Welcome to Classic for a Reason, where I’ll be focusing on movies made during the 30s, 40s, and early 50s, the Golden Age of Hollywood. I’ll look at some films from other decades from time to time as well.
I’ve loved classic films for as long as I can remember. When I was in high school, a local TV channel (a VHF station, for those of you who remember what those were) played an Astaire/Rogers film every Saturday afternoon. I don’t know how many times I watched each movie, fascinated by the dance numbers.
When I was 14, I was ill and out of school for several weeks. Because I was awake at odd hours, my parents let me take the little black-and-white TV into my bedroom and watch the classic film marathons that played late at night. That was my introduction to, among others, Bette Davis and classics such as Now, Voyager and Dark Victory.
Sometime during those same years, the local theater played Gone With the Wind on the big screen. I’d loved the book, but was absolutely enthralled by that movie, including the performance of Olivia de Havilland as Melanie. Much to my delight, I learned Miss de Havilland had attended the same high school I did. Between my junior and senior years, I worked in the school library, and had the privilege of seeing the school’s 1934 yearbook. There were several pictures of this phenomenal actress in there, and even then, her beauty and poise set her apart from the other students.
However, it was when I was 19 and attended a big-screen presentation of All About Eve with four friends one Friday night that I was truly hooked. I recognized the value of a top script, sharp dialogue and fine acting over special effects, as well as the creativity required to bring adult themes to movies restricted by the Motion Picture Production Code.
This is my tribute to the wonderful work that has entertained and intrigued me for so many years. My goal here is to introduce these movies to those who may not be familiar with them, share thoughts with other fans, or bring back memories of favorite films from the past.
Thank you for taking the time to read any part of this blog.