10 Great Classic Movies

Tuesday, February 1 by Wendy Adams

Watch these 10 great classic movies and see why they will last forever. Classic movies rely on wonderful scripts, smart dialogue, and amazingly talented actors to make the movie great instead of special effects, nudity, and violence. Classic movies offer a front row view into life the way it was with fashion, styles, language, and cities the way they used to be.

  1. "Some Like it Hot". An essential comedy classic movie starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as two prohibition era musicians who witness the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago and escape the mob by joining an all girl band where they meet blonde bombshell Sugar Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe). It's great fun to watch Curtis and Lemmon in drag through most of the film. It won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 1959.
  2. "Desk Set". Triangular office romance at its best between Bunny Watson (Katherine Hepburn), Mike Cutler (Gig Young), and Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy). Tracy and Hepburn are perfection in this comedy supported by an all star cast.
  3. "Call Me Madam". Ethel Merman stars as a Washington society hostess turned U.S. Ambassador Sally Adams in this classic musical satire about U.S. foreign relations. A funny running gag about President Harry Truman’s daughter Margaret’s disastrous entertainer career. It includes wonderful music by Irving Berlin and fantastic dancing by Donald O’Connor and Vera Ellen. George Sanders exudes charm.
  4. "Ball of Fire". This 1941 comedy stars Barbara Stanwyck as the saucy showgirl Sugarpuss O’Shea and Gary Cooper as the mousey Professor Bertram Potts, whose worlds collide to great music and a wonderful supporting cast playing bumbling Professors. Dana Andrews plays a great mobster as Joe Lilac. Wonderful witty dialogue.
  5. "Little Foxes". Bette Davis (Regina Giddens) is at her evil best in this Lillian Hellman film about greed and power in the old south. Theresa Wright plays Alexandra Giddens, the only child, and Herbert Marshall delivers a superlative performance as the ill fated husband Horace Giddens. An all star supporting cast includes Patricia Collinge as Birdie Hubbard.
  6. "My Man Godfrey". A classic 1936 comedy starring William Powell as Godfrey, Carole Lombard as Irene Bullock, Gale Patrick as Cornelia Bullock, and Eugene Pallette as Alexander Bullock. One of the best screwball comedies of the era telling the tale of a disillusioned spoiled rich kid who drops out of society and is rescued from homelessness by a wacky family needing a butler. Enough can’t be said about each performance, especially by Carole Lombard.
  7. "Pal Joey". The trio of Frank Sinatra (Joey Evans), Rita Hayworth (Vera Simpson), and Kim Novak (Linda English) sparkle and shine in this 1957 musical about a womanizing down on his luck singer Joey, wealthy socialite widow Vera, and showgirl Linda in a classic love triangle. Sinatra sings his way to renewed stardom with Rodgers and Hart songs.
  8. "The Philadelphia Story". An all star cast of Cary Grant (C.K Dexter Haven), Katherine Hepburn (Tracy Lord), and James Stewart (Macauley Connor) make this 1940 spoof on high society culture and morals one of the best classic comedies of all time. This classic film received six Academy Award nominations.
  9. "Shadow of a Doubt". Alfred Hitchcock keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense as Charlie Newton (Teresa Wright) begins to suspect her visiting uncle Charles Oakley (Joseph Cotton) is a notorious serial killer. Nostalgically filmed in Santa Rosa, California in 1943.
  10. "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner". Katherine Hepburn (Christina Drayton) and Spencer Tracy (Matt Drayton) team up again for this controversial film in 1967 about inter racial marriage. Sidney Poitier (Dr. John Prentice) is the groom and Katharine Houghton (Joey Drayton), Hepburn’s real life niece, is the bride. For 1967 this was a bold story line concluding with a brilliant speech given by Matt. Wonderful supporting cast and fun to see San Francisco in 1967.