I’ve always loved movies, except for the past 5 years or so.  Today’s movies are too much special affects and fighting and explosions for me.  And, I’ve never been much into Fantasy so the Lord of the Rings, etc. never appealed to me.   If we were playing Trivial Pursuit about old movies, I could hold my own, but I’d loose on the newer stuff.  Shoot, I don’t even watch the Academy Awards any more and I used to love it.  Ah well, guess it’s part of growing older, or maybe I’m just interested in different things now.

Any way I’ve listed some of my favorite movies on this page.  Some are movies that I recommend because I think they have good points to make or are classics and others that I just like because they bring out emotions (good or bad).  The information about the movies comes from the Internet Movie Database website as well as my thoughts.  By the way – did you know that Shirley Temple couldn’t tap dance when she started in the movies.  After all, she was only 2.  She had this uncanny ability to mimic the sound that tap dancers made with their feet.

Recommended Movies

State of the Union (Spencer Tracey, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson)

To Kill A Mocking Bird (Gregory Peck, Robert DuVaull)

High Noon (Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges)
Film debut of Lee Van Cleef, who does not have a word of dialogue.
The leading role of Will Kane was first offered to Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas, and Montgomery Clift.

The Best Years Of  Our Lives (Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Myrna Loy)
In 1946 the most successful film at the box office since Gone with the Wind which was released 7 years earlier.
One of the very first films to be selected by the Library of Congress to go into their newly created National Film Registry in 1989.

12 Angry Men (Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Ed Begley)

Movies I could watch over and over again (and I have)

The Desperate Hours (the original – set in Carmel, Indiana)
(Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Gig Young)
This was Humphrey Bogart’s last “tough guy” role.
The exterior of the house used in the film is the same set used as the Cleaver home in the TV series Leave It to Beaver

Ransom (the original) (Glenn Ford, Donna Reed, Leslie Nielsen)
No need for car chases and other action “fill”.  Nielsen’s first film.

Dear Heart (Glenn Ford, Geraldine Page, Angela Lansbury)
Both Sandra Gould and Alice Pearce appear in this movie, the original and replacement Gladys Kravitz characters from the magical sitcom Bewitched (1964).  I think most people would say “eh” about this movie.  I can’t really say why I love it, but I do.

Rear Window (Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr)
Jeff: [into the phone] He killed a dog last night because the dog was scratching around in the garden. You know why? Because he had something buried in that garden that the dog scented.
Lt. Doyle: Like an old hambone?
Jeff: I don’t know what pet names Thorwald had for his wife.

Rio Bravo (John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickenson).

The Great Race (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk)

Support Your Local Sheriff (James Garner, Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan, Jack Elam)

Wait Until Dark (Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna)

Laura (Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Clifton Web, Vincent Price)
The original choice for the role of Laura was Jennifer Jones, who turned it down.  Then it was offered to Hedy Lamarr who also turned it down.  This movie is famous for the haunting “Laura Theme”. When asked why she had turned down the part of Laura, Hedy Lamarr said, “They sent me the script, not the score.”  (movie link) – (Hedy Lamarr link) – I think she is one of the most beautiful women ever.

Roman Holiday (Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert)
Hepburn’s first movie.

Adam’s Rib  (Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn)  A great screen pair.  I enjoy all their movies.

Donovan’s Reef (John Wayne and Lee Marvin)  I love John Wayne Movies.  Most of my favorites are comedies (yes, he made comedies).

The Quiet Man (John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen)
At the film’s conclusion, after the credits, we see Kate and Sean standing in their garden waving good-bye. Maureen O’Hara turns to John Wayne and whispers something in his ear, evoking a priceless reaction from Wayne. What was said was known only to O’Hara, Wayne and director John Ford. In exchange for saying this unscripted bit of text, O’Hara insisted that the exact line never be disclosed by any involved parties. In her memoirs she says that she refused to say the line at first as she “couldn’t possibly say that to Duke”, but Ford insisted, claiming he needed a genuine shock reaction from Wayne. The line remains a mystery to this day.

North to Alaska (John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Capucine)

Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden)



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