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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31.  Billy Elliott (2000)    

Stars:  Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood


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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family
There is a part at the start of the movie - which is a modern movie and therefore in colour - where Billy is returning home and he's dancing around the streets along the way, and it kind of goes into the 'mind' of Billy, and it depicts it by showing a part of Fred Astaire's dancing routine 'white tie, top hat and tails' in the movie, Top Hat (1935) - in black and white.

  32. Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) - spectacular silent epic with a cast of thousands.

  Judean Prince, Ben Hur  (Ramon Novarro), coerced to become a galley slave on a Roman warship, his wealth and property seized, and his mother and sister put into prison seeks revenge upon his perpetrator, Messala, a ruthless Roman nobleman (Francis X. Bushman).

  Throughout the film, interwoven with the trials and tribulations of Ben Hur, the life and ministry of Jesus Christ is lovingly portrayed in awe-inspiring two-strip Technicolor, while the majority of the movie is in black and white and colour tints. 

  For many decades, only the monochrome prints existed, until 1980 when Technicolor prints were uncovered in a Czechoslovakian  archive. Since then, Ken Brownlow and David Gill of Thames Silents have restored the film to its former glory. 


The players of this game are a treasure-trove of knowledge that never ceases to amaze me. Let me know when you're out of ideas, so we can move on to a new category (unless you think we can actually make it to 50).

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?


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