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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosie Sayer Jan 27. 1 Reply

I'm reposting this list, not only for St. Patrick's Day (not so far off) but also for St. Andrew's Day in the fall. These are all feel-good movies or clips. Additional suggestions are welcome!IRISH…Continue

Is anyone still burning classic movie DVDs off of TV, and how?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosie Sayer Jan 9. 4 Replies

It seems increasingly difficult nowadays to burn TV content to DVD due to copy protections. I was wondering if anyone is still doing this, and if so, from what channels, and using what sort of…Continue

The Perfect Marriage - David Niven & Loretta Young

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosie Sayer Sep 15, 2017. 4 Replies

Does anyone have this film, other than the commercial VHS release? I no longer have a VCR, so I haven't been able to watch it in years. I want this on DVD so badly, but it has never been released on…Continue


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Rosie Sayer replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"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…"
Feb 11
Rosie Sayer replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"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…"
Feb 11
Rosie Sayer replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"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!"
Feb 11
Gem Data replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"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,…"
Feb 8
kareng replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"I like this one too. A fav.  Fred and Ginger were just SO GOOD :D"
Feb 7
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"  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…"
Feb 7
Rosie Sayer replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"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…"
Feb 6
Gem Data replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"#9. Alfred Hitchcock's "The Manchurian Candidate,"  brain washed assassin used in murder plot. Original movie with Laurence Harvey and Frank Sinatra,  remade with Denzel Washington as assasin."
Feb 5

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What are your favorite movies?
Easy Living (1937), The African Queen, Lost Horizon (1937), City Lights, Casablanca, His Girl Friday, Ninotchka, Only Angels Have Wings, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Ex-Mrs. Bradford, The Ghost Breakers, Topper Returns, Holiday Inn, Bachelor Mother, The Awful Truth, I Love You Again, Third Finger Left Hand, The More the Merrier, Meet John Doe, On Approval, Tales of Manhattan, Sabrina (1954), Rachel and the Stranger, That Touch of Mink, The Pink Panther, Gold Diggers of 1933, Carefree, Marty, Some Like It Hot, King of Hearts, too many others to name, but mostly screwball comedies.

Non-comedy favorites neglected above: Mysterious Lady; Freaks; Our Daily Bread; The Kennel Murder Mystery; The Lady Vanishes; To Have and Have Not; Witness for the Prosecution; The Old, Dark House; The Best Years of Our Lives; The Third Man; Sunset Boulevard; I Walked with a Zombie; Strangers on a Train; Rear Window; Spellbound; The Misfits; Juliet of the Spirits; Westward the Women
Who are your favorite stars?
Jean Arthur, Melvyn Douglas, Cary Grant, William Powell, David Niven, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Gary Cooper, Fred Astaire, Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, Charles Laughton, Glenn Ford, Mae West, Myrna Loy, Barbara Stanwyck, Audrey Hepburn, Loretta Young, Deborah Kerr, Greer Garson, Joan Blondell ...I'm sure I'm forgetting some of my favorites. Favorite supporting actors include Billie Burke, John Qualen, Eric Blore, Edward Everett Horton, Thomas Mitchell, Thelma Ritter, Peter Lorre (also as a star), Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Coburn, James Gleason, Ned Sparks, and too many others to name.
Who are your favorite directors?
Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, John Huston, James Whale, Alfred Hitchcock
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
My passion for classic films hit me hard from out of nowhere somewhere in my 30s, and it has never worn off. I'm interested primarily in films from before 1960, especially comedies. My favorite film decade is the 1930s. My collection of classic (pre-1965) films is now nearing 800 titles. (If you want to know what I have, see my blog post "My Collection in Alphabetical Order.") I also love classic film trivia and have composed more than 2000 trivia questions which I hope to publish someday. I created the Screwball Comedies group on this forum, and I post there when time permits.
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How I'm Surviving Without Cable TV (but not without TCM)

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 4:55pm 9 Comments

I finally got thoroughly fed up with my provider and canceled not only my cable but also my land line. I now have only Internet.

The thing I was most concerned about was losing TCM. It's really the only channel I care about. But because of another account with a different provider, I am able to log into Watch TCM, which is live streaming of the channel over the Internet. This is the most amazing thing. Here I am in my quiet house, without TV or telemarketers calling all the time, and…


Obscure trivia: two eerie coincidences discovered, plus an inside joke

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 9:11pm 1 Comment

These aren’t earth-breaking facts coming to light, but I got a small thrill out of discovering some little-known trivia.

We all know Frank Morgan and his most famous role as the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. We also all know that The Wizard of Oz was filmed in 1939. What you may not know:

1) In 1935, before MGM even had a script for The Wizard of Oz and had not begun casting, Frank Morgan was in a screwball comedy called The Good Fairy. In this film,…


Getting Through My Unwatched Movies

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 7:00pm 6 Comments

A few years back, I set myself a task of watching a long list of movies, some of which I wanted to watch but hadn't had the time to see, and some of which I felt I SHOULD watch, even though they weren't my cup of tea--westerns, war films, etc. I spent at least a year working on this task--not every night, because sometimes I just wanted to rewatch an old favorite and take a break from my dutiful viewing of unseen classics, but I kept at it steadily. I covered movies and genres I…


The Terror: Scarier Than Anything I've Ever Seen

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 8:00pm 11 Comments

When the first scenes began to unfold in lurid color on my screen, I was dubious, but that was nothing compared to the deep and troubling doubt that soon followed. A very young Jack Nicholson appeared, speaking lines that seemed stolen from the cheapest gothic romance. I believe his first two lines had a touch of an accent, something vaguely European to go with his Napoleonic soldier’s uniform, but the accent was gone by the third line. He was quickly engaged by a 1960s sex…


What I'm Watching

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 8:30pm 12 Comments

September 18, 2010
Classic Film References in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery

It’s no secret that Woody Allen likes old movies, maybe even as much as we do. Many of his films pay tribute to the classics. Tonight I’ve been rewatching Manhattan Murder Mystery, and I think I’m enjoying it more than ever before because I’m getting more of Woody’s references to our beloved old…


Paring Down My List of Shame

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 5:00pm 11 Comments

True confession: a long while back, Ilsa Lund’s discussion “What classic movies are you ashamed to admit you haven’t seen?” really hit home. I’ve actually been too ashamed to admit publicly how many must-sees I haven’t seen. But, in my defense, I’ve been working very hard at filling in the gaps.

Previously, I had been spending all my movie…


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At 4:13am on January 14, 2018, Tony Rosa said…

Thank you, Rosie. We are in a different time zone, I live in Italy (CET)

At 2:40pm on September 26, 2017, Skip Clark said…
Hi Rosie,
I’m very happy to be part of this wonderful group, and I look forward to a lot of interesting conversations.
At 6:59pm on August 21, 2017, Patti said…

Thanks for the welcome back, Rosie.  I always really enjoyed this site, and I'm looking forward to hanging around here again.  I do still have to watch my internet time---if I don't, three hours can be gone before I know it---but since I don't have any other social media accounts, I'm thinking limiting time will be doable.

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At 7:58am on July 20, 2017, Maureen said…


I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed it... and your son! I had a choir teacher in high school who, oddly enough, raved about Rear Window. I say this because he loved the fact that there was no music to speak of in the movie at least none that influenced you as you watch. No huge build up and then cymbals crashing at the climax of what ever horror befell the victim. Hitchcock, unlike the movie makers of today knew that the viewers anticipation and imagination created much worse fears than anything he could put on the screen. The only person in the industry today that has any resemblance to him in that regard is M. Night Shyamalan. 

Thrilled that you are getting your son interested. It's funny, I had older parents and older siblings so from an early age I was exposed to the "golden" age of Hollywood. Even today in my 50's people (of my generation) look at me when I talked Gloria Swanson or the pre-code era like I have three heads! :) Luckily for me my son, though he might not all the oldies, he appreciates them and knows who and what I'm talking about!    

All The Best,


At 9:26am on July 12, 2017, Anthony Beyle said…

Thanks Rosie, it's great to see that you're always around and contributing so much. I'll try to keep up! Well, at least report in as often as I can:) Have a great week!

At 11:42am on July 5, 2017, Ktrek said…

Yea... I purposefully don't allow comments on the Fundraiser.  I post it in a "text only" block so that it remains at the top until the funds are received. Thanks for your contribution though. It is much appreciated!


At 10:28pm on July 2, 2017, Forrest Hopson said…

Hi Rosie,

I've been so busy with a variety of things at both home and work that it's been difficult to have much time to do the things that I really enjoy, one of which is checking out this blog and sharing my thoughts on classic films and it's stars with the members.  I've managed to watch several classic films recently, as well some new movies, too.  I hope you're doing well and are also having time to see some great movies.

At 9:35am on April 8, 2017, Erin Shaffer said…

Hi Rosie, 

I got married in August of 2015. Since then, we've bought a house and added a second border collie to the mix. Needless to say, I've been kept busy! How have you been?

At 10:46am on March 28, 2017, Erin Shaffer said…

Hi Rosie,

I found all my old comments still there in the "A Game I Play" thread. My avatar is empty, but it still shows my comments. I hadn't realized so many years have passed. I'm sure I haven't been gone 5 years though. 

At 8:00am on March 28, 2017, Mike Duffy said…
Hi Rosie: Yep, I've been hanging out on a couple of Facebook sites: Precode Hollywood, and, Stars of Silent and Early Sound Movies. I like the almost-instant feedback I get there on my posts. Here, my posts are mostly ignored, in favor of more recent stuff. Nice to hear from you. Hope your life is going very well. Mike

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Every now and then I stop back in to look at some of the updated comments and I’m surprised, and gladdened, to see that there still are comments! Now, I no longer get paid to post here so this is just a “Hi, how are you?” to everyone who still comments here (so don’t freak […]

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