Happy National Classic Movie Day!

Yes, it’s a thing, google it. I wanted to do something symbolic for this special day and so I thought, since I’m 23 years old and I feel like I’ve loved classic movies all my life, I will pick 23 of my favorite scenes from some of my favorite classic movies. Here they are:

When Grace Kelly makes her epic entrance in Rear Window (1954)

When Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine play gin rummy in The Apartment (1960)

When Bette Davis gets drunk in All about Eve (1950)

When Judy Garland sings The Trolley Song in Meet me in St Louis (1944)

When Natalie Wood comes home at the end of The Searchers (1956)

When Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant sing to Baby, the leopardy, in Bringing up Baby (1938)

When the Marx Brothers… do anything in any of their movies.

When Marilyn Monroe sings Runnin’ Wild in Some Like It Hot (1959)

When Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant kiss in Notorious (1946)

When Barbara Stanwyck walks down the stairs in Double Indemnity (1944)

When Irene Dunne sings and laughs at the same time in The Awful Truth (1937)

When Jane Greer comes out of the sun in Out of the Past (1947)

When Lee J. Cobb breaks down in 12 Angry Men (1957)

When Marlon Brando plays with Eva Marie Saint’s glove in On the Waterfront (1954)

When Gloria Swanson makes her speech at the end of Sunset Blvd (1950)

When Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dance to ‘Never Gonna Dance’ in Swing Time (1936)

When Cathy O’Donnell helps Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

When Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall talk about ‘horses’ in The Big Sleep (1946)

When Orson Welles makes his ‘cuckoo clock’ speech in The Third Man (1949)

When Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford kiss in Gilda (1946)

When Cary Grant sees the painting in An Affair to Remember (1957)

When William Powell puts Carole Lombard in the shower in My Man Godfrey (1936)

When Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains begin their beautiful friendship in Casablanca (1942)

….. and the rest, as they say….

There are many, many more scenes that I absolutely love, but these will do for now. Maybe a Part II is on the way?

Here’s to classic movies! May we watch them forever and ever.


40 thoughts on “Happy National Classic Movie Day!

  1. Hooray for classic movies! You did an amazing list. I agree that everything the Marx brothers do is wonderful – I wouldn’t be able to pick only one moment either.

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  2. When Jane Greer comes out of the sun in Out of the Past (1947), such a wonderful scene, Brando, the ‘Cuckoo’ speech. One of my favourites is the tender lovemaking scene in ‘Don’t Look Now’, my all time fave film.

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  3. Mike

    excellent!! can’t wait for part 2. Glad you included The Marx Brothers. One of mine would be the line from Citizen Kana about the woman in the white dress on the ferry.

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  4. What a great list. So many classic movies, so little time to see them all, especially when there are movies like Casablanca and All About Eve, just to name two, that have to be viewedviewed over and over.

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  5. Wonderful list ,highlighting so many terrific scenes.
    As a classic film fan veteran, I’m thrilled that young folk like yourself appreciate and keep alive the wonderful world of vintage Hollywood.
    I will be following your blog from now on.

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  6. stevedallas

    Lots of great ones here. Made me think of different favorite scenes I have from some of the same movies. My favorite scene from the apartment is the one where Fred McMurray tries to hand Shirley Maclaine a $100 bill and tells her, “go buy yourself something nice,” totally oblivious to the fact that she’s sitting their totally destroyed as a human being right in front of him. Just thinking about it makes me wish I’d have signed up for the great villain blogathon with him!

    And then the ending of The Third Man where Joseph Cotten is waiting for Anna and she just keeps on walking. Brilliant! How something so simple could be so memorable!

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    1. Those two are brilliant scenes. I think Shirley MacLaine should have won the Oscar for The Apartment.
      The final scene in The Third Man is stunning. One of the greatest endings of all time, I’d say.

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  7. Love those films and those moments. I’m another person who grew up with them and now once a month I have the pleasure of sharing them with the world on the big screen. Next month I’ll be involved with screening The Searchers. Our guest is LANA WOOD and I can’t wait.

    Here’s some info on the screening in case you live nearby.


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    1. It’s a great one, isn’t it! So much fun!
      😀 I’m Through With Love is wonderful as well. Tony Curtis’ face when he’s watching her… so heart-breaking and sweet at the same time. And when he kisses her! *melting*

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