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What are your favorite Christmas movies?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosie Sayer Dec 26, 2018. 6 Replies

For me, December is Christmas Movie Month. I collect the classics pretty exclusively, and I roll out the old Christmas movies (starring Bing Crosby, Barbara Stanwyck, etc.) every year starting in…Continue

Movie about classic film fans - Man in the Chair

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.T. Fisher Oct 10, 2018. 3 Replies

Has anyone seen Man in the Chair? It's a 2007 release starring Christopher Plummer and Michael Angarano about a young classic film buff and a retired film gaffer he meets in a movie theater. It turns…Continue

Irish & Scottish Themes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosie Sayer Jan 27, 2018. 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


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Rosie Sayer replied to Tim's discussion What Does a Film Have to Have to Be Classified as a "Western?"
"My personal opinion is that the classic western has evolved into modern westerns. The classic westerns were usually set in the western U.S. in the 1800s, and they had certain cliché elements which were not all required, but some combination…"
Rosie Sayer replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"6. The Hurricane - This is a John Ford film that used to be hard to get, but I think it's available now. There's more to the plot, but the climax is the hurricane, which basically destroys the whole island where the story unfolds. Some of…"
Rosie Sayer replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion Is anyone still burning classic movie DVDs off of TV, and how?
"Good luck, Victoria! Do you want the captions or not? There is a way to turn them off if you don't want them."
kareng replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"5. The Poseidon Adventure  (Shelley Winters, etc)  1972"
Jun 11
Victoria Hazel replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion Is anyone still burning classic movie DVDs off of TV, and how?
"This is wonderful.  I have bought many DVDs from TCM that are not close captioned but when they show the same movies on TV they are captioned.  I haven't figured out how to record while I "Watch TCM" on my laptop so I will…"
Jun 5
kareng replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Great Entry, I've not heard of this movie be sure.  Shall be sure to look out for it.  Cheers."
May 26
Edward Gielty replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"The Day After Tomorrow. After climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is largely ignored by U.N. officials when presenting his environmental concerns, his research proves true when an enormous "superstorm" develops, setting off…"
May 23
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
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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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Treasure Trove of Pre-Codes

Posted on September 6, 2018 at 5:12pm 3 Comments

Since I generally prefer to watch comedies, I have a lot of pre-Code melodramas/potboilers/morality tales in my collection that I still haven't watched. These were all gifts from friends. I have a huge backlog now, and today I was realizing what a treasure-trove it is.

I have several boxed sets of movies with dozens of Pre-Code movies starring great actors such as Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, and on and on--all new to…


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…


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At 4:56pm on April 7, 2019, rossbollinger said…

Hi Rosie, I sent a friend request in an attempt to get through to you, but maybe I should have just made a comment here since we have never interacted before! I run a YouTube channel called Pencilmation that specializes in Looney Tunes style cartoons, and I am a major fan of old movies. I am looking for people with a strong knowledge of classic Hollywood film to help me with the scripts, and I was wondering if you could recommend anyone from your time here in the forum. The script work would be paid, and I would also be willing to do anything I can in exchange to support and promote this forum if that would be of interest to you. Please contact me on this site or by email at Thank you!

At 2:38pm on July 20, 2018, Ktrek said…

Glad it all worked out but if things don't turn around over the next year I will not keep it going. So, anything you can do to help promote the site will be more assurance of GAOHs future. 

At 12:49pm on July 20, 2018, Richard Peterie said…

It was probably my favorite one with Paula Prentis. Good timing between them.

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 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?


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