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#101 Jimmy TKB

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 04:21 PM

After a look back at fims I have seen, I was able to make a pretty good sized list. You may be able to pick out a genre preference... 1. The Body Snatcher (1945) 2. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 3. Bedlam (1946) 4. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) 5. Laura (1944) 6. Invisible Man, The (1933) 7. House of the Seven Gables (1945) 8. The Phantom of the Opera (1943) 9. Dragonwyck (1946) 10. Mad Love (1935) 11. Black Cat, The (1934) 12. Citizen Kane (1941) 13. Devilís Island (1939) 14. The Wolf Man (1941) 15. Bluebeard (1944) 16. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) 17. M (1931) 18. Frankenstein (1931) 19. The Mummy (1932) 20. Freaks (1933) 21. Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) 22. Wizard of Oz (1939) 23. Raven, The (1935) 24. White Zombie (1932) 25. House of Dracula (1945) 26. Ghoul, The (1934) 27. Itís a Wonderful Life (1946) 28. Shock (1946) 29. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) 30. Tower of London (1939)

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 04:28 PM

Plus some absolutely landmark cinematography which still holds up.

Still, wouldn't want to sit through it again.


I haven't seen it in awhile, but I think I saw The Third Man five times in the span of four years. It was always on TV for some reason, but I never got sick of it. The sound is a bit muffled, like it wasn't mixed/recorded very well, which is a shame because the dialogue is great and I actually like the score, it fits everything perfectly.

I really dig the story, too. The guy writes corny, dimestore Westerns for a living, the kind of fluff filled with fairy tale delusions of heroism and romance. Unfortunately, Holly actually believes in that shit, and he gets picked apart piece by piece - in the end, after everything that's happened with Harry, Holly still clings on to one last shred of romanticism, and he gets burned for it. A whole picture about disillusionment may sound like a downer, but personally, I still think The Third Man is entertaining stuff and a top notch suspense movie. Rich atmosphere that equals Casablanca, excellent acting, a tight pace, dry wit, and not the least bit pretentious.

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 04:47 PM


3. Phantom of the Opera

I assumed this is the 1925 version, we now have the 1943 version with votes so I need to confirm this.

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Cool, list. Good to get some variety. With US being away from the screens for a bit I'm pencilling in Friday as a deadline but that is not set in stone.
Nice bowl of Crunchy Nut you got here, pretty expensive as I recall.

#104 Jimmy TKB

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 05:12 PM

Glad to participate. I have seen hundreds of 50's and 60's films, so that would be my shining point (kind of like the music poll I did for 1950-1964), but I have seen some quality 30's and 40's films as well. Val Lewton is really known for the Cat People stuff, has anyone else seen either Bedlam or Body Snatchers? Both are mind-blowingly good Lewton flicks, both with masterful Boris Karloff performances, and Donald Plesance's best role, IMHO.

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 11:33 PM

My Phantom of the Opera that I voted for is the one with Lon Chaney. 1925?

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 11:37 PM

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)


Ooo! Can you please tack this onto the end as my #31 pick?
Thanks!!

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 11:09 AM

An excellent and oft overlooked film.

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 11:20 AM

All the above have been sorted.
Nice bowl of Crunchy Nut you got here, pretty expensive as I recall.

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 08:01 AM

When is this baby gonna go to press? It would be nice to have more participants I'm sure...

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 08:07 AM

A few more lists are expected from some key players but Friday is provisionally the deadline and in that case the run down would begin on Tuesday.
Nice bowl of Crunchy Nut you got here, pretty expensive as I recall.

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 12:52 PM

Glad to participate. I have seen hundreds of 50's and 60's films, so that would be my shining point (kind of like the music poll I did for 1950-1964), but I have seen some quality 30's and 40's films as well.

Val Lewton is really known for the Cat People stuff, has anyone else seen either Bedlam or Body Snatchers? Both are mind-blowingly good Lewton flicks, both with masterful Boris Karloff performances, and Donald Plesance's best role, IMHO.




Great list...i'm going to have alot of horror movies also...Cat People is the only Val Lewton movie i've seen but i've heard great things about Bedlam so I'd like to see that.

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 07:58 AM

Great list...i'm going to have alot of horror movies also...Cat People is the only Val Lewton movie i've seen but i've heard great things about Bedlam so I'd like to see that.


Thanks, Jimbo. Bedlam is very good, and has an excellent Karloff performance. However, Body Snatcher is AMAZING. Check this blurb:

One could easily argue, as I surely will attempt to do so, that this film, The Body Snatcher, based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and produced by the wonderfully creative and inventive producer Val Lewton, is the home of Boris Karloff's best performance. His role as Cabman Gray is his best performance as an actor. It gives us a chance to see the real Boris and his entire acting range. He plays with relish a character wicked as can be , yet full of contradictions. This villainous rogue that steals bodies from graves and then creates bodies through murder is given an amiable side. He is the most interesting character in the story. He is the core of the story, and it is all due to Karloff's wonderful and witty portrayal. The story is excellent as our the other actors in the film, most notably Henry Daniell as the doctor abused and tormented by Karloff and past secrets. Although this was the last film to have both Karloff and Lugosi, it is a lopsided affair as Lugosi is given very little screen time and an even smaller role as a blackmailing servant. The best scene with both of them is the murder scene of Lugosi's character, and it is one last glimpse of the two great boogeymen sharing the screen once more together. Outstanding film, competent direction, and excellent acting make this film one of the better horror films of the 40s and one of Karloff's finest moments on the screen period.

It was remade as the "Flesh and the Fiends" in 1959 w/ Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasance. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052811/
Totally Pleasance's best work, he steals scenes from the great Cushing, if you can believe it!

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 08:45 AM

Check out Curse of the Cat People, too---has most of the same cast, but takes on a completely different tack of a story...not a horror story by any means, but more a psychological drama about the importance of a child's imagination. Some striking lighting effects.

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 10:43 AM

Thanks, Jimbo. Bedlam is very good, and has an excellent Karloff performance. However, Body Snatcher is AMAZING. Check this blurb:


It was remade as the "Flesh and the Fiends" in 1959 w/ Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasance. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052811/
Totally Pleasance's best work, he steals scenes from the great Cushing, if you can believe it!




Both of those sound like "must see" movies. thanks for the info!

Check out Curse of the Cat People, too---has most of the same cast, but takes on a completely different tack of a story...not a horror story by any means, but more a psychological drama about the importance of a child's imagination. Some striking lighting effects.



I'll try and check that one out also...

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 12:30 PM

I'm hoping that people will get lists in so I can start this early next week.
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Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:31 PM

You hear that people? Get your damn lists in, pronto!

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:40 PM

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:46 PM

1 to 100. 11 are silent, 9 foreign language. edit-Now Official. I changed 1 entry.
Life & Death of Colonel Blimp (Powell-1943)
Un Chien Andelou (Bunuel-1929)
Children of Paradise (Carne-1945)
Rules of the Game (Renoir-1939)
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene-1919)
Bicycle Thief (DeSica-1948)
Citizen Kane (Welles-1941)
Metropolis (Lang-1927)
It Happened One Night (Capra-1934)
Arsenic & Old Lace (Capra-1944)
Night At The Opera (Wood-1935)
Grapes of Wrath (Ford-1940)
Cesar (Pagnol-1936)
Stage Door (La Cava-1937)
Fury (Lang-36)
His Girl Friday (Hawks-1940)
Duck Soup (McCarey-1933)
Sullivan's Travels (Sturges-1941)
General (Keaton-1927)
Red River (Hawks-1948)
Ox Bow Incident (Wellman-1943)
Gun Crazy (Lewis-49)
Nosferatu (Murnau-1922)
Safety Last (Lloyd-1923)
Stranger (Welles-1946)
Destry Rides Again (Marshall-1939)
Lady For A Day (Capra-1933)
Devil & Daniel Webster (Dieterle-1941)
Cat People (Tourneur-1942)
Sin of Harold Diddlebock (Sturges-1948)
Grand Hotel (Goulding-1932)
Follow Me Quietly (Fleisher-1949)
Double Indemnity (Wilder-1944)
Dracula (Spanish Version-Melford-1933)
Dracula (Browning-1933)
Frankenstein (Whales-1932)
47 Ronin (Mizoguchi-1941)
Meet John Doe (Capra-1941)
Out of the Past (Tourneur-1947)
Killers (Siodmak-1946)
Kiss of Death (Hathaway-1947)
Lady Eve (Sturges-1941)
Laura (Preminger-1940)
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (Disney-1937)
Spellbound (Hitchcock-1945)
M (Lang-1931)
Stagecoach (Ford-1939)
The Raven (Clouzot-1943)
Stray Dog (Kurosawa-1946)
The Third Man (Reed-1949)
Maltese Falcon (Huston-1941)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston-1948)
Here Comes Mr Jordan (Hall-1941)
Awful Truth (McCarey-1937)
Bank Dick (Cline-1940)
Beauty & The Beast (Cocteau-1946)
Dinner At Eight (Cukor-1933)
Canterville Ghost (Dassin-1944)
Mildred Pierce (Curtiz-1945)
Mr & Mrs Smith (Hitchcock-1941)
Mr Smith Goes To Washington (Capra-1939)
Mutiny On The Bounty (Lloyd-1935)
My Favorite Wife (Kanin-1940)
My Man Godfrey (La Cava-1936)
After The Thin Man (Van Dyke-1936)
Palm Beach Story (Struges-1942)
Philadelphia Story (Cukor-1940)
Topper (McLeod-1937)
Public Enemy (Wellman-1931)
Our Hospitality (Keaton-1923)
Lodger (Hitchcock-1926)
Lost Patrol (Ford-1934)
Big Sleep (Huston-1946)
Bombshell (Fleming-1933)
Broken Blossoms (Griffith-1919)
Angels With Dirty Faces (Curtiz-1938)
It's A Wonderful Life (Capra-1946)
Anna Karenina (Brown-1935)
Lost Horizon (Capra-1937)
Greed (Von Stroheim-1924)
In Which We Serve (Lean-1942)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Young-1934)
Secret Life of Walter Mitty (McLeod-1947)
Egg & I (Erskine-1947)
Lost Weekend (Wilder-1945)
Wonder Man (Humberstone-1945)
It's In The Bag (wallace-1945)
Swing Time (Stevens-1937)
Tale of Two Cities (Conway-1935)
Portrait of Jennie (Dieterle-1948)
Postman Alwways Rings Twice (Garnett-1946)
Ruggles of Red Gap (McCarey-1935)
Devil & Miss Jones (Wood-1941)
Day At The Races (Wood-1937)
City Lights (Chaplin-1931)
Woman of the Year (Stevens-1942)
Boys Town (Taurog-1938)
Hunchback of Notre Dame (McDieterle-1939)
Treasure Island (Fleming-1934)
Picture of Dorian Grey (Lewin-1945)
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Posted 16 March 2006 - 07:51 PM

All the above have been sorted.

Sorry Mitchell, not sure if you saw my addition of:

31. The Picture of Dorian Gray--1945--Albert Lewin

thanks.

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 07:26 AM

1 to 100. 11 are silent, 9 foreign language.



Dracula (Spanish Version-Melford-1933)
Dracula (Browning-1933)
Frankenstein (Whales-1932)
The Raven (Clouzot-1943)
Picture of Dorian Grey (Lewin-1945)


Ever seen Black Cat? Smokes Raven, IMHO. Karloff vs. Lugosi. Also, never seen a list that has Frankenstein and not Bride of. Bonus points for the Spanish Dracula, and how the crap did I forget Stagecoach???