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Friday, March 24, 2017

My Favorite Movie: Part 1 (1933 - 1974)

The latest Facebook challenge is to list your favorite film from each year that you have been alive. Sounds like fun - but I'm going back a bit further than my birth year to begin the challenge. So below is Part 1 featuring my favorite movie from 1933 to 1974 (I've also included a Runner-Up for some years).

1933: Dinner at Eight starring John Barrymore, Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow

1934: The Thin Man starring Myrna Loy and William Powell

1935: A Night at the Opera starring the Marx Brothers

1936: After the Thin Man starring Myrna Loy and William Powell

1937: The Awful Truth starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant
Runner-Up: Stage Door starring Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers

1938: Holiday starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn
Runner-Up: Bringing up Baby starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn

1939: The Women starring Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and Norma Shearer
Runner-Up: Gone with the Wind starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

1940: The Philadelphia Story starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart
Runner-Up: My Favorite Wife starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant

1941: Citizen Kane directed by and starring Orson Welles

1942: The Palm Beach Story starring Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea
Runner-Up: Woman of the Year starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy

1943: Old Acquaintance starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins

1944: Meet Me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland
Runner-Up: Arsenic and Old Lace starring Cary Grant

1945: Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck

1946: It's a Wonderful Life starring Donna Reed and James Stewart

1947: Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood

1948: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy
Runner-Up: The Big Clock starring Ray Milland

1949: On the Town starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra

1950: All About Eve starring Anne Baxter and Bette Davis
Runner-Up: Sunset Boulevard starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson

1951: Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker

1952: Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds

1953: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell

1954: Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window starring Grace Kelly and James Stewart
Runner-Up: Sabrina starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden

1955: Picnic starring William Holden and Kim Novak
Runner-Up: Queen Bee starring Joan Crawford

1956: Carousel starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae
Runner-Up: The Bad Seed starring Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack

1957: Peyton Place starring Lana Turner
Runner-Up: Funny Face starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn

1958: Auntie Mame starring Rosalind Russell
Runner-Up: Houseboat starring Cary Grant and Sophia Loren

1959: Some Like It Hot starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe
Runner-Up: Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint

1960: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho starring Anthony Perkins
Runner-Up: The Apartment starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine

1961: Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard
Runner-Up: West Side Story starring Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and Natalie Wood

1962: The Manchurian Candidate starring Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury and Frank Sinatra
Runner-Up: To Kill a Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck

1963: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds starring Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette and Rod Taylor
Runner-Up: Charade starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

1964: A Shot in the Dark starring Peter Sellers
Runner-Up: Father Goose starring Leslie Caron and Cary Grant

1965: The Great Race starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood
Runner-Up: The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer

1966: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Runner-Up: Lord Love a Duck starring Roddy McDowall and Tuesday Weld

1967: Barefoot in the Park starring jane Fonda and Robert Redford
Runner-Up: To Sir, with Love starring Sidney Poitier

1968: Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand
Runner-Up: Yours, Mine and Ours starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda

1969: Cactus Flower starring Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn and Walter Matthau
Runner-Up: Sweet Charity starring Shirley MacLaine

1970: The Out-of-Towners starring Sandy Dennis and Jack Lemmon
Runner-Up: Five Easy Pieces starring Jack Nicholson

1971: Cold Turkey starring Dick Van Dyke
Runner-Up: The Last Picture Show starring Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman and Cybill Shepherd

1972: What's Up, Doc? starring Madeline Kahn, Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand
Runner-Up: The Poseidon Adventure starring Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens and Shelley Winters

1973: American Graffiti starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Cindy Williams
Runner-Up: The Way We Were starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand

1974: Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein starring Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Gene Wilder
Runner-Up: John Waters' Female Trouble starring Divine


joel65913 said...

Love this sort of challenge!! You have some absolutely fantastic films listed, too many to comment on each but two that caught my eye that are huge favorites of mine-Christmas in Connecticut-a film that I think shows why Barbara Stanwyck was the most versatile of the iconic Golden Age stars-all the others were great but only she was able to relax so comfortably into comedy and switch back to heavy drama. Nobody else except Rosalind Russell even came close but Roz didn’t have Stanwyck’s intensity. That said Auntie Mame was the other that stood out from your list. That movie is such a hoot while being outrageous.

Inspired by your lists I came up with my own, but I started in 1930 and used the same cut-off year. Top first, runner-up second. *The exception is 1939-I just couldn’t narrow further than a top 10!

1930: All Quiet on the Western Front, Hell's Angels
1931: Night Nurse, Possessed
1932: Red Dust, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
1933: Dinner at Eight, Runner-up tie-Gold Diggers of 1933 & Baby Face
1934: The Thin Man, It Happened One Night
1935: Top Hat, Runner-up tie: China Seas & Hands Across the Table
1936: Libeled Lady, A Tale of Two Cities
1937: Stage Door, Runner-up tie: Camille & Grand Illusion
1938: Holiday, The Adventures of Robin Hood
1939: Gone with the Wind, Back Runner-ups-Dodge City, Dark Victory, The Rains Came, In Name Only, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights, The Roaring Twenties, Dust Be My Destiny, Five Came Back

1940- The Shop around the Corner, Waterloo Bridge
1941: The Maltese Falcon, It Started with Eve
1942: I Married a Witch, Runner-up tie-Saboteur & Now, Voyager
1943: Casablanca, Runner-up tie-Watch on the Rhine & Heaven Can Wait
1944: Lifeboat, Laura
1945: Christmas in Connecticut, Mildred Pierce
1946: The Best Years of Our Lives, Deadline at Dawn
1947: The Man I Love-Runner-up tie-The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer & Dark Passage
1948: Romance on the High Seas, The Velvet Touch
1949: A Letter to Three Wives, The Heiress

1950: All about Eve-Runner-up tie-The Breaking Point & In a Lonely Place 1951: The Mating Season, Showboat
1952: The Lusty Men-Runner-up tie- The Marrying Kind & With a Song in My Heart
1953: The President's Lady-Runner-up trio!-Titanic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes & From Here to Eternity
1954: Rear Window-Runner-up tie-A Star is Born & White Christmas 1955: East of Eden, Love Me or Leave Me
1956: Written on the Wind, The Searchers
1957: Witness for the Prosecution, Desk Set
1958: Auntie Mame-Runner-up tie-A Night to Remember & The Reluctant Debutante
1959: Imitation of Life-Runner-up tie-Some Like It Hot & This Earth is Mine

1960: Inherit the Wind, Home from the Hill
1961: Pocketful of Miracles, Breakfast at Tiffany's
1962: How the West Was Won-Runner-up tie-The Manchurian Candidate & The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1963: The Prize-Runner-up tie: I Could Go On Singing & The Birds
1964: Mary Poppins-Runner-up tie- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg & The Night of the Iguana
1965: The Flight of the Phoenix, Cat Ballou
1966: The Trouble with Angels, Fahrenheit 451
1967: Far from the Madding Crowd, Barefoot in the Park
1968: The Lion in Winter, Funny Girl
1969: Cactus Flower-Runner-up tie-They Shoot Horses, Don't They? & Anne of the Thousand Days

1970: Airport, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
1971: Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Andromeda Strain 1972: The Poseidon Adventure, What's Up, Doc?
1973: The Way We Were-Runner-up tie-The Last of Sheila & The Day of the Jackal
1974: Murder on the Orient Express-Runner-up trio-The Towering Inferno, Chinatown, & The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Alan Scott said...

Hey, Marc! You posted some great movies. I love a good Facebook challenge so check out my blog. I started with 1962 but couldn't narrow it down to just one. Oh, well. It was fun looking through these. :)

Marc Harshbarger said...

Joel & Alan, thanks for sharing your own film selections. The Shop Around the Corner, Written on the Wind, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and On a Clear Day all might have made my list if I'd included an Honorable Mention Third Place. And, Joel, I, too, have a fondness for The Trouble with Angels (and its sequel) and The Last of Sheila..