Go back in time to experience Screwball Comedies such as “It Happened One Night” and “You Can’t Take It with You,” Swashbucklers such as “Captain Blood” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” new technicolor movies such as “Nothing Sacred” and “The Wizard of Oz,” and the first full length animated movie “Snow White.” Classic stars such as Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, William Powell, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton, and of course a young James Stewart, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, and Judy Garland (to name a few…). Also who can forget a young Alfred Hitchcock in “The Lady Vanishes” and “The 39 Steps.” And to top it off, you have 1939, which for many is the GREATEST year ever for Hollywood movies which produced “Gone with the Wind” “The Wizard of Oz” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” among many, many other great films. The 30’s were the golden era of film.
Relive the times of War dramatizations like “From Here to Eternity” “Sargeant York” and “Casablanca.” Film Noir Classics such as “Out of the Past” and “The Third Man.” Hitchcock Suspense Thrillers like “Notorious” and “Rebecca.” Holiday Classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” Post war movies like “The Stranger” and “The Best Years of Our Lives.” More Screwball Comedies like “Arsenic and Old Lace”. Even acclaimed foreign films like “Bicycle Thieves” “The Red Shoes” and “Kind Hearts and Coronets.” Stars of the 40’s we’re bigger than life and got us through World War II and the baby boom: Leading men like James Stewart, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart, Joseph Cotten, Dana Andrews & Orson Welles (to name only a few) and of course the leading ladies like Barbara Stanwyck, Ingrid Bergman, Deborah Kerr, Gene Tierney, Joan Fountaine, Lauren Bacall, Vivien Leigh, and Katherine Hepburn. The 40’s were a great era for films!
The greatest decade for Classic Films…This was the decade for the emergence of MEGASTARS, magazines, and TV programs which featured FILMS you could watch in your home. Elvis Presley (“King Creole”) Marlon Brando (“A Streetcar Named Desire” & “On the Waterfront”), James Dean (“Rebel without a Cause”) Grace Kelly “Rear Window” “Dial M for Murder”), Audrey Hepburn (“Roman Holiday” and “Sabrina”), and of course, the biggest star of them all–Marilyn Monroe (“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Some Like It Hot”). So many other famous movie stars had their BEST DECADE: James Stewart (“Vertigo” and “Rear Window”), Montgomery Clift “From Here to Eternity” and “I Confess”), Cary Grant (“North by Northwest” and “An Affair to Remember”), Charlton Heston (“Ben-Hur”), and Henry Fonda (“12 Angry Men”). Many Leading Ladies also had their best decade: Elizabeth Taylor (“Giant” and “A Place in the Sun”), Debora Kerr (“The King and I” and “From Here to Eternity”), and Shirley Jones (“Oklahoma” and “Carousel”). The 1950’s was also the emergence of FAMOUS DIRECTORS who did much of their greatest work in this decade: Alfred Hitchcock (“Strangers on a Train” and “To Catch a Thief” to name a few), Billy Wilder (“Witness for the Prosecution” and “The Seven Year Itch”), John Ford (produced sweeping westerns like “The Searchers”) and “Otto Preminger (“Anatomy of a Murder”), William Wyler (“Ben-Hur” and “Roman Holiday”) and the birth of great careers like Stanley Kubrick (“The Killing” and “Paths of Glory”). According to IMDB, almost 20,000 movies were made in the 50’s. This was the era of CENSORSHIP, so pretty much every movie is G or PG (a few may get a PG-13 rating today) so I also call this the greatest era of the FAMILY FRIENDLY movies!
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