I grew up watching old movies on tv, especially old musicals.
They have such a feel good quality to them, making your day feel brighter and not just because they are filmed in Technicolor!
I enjoy watching the complex group dance scenes and singing along with the catchy songs but I adore the fashion. The fabulous dresses and gorgeous shoes. The men in their sharp suits and everyone wearing amazing hats. The fashion in these films, for me anyway, is a character in itself.
I’ve started to collect some of these old favourites on DVD and BluRay. Most of them have to be ordered which is a shame. One of the things I miss most about giving cable up, are the channels that show the old movies, like TCM. Luckily they have an incredible website to peruse and purchase from.
Not only is it chock full of information about all the old movies it has a fun stuff section with wallpaper, screensavers, trivia and so on.
Some of my all time favourites are the movies that star Judy Garland, June Allyson, Van Johnson, and Lucille Ball. Then there are the ones that star Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelley, Katherine Hepburn or Audrey Hepburn. And let’s not forget Peter Lawford, Andy Rooney, and Doris Day. I especially enjoy the movies that include more than one of these stars. For instance: Two Girls and a Sailor stars June Allyson & Van Johnson but has a star studded cast of characters as well.
Every Christmas while wrapping presents it is a ritual for me to watch Little Women (starring June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O’Brien, Meet Me in St. Louis and White Christmas.
Two or three times a year I can be found watching Good News, Two Girls and a Sailor, Singing in the Rain and Sabrina. Every month I watch an Elvis movie. My personal faves are Clambake, Roustabout, G.I Blues and Blue Hawaii. it tickles my funny bone when Angela Lansbury says “He didn’t give his Mama any goodnight sugar.” And when Elvis sings Rainbows in G. I Blues it touches my heart.
Whenever I get the chance I share these old movie favourites with my nieces and my younger friends who may not be as familiar as them with I am. Last year I shared my White Christmas watching and wrapping ritual with my good friend A. She had never seen the whole movie. What a great way to share the Christmas spirit and we had so much fun.
I urge you to take the time to find a classic or choose your favourite one and share it with someone who has never seen it but has similar taste to you. You may be surprised by their observations.