Classics

 

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Abe Lincoln in Illinois Ė A.K.A. Ė Spirit of the People

††† Raymond Massey brings Abraham Lincoln to life in this 1940 film. Except for some minor historical inaccuracies (A Civil War song used a year before the war, for one) this is a very well crafted movie. Granted, it does take some poetic license towards Lincolnís life. However, it does it in a loving way that is easily over looked. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Robert Sherwood. Also released as Spirit of the People, but does not have any footage added or removed. Black and White. Available on VCD.

 

Abraham Lincoln

††† D.W. Griffithís first talking picture tells the tale of Abraham Lincoln as he raises in the political arena from a failed Illinois politician to President of the U.S. Of course, some facts are off a bit, but thatís to be expected in Hollywood. 1930. Black & white. Available on VCD.

 

†† Angel On My Shoulder

††† When a mobster is sent to Hell, olí Nick himself sends him back to earth in the body of a recently deceased judge. Black and white. 1946. Available on VCD.

 

††† The Bank Dick

††† W.C. Fields not only starred in this 1940 comedy, but also wrote it under the pen name Mahatma Kane Jeeves. Black and white. Available on VCD.

 

††† Be Big

††† Laurel and Hardy star in this hard-to-find short. Ollie decides that it is more important to go to a lodge party then keep his promise to go away for the weekend with his wife. Naturally, Stan has to go to the party with him (ever wonder about those two?), so Ollie tells their wives that heís too sick to go, and that Stan has to take care of him. This may be where the sit-com writers got the idea. Black and white, 1930's (?). Available on VCD.

 

†† Beat The Devil

††† Humphrey Bogart stars in this 1954 Truman Capote comedy. It was originally made as a satire for The Maltese Falcon, but its style has since taken on a life of its own. Black and White. Available on VCD.

 

The Benny Goodman Story

Actually, this is only the story of how he started to play, developed swing music, and got engaged. It doesn't say anything else about his life.Despite some of the sets being badly re-used (the roof top set in Chicago is identical to the one in New York City, and the speak easy in Chicago looks identical to every small club in the country), it really does have a nice period look to it. The film is only slightly romanticized, which makes it seem even more believable.Color. 1955. Available on VCD.

 

††† Daniel Boone

††† The 1936 classic featuring George OíBrien as Daniel Boone, leading a group of settlers from North Carolina to Kentucky. Black and White. Available on VCD & DVD.

 

††A Farewell To Arms

††† Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in this 1932 film adaptation of Ernest Hemingwayís novel. This is not just another World War One story.Black and White. Available on VCD.

 

††† The Hairy Ape

††† William Bendix and Susan Hayward star in this 1944 screen adaptation of Eugene OíNeillís play. An extremely hairy coal stoker on a cruise ship falls in love with a spoiled, rich debutante. Bendix is so hairy, that in one scene, it looks like he parted his back. Black and White. Available on VCD.

 

His Girl Friday

††† Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in this romantic comedy about two divorced newspaper employees at war with each other. 1940. Black and White. Available on VCD.

 

††Hometown Story

†† When a politician (Jeffery Lynn) is voted out of office, he takes over a small town newspaper. He then decides to focus on scandalous stories in order to rebuild his political image. The film also features Marilyn Monroe as his secretary. 1951. Black and white. Available on VCD.

The Jungle Book

††† This is the 1942 live action interpretation of Rudyard Kiplingís classic novel. Think of it as a pre-teen, India version of Tarzan. Yes, thatís an over simplification. Color. Available on VCD.

 

King Solomonís Mines

This is the original 1937 Robert Stevenson movie. Black & White. Available on VCD.

 

The Lemon Drop Kid

††† Bob Hope stars as a con artist that has to raise $10,000 by Christmas to pay off a mobster. Features the song Silver Bells. The movie also stars Tor Johnson, William Frawley, Marilyn Maxwell and Jane Darwell. Black and white. 1951. Available on VCD.

 

††† Life With Father

William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor and Jimmy (Henry Aldrich) Lydon star in this 1947 adaptation of Clarence Dayís autographic play. The play itself is the longest running NON-musical play in Broadway history. Color. Available on VCD.

 

Little Lord Fauntleroy

††† A young Brooklyn boy must move to England when his uncle calls for him to claim his birthright. Look for Micky Rooney in an early role as the shoeshine boy. 1936. Black and white. Available on VCD.

 

The Little Princess

††† Shirley Temple sings and dances while trapped in an orphanage. Was her father really sent to war, and was he really the man that she thinks he is? The other girls in the orphanage definitely donít think so. Color. 1939. Available on VCD.

 

††† Made For Each Other

††† A romantic comedy starring James Stewart and Carole Lombard. 1939. Black and White. Available on VCD.

 

Meet John Doe

††† Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck star in this 1941 film about the American Spirit and the problems associated with greedy aristocrats. Black and White. Available on VCD.

 

††† My Man Godfrey

††† A charming story of a spoiled rich girl that hires a homeless man as her familyís butler. This is the original, 1936 version, starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. Jane Wyman is seen in the party scene as an extra. Available on VCD.

 

The Scarlet Pimpernel

††† In a sense, this is a French version of Zorro. However, Zorro was more of a Robin Hood figure, trying to protect the poor and innocent. The Scarlet Pimpernel preferred to help the French aristocrats avoid villagers during the French Revolution. Black and white. 1934. Available on VCD.

 

Scarlet Street

†† Edward G. Robinson portrays a recently retired man that turns to painting. After his shrew of a wife belittles his talent, he seeks the comfort of a young woman. After she uses him, he turns to murder. Directed by Fritz Lang. Black and white. 1945. Available on VCD.

 

†† Scrooge --AKA--A Christmas Carole

††This is considered to be one of the best adaptations of Charles Dickensí A Christmas Carole. It has also been said that this is one of Englandís finest classic movies. Stars Alister Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison,Patrick Macnee. Although the movie was released in America as A Christmas Carole, it is the same film, without any footage added or deleted. 1951. Black and White. Available on VCD.

 

The Stranger

††† This is the 1946 movie that many credit as saving Orson Wellesí career. This is the suspenseful tale of a War rimes tribunal member that has tracked a Nazi around the world to suburban Connecticut. Starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, and Richard Long. Black & white. Available on VCD & DVD.

 

 

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