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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28. The Singing Nun - Debbie Reynolds as a singing nun, Sister Ann (based on real-life singing nun Jeannine Deckers), seems almost too cute, but I really enjoyed this film. At one point Sister Ann goes on the Ed Sullivan show, and Ed makes an appearance as himself.


Last night I awoke suddenly in a sweat, sat bolt upright and said - "The Tommy Steele Story (1957)!!!"  Yes, I shouted the year of release, too.  However, I should point out from the outset that this is not a Hollywood movie.  It is British, through and through, which explains why I probably know of it to a greater extent than those of you over in America.  However, the film did receive a US release, under the title Rock Around the World, which I had to Google, I'm afraid.  I couldn't remember it.  Anyway, as you may guess, it is the rise to fame in Britain of Tommy Steele, originally a rock 'n' roll star before going off to Broadway and Hollywood to star in films such as Half a Sixpence (1967) and Finian's Rainbow (1968).  Anyway, after a long search to find the right actor to play Tommy, they finally chose...Tommy Steele.  Steele had a fair few hits in the UK before being completely eclipsed by another singer who had a 58-year pop chart career, Cliff Richard.  Both singers are still with us today, although neither has made a film since the 1970's. x

30. I was watching The Holiday  (2006?) on TV the other night, starring Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black amongst others,

and noticed that Dustin Hoffman made a cameo appearance, when Kate's and Jack's characters were visiting a Hollywood video shop and the discussion turned to music composition in movies, including The Graduate.  Love this movie.  Great lead cast and supporting actors.  :D

31. Annie Hall - There are at least 3 famous people who play themselves in this movie. First, Woody Allen's character, Alvy, appears on the Dick Cavett show and is interviewed by--who else--Dick Cavett. Then Annie meets Paul Simon (played by himself), who invites her to a party. And in one of the funniest scenes of the movie, Alvy magically produces Marshall McLuhan to settle an argument (see clip below).



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