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Old 10-10-11, 04:06 PM   #1
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What's your favorite old movie?

I thought of this earlier while I was watching "Random Harvest" (thanks pgoat!) It's really hard for me to narrow it down to just one, because I love a lot of the sappy old movies (think Frank "Capricorn") but I also like Metropolis, All Quiet On The Western Front, Citizen Kane, Battleship Potemkin, etc. I think overall, my favorite old movie must be City Lights. I think I could watch it every day and the final scene would still cause a lump in my throat.

So what's your favorite? And by "old movie", I'm generally thinking no newer than early 1950s, but this isn't a rule at all. If you consider Encino Man old, that's perfectly fine too. I own a decent set of old movies, but I'm always open to see others.










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Is Desk Set with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy too young?
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Is Desk Set with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy too young?
Nothing is too young as long as you consider it old! (Well, obviously there has to be some limit. Like maybe 70s and older?) Desk Set is one I hadn't heard of, but I like Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (Boys Town ftw), so that's one I may have to keep an eye for.

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Ooh, that's one I keep meaning to watch but still haven't. Thanks for the reminder!
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Duck Soup. Animal Crackers is a close second. The Sting isn't bad, nor is The Great Escape.
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City Lights is my favourite movie of all time.
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Metropolis.

If we'd bump the date to 1960, House of Usher takes a spot.
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Metropolis, just watched the restored edition last week.
The Maltese Falcon, Beau Geste and Only Angels Have Wings (calling Baranga).
Oooh, almost forgot Spitfire.
And for a good laugh, The Man in the White Suit.
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Duck Soup. Animal Crackers is a close second. The Sting isn't bad, nor is The Great Escape.
This. Plus "Its a mad mad world"
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Metropolis.

If we'd bump the date to 1960, House of Usher takes a spot.
No problem with that, feel free to include any movie you consider old. In my first post I was strictly mentioning the era I watch most. I guess I really consider any movie "old" if it was released before I was born (1979), it's just that I mostly own movies from the early 1950s and back. I want to leave the term "old" open to interpretation here!
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Metropolis, just watched the restored edition last week.
The Maltese Falcon, Beau Geste and Only Angels Have Wings (calling Baranga).
Oooh, almost forgot Spitfire.
And for a good laugh, The Man in the White Suit.
I love Only Angels Have Wings! Come to think of it, I love any movie starring Jean Arthur. *swoon* And I own quite a few of them:

Mr Deeds Goes to Town
You Can't Take It With You
The Plainsman
Easy Living
Only Angels Have Wings
Mr Smith Goes To Washington
History is Made at Night
Talk of The Town
The More The Merrier
Shane

Maybe one or two others I'm not thinking of...
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Popeye
"Goonland", "Blow Me Down", "The Paneless Window Washer", "Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves"

Betty Boop
"Old Man of the Mountain"

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
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Farmer Al Falfa

Felix the Cat
"Woos Whoopee"

And the original version of "The Wizard of Oz" before they sepia tinted the first part. If you want a good new movie, check out "Tin Man". It goes back to Oz 50 years after Dorothy. It stars Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming and Neal McDonough.
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It's a Wonderful Life, Lost Horizons, Twelve O'Clock High (best war movie ever made, Saving Private Ryan as 2nd), African Queen, War of the Worlds, Harvey, An Affair to Remember, Mister Roberts ("Alllll Right, WHO Did IT !, WHO DID IT ?), Miracle on 34th Street, Bridge over the River Kwai, North by Northwest, 12 Angry Men (What a cast !), Roman Holiday,

Great Escape is 60's.

Oh Right, forgot GWTW and Wizard of Oz

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Oh yeah, I own Lost Horizon and I really like it. I tend to like Ronald Colman in just about anything. Also somehow forgot about Harvey, which is one of my all-time favorites.
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The Bells of Saint Mary's, Going My Way, Lilies of the Field, White Christmas, Holiday Inn. Any of the "Road To" movies. See a pattern here? What is the one exception?
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Nothing is too young as long as you consider it old! (Well, obviously there has to be some limit. Like maybe 70s and older?) Desk Set is one I hadn't heard of, but I like Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (Boys Town ftw), so that's one I may have to keep an eye for.
1957. As an IT guy, I find the movie absolutely hilarious. Spencer Tracy is kind of the proto-geek. We also now have most of the technology that they allegedly have in the movie... 54 years ago.
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La Strada
La Dolce Vita
Ashes and Diamonds
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Some Like It Hot
A Night at the Opera
anything by Buster Keaton (hey, wasn't he somebody's avatar once?)
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It happened one night, Little Ceasar, White Heat, Hellzapopin, The Thin man, My Man Godfrey, It's a Gift(any W.C. Fields pic actually), Flying Down to Rio, Another Fine Mess( Laurel & Hardy), "M", To Have and To Have Not. I could go on and on. Best, The Wild Bunch, Peckenpah was out of control.
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La Dolce Vita
Ashes and Diamonds
Days and Nights in the Forest
Some Like It Hot
A Night at the Opera
anything by Buster Keaton (hey, wasn't he somebody's avatar once?)
And two hard boiled eggs!

I'll add one that I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned yet: The Philadelphia Story.



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Let's just say that our TV is more or less glued to Turner Classic Movies, if I have anything to say about it. I love pretty much every film named here so far.

It would be impossible for me to pick just one; it used to be It's a wonderrful life, but I've kinda OD'd on Capra.

I love films of the 30s especially pre-code - the raciness is surprising. Some good ones - Three on a match, Stage Door, Scarface*, Maltese Falcon*, Night Nurse and I Cover the Waterfront.

Also love film noir (The Killers*, Double Indemnity, Postman always rings twice*)

I like many old westerns, but not all (there have been so many!) - my picks include Oxbow incident, Silverado, My Darling Clementine, Fistful of Dollars and Tall in the Saddle

Also a huge Hitchcock fan, Kurosawa, Fellini, Peter Yates, Peter Bogdonovich.

I also love films from the mid-60s-mid 70s, Steve McQueen (Bullitt), Paul Newman (Hombre, Hud, Butch Cassidy) et al... as a lifelong NYer I have a special fondness for stuff filmed here during my childhood - the French Connection is one of my favorites, as are Superfly, Shaft, Pelham One Two Three*, Serpico, and so on.

(* - I refer to the originals, obviously)

If I had to pick one film I can watch over and over, it'd be North by Northwest.

I will name one sleeper old film I think is terrific - Executive Suite - Bill Holden and Walter Pidgeon. Good stuff.


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How about The Warriors? I always thought that was a tremendously underrated movie.
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The Philadelphia Story.
+1, great flick.

First one that came to mind though was Double Indemnity (1944), with Fred Macmurray and Barbara Stanwick.
Close second: Bad Day At Black Rock (1955) with Spencer Tracy.
Citizen Kane (1941) and Casablanca (1942) are gimmes.
And if 1966 isn't too recent, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is just farking awesome.
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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House but I tend to love a lot of old movies.
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