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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So that's where that comes from! I have seen it on a bumper sticker, I think.

He was a good character actor, but struggled with poor health most of his life.

Bit of a recap as quite a bit's been happening during this game, with the renewal of the site and all...

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There is a movie with Humphrey Bogart and Eddie Albert I think. There is a scene where Eddie Albert is trying to tame/handle a circus lion. Some of the animals escaped during the early part of the movie. I cannot remember the name of the movie, it is not "All Through the Night" or "Black Legion," but it is in that time frame. It certainly came out before the Maltese Falcon. I have tried to talk myself into remembering the name of the movie. So far no luck, I guess I will look it up.

The "Wagons Roll at Night." I had to look up the title but my memory was not to bad. 

That's a great entry, Thanks Gem Data!  and Welcome to the Game or back to The Game.  Great to see you here.  Feel free to add some more entries.

Yes, that's a good entry, Gem Data, and I think we should just make it explicit that either a circus or a carnival scene (they're so similar) qualifies.

Thanks, Karen! That's very helpful!

13. The Circus - starring Charlie Chaplin

Not the movie I was going to post, as I can't remember the name of a circus movie I took my son to at the movies  a few years ago.  But in trying to work out the movie I'm thinking of, I keep seeing references to this Charlie Chaplin film so think it must be a good one that I should look out for.

The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus, also stars Merna Kennedy and from 1928

This has the hilarious scene in which Charlie is trying to walk on a tightrope, and he gets interfered with by a bunch of monkeys who climb all over him and even cover his eyes. I laughed out loud at this scene.

Hello Ladies & Gentlemen:

My contribution to this particular thread is possibly one of the greatest carnival/circus films I have ever seen, and I'm amazed noone has mentioned it.  I came here with another film entirely in mind, but when I realised that this film had not been listed, I thought, hang on, I thought, we cannot go without mentioning...The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Cecil B. DeMille's penultimate film as director, and seemingly an odd choice for DeMille to make at this point in his career, it tells the story of circus performers competing in a world of endless one night stands and short stops in towns so small the circus doubles the population.  It boasts a wonderful cast of actors all willing to work with DeMille: Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame, Lyle Bettger...and James Stewart, who plays a clown that never removes his makeup and who, it turns out, is wanted by the FBI.  Even in the twilight of his career, DeMille could still make movies that stand up alongside the all-time greats! x

Thanks Stephen.  Welcome to The Game!  And, Great Opening Entry!!!


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