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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You keep coming up with gems, John--or should I say "jools." This looks really fun. I'm going to watch it on YouTube.

42. Pat and Mike - This is my favorite of the nine pairings of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Hepburn plays a talented athlete and Tracy her promoter. She is an all-around athlete, but her best sport is golf. In one tournament, she plays against Babe Zaharias (playing herself). There are quite a few other sports celebrities who also play themselves in this film.

43. Has anyone mentioned "Stage Door Canteen" from 1943? The wartime cafe which hosts the lonely soldiers is staffed with many film and theatre stars. Buster Keaton is waiting tables, George Raft is washing dishes, and dozens of stars are performing for the men. At the end, Katharine Hepburn gives a stirring speech.

Just checked, its not been mentioned.  So all good for Entry # 43!  :D

This is, I think, the only one of the WWII patriotic fundraisers the studios made that I haven't yet seen. But I would love to, especially since this is the only movie (as far as I know) that has both Katharine Hepburn and Harpo Marx in it. Now that is a strange combination! LOL

Welcome to the game, Tiffany!

44. Star Spangled Rhythm - This is another of those patriotic fundraisers, this one made by Paramount and filled with their stars (and a few directors), including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Cecil B. DeMille, Preston Sturges, and many others, most of whom play themselves.

Here's what's been named so far:

1. The Glenn Miller Story – Louis Armstrong

2. Anchors Aweigh – José Iturbi

3. That Touch of Mink – NY Yankees

4. High Society – Louis Armstrong

5. Two Guys From Milwaukee – Bogie and Bacall

6. Dear Brigitte – Brigitte Bardot

7. Hollywood Canteen – Joan Leslie & many others

8. Abbott and Costello in Hollywood – Lucille Ball & others

9. The Band Wagon – Ava Gardner

10. Speedy – Babe Ruth

11. This Is the Army – Irving Berlin, Kate Smith

12. Here Comes the Groom – Dorothy Lamour & others

13. Dancing Lady – Fred Astaire

14. Fantasia – Leopold Stokowski & Mickey Mouse

15. Why Him? – KISS band members

16. To Hell and Back – Audie Murphy

17. Sunset Boulevard – Cecil B. DeMille & others

18. The Reluctant Dragon – Walt Disney

19. Three Daring Daughters – José Iturbi

20. The Great Ziegfeld – Fannie Brice & others

21. The Pride of the Yankees – Babe Ruth

22. Stormy Weather – Fats Waller, Cab Calloway

23. Ziegfeld Follies – Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly

24. It’s in the Bag – Jack Benny

25. The Package – Ike Pappas

26. Head – The Monkees

27. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles

28. The Singing Nun – Ed Sullivan

29. Rock Around the World – Tommy Steele

30. The Holiday – Dustin Hoffman

31. Annie Hall – Dick Cavett, Marshall McLuhan

32. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao – Tony Randall

33. Mighty Joe Young – Primo Carnera

34. Space Jam – Michael Jordan

35. The Five Pennies – Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby

36. Airport 75 – Gloria Swanson

37. I Love Lucy episode – William Holden

38. Without Reservations – Cary Grant, Delores Moran, Jack Benny, Louella Parsons

39. On the Wrong Trek – Laurel & Hardy

40. Ball of Fire – Gene Krupa

41. The Stolen Jools

42. Pat and Mike – Babe Zaharias

43. Stage Door Canteen

44. Star Spangled Rhythm - most of the Paramount stars

There are still a couple of those all-star wartime musicals we haven't yet named (hint).

45. "Variety Girl" from 1947. Mary Hatcher plays Catherine Brown, a girl who goes to Hollywood to break into the film industry. Her friend steals her stage name, Amber Lamonte, and zanily tries to steal her opportunities. Olga San Juan is hilarious in this role. Like most Hollywood pictures, this has lots of cameos in it. Practically every actor at Paramount is featured. There are Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Barry Fitzgerald, Spike Jones, and director George Marshall, to name a few. One of the funniest moments is when Amber Lamonte is getting her screen test. She serves her husband, William Bendix, grapefruit, and he smashes it into her face. This is a hilarious parody on the grapefruit scene in "The Public Enemy." It's a very entertaining picture.

This sounds great! I had never heard of it or of Mary Hatcher.

46. "Show People" from 1928. Among the cameos are Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, Mae Murray, Rod LaRocque, Leatrice Joy, Norma Talmadge, Elinor Glyn, King Vidor, William S. Hart and Louella Parsons.

I recently saw Urban Cowboy. In the movie, John Travolta and Debra Winger meet at a bar called Gilley's. I thought it was Charlie Daniel's bar, pretty stupid, but there us a scene with Mickey Gilley and his band playing at his bar. There were a few other country stars in the movie but I can not remember their names

I checked IMDB, and "Urban Cowboy" qualifies as number 46 in the game.



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