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Old 10-11-2010, 09:56 PM   #16
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1. Casablanca – Curtiz
2. Citizen Kane – Welles
3. The Maltese Falcon – Huston
4. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp – Powell
5. Notorious – Hitchcock
6. Great Expectations – Lean
7. The Great Dictator – Chaplin
8. Double Indemnity – Wilder
9. It’s a wonderful life – Capra
10. Gaslight – Cukor
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Casablanca? Come on, man.
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Hah. If I hadn't put it right above Welles he probably wouldn't have mentioned it.
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It's an entertaining film, but doesn't do much for me. Curtiz is a hack.

And yes, I still would have mentioned it even if you hadn't disgraced Welles with that placement.
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I could easily make a top 10 from the lists already posted. I'll only repeat a couple. Thanks to Laz and Lance for their Ford picks, what a decade for him. I'll mention a less well known one, maybe not as good as the Westerns, but deserves a nod. And the Disney love from GAF and Ashley is awesome. Disney animation as a kid was a huge treat whenever it popped up. I shouldn't mention titles, but whatever. I don't know many foreign films, but Gump had Bicycle Thief. That film is heartwrenching, I can barely watch it. But so deserving of mention. When the dad is caught stealing, ugh....

Ok, a few more....

Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston '48) One of my all time faves, just gets better every time I see it. "We don't need no stinkin' badges", Walter Huston dancing the jig when they strike big, his warnings about greed, and Bogart, in what I think is his greatest role, slowly sliding into madness and paranoia. His fate just brutal. Great film.

Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler '46) US vets try to blend back into civilian life. Extremely blunt for the time this was made, honest in its portrayal of the difficulties faced by physically and emotionally handicapped men, and the wives and families trying to cope with it all. A late in film scene of Dana Andrews tipping perilously close to insanity while sitting in an abandoned bomber plane..... amazing stuff.

They Were Expendable (Ford '45) Probably my favorite 40's WWII film. Could've chosen a half dozen others from Ford. But rarely considered, this one is a rarity in that it shows the Americans on the losing end throughout. Story of the Phillipines, the evacuation of MacArthur, and the many soldiers and civilians left behind to face imprisonment and probably death at the hands of the Japanese. Mostly, this is about American PT boats that stayed behind to harass the Japanese army and which were all eventually lost. Mixed in with actual footage, a real feat for Ford to wrench so much emotion out of this.

White Heat (Walsh '49) Great Cagney gangster film. Cody Jarrett has bad headaches, bad temper, a mother complex (wait till he finds out in prison that she has passed on), Big Ed to worry about, a hot girlfriend, and serious paranoia. A real fun ride til' he gets to the "Top o' the world, ma!"

Duel In the Sun (Vidor '46) Land wars, brotherly jealousy over a woman, Lionel Barrymore, Gregory Peck as the bad brother, and Jennifer Jones . Quite scandalous for the times but a great film.

Mighty Joe Young (Schoedsack? '49) Lovable Joe, similar to Kong. Joe loves hearing "Beautiful Dreamer". Fine effects from Harryhausen. Max O'Hara brings Joe back to the states. He also brought Kong back. Lets hope Joe doesn't meet the same fate

Lifeboat (Hitchcock '44) One of my favorite early Hitchcock. Survivors,after being sunk by a Nazi U boat, float in liferaft with the U boat captain.

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (Barton '48) Laurel & Hardy were fading, but A & C picked up the slack. This is probably their best film. It includes all 3 of the Universal mosters, Frankenstein, Dracula & Wolfman. Though not mentioned, Invisible Man pops up in the last scene

Kiss of Death (Hathaway '47) Sorta like White Heat. Richard Widmark in maybe his best role, also one of his first. He's a crazed psychopath criminal who is being set up by the cops, who use Victor Mature to do it. His laugh alone makes this one worth watching. Pushing granny down the stairs in her wheelchair is a bonus

The Egg & I (Erskine '47) Gotta throw in a screwball comedy. There were so many in the 30's and 40's. This one unleashed Ma & Pa Kettle on the public. Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert try to make a go of it on the farm. Right up there with all the other comedies.

I promise I won't write so much when we get to more recent times

Oh, and for all the Double Indemnity fans, I would highly recommend Sorry, Wrong Number. Very similar, but possibly more suspenseful.
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1. Duel In The Sun (Vidor,46)
2. The Philadelphia Story (Cukor,40)
3. It's A Wonderful Life ( Capra, 46)
4. Meet Me In St. Louis (Minnelli, 44)
5. Mildred Pierce ( Curtiz, 45)
6. Grapes of Wrath ( Ford, 40)
7.The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Mc Leod, 47)
8. Fantasia ( Algar,40)
9. Bambi (Hand, 42)
10. Pinocchio ( Luske, 40)


Best Movie Ending Ever Duel In The Sun!!!!
plus Peck playing a bad guy in the movie
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That film is heartwrenching, I can barely watch it. But so deserving of mention. When the dad is caught stealing, ugh....
I've seen it once, I didn't recall liking it all that much at the time, but in retrospect it's grown on me. Didn't feel comfortable ranking it though do to the unfamiliarity.

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Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston '48) One of my all time faves, just gets better every time I see it. "We don't need no stinkin' badges", Walter Huston dancing the jig when they strike big, his warnings about greed, and Bogart, in what I think is his greatest role, slowly sliding into madness and paranoia. His fate just brutal. Great film.
It was so hard picking between that and The Maltese Falcon. Even now I'm not sure about the decision.

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Oh, and for all the Double Indemnity fans, I would highly recommend Sorry, Wrong Number. Very similar, but possibly more suspenseful.
Then I will definitely take that under advisement.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:54 AM   #23
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Top ten cigarette smoke-filled films from the forties:

Key Largo (48) Huston
Notorious (46) Hitchcock
Double Indemnity (44) B Wilder
Laura (44) Preminger
Dead Men Tell (41) Lachman (A stylistic B movie)
The Philadelphia Story (40) Cukor
The Big Sleep (46) Hawks
Out of the Past (47) Tourneur
The Bank Dick (40) Cline
The Devil & Daniel Webster (41) Dieterle (My all-time favorite "This movie will blow you away" film because so few people have seen it and it's sooooo good.
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The Bank Dick (40) Cline
Love how WC Fields is always looking for a chance to grab a 'drink'

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The Devil & Daniel Webster (41) Dieterle (My all-time favorite "This movie will blow you away" film because so few people have seen it and it's sooooo good.
Edward Arnold terrific again. And the devil (Walter Huston) looking right at you at the end and pointing or saying something is awesome.
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Edward Arnold terrific again. And the devil (Walter Huston) looking right at you at the end and pointing or saying something is awesome.


Simone Simon ain't bad either.
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Top ten cigarette smoke-filled films from the forties:

Out of the Past (47) Tourneur
Your list is great; when it comes to smoking this one in particular really stands out from the pack (no pun intended).
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Oh God, Key Largo.

The one thing that has stuck with me from that film is the part where Robinson whispers something in Bacall's ear, but you never find out what it was. (I hope you know what I'm talking about). That always kind of chilled me.
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