Old Timey Film Club

Black and white movies. Must be good, no other restrictions.

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June 11

Movie: Stalag 17

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 1:42 PM - 2 comments

June 9

Movie: Kiss Me Deadly

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 7:33 PM - 2 comments

June 8

Movie: Paths of Glory

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:50 PM - 4 comments

June 7

Movie: Pushover

A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:30 PM - 0 comments

June 6

Movie: The Day the Earth Stood Still

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 7:22 PM - 7 comments

June 5

Movie: Godzilla

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 4:05 AM - 2 comments

June 4

Movie: The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 8:06 AM - 1 comment

June 1

Movie: The Wages of Fear

In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:23 PM - 2 comments

May 1

Movie: Psycho

A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 5:43 PM - 6 comments

February 9

Movie: The Heiress

A wealthy, naive young woman falls for a handsome young man who is suspected by her emotionally distant father to be a fortune hunter. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 6:28 PM - 7 comments

January 5

Movie: Shadow of a Doubt

A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 1:00 PM - 9 comments

December 29

Movie: The Third Man

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy postwar Vienna only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of his old friend Harry Lime. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 8:20 AM - 29 comments

December 8

Movie: Dinner at Eight

Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. Available to stream on VUDU and Amazon Instant Video. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 12:10 PM - 2 comments

December 1

Movie: The Philadelphia Story

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 11:46 AM - 17 comments

November 21

Movie: Salt of the Earth

Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph. [more inside]
posted by Noisy Pink Bubbles at 6:32 PM - 1 comment

November 18

Movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:38 PM - 9 comments

November 6

Movie: Captain Blood

An enslaved doctor and his comrades in chains escape and become pirates of the Caribbean. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:08 PM - 7 comments

November 3

Movie: Casablanca

Set in Casablanca, Morocco during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:08 PM - 36 comments

October 26

Movie: Arsenic and Old Lace

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:13 PM - 13 comments

October 13

Movie: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:20 AM - 2 comments

October 5

Movie: Pygmalion

The film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:56 PM - 4 comments

September 28

Movie: It Happened One Night

A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:08 PM - 10 comments

September 22

Movie: Some Like It Hot

When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:47 PM - 14 comments

September 19

Movie: To Be or Not to Be

In Ernst Lubitsch's bracing black comedy, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy. Starring Jack Benny, Carole Lombard (in her final film role), and a surprisingly beautiful Robert Stack. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 10:17 AM - 5 comments

September 14

Movie: Hamlet

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:13 PM - 6 comments

September 8

Movie: The Great Dictator

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 2:40 PM - 9 comments

September 5

Movie: The 39 Steps

A Canadian man in London finds himself pulled into a chain of events in which he must go on the run in order to save himself. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:50 AM - 5 comments

September 1

Movie: Queen Christina

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:04 AM - 7 comments

August 25

Movie: Double Indemnity

This film-noir stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in cases when death is caused while riding a railway or other public transport means. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:50 AM - 16 comments

August 18

Movie: Sunset Blvd.

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. The screenwriter's ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence and madness. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:33 AM - 56 comments

August 12

Announcement: Old Timey Film Club!

Come join the Old Timey Film Club for black-and-white film discussion! [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:22 AM - 23 comments

July 16

Movie: The Night of the Hunter

If ever there was a movie that could be called "virtually indescribable," this one is it. Loosely, though, it's about a con artist (Robert Mitchum) posing, or at least halfway believing himself to be, a traveling preacher who, during a short prison stay, meets a man sentenced to death, one who had stolen and hidden $10,000. The would-be preacher learns that the man will soon have a window (Shelley Winters), and an idea is born. What follows is half-gritty Depression era crime tale, half Southern Gothic/Grimm Fairy Tale (and or Good vs. Evil fable), as he tries to track down the money, via the widow's children. Now playing through July 23 at Watch TCM, available with a cable sign-in. [more inside]
posted by raysmj at 9:16 AM - 15 comments

February 7

Movie: Sweet Smell of Success

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 10:44 PM - 5 comments

February 6

Movie: Ace in the Hole

Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 9:34 PM - 7 comments

February 2

Movie: The Defiant Ones

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 2:44 PM - 1 comment

December 24

Movie: It's a Wonderful Life

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:53 AM - 24 comments