Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dawn's Favorites 41-50.

50. Sabrina.

A very charming movie that was made for Audrey Hepburn. She plays a chauffeur's daughter, who falls in love with a playboy. She  goes to Paris and returns as a sophisticated young lady.

49. 3 Days of The Condor.

A spy thriller, with many suspenseful twists and turns, having a common man fighting for his life... similar, to Alfred Hitchcock's... North By Northwest.

48. North By Northwest.

A movie of mistaken identity, with an innocent man chased across the United States by agents who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm holding government secrets. Hitchcock, used this technique in many of his films.

One of my favorite scenes:

47. Out Of The Past.

I really enjoyed, for lack of a better word, humorous at times dialog and the twists and turns of this wonderful film noir. I thought Robert Mitchum's mixed up character very intriguing. Jane Greer, makes a very good bad girl.

46. The Thomas Crown Affair.

This movie showcases McQueen's perfect cool image and the beautiful Dunaway. With the then-innovative multiple split screens and the beautiful theme song with Noel Harrison. The chess game is still the most-seductive scene where all the clothes stay on and nobody talks.

45. Some Like It Hot.

Monroe's Sugar, is very lovable, especially when she sings: Running Wild, I'm Through With Love and "boop-boop-a-doop" her signature song, "I Wanna Be Loved by You." Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, were tastefully, hilarious playing a couple of tasteful drag queens.

44. Laura.

This awesome film noir's atmospheric plot grabs you from the beginning and you will find yourself loving the surprising twists and turns. I'm not telling you anymore about the plot, because I do not want to spoil it for you..

43. Orchestra Wives(1942). Cast: Ann Rutherford and George Montgomery, Lynn Bari, Carole Landis, Cesar Romero, Virginia Gilmore, Mary Beth Hughes and The Nicholas Brothers. The film was the second and last film to feature The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Connie Ward marries Bill Abbott, a trumpet player in Gene Morrison's swing band. She soon finds herself having trouble with the other band member's wives. She is also worried by the flirtation between Abbott and Jaynie, the band's female vocalist. When Ward decides to walk out on Abbott, the tensions among the musicians and their wives, come to a head and band leader Morrison, is forced to break up the orchestra. Ward and the band's pianist Sinjin then work together to reunite the band, which also produces a reconciliation between Ward and Abbot.

This wonderful movie seems to be almost unknown, yet it should be on the top of the list of every Glenn Miller fan.

Orchestra Wives features many wonderful songs by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, who were also responsible for the songs featured in Miller's first film, Sun Valley Serenade (1941). The main production number is "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo".

An analogue of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", from the first film that features a vocals and sax by Tex Beneke, backup singing by the Modernaires, and the dance sequence by the Nicholas Brothers.

Other songs include: "People Like You and Me", "Bugle Call Rag"

The romantic ballads "At Last",

"Serenade in Blue".

The film score uses "At Last" as a musical motif that is played throughout the movie.

42. Glass Bottom Boat.

This film has an amazing supporting cast... Dick Martin, is wonderful as Taylor's partner and Arthur Godfrey.. is great as her Dad. Paul Lynde, is hilarious as a paranoid security guard, who goes under cover in drag. Dom DeLuise, plays a cute part as an inept spy.

41.The Egg and Eye.

This is a very cute and charming little movie. Claudette Colbert was a hilarious and Fred MacMurray was equally as funny. Ma and Pa Kettle steal the whole film, so it's no surprise they got their own film series.


  1. Rather than comment on each post, I'll do the one here.

    I just read through your Top 50 movies. There are some interesting choices there. There are also maybe 8-10 that I haven't seen.

    I also found what's not there interesting. I've never put together my own Top 50, but I know Casablanca and Citizen Kane would be on my list.

  2. Chip Lary, I know, commenting on each post.. is a rather difficult task.

    I'm a fan of: Casablanca but, not of Citizen Kane. :(

  3. I think I fell in love with Doris Day even more after seeing The Glass Bottom Boat last month. North By Northwest is such a classic, love Cary Grant. Have you seen Hitchock's B&W earlier version of the film The 39 Steps?



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