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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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Excellent pick, and a chilling movie! I finally watched it after years of hearing about it. Amazingly, it's in the public domain (the original), so you can watch it for free on It's not a Hitchcock film, though. It was directed by John Frankenheimer, a joint production by Frankenheimer and George Axelrod.

  10. The Stepford Wives (1975)- psychological science fiction thriller directed by Bryan Forbes, starring Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman and Tina Louise.

  Joanna Eberhart (Katherine Ross), a young mother and photographer moves into a new neighbourhood with her husband Walter (Peter Masterson) and their children, At first, life is idyllic, their surroundings a joy to live in, and the residents seemingly friendly and sincere. 

  The Wives of Stepford radiate perfection: impeccably dressed, beautifully adorned and bizarrely obedient to their husbands, but gradually Joanna discovers a dark secret that manifests itself within their flawless behaviour and presence.

Since psychological manipulation is a characteristic of the movies selected. I have one that may or may not fit. Feel free to disqualify the movie.  

This time I have the right director, it is an early Hitchcock movie starring Robert Donat, "39 Steps." 

Spoiler alert. Spoiler Alert. Spolier Alert.

The movie is about an espionage ring and their plans to control the world. At the beginning of the movie a man who can recall all kind of facts is on stage being asked questions. I think he knew not only the longest river in the world but also the length of the river. He recalled many facts. 

Anyway the psychological manipualtion is that the 39 steps refers to an espionage ring and they had used him to store their plans for world domination. They turned him into a human super computer, PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION?

At the end of the information he is asked the question about the 39 steps and he spills the beans. 

I will let you be the judge. I thought it fit but understand if you do not think it fits.


I remember at the end Mr. Memory said he was glad it was over, that it had been a burden on him. He did seem hypnotized when he was given his signal to deliver his information. I'll accept it, barring any protests from the others.

Please post your movies in the reply box at the top of the page rather than as a reply to the last post. Otherwise, the order of posts and replies gets confusing. Thank you, Gem Data!

This is a reply to John's pick:

I had forgotten about this movie, maybe because I never saw it. But it has become a part of American culture. It crystallized something everyone knew but didn't have a good meme for. I must see it one of these days!

12. Thirst - I'm listing the 1979 Australian cult film. It's the story of a woman who is kidnapped by a cult of vampires. They believe her to be the rightful heiress of a previous leader, and she is supposed to take over the cult. But first they have to convince her of how lovely it will be, which they accomplish by a systematic program of brainwashing and mind-altering drugs. Loads of fun!

  13. My Name is Julia Ross (1945)-  engaging atmospheric film noir, set in London starring Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty, George McCready, Roland Verno, Doris Lloyd.

  A young woman, Julia Ross (Nina Foch) seeks employment  and secures a position as a live-in private secretary through an agency. The job requirements insist that the employee has to have no ties that could be distractive to the post. Examples of being unsuitable for the job could be having to care for a sick relative: a boyfriend or having any living  relatives.

  Julia gratefully accepts the position, working for the wealthy Mrs Hughes (Dame May Whitty) and her son Ralph Hughes and arrangements are made immediately for her to meet at the family residence. Julia leaves a note at her lodgings to forward to her gentleman friend. 

But things are not what they seem, clearly psychological mind manipulation and sinister underhand tactics are being applied as Julia becomes increasingly suspicious and terrified, and is made to believe she is losing her mind and her identity.

  Dame May Whitty is excellent in her role as the manipulative and overbearing mother and instigator of the odious crime.

Watch this little gem on YouTube.

Thanks, John!

14.  Mark of the Vampire - I don't want to give away too much, as this very corny vampire flick has some interesting plot surprises, but there is hypnosis involved. This movie is, I think, intentionally campy. Lionel Barrymore plays a vampire investigator checking out the strange occurrences around a typical vampire haunt, an eastern European castle. The cinematography is special, especially in the cemetery and crypt scenes, and there are some fun special effects. Don't expect to be scared, though.

Sounds like my kind of scary movie.. Lol.


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