My Favorite Movies (in no particular order)!

I recently found a crumpled-up sheet of steno-pad paper with what appears to be a list of my favorite movies on it. There’s no date, but I do remember I still had access to TCM, so it’s at least three years old. Here they are, in no particular order (with a few additions that popped into my head when I was typing up the original list as suggestions for a friend to watch with her 13-year-old daughter):

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Midwestern guys come back from WWII.

Mildred Pierce (1945) Will make your daughter maybe think twice about ever being mouthy and selfish.

The Women (1939). So catty, you’ll smell the tuna! The color fashion show is too wild!

Johnny Belinda (1948). Great cast, great subject. More proof that if actors who play handicapped people when they’re not win Oscars.

Now, Voyager (1942). Who needs the stars when we’ve got the Moon? Or something like that. May or may not be viewed on Mother’s Day; use your own discretion.

At the Circus (1939). More Marx Brothers, which makes it better than anything else even if it’s not considered their best. Bonus – Eve Arden!

Born Yesterday (1950). I wouldn’t bother with any other version after this, I don’t care if John Goodman was in the remake. Written with Columbia Studios head Harry Cohn in mind, who was said to be flattered.

Ball of Fire (1940). Charming old men and Gary Cooper meet mob moll Barbara Stanwyck in their quest to learn about slang. Best gangster name EVER is Duke Pastrami, played super-well by Dan Duryea.

You Can’t Take It with You (1938) My ideal family. I haven’t a bad thing to say about this movie.

Auntie Mame (1958). You won’t bother with the Lucille Ball version after seeing this, TRUST me. It’s simply divine.

The Time of Your Life (1948). The other side of Cagney. A bar that makes Cheers look cold and sterile.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Better than Citizen Kane in many, many ways, which was a fine technical film, but is over-rated by many simply because they don’t know of any other films that are comparable to it.

The Third Man (1949). Great score, great acting, and cats! Orson Welles plays the onscreen version of one of his radio characters, Harry Lime.

Larceny, Inc. (1942). Edward G. Robinson as a hood fresh out of the slam who is forced into going straight by niece Jane Wyman. Look for the young Jackie Gleason!

A Star is Born (1937 and 1954, in that order). Who can resist adorable Janet Gaynor and drunken Fredric March? Not me – plus, Andy Devine! The second, while marred by Judy’s Blackface performance (really, in 1954 they still felt the need to do that?), is pretty charming, but I love Jack Carson’s take on the fed-up press agent, which is on a par with Lionel Stander’s version Matt Libby.,

All Through the Night (1942). Humphrey Bogart is a mobster who fights the Nazis. Look for the young Jackie Gleason!

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938). Eddie G. is a professor of crime – or he’s trying to be. Great supporting performances by Claire Trevor, Bogie, and Maxie Rosenbloom.

All trailers courtesy of YouTube – I don’t own a bit of any of ’em!


I like to watch films and write about them. Or talk about them. Old TV stuff, too.

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