movie, I just didn't think that Cary Grant was a good person to cast.

0 · August 15, 2009

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Bee Dee

Bee D.

A TRAIN RIDE AWAY FROM CHICAGO,
United States

113 posts

Bringing Up Baby and anything with James Stewart. He's my boyfriend<3

0 · August 16, 2009

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Bee Dee

Bee D.

A TRAIN RIDE AWAY FROM CHICAGO,
United States

113 posts

@Nicole W.

Yeah, who doesn't...

0 · August 16, 2009

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Bee Dee

Bee D.

A TRAIN RIDE AWAY FROM CHICAGO,
United States

113 posts

@Sylvia S.

Cool, someone who can appreciate film noir! When I took film lit and got to that part I was SO absorbed and now I'm obsessed practically but I haven't had the chance to check out all the noir films I've been wanting to :/

0 · August 16, 2009

#22
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Bee D.

I watched Bringing Up Baby the other night. I hadn't seen it since I was probably 7 or 8, I loved it! Exactly how I remembered it, but funnier. The first movie I've actually liked Cary Grant in.

and what's your favourite James Stewart movie?

0 · August 24, 2009

#23
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Sylvia S.

by the way, since you mentioned Clara Bow, I thought I'd add that I watched "It" last night! ahh you MUST watch it if you haven't yet. so so so amazing, Clara's super loveable.

0 · August 28, 2009

#24
Chris Fox

Chris F.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS,
United States

6942 posts

I'm sad, because I have absolutely NO exposure to these sort of movies. :[
And I'm never in a proper mindset to see them. I'm too used to contemporary films.
I need a good friend who digs old movies, to watch and discuss with.

0 · August 28, 2009

#25
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Chris F.

Ah, but once when you start with the older movies, it's impossible to go back to modern day things. I just watched a Julia Roberts movie and was so bored (& I love Julia Roberts, so it was strange). If you need suggestions, I'm sure someone here (myself?) could help you. :)

0 · August 29, 2009

#26
Chris Fox

Chris F.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS,
United States

6942 posts

@Chloe A.

Do it!
Pretend I had never ever seen a classic film in my life. What are three or four movies you suggest I start building a report for the genre with?

0 · August 29, 2009

#27
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Chris F.

in order:

It Happened One Night
Sunset Boulevard
It
Roman Holiday
Freaks (this is so short & so creepy, but a must watch)

hmmm, that was 5 & it was hard to limit! Can I add in Twentieth Century, Top Hat, An American in Paris, and Arsenic & Old Lace?

0 · August 29, 2009

#28
Chris Fox

Chris F.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS,
United States

6942 posts

@Chloe A.

Totally allowed to add those!
I feel like I should be taking notes or something though. :P

This is exactly what Netflix is for!

0 · August 29, 2009

#29
Chloe A

Chloe A.

MINNESOTA,
United States

3839 posts

@Chris F.

yesss, until you suddenly have over 500 movies on your queue and no idea how they all got there. D=

0 · August 29, 2009

#30
Sarah S

Sarah S.

THE LOOKING GLASS,
Canada

1971 posts

@Chloe A.

I love Audrey too!!! Roman Holiday and Funny Face are my faves! BTW, they used her dance in the club as part of a GAP commercial. I felt somewhat offended though...

0 · August 29, 2009

#32
Markus W

Markus W.

DURHAM,
United Kingdom

82 posts

Sabrina 1954

One of my all time favourite movies along with the obvious classics of that period Casablanca etc

A Billy Wilder original screenplay and direction of a truly fantastic cast. Humphrey Bogart as the serious older brother, William Holden as the race car driving playboy and Audrey Hepburn as the chauffeur's daughter who learned her stuff in Paris.

Classic



imdb.com/title/tt0047437/

0 · August 29, 2009

#33
Erin McGlauflin

Erin M.

DIRTY JERSEY,
United States

129 posts

I love everyone in that gap of time... they're all so much more talented than actors and actresses in the film industry today.
This is the last one I watched, which I adore:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Know_Where_I'm_Going!
No one looks as good in a kilt as Roger Livesey.

0 · August 30, 2009

#34
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

5709 posts

i tend to like bits of films/scenes rather than the whole film. actress wise i do love a bit of ingrid bergman, greta garbo, audrey hepburn and marilyn monroe in certain roles and many more bits and pieces. i like to watch fred astaire and ginger rodgers dance but a lot of their non dance scenes are a bit meh for me, and of course scenes with ava gardner and other actresses i like

0 · September 1, 2014

#35
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

5709 posts

@Leah Q.

i could never stand shirley temple. her starring role as the little princess was awful. she portrayed nothing of the book character

0 · September 1, 2014

  

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