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#141 the eyes

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 03:54 PM

Embarrassingly, I've not seen The Third Man, nor The Rules of the Game, Grand Illiusion, A Matter of Life and Death, or Children of Paradise. One day, I'm gonna try. Here's a Top 40 for the halibut: 01. Citizen Kane 02. The Bicycle Thief 03. Modern Times 04. Casablanca 05. The Best Years of Our Lives 06. Nosferatu 07. It Happened One Night 08. Notorious 09. His Girl Friday 10. Metropolis 11. The Bride of Frankenstein 12. Potemkin 13. M 14. Rebecca 15. It's a Wonderful Life 16. Gaslight 17. Safety Last 18. City Lights 19. The Wizard of Oz 20. The Awful Truth 21. The Magnificent Ambersons 22. King Kong 23. The General 24. The Grapes of Wrath 25. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs 26. Dracula 27. Frankenstein 28. A Night at the Opera 29. The Lost Weekend 30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 31. The Maltese Falcon 32. The Shop Around the Corner 33. Fantasia 34. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 35. The Philadelphia Story 36. Bringing Up Baby 37. Rope 38. Key Largo 39. Pinocchio 40. Double Indemnity
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 04:27 PM

as well as two Laurel and Hardy.


Now that's raising the bar! :)


Embarrassingly, I've not seen The Third Man, nor The Rules of the Game, Grand Illiusion, A Matter of Life and Death, or Children of Paradise. One day, I'm gonna try. Here's a Top 40 for the halibut:


There are but only two on your list that I've still not seen. It's humiliating to even admit which ones so I will not say.
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 04:56 PM

There are but only two on your list that I've still not seen. It's humiliating to even admit which ones so I will not say.


That's not surprising -- you seem like an authority on the subject! Plus, my list is likely pretty typical. I haven't really seen many (if any) unearthed classics from pre-1950.

I wish I'd gotten around to seeing those movies a while back, when I had the time. Having kids puts a serious crimp in the movie-watchin'.
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 05:02 PM

60. Fantasia (1940)
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59. Orphans of the Storm (Griffith-1921)
58. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz/Keighly-1938)
57. Grand Hotel (Goulding-1932)
56. Little Lord Fauntelroy (Pickford/Green-1921)
55. A Night at the Opera (Wood- 1935)
54. Mutiny on the Bounty (Lloyd-1935)
53. Freaks (Browning-1932)
52. The Lily and the Rose (Griffith-1915)
51. Arsenic and Old Lace (Capra-1944)
50. Gaslight (Cukor-1944)
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49. Way Down East (Gish-1915)
48. City Lights (Chaplin-1931)
47. Mrs. Miniver (Wyler-1942)
46. The Bicycle Thief (De Sica- 1948)
45. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein-1925)
44. I Remember Mama (Stevens-1948)
43. Spellbound (Hitchcock-1945)
42. Dracula (Browning-1931)
41. Lifeboat (Hitchcock-1944)
40. Big Business (Horne-1929)
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39. Intolerance (Griffith-1916)
38. Who Done It (Kenton-1942)
37. Casablanca (Curtiz-1942)
36. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
35. Gone with the Wind (Fleming-1939)
34. The Great Dictator (Chaplin-1940)
33. The General (Keaton-1927)
32. The Wolfman (Wagner-1941)
31. King Kong (1933-Cooper/Schoedsack)
30. Frankenstein
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29. Modern Times (1936-Chaplin)
28. The Wind (1928-Sjostrom)
27. How Green Was My Valley (Ford-1941)
26. The Grapes of Wrath (Ford-1940)
25. Double Indemnity (Wilder-1944)
24. The Third Man (Reed-1949)
23. Metropolis (Lang-1927)
22. Nosferatu (Murnau-1922)
21. Lady For A Day (Capra-1933)
20. The Search (Zinnemann-1948)
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19. The Maltese Falcon (Huston-1941)
18. Broken Blossoms (Griffith-1919)
17. Stagecoach (Ford 1939)
16. Notorious (Hitchcock-1946)
15. Duck Soup (McCarey-1933)
14. Citizen Kane (Welles-1941)
13. Woman of the Year (Stevens-1942)
12. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Capra-1939)
11. The Music Box (Parrott-1932)
10. Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Barton-1948)
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8. The Wizard of Oz (Fleming-1939)
7. The Rules of the Game (Renoir-1939)
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6. Lost Horizon (Capra-1937)
5. The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler-1946)
4. It Happened One Night (Capra-1934)
3. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer-1928)
2. Sunrise (Murnau-1927)
1. It's a Wonderful Life (Capra-1946)
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 05:26 PM

Yeah, I was hoping to see more lists for a more comprensive ballot to pick from. Generally I'm troubled by the lack of Abbott & Costello movies. (props to jmmrsn in this regard.)



thanks for the props. unfortunately that's the only Abbott & Costello movie i've seen so far. Any recommendations?

Nice list Ghost Town, quite a few movies I haven't seen.

I've got two Marx Bros...as well as two Laurel and Hardy.



I put A Day at the Races and A Night at the Opera on my list; those are the only Marx Brothers movies I've seen so far...Recommendations?

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 05:49 PM

thanks for the props. unfortunately that's the only Abbott & Costello movie i've seen so far. Any recommendations?

Nice list Ghost Town, quite a few movies I haven't seen.
I put A Day at the Races and A Night at the Opera on my list; those are the only Marx Brothers movies I've seen so far...Recommendations?


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Posted 20 March 2006 - 06:21 PM

I'd say the Marx Brothers were great. Marx Brothers movies? Not so much. Any bit that doesn't have any of the brothers in it, I just zip through.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 11:34 PM

I'd say the Marx Brothers were great. Marx Brothers movies? Not so much. Any bit that doesn't have any of the brothers in it, I just zip through.

That's true...the rest is all just setup for them. Still, most of those old (talking) comedies did comedy that way (Laurel & Hardy; Abbot & Costello).

As a kid I couldn't get enough of "The Big Store," try that one jmmrsn.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 07:49 AM

I put A Day at the Races and A Night at the Opera on my list; those are the only Marx Brothers movies I've seen so far...Recommendations?


Hey Jimbo, you need to admit that you saw those two just because they are Queen records...

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 10:12 AM

That's true...the rest is all just setup for them. Still, most of those old (talking) comedies did comedy that way (Laurel & Hardy; Abbot & Costello).

As a kid I couldn't get enough of "The Big Store," try that one jmmrsn.

That one is great. Love Harpo skating on the countertops.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 10:56 AM

Hey Jimbo, you need to admit that you saw those two just because they are Queen records...




Ha! I never realized that A Day at the Races was a Queen album although I knew that Night at the Opera was. Thanks for the Queen education.

Also thanks to everyone for the Marx Brothers recommendations!

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:50 AM

I still prefer the anarchaic MGM pictures. "Horse Feathers" and "Monkey Business" almost made my cut. "A Night At The Opera" is still very good, some say the best, but I was never a fan of the big musical numbers (more of a showcase for the Busby Berkeley-type dancers and whichever 'leading male' they cast in addition to the Marx Brothers). "A Day At The Races" is good too but has that long, painfully dated black face number that still makes me cringe.

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 04:33 PM

That one is great. Love Harpo skating on the countertops.

And the bits in the bed department (murphy beds, stacking bunk beds, etc.).

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 04:43 PM

And the bits in the bed department (murphy beds, stacking bunk beds, etc.).

Hell, I'd forgotten about those. I think I was about 12 the last time I saw Big Store.

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 08:39 PM

better late than never, i guess. 1 casablanca 2 the wizard of oz 3 lifeboat 4 meet me in st. louis 5 arsenic and old lace 6 it's a wonderful life 7 notorious 8 wuthering heights 9 abbott and costello meet frankenstein 10 the treasure of the sierra madre 11 on the town 12 anchors aweigh 13 mutiny on the bounty 14 snow white and the seven dwarfs 15 the scarlet pimpernel 16 bringing up baby 17 the time of their lives 18 his girl friday 19 the maltese falcon 20 pinocchio 21 rope 22 fantasia 23 how green was my valley 24 yankee doodle dandy 25 for me and my gal
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 08:58 PM

Voting closed. Expect the countdown to start within 24.
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Posted 23 March 2006 - 08:40 AM

I couldn't believe how many of the great Abbott and Costello movies were released after 1950. I'm going to learn way more from this list than just about any other on the SOMB. Thanks, everyone.
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Posted 23 March 2006 - 10:28 AM

Well I can't offer anything like as am impressive list as many others have. I have seen a good deal movies more then the one's I've listed but somewhere when I was much younger and I defintely need to re-watch to get as much out of as I have the films I've seen more recently. 30 Cat People 29 The Mummy 28 Frankenstein 27 General, The 26 Rebecca 25 King Kong 24 Metropolis 23 Freaks 22 Snow White and The Seven Dw 21 The Black Narcissus 20 Bride of Frankenstein, The 19 Wizard Of Oz 18 Bringing Up Baby 17 Fantasia 16 Gone With The Wind 15 Great Expectations 14 Un Chien Andalou 13 Pinocchio 12 A Night at The Oprea 11 39 Steps, The 10 Casablanca 9 Double Indemnity 8 A Matter of Life and Death 7 It's A Wonderful Life 6 Citizen Kane 5 Brief Encounter 4 Kind Hearts and Coronets 3 His Girl Friday 2 Big Sleep, The 1 Third Man, The
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Posted 24 March 2006 - 10:32 AM

Just to point out, this has started and is in the pinned section. Thought i'd mention that as the results aren't getting many views and i'm guessing some people still think that thread is this one.

http://www.soundopin...wtopic=1947&hl=
Nice bowl of Crunchy Nut you got here, pretty expensive as I recall.