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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Yes, she cracks me up. She's hilarious! That Watch the Birdie number is fabulous. and those dives, they must be olympic divers! Great Number :D  thanks for sharing it John!  :)

All the clips are great.

I love Make Someone Happy.  they used that number, with Durante singing,  in ads here last Christmas - which was so nice. I'm going to think of this song as the swan song of GAOH !   :D

Thanks John.

  2. At the Circus (1939) - anarchic madcap merriment starring the unique, irreplaceable Marx brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico).

  If ever you feel down in the dumps, these guys will pull you up!

  A failing circus business needs some assistance to save it from financial ruination. Shyster attorney lawyer, J. Cheever Loophole (Groucho) gets into action enlisting the help of wealthy aristocrat Mrs. Dukesbury (Margaret Dumont).

  Chico and Harpo play circus hands, Antonio and Punchy respectively. 

  The movie is best known for Groucho Marx's musical rendition of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" which became a signature tune for him.  


Not sure if I've seen this one.  Wish theyd put these kind of movies on TV. Great for family viewing, which there really is not a lot of these days.

Agree with you there, Kareng, We had a staple diet of their films at Christmas time when we were young. Also Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, W,C. Fields, Laurel and Hardy-all the classics. That's probably why I love 'em now.

The kids really miss out these days.

3. Road Show - I haven't seen this in a long time, so my memory of the plot is very sketchy. I remember that Adolphe Menjou escapes from a mental hospital and ends up in a carnival where Carole Landis works. He has escaped with a young, handsome millionaire (John Hubbard) who isn't really crazy and whose true identity is a secret. The millionaire falls in love with Carole Landis and saves the carnival. Seeing this poster makes me want to see it again. I remember that I quite liked the movie. I hope this qualifies as a circus. There is lion-taming!

Sounds circus to me   :)  

Looks interesting, Rosie.

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  4. Circus Girl (1937) -action B movie starring June Travis, Robert Livingston, Donald Cook, Betty Compson.

  Intense love revelry leads to dire consequences as trapeze artist Bob McAvoy takes displeasure towards fellow trapeze artist love-cheat Charlie Jerome (Donald Cook) when Bob discovers that Charlie has secretly married his girl Kay Rogers (June Travis), he retaliates by getting into a row and fighting with him. Accentuating to Bob's chagrin,Charlie is playing around with attractive blonde lion tamer, Carlotta (Betty Compson).

 On the trapeze act, Charlie has a nasty fall and blames Bob for not catching him, believing he did it on purpose and it was not an accident. Charlie suffers a damaged shoulder and told by the doctor his trapeze career is over. 

  Meanwhile Charlie plots revenge against Bob.....

5. Polly of the Circus (1932)  Marion Davies and Clark Gable

Polly of the Circus:

A trapeze artist falls for a preacher in this romantic drama starring Marion Davies and Clark Gable, based on Margaret Mayo's 1907 play. The circus has come to town and with it aerialist Polly Fisher (Davies), the queen of the air. Distracted during a performance, she falls 50 feet to the ground and is rushed to the nearby house of Rev. John Hartley (Gable), leader of the local parish. Enemies at first, the two soon fall in love and marry, shocking the vestry, which relieves John of his post.

So when no other church will hire him and he's selling bibles door-to-door, Polly decides to sacrifice her happiness for her husband's, no matter what the cost. First filmed by Goldwyn Pictures in 1917, the rights to Polly of the Circus were included in the 1924 merger that formed M-G-M. The remake would eventually lead to a rare Gable loan-out when he reteamed with Davies for Cain and Mabel, a romantic comedy released by Warner Bros. in 1936.



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