Monday, March 12, 2012

Born in the Wrong Century

When you consider some of the things I love and enjoy, I have to wonder if I was born in the wrong century.  To wit:

1) I love silent movies.
2) Any movie in black and white. 
3) The Rifleman.
4) Cult horror flicks from the 1950s.

Yesterday, I happened to flip onto the Turner Classic Movie channel and found this little gem starring Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan: George Washington Slept Here.  It really had nothing to do with George Washington but it was sort of like Please Don't Eat The Daisies (another one of my fave movies) where a couple from New York decide to purchase a fixer-upper in the country.  Of course, fun and frivolity ensued. 

Black and white movies from the 1940's for me are like grilled cheese and tomato soup.  They're just comforting in their campiness and predictability.  I heart them.

15 comments:

Joanne said...

One of my very favorite comforting movies is Marty, with Ernest Borgnine. I just love that one ... Have you seen it?

Siv Maria said...

Not much of a fan for silent movies, but my comfort movies are usually old musicals or anything with Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant :) Love the comparison of old movies to comfort food, so true!

Karen Walker said...

I think I'm with you Liz. I'm with Siv, I don't care for silent films, but I love the old black and whites, Casablanca, It Happened One Night, Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rear Window, Arsenic and Old Lace, etc. And grilled cheese and tomato soup, oh I'd die to have that, but alas, can't eat either anymore. Sigh!
Karen

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We all have our comfort zones - just enjoy yours!

Jemi Fraser said...

I haven't seen any for a bit, but I do like a lot of the old movies. Campy and fun is right. Add in those musicals and I'm in love :)

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Or maybe it's what you remember seeing as a child, the old movies etc. I think that's why some things warm my heart too.
Have you seen The Artist yet? It's one i want to watch.

raelynbarclay said...

I love the old B&W movies. And you're right, just like tomato soup and grilled cheese! The only silent one I can say "I heart" is The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney, it started my love affair with the Phantom :D

Liz Fichera said...

@Joanne: Yes, I've seen Marty. I think that was his best movie!

Thanks, Alex!

@Siv, Jemi and Karen: You're speaking my language. Love those actors and those films. :)

@Madeleine: The Artist is definitely on my list. I've been very intrigued by the promos.

@Raelyn: I had no idea you were such a Phantom fan! The Lon Chaney version is, IMO, by far the best.

Alleged Author said...

I love black and white movies as well. I have so many old movies the hubby thinks it's a fetish. :P

Danette said...

Oh I LOVE old movies. I used to watch AMC when they were really an old movies channel and I fell in love with Cary Grant. But all of them are good- doesn't even matter if they wound up being a bit corny- loved em'!

inspirenordic said...

Hey :)

I haven't spent so much time watching old movies but they really appeal to me. I've just begun watching Upstairs Downstairs (the 1970 version), this old English show, and I have to say, there is something so cozy and comforting about it :) You've inspired me to go looking further!

Nikki – inspire nordic

Stephen Tremp said...

We watch black and whites too. There are some great ones. Love the photography, especially at tight time.

Colette Martin said...

My husband loves old movies. He gets nostalgic whenever there is a remake, and he insists on watching the older version first. I am almost always disappointed and wonder what he sees in it -- even when he has tears in his eyes.

Sarah Pearson said...

I love the old black and white weepies - Waterloo Bridge with Vivien Leigh, best rainy Sunday afternoon film ever!

Daisy Carter said...

Ah, I LOVE Please Don't Eat The Daisies! I'll have to check this one out; thanks!