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    Bringing up Baby
    Its a Wonderful Life
    Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House
    Shirley Temple Movies.

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    Re: Favorite Black and White Movies

    Originally posted by Ladskater
    I forgot to mention Frank Capras' "It's A Wonderful Life" starring Jimmy Stewart. Now there is a classic!
    I forgot that one too!

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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (probably my favorite Jimmy Stewart movie aside from Harvey)

    Meet John Doe (Fabulous - Gary Cooper is wonderful in this flick)

    ...Not really a movie but The Three Stooges and Our Gang/Little Rascals shorts. Didn't they show those at the movies as well, though?

    Anna Karenina - Greta Garbo. Need I say more?

    Stalag 17 - The precursor to Hogan's Heroes, and one of my favorite war movies. William Holden is awesome in this.

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    If I recall correctly, 12 Angry Men with Henry Fonda was in B&W and I enjoyed that one a lot.

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    yes it was... an excellent play that one is Henry Fonda did great... Mike Farrel(BJ Honecutt in the TV Show MASH) reminds me of him for some reason. *shrugs*

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    In addition to the wonderful movies listed, let me add, "The Good Earth", "Dragon Seed" , and "Lilies of the Field".....42

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    Skatecynic,

    I totally forgot about Stalag 17. Great movie which also led to IMO a pretty funny sitcom.

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    Casablanca
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    The Maltese Falcon
    Swing Time (the greatest Fred and Ginger movie ever, IMO)

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    "Eraserhead," directed by the man who directed another great B/W film, "The Elephant Man," David Lynch.

    Mike79: I couldn't agree more about Antonioni's "L'Avventura." I also love his "La Notte." But then you can take any of the Italian new wave directors -- Visconte, Rossellini, Fellini -- and you're going to see magnificent stuff. "La Dolce Vita" is still a phenomenon even today, IMO.

    I'm not a fan of Woody Allen movies generally, but I must say that at least in terms of its cinematography and the Gershwin music, "Manhattan" is almost more quintessentially Manhattan than the real thing.

    From France I'll mention "Breathless" and "Jules et Jim." Don'tcha just want to be Jean Moreau laughing in freeze frame on the beach with two men in love with her? Well, maybe not you, lol.

    From Germany, "M" and "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari." Also directed by Fritz Lang once he came to the US, "Metropolis."

    And I totally agree with everybody about "Arsenic and Old Lace." I saw it just recently but I first remember seeing as a kid with my dad watching late-night Saturday movies. When Raymond Massey tries to carry one of the dead guys down the stairs to the basement and after he closes the door behind him all you hear is him and the body crashing down stairs, my dad and I laughed so hard when I was kid we were crying. And I laughed my guts out again at that part when I saw it just recently. With Cary Grant, there has never been a film IMO that has had someone so gorgeous and so hilarious. Paul Newman came close in the nonB/W "Cool Hand Luke," but that was black comedy, not slapstick. You don't see many of the most handsome men in the world doing great slapstick.

    Two other great Cary Grant-Katherine Hepburn films are "Holiday" and the great "The Philadelphia Story." Cary Grant is also very funny in "Holiday."

    And "All About Eve" is one of the great films of all time, in my book. Every line and every shot in that movie is stellar -- and some are quite filthy if you know what to listen for, he-he. I think it was Joseph Mankewitz (sp?) who wrote the screenplay and he demanded that the actors read every line of the script exactly as written, yet the dialogue sounds so spontaneous, even the beginning narration spoken by George Saunders. I heard Bette Davis say that monologue once as part of a staged interview to promote the film. It just sounded like Bette Davis talking about this woman named Eve..."Eve...evil Eve." Love it, love it, love it. Great thread. Love old movies. My TV is being fixed so I'm going through movie withdrawal!
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Don't know if it's been mentioned, but Young Frankenstein - one of the funniest Mel Brooks films ever!!

    Judgement at Nuremberg - Long, and intense

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    I grew up in front of the television watching black and white moves on Sunday afternoon and I know and love most of what I've seen posted here. Don't forget the "Thin Man" movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy.

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    Hey Cynic! You're so right about "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" Mike Nichols was like 12 when he directed that and he knew it HAD to be in B&W. Liz Taylor gives Boris Karloff a run for his money as "Best Movie Monster." If you're into movies, IMO people who are young enough to have never known Taylor as an actress should definitely rent "Virginia Wolf?" "Father of the Bride," "A Place in the Sun," "Giant," and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (the last two are color) to see a range of Taylor's best acting. She won her first Oscar for "Butterfield 8," a role and film she hated when she should have won it for "Cat." Her husband, Mike Todd, was killed in plane crash while she was making "Cat" and I think the suppression of what must of been insufferable grief gives that performance a desperate strength and passion that to me is breathtaking. So glad you mentioned it.

    And speaking of "Young Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" is pretty funny, too, I think. I know the director, James Whale, always intended it to be a hidden comedy. In any case, "Bride" is the best of the original "Frankenstein"movies, one of those situations where the sequel is better than the original. But between "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Young Frankenstein," unfortunately all the "Frankenstein" movies suck.

    Which reminds me of the original "Dracula." A great double rental feature I think is "Dracula" and another favorite B&W, "Ed Wood." To see Bela Lugosi as Dracula and then watch Martin Landau play Bela Lugosi in his last years when he was down and out and addicted to morphine is great stuff. Not to mention Johnny Depp in girdle and a bra. Love that guy.
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    I also love the Thin Man movies. I watched "Love Crazy" a couple of days ago with William Powell and Myrna Loy. It's a really good old movie too.
    A couple of others I thought of:

    Libeled Lady with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow is a great movie.

    Topper with Cary Grant is fun to watch.

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    I've tried to list my favorites, in year order, that have not already been mentioned.

    1920
    The Kid – 1921 – Charles Chaplin
    The Battleship Potemkin - 1925 -
    The Cocoanuts – 1929 – The Marx Brothers
    1930
    Animal Crackers – 1930 - The Marx Brothers
    City Lights -1931 – Charlie Chaplin
    Horse Feathers – 1932 - The Marx Brothers
    42nd Street – 1933 – Ruby Keeler
    Duck Soup – 1933 - The Marx Brothers
    The Merry Widow – 1934 – Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald
    The 39 Steps – 1935 – Robert Donat
    Mutiny on the Bounty -1935 - Clark Gable, Charles Laughton
    Naughty Marietta – 1935 - Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald
    A Night At The Opera – 1935 - The Marx Brothers
    Tale of Two Cities – 1935 – Ronald Coleman
    My Man Godfrey – 1936 – William Powell
    The Great Zigfield – 1936 – William Powell
    Rose-Marie – 1936 – Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald
    San Francisco - 1936 – Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald
    A Day At The Races – 1937 - The Marx Brothers
    Maytime – 1937 – Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald
    Stella Dallas – 1937 – Barbara Stanwyck
    The Prisoner of Zenda – 1937 – Ronald Coleman
    The Girl of the Golden West – 1938 - Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald
    Room Service – 1938 - The Marx Brothers
    At The Circus – 1939 - The Marx Brothers
    Goodbye Mr Chips- 1939 – Robert Donat
    The Women – 1939 - Norma Shearer
    1940
    Go West – 1940 - The Marx Brothers
    Santa Fe Trail – 1940 – Errol Flynn
    The Big Store – 1941 - The Marx Brothers
    The Maltese Falcon – 1941 – Humphrey Bogart
    Yankee Doodle Dandy – 1942 – James Cagney
    Gaslight -1944 – Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer
    Going My Way – 1944 - Bing Crosby
    Mildred Pierce – 1945 - Joan Crawford
    A Night in Casablanca – 1946 - The Marx Brothers
    Notorious – 1946 – Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman
    Key Largo – 1948 – Humphrey Bogart
    1950
    Roshomon -1950 – Toshiro Mifune (See The Outrage 1964)
    Roman Holiday - 1953 - Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn
    The Man With The Golden Arm – 1955 – Frank Sinatra
    Night of the Hunter – 1955 - Robert Mitchum
    Some Like It Hot – 1959 – Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe
    1960
    The Apartment – 1960 – Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine
    One Two Three – 1961 – James Cagney
    Cape Fear – 1962 – Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum
    The Manchurian Candidate – 1962 - Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey
    The Outrage – 1964 – Paul Newman (See Roshomon – 1950)
    Of Human Bondage – 1964 – Laurence Harvey, Kim Novak

    "These are a few of my favorite things"
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    Reading the titles of the movies listed in this thread makes me want to head to the closest "Blockbuster" video store and rent a stack of movies for the weekend.............42

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