It’s a cold, grey and rainy day – a perfect day to stay under the covers and watch old movies. If you have the same idea – and the time to spare – here are a few recommendations for your viewing pleasure:
If you’re in the mood to laugh I suggest My Man Godfrey – the 1936 version is my favorite.
“In the depths of the Depression, a party game brings dizzy socialite Irene Bullock to the city dump where she meets Godfrey, a derelict, and ends by hiring him as family butler. He finds the Bullocks to be the epitome of idle rich, and nutty as the proverbial fruitcake. Soon, the dramatizing Irene is in love with her ‘protege’…who feels strongly that a romance between servant and employer is out of place, regardless of that servant’s mysterious past…” (from IMDb)
There are so many funny scenes, and quick witty lines like this,
“Blake: Take a look at the dizzy old gal with the goat.
Alexander Bullock: I’ve had to look at her for 20 years – that’s MRS. Bullock!
Blake: I’m terribly sorry!
Alexander Bullock: How do you think I feel?
So it’s romance you want? Okay, well I think you should go with The Philadelphia Story. (It’s romantic AND funny) You can’t go wrong with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart – ALL IN ONE MOVIE!
“Philadelphia heiress Tracy Lord throws out her playboy husband C.K. Dexter Haven shortly after their marriage. Two years later, Tracy is about to marry respectable George Kittredge whilst Dexter has been working for “Spy” magazine. Dexter arrives at the Lord’s mansion the day before the wedding with writer Mike Connor and photographer Liz Imbrie, determined to spoil things.” (From IMBd)
If you would prefer a little mystery, I think all the Sherlock Holmes movies (staring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce) are good. One of my favorites is “Terror by NIght”
“Traveling on the overnight train from London to Edinburgh, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are accompanying Roland Carstairs and his mother. They are there to protect the famed Star of Rhodesia, a 400-plus carat diamond that Mrs Carstairs had received on her 25th wedding anniversary many years before. There had been an attempt to steal the diamond while in London but when young Carstairs is killed and the diamond stolen, Holmes realizes that it must be the work of the noted thief and criminal, Colonel Sebastian Moran.” (from IMBd) Sorry, I couldn’t find any good clips of this movie!
Lastly, if you’d like a little action, there’s nothing better than Captain Blood. You’ll be swooning over Errol Flynn and asking yourself “Jack Sparrow, who?” There’s something for everyone in this fantastic movie – love, piracy, swordfights, betrayal, Olivia de Havilland – and what’s this – BASIL RATHBONE AGAIN! Sweet.
“The quintessential swashbuckler. Irish doctor Peter Blood is wrongly sentenced to deportation and slavery to the Caribbean. There he amuses himself with insults at Olivia de Havilland. He plans an escape and seeking vengeance, forms an alliance with the French buccaneer Rathbone. However, during their glorious piracy they capture de Havilland and Flynn’s feelings are betrayed when he challenges Rathbone over her.” (IMBd)
If you don’t have time today, don’t worry, there’s plenty more chilly grey days ahead for you to curl up and watch old movies – see, there’s something to look forward to!