My friend Aurora from the oh-so-wonderful blog Once Upon a Screen started a really amazing thing: PayClassicsForward, where classic movie bloggers will make a list of movies they think people who don’t watch the classics will like. And the whole thing is based on the popular Christmas song ’12 Days of Christmas’: ONE directorial debut, TWO duos, THREE foreign films, FOUR soundtracks, FIVE westerns, SIX dance routines, SEVEN comedies, EIGHT films noir, NINE inspiring movies (non holiday fare), TEN performances, ELEVEN movies for children (not animated and assuming everyone has seen The Wizard of Oz), and TWELVE heroes. If you have a blog, please join in. You can change it up a bit if you want (some people have done the whole list based on just noirs, for example). And please don’t forget to use the hashtag #PayClassicsForward.
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ONE directorial debut – The Maltese Falcon (1941) John Huston
TWO duos – Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy and William Powell
THREE foreign films– Persona (1966), La Dolce Vita (1960), Rififi (1955)
FOUR soundtracks – The Apartment (1960), Rebecca (1940), The Third Man (1949), Vertigo (1958)
FIVE westerns – Shane (1953), The Searchers (1956) Johnny Guitar (1954), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), My darling clementine (1945)
SIX dance sequences-Never gonna dance (Swing Time), That Girl on the cover (Cover Girl, 1944), Moses Supposes (Singin’ in the Rain, 1952), Dream Ballet (Oklahoma!, 1955), Begin the Beguine (Broadway Melody of 1940), Cheek to Cheek (Top Hat, 1935)
SEVEN comedies – The Philadelphia Story (1940), Bringing up Baby (1938), Some Like it Hot (1959), Twentieth Century (1934), The Women (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), The Gold Rush (1925)
EIGHT noirs – Double Indemnity (1944), Laura (1944), The Big Combo (1955), The Big Sleep (1946), Out of the Past (1947), The Killers (1946), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
NINE inspiring movies – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), An Affair to Remember (1957), Stage Door (1937), Mr Smith goes to Washington (1939), Casablanca (1942), The Lost Weekend (1945), Mildred Pierce (1945), 12 Angry Men (1957), The Best Years of our Lives (1946)
TEN performances – Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter (1968), Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950), Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd (1950), Lee J. Cobb in 12 Angry Men (1957), Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire (1941), Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth (1937), Cary Grant in Notorious (1946), Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944), Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen (1951)
ELEVEN movies from children– Bit of a cheat, but the Little Rascals movies
TWELVE heroes – Gregory Peck in To Kill a mockingbird (1962), Jimmy Stewart in Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Bette Davis in Now, Voyager (1942), Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year (1942), Gary Cooper in High Noon (1952), Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men (1957), Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night (1967), Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (1954), Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity (1944), Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
So, there you have it, my darlings. Join in and share. Let’s fill the Internet with classics, shall we?