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ceesmiles in Alberta is doing 37 things including…

watch more black and white classic movies (pre-1950)

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ceesmiles has written 6 entries about this goal

The Lodger (1925)

Hitchcock’s silent film, very similar to all of his films. His fascination with blonds begins. If anyone knows why all of the footage at night on this version had a strange bluish tinge, I would like to know the answer…

Watched Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Not as “swashbuckly” as I expected and Princess Flavia is a bit insipid next to Ronald Colman, but fun. I would watch this with a double feature of the “Princess Bride”.

Watched Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Wonderful movie and I don’t even like musicals with the elaborate staging. Luise Rainer is excellent, so I will look for her in more movies.

If you are into production and costuming, this one is for you.

Watched "It Happened One Night" (1934)

Lovely movie with great characters and witty dialogue. If this is the originator of the romantic comedy than lots of movies with this classification do not deserve the label.

Worth it for the hitch hiking scene alone.

Watched The Thin Man (1934)

I’ve seen this one before and it is still great: the dialogue is sharp and witty and the set up for revealing the murder is fresh for its time, but a funny cliched ending for our time. Still worth watching and I am going to (finally) read the book…

Watched His Girl Friday (1940)

I loved the dialogue and the sparring in this movie. Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant work really well together and the story is interesting. I also liked how she picked her career to get her man, all with his cooperation and encouragement.

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