Friday, December 23, 2016

Black and White

There is nothing like those good old "Black and White" films. They are simple, yet fun and unique. They just don't make movies like the good old days.
Also, I have yet to discover someone who can act like those well known faces of yester-years.

My family enjoys those old films and in the recent years we have started collecting them to watch. Usually, it's the handy dandy Library that helps us out.
Many films we would discover we loved so much, we now own them.
We find an actor or actress we like and start browsing their movies online.
When we come across an interesting one, we check to see if the library has it. Many times, they have! If not, cousin Kirsten has discovered her library does and she has brought movies down when she comes to visit. She too, enjoys a good old movie every once in awhile!

Here is a list of some Black and White I have enjoyed:
*note* I'll be listing who is in each film, but only the names of people I know from watching in other movies. Of course, the film has many other actors and actresses!

Gary Cooper is my favorite of the old films. I love how he's always gentle and quiet. With a soft smile and sweet way about him.
#1 for me!

Some of his films I have enjoyed are:
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936)
Also staring Jean Arthur. (love her!)
Directed by Frank Capra

Sergeant York (1941)
Also staring Walter Brennan.

Meet John Doe (1941)
Directed by Frank Capra

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Also staring Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan and Teresa Wright.

High Noon (1952)
Also staring Grace Kelly.

These films star Cary Grant:
His Girl Friday (1940)

The Talk of the Town (1942)
Also staring Jean Arthur and Ronald Coleman.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Directed by Frank Capra.

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
Also staring, a teenage, Shirley Temple.

We all have to have some Jimmy Stewart:
You Can't Take It With You (1936)
Also staring Jean Arthur
Directed by Frank Capra

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Winchester '73 (1950)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962)
Also staring John Wayne and Vera Miles.
Other films are:
His Private Secretary (1933)
Staring... John Wayne!

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
Staring Ronald Coleman

Little Old New York (1940)
Staring Fred MacMurray, Richard Greene, Andy Devine, and Alice Faye

Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Staring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright

Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
Staring Shirley Temple and Dickie Moore
(Many of you will remember "Dickie" from the "Our Gang" comedies.
 It was strange, let me tell you, to see Dickie all grown up and dating Shirley Temple!)

So Proudly We Hail (1943)
Staring Claudette Colbert and Veronica Lake

Since You Went Away (1944)
Staring Claudette Colbert and Shirley Temple

Murder, He Says (1945)
Staring Fred MacMurray and Marjorie Mein.
(You all may know her better as "Ma Kettle")

Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
Staring Claudette Colbert

And who can forget the westerns? The B-Movies. Those fun, low budget films where the cowboy saves the girl from a bad guy in the black hat. Serenating his lady while his trusty stead and comical sidekick watch from the side. Occasionally putting in their "two bits".
Nothing can beat those. Or, in my book.
To me, the old Westerns will always be classics. Everyone needs someone to look up to, and who better than Roy Rogers, Rex Allen, and Gene Autry?

I have watched many, many, old westerns, but here are a few of my favorites:
 The Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Staring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan

Angel and the Badman (1947)
Staring John Wayne

Rim of the Canyon (1949)
Staring Gene Autry

Colorado Sundown (1952)
Staring Rex Allen and Slim Pickens
*Including songs "Down by the Riverside," "Under Colorado Stars", and "I'm Leavin' on that Pine Valley Stage"*

And what about Roy? The "King of the Cowboys". There are far too many Roy Rogers films to choose from. I've probably watched near 35! That's a tad too many to list, so I'll narrow it down to four.
Gabby and Roy
Billy the Kid Returns (1938)
Also staring Smiley Burnette and Mary Hart/Lynne Roberts
*Including songs "Born to the Saddle",  and "Sing A Little Song About Anything"*

Days of Jesse James (1939)
Also staring Gabby Hayes, and Don Barry
*Including song "Echo Mountain"*

Young Bill Hicock (1940)
Also staring Gabby Hayes and Sally Payne
*Including song "Up and Down the Prairie"*

Utah (1945)
Also staring Gabby Hayes, the Sons of the Pioneers, and Dale Evans (Rogers)

Black and White is the way to go! What do you think? Have you watched any of these?


  1. I've watched all of these and I could probably add about 200 more! I love the old actors, I haven't found one modern actor who could be compared to any one star from the 30s and or 40s!

  2. MOST of these I have watched, but I the ones I haven't, I know all about. ;P
    Oh, yes. Black and white is THE best! Oh, Roy. *dreamy-eyed* Nobody can yodel like him. *grins*
    REX ALLEN!!! Why is it that I've only watched one of his movies? Need to get on top of that... ;P
    Gene Autry reminds me of Christmas... that one year when we got him (or his movies collection ;P) and I learned to knit while watching him chase the bad guys.
    "MISS ANNIE ROONEY" IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!!!! <3 'Nough said. ;P (except that I LOVE the happy air about it - all the dancing and the funny slang from then...)
    Gary Cooper's smile is just too much sometimes. ;P
    Jimmy Stewart is so AMAZING! <3

    Yeah. Well. Anyway. Great post. ;P

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! <3
    Nothing can beat the good old black and white!
    Roy, oh, Roy! *sighs*
    And I LOVE Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart....Yeah, must calm myself.
    Meet John Doe and High Noon are probably my favorite Gary Cooper films, though I LOVE all the ones you mentioned.
    And Since You Went Away is enough to set me bawling.... All good choices!

  4. I've watched some of these, and I've heard of others. I want to watch "Sergeant York" again sometime. I've only watched it once. :)

    1. It's my favorite! I own it, if you ever want to borrow it ;)

    2. I want to borrow it too Felicity!

    3. I'll get it to you when I can Clarissa! :)