Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pre 1970's :: Movies We Love :: Part 1

I grew up with old movies. My love for them followed me into adulthood, and I'm very blessed to have a husband who has grown to love them as much as I do. As a matter of fact, that's all we watch. Call us old fashioned, but we love them. Since so many people aren't really into older films, I thought it might be fun to compile a list of our favorites and share them with you. I've tried to refrain from including the super-obvious classical choices, and instead share movies that are, to my mind at least, slightly less known. Today's list (part 1 of 3) is full of drama, suspense, and even a little bit of romance. Of course there are some laughs too, because who doesn't want to feel cheery from time to time? Or all the time for that matter.

Wait Until Dark (1967) :: thriller staring Audrey Hepburn & Alan Arkin :: Forget "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Audrey does an incredible job portraying a blind woman who's husband unknowingly brings home a doll containing drugs. The ensuing debacle in her home keeps me on the edge of my seat every time! Make sure to have a pillow handy because it will be needed during the final scene to absorb your screaming.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) :: western starring Jimmy Stewart & John Wayne :: Jimmy Stewart plays a new lawyer who finds himself entangled with a powerful criminal when his stage is held up in the Old West town of Shinbone . While he and Wayne's character differ in ideals, their concern for the territory ultimately unites them against a common enemy. 

Charade (1963) :: comedic thriller starring Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn :: Recently widowed, Mrs. Lampert finds herself pursued by her husband's deranged killers as they attempt to recover stolen money that they believe to be in her possession. Lots of character twists (and a killer soundtrack by Henry Mancini) make this a fun film!

The Quiet Man (1952) :: romance drama starring John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara :: Sean Thornton returns to his boyhood home in Ireland and finds himself irresistibly attracted to a fiery woman whose brother disapproves the match. The landscape in this film is lush and gorgeous, and we always love the combination of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara!


Unknown said...

I grew up on old movies too! It always makes me sad when people say they don't like old movies. Those are some great choices. Charade is one of my very most favorites.

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