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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
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Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
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A BL Round Robin: Pre-1980 Movies

Book Cupidity had the lovely idea for us to share some pre-1980 movies of which we are very fond, here: http://c0urtnie.booklikes.com/post/1367770/booklikes-round-robin .


I think in historical order, so here are some of mine, in historical order:




The Big Parade (1925).  The best silent movie about World War I, and one of the most successful movies of the 1920s.  Directed by King Vidor, and starring John Gilbert and Renee Adoree. 


It Happened One Night (1934).  The first film to sweep all five of the top prizes at the Oscars, and it's a screwball comedy, of all things.  Directed by Frank Capra, and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.


The Thin Man (1934).  The first in a long series of "Nick and Nora" screwball comedies.  Directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. 


The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934).  My favorite film version of the story.  Directed by Harold Young, and starring Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, and Ramond Massey. 


Captain Blood (1935).  Good swashbuckling fun.  Directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Basil Rathbone. 


After the Thin Man (1936).  What can I say - I like screwball comedy.  Directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and a very young Jimmy Stewart.


Bringing Up Baby (1938).  Another screwball comedy, from the great era of screwball.  A paleontologist and an heiress go off in search of a pet leopard her brother sent her from Brazil, who has stolen one of his dinosaur bones.  Directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn.


The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).  Technicolor swashbuckling extravaganza, and one that's having a ton of fun.  Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Haviland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude Rains.


The Wizard of Oz (1939).  Hollywood has taken a stab at Oz on a variety of occasions, but this is the definitive one.  Directed by King Vidor (black and white sequences), Victor Fleming (technicolor), and George Cukor ("advising"), and staring Judy Garland.


The Women (1939).  Fabulously catty melodrama starring many of the major actresses active in Hollywood in the late 1930s.  Directed by George Cukor, and starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine.


Ninotchka (1939).  Garbo laughs!  Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas.




The Philadelphia Story (1940).  Just tremendous fun.  Directed by George Cukor, and starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart. 


Casablanca (1942). Best appearance by a national anthem in a supporting role.  (I may know every line of this one.  Or maybe it's only most of them.)  Directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, as well as a fabulous supporting cast.


Now, Voyager (1942).  Melodrama city.  Directed by Irving Rapper, and starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains. 


National Velvet (1944).  In the beginning, Elizabeth Taylor was a child star.  Directed by Clarence Brown, and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, and a gorgeous horse.


Henry V (1944).  Laurence Olivier's version of the Shakespearean play, and partly funded by the British government, for morale purposes.  Directed by, and starring, Laurence Olivier.


Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).  A black comedy in which Sir Alec Guinness plays eight different roles.  Directed by Robert Hamer, and starring Sir Alec Guinness.


Roman Holiday (1953).  A princess goes on the run from her minders, to have one day for herself.  Directed by William Wyler, and starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.


Stalag 17 (1953).  A group of American servicemen in a German POW camp start to suspect that one of them is a mole.  Directed by Billy Wilder, and starring William Holden and Otto Preminger. 


Sabrina (1954).  Remade in the 90s; this is much better.  Directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden. 


Around the World in 80 Days (1956).  See most of Hollywood in cameo appearances.  Directed by Michael Anderson, and starring David Niven and Shirley MacLaine. 


Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).  Allied prisoners in a Japanese POW camp are forced to build a railway bridge.  Directed by David Lean, and starring Sir Alec Guinness, William Holden, and Sessue Hayakawa. 


Witness for the Prosecution (1957).  Film version of the play by Agatha Christie.  Great fun despite Tyrone Power being miscast.  Directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton, and Elsa Lancaster. 


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).  Tennessee Williams was one of the hottest playwrights of the 50s.  Directed by Richard Brooks, and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives. 


Gigi (1958).  Attempts to buy the rights to the hottest musical on Broadway, My Fair Lady, failed.  They got this instead.  Based on the novella by Colette.  Directed by Vincente Minelli, and starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan.


Some Like It Hot (1959).  Two musicians go on the run from the mob - in a women's orchestra - in one of Hollywood's great cross-dressing comedies.  Directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis. 


1960 - 1980


The Apartment (1960).  A black comedy, in which a worker at a insurance company is persuaded by four of his superiors to "loan" them his apartment on the Upper West Side on weekends.  Directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray.


The Music Man (1962).  I don't have a choice about liking this one - I am from a University of Iowa family.  76 trombones still lead the big parade.  Directed by Morton DaCosta, and starring Shirley Jones, Robert Preston, and "little Ronnie Howard."


To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).  A case where the film is damned near as good as the book.  Directed by Robert Mulligan, and starring Gregory Peck.


The Pink Panther (1963).  The first Inspector Clouseau movie.  Directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Peter Sellers, David Niven, and Robert Wagner.


My Fair Lady (1964).  After Hollywood gets its hands on Pygmalion, it has a happy ending.  Directed by George Cukor, and starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.


The Fortune Cookie (1966).  A black comedy about insurance fraud.  Directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau.  (And Keith Jackson in a voice-only role as himself.)


A Man for All Seasons (1966).  It gets Sir Thomas More backwards, but nevermind; it's still a great film.  Directed by Fred Zinnemann, and starring Paul Scofield and Orson Welles.


Cool Hand Luke (1967).  What we've got here, is failure to communicate.  Directed by Stuart Rosenberg, and starring Paul Newman.


The Graduate (1967).  I have one word for you: plastics.  Directed by Mike Nichols, and starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft.


The Lion in Winter (1968).  It's 1183, and we're all barbarians.  Directed by Anthony Harvey, and starring Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins, and Timothy Dalton.


The Producers (1968).  Before there was the musical, there was the Mel Brooks comedy.  Oh yes, and a hippie Hitler.  Directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.


Take the Money and Run (1969).  An early Woody Allen comedy.  Directed by Woody Allen, and starring Allen, Janet Margolin, and Louise Lasser.


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969).  Introducing Dame Maggie Smith, who won the Oscar for Best Actress.  Directed by Ronald Neame, and starring Maggie Smith.


Woodstock (1970).  The original hit concert documentary.  Directed by Michael Wadleigh.


The Godfather (1972).  Fabulous mob movie.  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton.


American Graffiti (1973).  Coming of age movie, looking back on the early sixties from the mid-seventies.  Directed by George Lucas, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, and Wolfman Jack.


Blazing Saddles (1974).  The parody which killed the Western for a generation.  Directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman, Madeleine Kahn, and Dom DeLuise.


The Godfather II (1974).  The sequel may be better than the original.  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, and Robert Duvall.


Young Frankenstein (1974).  Mel Brooks makes a monster movie.  Directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Chloris Leachman, and Madeleine Kahn.


Network (1976).  About what happens when the Entertainment division takes over the News division at a major network.  Directed by Sidney Lumet, and starring William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, and Peter Finch. 


All the President's Men (1976).  Based on the non-fiction account of Watergate by Woodward and Bernstein.  Directed by Alan J. Pacula, and starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.


Star Wars (1977).  The first serious competitor to Gone With the Wind, in money made at the box office.  You can honestly say that this release changed a lot of things about the movies, through its sheer success.  Directed by George Lucas, and starring Sir Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.  (And the voice of James Earl Jones.)


Grease (1978).  This film so dominated 1978, that our skirt lengths went back to the 50s.  Directed by Randal Kleiser, and starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.


Animal House (1978).  The original college gross-out comedy (and the first non-Peter Sellers R movie that my parents let me see).  Directed by John Landis, and starring John Belushi and Donald Sutherland.