The Golden Age of Hollywood

There have been a lot of classis film series made. These movies have the same main characters - usually, but not always, played by the same actors. I was wondering what some of your favorite movie series are.

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The Thin Man and The Magnificent Seven (with the exception of the last one)

I love the Thin Man series!!! I remember that TCM would show them all the time, but I had never seen them. I told my parents I wanted to watch them, but from the beginning and not start in the middle. So one Christmas they bought me the whole set. Of course, after that, I realized it didn't really matter if I caught it in the middle. Aside from them having a kid in the middle of the series, one movie's story wasn't tied into another.

I've only seen the first two in the Magnificent Seven movies, and a small part of a third. How many movies were there in this series?

One series - or should I say two different series - I've recently been collecting is the East Side Kids and Bowery Boys series. In a way, it's kind of hard to separate the two. Both series have Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and collection of other boys playing the tough - if not always bright - New York street kids.

The East Side Kids series is kind of a mix of Dead End Kids toughness and Bower Boys comedy. In this series, Muggs (Gorcey) is the leader of the gang with his not so bright side kick Glimpy (Hall) and Danny (Bobby Jordan) who is part of the gang, but seems to always get on Muggs bad side when he doesn't always want to go along with some of Muggs' less than honest schemes.

TCM's recent showing of The Bowery Boys every Saturday made me want to start collecting this series that came along after The East Side Kids. This series stars Leo Gorcey as Slip, Huntz Hall as Sach, Bobby Jordan as Bobby, David Gorcey as Chuck, Billy Benedict as Whitey and Bernard Gorcey as Louie, owner of the sweet shop that is the boys' hang out. More comedy than the previous series, this one has the boys running into all sorts of adventures from fighting crooks, to running from monsters, and uncovering spies. There's no limit to the amount of trouble these boys get into. To add to the entertainment is Slip's constant butchering of the English language.

I think my all time favorite series would be the Star Trek films. Next to those would Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto, Crosby and Hopes Road series, Batman and Superman.

I love the Crosby and Hope films. I get such a kick out of how the make fun of each other...even in other movies where they aren't starring together.lol

Great idea for a discussion Ginny!

There are many wonderful films that are a part of a series. The Thin Man is definitely a favorite. The Bulldog films are also great. And The Nancy Drew series. A series I started recently is the Masie films with Ann Sothern, they're pretty good. 

Agree with your choices Kevin, except the Mr. Moto which I've never seen and I've only seen part of one of the Charlie Chan movies. Sherlock Holmes is really great and you can't beat the Crosby/Hope Road pictures for laughs.

One thing most all these films have in common (the Road films an exception) is that they all seem to have had relatively low budgets. Often they had A stars in them, but a B budget. Also a lot of them are in the public domain, so there are many less than excellent copies floating around out there. How nice it would be if someone was to restore them from original prints and release them on DVD.

I know most of the East Side Kids movies were in poor condition for that very reason, Andrew. I wish they would make them in better shape, but I guess I should just be glad they made it to DVD. So many movies I want are not on DVD yet.

Ginny,

Hi.   My choices are rom the Golden Age of  movies. I  started going to movies around 1941. My fav series would be the THIN MAN with Powell and Loy, CHARLIE CHAN ,BOSTON BLACKIE with Chester Morris,THE SAINT with  George Sanders , THE FALCON with Tom Conway ,and others too numerous to mention. As for modern day series, I'm really neutral.Oh yes, I'll also include THE INNER SANCTUM  series with Lon Chaney Jr. and various co stars.

You know, I keep seeing they play the Saint movies on TCM, and I still haven't seen one. I think I'm going to start recording them when they come on to see what they're like. I do like George Sanders even if he usually does play a bad guy. lol

I haven't seen most of those series. I've seen maybe one Charlie Chan movie, no Mr. Moto movies, no Falcon movies, no East Side Kids...
But of the ones I have seen, I like the Thin Man movies, the Topper movies (especially Topper Returns, which I think was the third and last), the Crosby-Hope "Road" movies, the Miss Marple movies starring Margaret Rutherford, the movies starring Edna May Oliver as Hildegarde Withers, and a little series of 3 films about a couple who deal in rare books and also sleuth on the side. The films are called Fast and Loose, Fast and Furious, and Fast Company. Each of these has a different pair of stars, although the characters are the same. My favorite is Fast and Loose, starring Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell as the Sloanes. Obviously, I like mysteries with lots of humor thrown in. Just plain comedy without the mystery also suits me fine!

I agree, Rosie! I haven't heard of a lot of these series that people are posting, and didn't realize how much I was missing. lol. I've only seen the first Topper movie. I haven't seen the sequels.

We can't forget the Andy Hardy films either. I used to record them every time they came on TCM, then was given the collection one Christmas.

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