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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13. Singing in the Rain. This 1952 color picture shows a lot of black and white movie footage.

Great choice, Tiffany!

  14.  The Phantom of the Opera (1925) -  Original celebrated silent classic starring Lon Chaney as Erik the Phantom.

 The majority of the movie is in black and white usually with colour tinted hues.  The masquerade ball scene (or Bal Masque) is made in a two strip colour Technicolor process. Footage made of the Soldier's night scene in colour has long since been lost. 



Your choice of Phantom of the Opera is a very inventive one. 15. The Perils of Pauline from 1947. Betty Hutton and John Lund act in this Technicolor movie about Pearl White's silent film career. The silent film sequences are in black and white.

16. The Women (1939) This film is in black and white, but there is a fashion show partway through that is in color. 

Sorry I've been absent for awhile. This round looks like fun!

I'm glad that you have joined the game and that you like the topic which I suggested. It is good to have you in the game. Your entry, 16, is very informative. I have read about The Women, but I didn't know about the color sequence. That seems to have been a popular idea in 1939!

By the way, I would like to invite you to join my blogathon, "The Great Breening Blogathon:" It is celebrating the life and work of Joseph Breen, the enforcer of the Motion Picture Production Code between 1934 and 1954. As we honor his birthday, which is on October 14, we will be discussing and analyzing the Code era, breening films from other eras, and writing about our own ideas for classic movies. One doesn't have to agree with the Code and Mr. Breen to enjoy that! I hope you will do me the honor of joining. We could really use your talent!

Yours Hopefully,

Tiffany Brannan

17. The Tender Trap from 1955. This is a color movie, but there is one scene in Debbie Reynolds's apartment when they are watching television. The television is playing a scene from the 1953 movie Easy to Love, in which Esther Williams and John Bromfield are swimming around. Easy to Love was a color picture, but the television is playing the scene in black and white.

18. The Purple Rose of Cairo - This Woody Allen film centers around a romance between a 1930s film character (in black and white) and a real-life audience member. The character manages to escape the screen and enter the real world to be with his love, but there are certain problems to be worked out. He knows only the artificial world of his character, and his flesh-and-blood love interest knows all too well the problems of the real world.

Great choice, Rosie. One of my favourite Woody Allen movies. Paco Malo would have approved.


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