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National Velvet (1944)
Young Liz Taylor and all grown up Mickey Rooney
12-year old Velvet Brown loves horses.She wins one and trains it for the Grand National steeplechase.She is helped by a young drifter, Mi Taylor, who used to be a jockey.National Velvet(1944) is directed by Clarence Brown.This movie has a nice casting.The young Elizabeth Taylor plays the lead Velvet Brown, and does a superb job.Former child star Mickey Rooney plays Mi Taylor, and he does a great job.Today we heard sad news about the passing of Mr. Rooney at the age of 93.His career lasted nearly his lifetime, starting in 1926.Donald Crisp portrays the father Herbert Brown and Anne Revere is the mother Araminty.Angela Lansbury, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins and Juanita Quigley play the other children.And let's not forget King Charles, who plays The Pie, horse.This movie is a little gem from 70 years back.Especially for those, who dig horses.
The Cure (1917)
The absence of The Little Tramp
The Cure from 1917 is a Charles Chaplin film in which he doesn't play The Tramp character.He plays an alcoholic who enters a health spa with a big suitcase full of alcohol.There he meets a beautiful girl (Edna Purviance), who could help him become sober.At some point, all of the spa's inhabitants are loaded after the liquor ends up at the health waters.I have never been drunk in my entire life, and intend never to be, but it can be funny to watch comedians portraying drunkards on films.And Chaplin sure plays a funny drunk.And the absence of The Little Tramp isn't a problem, he was in that costume in many other movies.But how funny the movie is, that's the main issue here.And this movie is pretty funny.
The Count (1916)
Chaplin the fake count
Charlie Chaplin is tailor's (Campbell) handyman but is fired after he burns a count's trousers.Then they both end up at a party pretending to be a count.And they both want to win the heart of Miss Moneybags (Purviance).The Count from 1916 is Charles Chaplin's 5th movie for Mutual Film Corporation.This short comedy is pretty funny, not his best though.But it's a lot of fun to watch Charlie taking measurements from the lady customer.The eating scene is mildly amusing.Chaplin shows us his physical comedy skills on the dance floor with Edna.And on some other places, too.He was a true comedian who knew what was funny to the audiences of that day and tomorrow.
Easy Street (1917)
Charlie enters a Mission and has a religious awakening, thanks to a beautiful woman (Edna).He then becomes a policeman to maintain law and order on a restless street, where Eric Campbell bullies around good citizens.Of course the little tramp is tough enough to beat the bully, never mind the size difference.Easy Street (1917) is a Charles Chaplin comedy filled with fast-paced action.It is quite funny the way he uses his nightstick, like after the man laughs at him.This movie also contains a drug addict, and there is a scene with a needle shooting up.And Charlie sits on this needle.That was a little shocker to me.But oh well, they show a lot worse stuff in modern movies.
The Vagabond (1916)
Chaplin saves the girl
Charles Chaplin came up with the Tramp character one hundred years ago, in 1914.In 1916 the world had known him for two years.And that was the year he made this film, The Vagabond.This time he's a saloon violinist, who saves a girl, played by Edna Purviance from a gypsy caravan led by Eric Campbell.Then a painter finds the girl and paints her portrait.But does the painter get the girl? Or is it our beloved little tramp who gets her? Charles Chaplin has come up with a great story, once again.The funniest scene is where he performs for the girl.And he keeps falling into a bucket of water.This all reminds a bit of his latter film Limelight (1952), where he also played the violin.Chaplin was also an amateur violin player.He was really an artist, not just a regular movie maker.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Buster the funny detective
Buster Keaton is a movie theater projectionist who dreams of being a detective.Sherlock Jr. was made in 1924.It's a silent comedy classic with the stone-faced Buster Keaton.The love interest is played by Kathryn McGuire.Joe Keaton (Buster's real-life father) plays her father.Ward Crane is the villain of the movie.This movie shows what made Buster Keaton a legend in his craft.There are some amazing acrobatic stunts performed by him, like the one where he rides the handlebars of a motorcycle.And the train station scene got his neck fractured, but the show had to go on.A memorable scene is where he walks into a movie screen.And you could hardly call this a comedy without a gag where Buster slips on a banana peel:D 90 years has done no harm to this film.Enjoy this hilarious comedy classic and have a laugh festival!
A musical classic directed by Stanley Donen
It's Oregon in 1850.Adam Pontipee goes to town to find himself a wife.And he finds one.That (un)lucky woman is Milly.He doesn't tell her that he lives with his six brothers at a cabin in the mountains.At first Milly feels more like a maid than a wife.Then he starts teaching some manners to the fighting brothers, so that they could get them some ladies too.Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) is a film by legendary Stanley Donen, who's 89 years old today.Howard Keel and Jane Powell make a very nice pair in the lead.Other actors include Julie Newmar, Russ Tamblyn and Marc Platt, a ballet dancer who just turned 100.There are a few great musical numbers in this movie.I could mention "Goin' Courtin'", which is pretty wild.The dance scene is a lot of fun.This is a movie not to be missed for all you musical lovers out there.
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Pink Panther after Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers died in 1980, but more Pink Panther movies kept coming.In Blake Edwards' Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) we still see Sellers clowning as Inspector Jacques Clouseau.But his performance consists of flashbacks and outtakes from previous films.Sure the scenes with Sellers are the funniest ones in the movie.And then the ones with Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Dreyfus.Mr. Lom sadly died on September at the age of 95.It's also enjoyable to watch David Niven appearing as Sir Charles Litton.He was voiced by Rich Little because he was suffering from ALS.Joanna Lumley plays television reporter Marie Jouvet.Burt Kwouk is Cato again.Robert Loggia portrays Bruno Langlois.Harvey Korman is Professor Balls.Capucine reprises her role as Lady Litton.Richard Mulligan plays Clouseau Senior.Julie Andrews is seen as Charwoman.Some of the comedy works in this picture, as does the music by Henry Mancini.And the animated opening titles created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises is also something you like watching.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Two people with different backgrounds fall in love
Alice and Tony fall in love with each other.But Tony's family does not approve their relationship, since his family is rich and her family is eccentric.To say the least.You Can't Take It With You (1938) is a romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra.It's adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.The cast is perfect in this movie.Jean Arthur is superb as Alice Sycamore.Lionel Barrymore is brilliant as Grandpa Martin Vanderhof.We've seen it in a few movies how well Frank Capra and James Stewart work together.This movie is not an exception.Jimmy is just terrific as Tony Kirby.Edward Arnold and Mary Forbes do very good job as his parents.Mischa Auer is very funny as Kolenkhov.It's great to watch Ann Miller and her dancing as Essie Carmichael.Dub Taylor plays Ed Carmichael.Charles Lane plays Wilbur G. Henderson.This Best Picture and Best Director winning movie is a great example of a great comedy.When you watch the scene where those two families are under the same roof...It's just hilarious! This is a classic movie not to be missed.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Supercali...Oh, I give up!
The Banks household needs a new nanny.So comes Mary Poppins flying with her umbrella.Mary Poppins (1964) is a movie directed by Robert Stevenson.It's Walt Disney's baby, and he fought for many years to get the rights to make the film from author P.L. Travers.Luckily he finally got them.I can't imagine anybody else than Julie Andrews doing the part of Mary Poppins.Dick Van Dyke is a force of nature as Bert.And also as Mr. Dawes Senior, even though he moves a bit slower.David Tomlinson is terrific as Mr. Banks.Glynis Johns is wonderful as Mrs. Banks.Their children Jane and Michael are played by Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber, and they're just adorable.You've got to love Ed Wynn and his laughter as Uncle Albert.You find yourself floating in the air as you're watching that.Jane Darwell was brought from her retirement to make one more performance as The Bird Woman, and what a performance it is! Also Elsa Lanchester gives a memorable performance as Katie Nanna.The 1910 London looks very magical in this film.You can very well imagine someone like Mary Poppins popping up in a place like that.The film is filled with great musical numbers, like "A Spoonful of Sugar", "Chim Chim Cher-ee", "Step in Time", "Stay Awake", "I Love to Laugh" and "Feed the Birds" (Disney's personal favorite).And let's not forget "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius".Man, that's a long word! Brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman were behind the perfect score.There are lots of classic scenes there, like when they jump into the chalk drawing.You can see them racing with carousel horses.And Dick Van Dyke dancing with animated penguins.Entertaining movie can't get more entertaining than this.For the whole family to enjoy!