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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Sounds good to me. A lot of the pioneers experimented with tinting and toning on silent movies. I can think of a few examples.

For the first entry in the partially color films category, I said "The Solid Gold Cadillac" from 1956. As I explain in my article about it at my website (, the last minute or so of the film is in color. Does anyone have any ideas for the second entry?

Yes, was wondering if they would count.  Its a very interesting category and not like any other we've done. Maybe we should just see where it takes us all!  Should be fun  :D 

2. Spellbound - Filmed in black and white, but a climactic scene, in which a gun is fired straight at the camera, is colored red at the moment the gun fires.

What an interesting effect! I have never heard of anything like that. That is an excellent entry for the second film in this category. I will list "Ice Follies of 1939" as number 3. The last fifteen minutes or so of this black and white film are in color, since there is a huge ice skating extravaganza in movie form, and they wanted to show all the colors of the costumes.

4.  The Wizard of Oz (1939)  Judy Garland, Jack Haley, etc. etc. etc. wonderful cast

Just thought we might as well get this one out of the way, its the most obvious entry for me.

Dorothy opens the door of her sepia cabin and steps out into the world of Oz, seen in full colour (Technicolour) the multi-coloured wonders of a new world.

I was wondering who would do that one. Of course, that is one of the most magical color transformations, and it makes a lot of sense.

5. Hell's Angels from 1930. Howard Hughes's early talking extravaganza features some early color sequences. I hope everyone is enjoying this topic. If you get tired of it, I won't mind stopping.

I doubt we'll make it to 50 even with our combined knowledge, but it's an interesting topic!

6. A Matter of Life and Death - I was going to show this movie to a friend yesterday, and I discovered that my copy of it has gone missing. I was so disappointed. I will have to replace it, as this is one of my favorite David Niven films. It is a wartime, surrealistic romance about a British airman who miraculously survives a jump from his burning plane without a parachute. He lands in the sea and is washed up literally at the feet of the woman he met and fell in love with via radio just before his jump. Shortly thereafter, he begins to have strange visions of a heavenly emissary who wants to conduct him to his eternal reward, as his survival was due to a clerical error in heaven. However, now there's a budding romance that shouldn't be denied, and Niven's character wages a legal battle to live out his life on earth with his new love. Meanwhile, he is under observation by a neurosurgeon for a head injury resulting from his jump, which could explain the visions, but the explanation is left to the audience. The scenes on Earth are in color and those in heaven are in black and white.

The movie was also released (in the US, I believe) under the title "Stairway to Heaven."

One of my all time faves as well. Expertly written, produced and directed by the talented Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Check out their other films, you won't be disappointed.

   7. King of Kings (1927)- Cecil B DeMille's spectacular silent epic depicting the life of Jesus Christ

  Shot in black and white, visually stunning, with a cast of thousands, the film portrays the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, his crucifixion and resurrection.  

  The opening sequence is in two-strip Technicolor, showing a scantily clad Mary Magdalene, in a scene of decadence; contrary to her as a servant of the Messiah as she later became.  

  At the end of the movie, when Jesus dies on the cross, the scene magnificently dissolves into technicolor as the Son of God is resurrected, to the wonderment of his disciples.



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