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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It is so interesting to know about the Technicolor parts of "Ben Hur." I had never heard of that.

33. Head from 1968. This is a movie with the Monkees, and it is in color, but I understand that there are clips from several earlier films, including The Sign of the Cross, The Black Cat (1934), Golden Boy, and Gilda, plus others. These are in black and white.

The other participants have been thinking of some interesting movies!

   Here's one I've been longing to post!

  34. Joan the Woman (1916)- tremendous silent epic ten-reeler directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Geraldine Farrar.

Remarkable and sweeping portrayal of the life and sacrifice of French martyr Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans, witnessed through the eyes of a World War One Soldier.

  A fatigued Officer, Eric Trent (Wallace Reid) fighting in the trenches of Normandy, on a suicide mission, experiences a vision when he finds Joan of Arc's sword. In the vision, he is approached by Joan and travels back in time to the 15th century as his ancestor, engaged in battle with the English troops against King Charles VII and the French.

  The movie is shot in black and white, with segments of colour tints.  Almost at the finale, when Joan is burning at the stake; in a segment, yellow and red is used to emphasize the effect of the billowing flames.

Looks very interesting

Sorry I haven't been on here in a while. I've been really busy. This category seems to have stalled. I propose we change to a new category. Does anyone have any good ideas?

Just an idea for our game that's been floating around in my head for a while: films which feature Mind control and psychological manipulation. Does it deserve a shout?

Hey, that's an interesting idea, John! We haven't done that yet. I had another idea, too: movies which feature an orphan.

I was thinking that from now until January 1, maybe we could do Christmas movies, with a stipulation that we normally don't apply: they have to be made before 1965. Classics, in other words.

What do you think?

Then we could move to the other categories.

Good idea, Rosie! 

A fast flowing easy game should get us through the festive season.


Sorry I've been really busy too.  On hols for a bit now so will try and get here more frequently.  

Both ideas sound really good to me.  

New category in honor of the holidays: Christmas movies made before 1965.

1. The Bishop's Wife - David Niven, Cary Grant, and Loretta Young. I'm watching this right now. Gladys Cooper, as usual, plays an unpleasant, domineering person. David Niven is an Episcopalian bishop trying to raise funds (primarily from rich widow Cooper) for a new cathedral. Loretta Young is his much-neglected wife, and Cary Grant is the angel sent in answer to Niven's prayer. There are some sweet moments in this movie, such as the ice skating scene in which taxi driver James Gleason joins them on the rink. Elsa Lanchester is the devoted housekeeper. The angel's compassionate influence brings a sense of proper perspective to all, including tough case Cooper, but he narrowly escapes before crossing certain lines with the bishop's beautiful wife.

2. Holiday Inn (1942) starring Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale with music by Irving Berlin. Includes "White Christmas"


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