The Golden Age of Hollywood


We've done many categories since this game started. I announce the current category in the game, but if you can't find the announcement, just ask any of the players.
There's a game I play every chance I get with anyone who knows about movies. It's very simple: we pick a movie category and take turns naming titles of movies that fit in the category. For example, "films with a number in the title," or "films with hospital scenes" or "films with Joseph Cotten." I thought I'd see if anyone here wants to play.

Since there's no way of knowing how many people would want to join in, we can't take turns, so let's do it this way: only name one title at a time and wait for someone else to name one before you go again. The game ends when either we can't think of any more titles, or we reach 50 titles (because I know some people could go on and on way past the point where I would get bored with the category). So please mention the number we're on when you name a title.
It's no fair using IMDB or other sources, but if you run across a title by accident while the game is going on, it's fair to use it.
I'll start, and for the category I choose "films in which a fire occurs" (not a fire in the fireplace). The fire doesn't have to be depicted, just mentioned. This is a hard category for me, because it will mostly be composed of dramas, and I'm more into comedies, but here goes:

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Would love to see this version

Rosie trying to reply to movies where someone plays themselves in a movie. 

#21 The movie is "The Pride of the Yankees" starring Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig. Babe Ruth plays himself. I remember seeing him in the scene with where Gehrig gives his farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. Cooper is pictured at the microphone in front of a line  Yankee players. Babe Ruth was one of them. 

I didn't remember that detail. Good one!

22. Stormy Weather - This amazing showcase of musical and dance talent features quite a few famous people NOT playing themselves, but among those who do play themselves are Fats Waller and Cab Calloway. Here are my two favorite performances in the movie:


#23 Another Ziegfeld movie, this time it is Ziegfeld Follies. It just happened to be on TCM this morning. The scene with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire dancing to "The Babbitt and The Bromide" start with them introducing themselves to each other while sitting on a park bench. Gene Kelly says aren't you Fred Astaire and Fred says aren't you Gene after Gene Kelly told him he starred in Covergirl, although he first said Rita Hayworth as a joke. This film scene is also in "That's Entertainment," the documentary on MGM musicals, that was hosted by Fred and Gene.

24. It's in the Bag - Fred Allen stars in this comedy about a fortune concealed in a set of inherited chairs. Also appearing are Don Ameche, Robert Benchley, William Bendix, Binnie Barnes, Jerry Colonna, Victor Moore, Rudy Vallee, and Jack Benny as himself. You can see him at about 50 seconds into the trailer below.

#25 This maybe too obscure, but here goes. In a scene from the 1989 movie "The Package," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Gene Hackman, Ike Pappas plays himself as a television news correspondent reporting on a US/USSR summit at the beginning of the movie. The movie is loosely based on some JFK conspiracy theories.

This may not count because I have the movie on DVR and remembered a news reporter played himself at the beginning of the movie but I did not remember his name, I had to go back and watch the movie. Let me know if this breaks the rules.

If you knew the movie's name and those other details, that's good enough for me.

#26 I was thinking about the movie "A Hard Days Night" trying to remember if there was an announcer playing himself in the Beatles movie, boy talk about missing the forest for the trees. Obviously, the Beatles play themselves in the movie "A Hard Days Night." I have only seen the movie once a long time ago when I was in my twenties. I just remember the Beatles running away from all the young women who were their fans!

Gem Data, that's a good one. I don't want to discourage you from posting by any means, but we have a rule of not posting twice in a row. I will number my next entry #26, yours will then be #27, and then I will try to come up with a #28 so that it's clear to everyone what number we're on.

Sorry, I will wait next time. Really like this game. I will introduce it to my family.

26. Head - The Monkees star in this psychedelic adventure featuring themselves. (Gem Data reminded me of this.)



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