10 Great Old Movies

Saturday, March 5 by Wendy Adams

Each old movie has something unique to offer as you will see by watching these 10 great old movies. Vintage films are living history with the costumes, cars, language, values, morals and cities of the past. Old movies show us life as it was.

  1. "The Odd Couple" Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau), a disheveled divorcee, shares his eight-room apartment with Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) a neurotic hypochondriac with a touch of OCD recently separated from his wife. Classic comedy about polar opposite roommates co-habitating in this witty Neil Simon film. Matthau and Lemmon are brilliant in this classic comedy.
  2. "The Magnificent Ambersons" The film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Booth Tarkington starring Joseph Cotton, Ann Baxter, and directed and narrated by Orson Welles. The movie follows the turn of the century decline of the wealthy and powerful Amberson family and the unrequited love between the Isabel Amberson and rags to riches Eugene Morgan. Brilliant performance given by Agnes Moorehead as Fanny.
  3. "Butterfield 8" A well known model and party girl Gloria Wandrous (Elizabeth Taylor) and a married wealthy executive Weston Liggett (Laurence Harvey) have a fiery affair with a tragic ending. One of Taylor’s best performances that won her the Oscar. An awkward performance given by Eddie Fisher (Taylor’s husband) who plays Steve Carpenter, Gloria’s childhood friend.
  4. "Giant" An epic tale of 25 years in the life of a Texas cattle baron beginning in pre-Texas oil boom and through the oil boom, complete with social prejudices of the era. Starring a beautiful Elizabeth Taylor as Leslie Benedict, Rock Hudson as the immovable patriarch Bick Benedict and an incredible performance by James Dean as Jett Rink.
  5. "Marnie" One of Hitchcock’s better suspenseful tales starring Sean Connery as wealthy businessman Mark Rutland and Tippi Hedren as Marnie Edgar suffering from a troubled past with a prostitute mother played by Louise Latham. Marine is a serial thief who is caught and captured by Mark who loves her. Slowly, Mark peels the onion skin to discover the root of Marnie’s trauma and past.
  6. "Gilda" Classic movie starring Rita Hayworth as the sexy man killer and Glenn Ford as her dark gambler captor. This is Rita Hayworth’s signature character in a film that launched her to super stardom. The film is shot in black and white, which adds texture to this dark tale of love, deceit and betrayal.
  7. "Duel in the Sun" An epic struggle between good and evil in the family of a wealthy cowman and Senator Jackson McCanles (Lionel Barrymore), his frail wife, Laura Belle (Lillian Gish); two sons, Jesse (Joseph Cotton) and Lewt (Gregory Peck); and orphaned half-breed Pearl (Jennifer Jones). Change of pace for Jones who oozes sex from every pore and Peck who is evil. Beautifully photographed.
  8. "Sitting Pretty" The first in the Mr. Belvedere series starring Clifton Webb as the dynamic self superior genius Lynn Belvedere who becomes a suburban nanny to write a shocking expose on suburban morality. Costars Robert young and Maureen O’Hara.
  9. "The Best Years of Our Lives" An all-star cast including Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews and Teresa Wright in an epic tale of soldiers returning home from World War II and the difficulty of reentering their lives. Winner of eight Academy Awards in 1947.
  10. "To Kill a Mockingbird" From the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee, an endearing and disquieting movie about growing up in the racial south during the FDR years. Lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) a widower raising two children Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford), protects his children from unjust prejudice in depression era Macon, Georgia. Filmed in black and white and a must-see classic.
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