Favorite Black And White Movie?

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  1. Diana Kristof

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    What is your favorite black and white movie? :)

    Mine will always be It's A Wonderful Life. I can watch it every Christmas and love it every time. I notice new things every time, too. I'm a bit of a Jimmy Stuart fanatic.

    Another one with Jimmy Stuart that I hadn't seen until this year is The Shop Around the Corner, which also stars Margaret Sullavan. It is set in Budapest. It's very funny and sweet.

    Anyone else? :)
     
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    Red River, Shindler's list, Mildred Pierce, 3:10 to Yuma. There's lots more, I just can't remember 'em all. I love movies, so I don't just have one favorite.:)
     
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    Just about any Bogart movie like 'Key Largo' with Lauren Bacall and 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre'.
    Henry Fonda in 'Fail Safe'.
     
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    Most of the early movies that we saw when I was a child were in black and white, so it is hard to choose a specific one as my favorite. However, I think that the one which I remember the best and have re-watched the most, is probably "Jane Eyre", starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine.
    As a young teenager, I thought it was the greatest love story ever, and the book was one of my most favorites , too.
    I can't even remember anymore whether I read the book first and then saw the movie, or maybe saw the movie and then found the book in the library and read that, too. Either way, both the book and the movie have always been ones that I have enjoyed and both read and watched over and over.
    There have been newer renditions of the movie; but truthfully, I do not think that any of them can measure up to the original with Orson Welles,, who was SO perfect for the part of Mr. Rochester.

     
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    Oh, Yvonne, that is a good movie. I love Jane Eyre as well, and have read it multiple times. Not to switch to books entirely, but have you ever read Wide Sargasso Sea? I recently read that book, which is a prequel/new take on the story, about Rochester and his first wife. It was utterly fascinating, and I actually now see Jane Eyre a different way. However, if this is your favorite, you might actually prefer not to read that book as it might shatter some of your memories. LOL
     
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    To Kill a MockingBird, Psycho, all the Bette Davis movies, all the Susan Hayward movies, can't remember titles.

    Also loved "Rebecca".
     
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    To Kill A Mocking Bird is another one I can watch over and over. :) Mmmmm, Gregory Peck. ;)

    Gone With The Wind too!
     
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    I wanted to say Gone with the Wind also but wasn't sure if it was B&W.
     
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    I agree with It's A Wonderful Life and also To Kill A Mockingbird.

    Isn't Gone With the Wind in color?
     
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    Mine are Charlie Chan movies and Abbot and Costello movies. I can watch marathons and wait for these marathons all the time. Once I watched a Charlie Chan movie marathon on TCM and loved it. Now I wait for marathons for all my favorites! I can watch these marathons all day and night too.
     
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    Laura, Key Largo, The Blue Dahlia, Portrait of Jenny, and lately I've been watching all the Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone. There is so much about WW2 in those and I love the mysteries, but especially love hearing Sherlock quote Churchill:)
     
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    Another good one is Psycho.
     
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    To Kill a Mockingbird is still a favorite of mine. So much so that I almost gave my son the middle name of Atticus. It had poverty, ignorance, racial tension and legal ambiguity. Something for everyone..
     
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    It will always be 'Its a wonderful life' with the fabulous, wonderful Jimmy Stewart

    Anything with Cagney in it - black, white or in colour :p
     
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    Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is my favorite black and white movie. I always wondered how they made those birds do those things particularly flying down the chimney.
     
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    @Von Jones The special effects in The Birds were great, especially for that period of time.
     
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    @Von Jones , I forgot about The Birds, also a favorite.

    Also the Miracle Worker.
     
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    I love those movies too @Krissttina Isobe Also the Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis movies.
    Another favorite is Stalag 17
     
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    From my recollection, 2 black and white movies stand out in my list. First is the Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston which is always shown on TV during the lenten season. There are times that it had a rerun in theaters. That movie was first shown when I was not born yet. The second in the list is Psycho of Alfred Hitchcock. The story of a psychotic son who manages the inn. The victim is a guest of the inn that the manager had befriended.
     
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    The movie Ten Commandments came out in 1956, and it was one of the most awesome movies of that time period, and I have watched it several times over. Both Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner were favorite actors of mine, and the story was told in spectacular fashion.
    However, it was not a black and white movie, it was in Technicolor, and I think cinamascope as well. Here is the trailer for the original movie.
     
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    That's the first movie I saw in a movie theater, I was 5.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith, I'm sorry if I am wrong with the Ten Commandments but from what I remember, I saw it in black and white on our tv when I was a grade schooler - that may be before 1970. And I am not sure if our tv then was black and white hence the confusion. Yeah, I remember that Technicolor thing because that term was being used to mean colorful like when you have a car with 3 colors, people would say your car is technicolor.
     
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    It was a 'powerful' film - made a big impression on me as a youngster
    I saw it at the cinema in glorious colour, which added to its magnificence :)
     
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    My folks only had a black and white television set when i was growing up, @Corie Henson , and that occurred to me after i had written the post about the Ten Commandments movie. If you only had a B/W television, all of the movies you watched back then would have been that way, just like the ones I saw on TV were.
    Since I am 71, I am old enough that I saw the movie at our local theater, and did see it in color when it first came out.
    I think that they did make a lot of the television programs in B/W back then, because that was what most people had for a television; so it didn't matter.
    One of the earliest color movies was Gone With the Wind, which came out somewhere around 1935, I think, at a time when just about every other movie was only black and white. Not only that, but it was maybe also the longest movie made at that time, because the whole movie lasts for several hours.
    I think that shows just what an impression the book must have caused when it came out, to inspire such a movie back in those days.
     
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    I recall vividly going to see the Wizard of Oz at the cinema and when Dorothy opened the door to all the vivid colour of Oz
    well it took me breath away, the film was 1939, I think - I didn't see it then, I wasn't even thought of :p
     
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