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OK, every senior has his or her favorite classic films. Not to say that we don’t have favorites of today, of course we do. it’s just that the classics put us back in touch with our youth. The nice thing is that most of them can be seen on television, as in Turner Classic Movies. That’s a  bit ironic because when TV arrived it was supposed to put an end to, or seriously reduce going out to see a movie. Instead the two mediums not only learned to live together, but it’s television that has kept the classics alive and well; even for a younger generation that may never have had that pleasure of seeing them without TV.

So here are my favorites, at least some of them and not in the order of preference:

Musicals

THE BAND WAGON, staring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse
(
Fred and Cyd dancing in Central Park is magic)

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ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, staring Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey and Cyd, Charisse
(Gene and Cyd are perfection in a dancing heart warmer)

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SINGING IN THE RAIN, staring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds
(Gene’s umbrella in the rain was one of his best partners)

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Drama

THE QUIET MAN, staring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, and Victor McLagen
(Matchless romantic drama)

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SUNSET BOULEVARD, Staring William Holden and Gloria Swanson
(
Hollywood’s power to create and destroy)

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KEY LARGO staring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall
and Lionel Barrymore
(A tremendous nail- biting heart stopper)

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Comedy

THE PINK PANTHER staring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner and Capucine
(
The high style slapstick genius of Clouseau, I mean Sellers)

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MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL staring Terry Gilliam, John Cheese and Eric Idle
(
A side splitting never quitting laugh fest from the Brits)

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AIRPLANE staring Leslie Nielsen.
(S
uper example of playing comedy straight)

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Westerns

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE staring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and Vera Miles
(An unusually gripping tale told in a captivating unusual style)

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HIGH NOON staring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly
(Quiet and accepting desperation)

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN staring Yule Brenner and Steve McQueen
(A feel good adventure with a bunch heroic ne’er-do-wells)

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War

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI staring William Holden, Alec Guinnes and Jack Hawkins
(Tragic redemption in war)

MIDWAY staring Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford and more
(
An important history lesson for those to young to remember)

PATTON staring George C. Scott, Karl Malden and Stephen Young
(Powerful portrait of the ultimate mission focused leader)


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