30. The Campus Vamp (1928) - Mack Sennett silent two-reeler featuring the risqué and somewhat controversial Sennett's Bathing Beauties, including the lovelies Sally Eilers and Carole Lombard.
Sweet Sally, bright, bespectacled and pretty has a love rival; a long-legged athletic blonde vamp. Who will Matty her beau choose?
The movie is shot in black and white, except for a short segment at the start of the film when the girls are waving and almost at the finale when the scantily-clad gals play baseball on the beach. These are in two strip Technicolor.
I remembered this movie after reading one of Mack Sennett's biographies about a year ago. I dug out the book just to clarify the details I needed.
I thought we were running out of steam on this category, but it seems there's still some life in it. I'm really surprised we've made it to 30 so far. Our combined knowledge is extensive!
Shall we continue with this category or switch to a new one? Feedback is welcome.
I'm out of ideas. Someone else will have to move us forward.
Happy to keep going to, can think of another one or two I think
31. Billy Elliott (2000)
32. Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) - spectacular silent epic with a cast of thousands.
Judean Prince, Ben Hur (Ramon Novarro), coerced to become a galley slave on a Roman warship, his wealth and property seized, and his mother and sister put into prison seeks revenge upon his perpetrator, Messala, a ruthless Roman nobleman (Francis X. Bushman).
Throughout the film, interwoven with the trials and tribulations of Ben Hur, the life and ministry of Jesus Christ is lovingly portrayed in awe-inspiring two-strip Technicolor, while the majority of the movie is in black and white and colour tints.
For many decades, only the monochrome prints existed, until 1980 when Technicolor prints were uncovered in a Czechoslovakian archive. Since then, Ken Brownlow and David Gill of Thames Silents have restored the film to its former glory.
The players of this game are a treasure-trove of knowledge that never ceases to amaze me. Let me know when you're out of ideas, so we can move on to a new category (unless you think we can actually make it to 50).