Originally Posted by TravisBean
Cagney never loses his touch.
I'm used to watching those type of movies on an old black-and-white TV set late at night when I was growing up.
Me too. Black & White TV playing old Black & White movies on repeat all day long on UK TV. It could be anything from those three or four decades. My favorites from the earliest era were Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. (That clock face stunt and the Girder walk stunts transfixed me as a child.)
Then we had Laurel & Hardy on repeat, and i always enjoyed those. Then there were the run-of-the-mill fare through the fourties and fifties, with the usual melodrama and terrible score. The standouts were what are considered classics today. Citizen Cane, Gone With The Wind, 12 Angry Men etc. The ones that stick with me today from that period are the Hitchcocks. He was ahead of the game. Everybody who was anybody was in a Hitchcock movie through three decades of movie making.
Once the transistion to colour happened it was the old epics that i loved. Historical epics like Ben Hur, Spartacus and Cleopatra, and particularly anything that might involve monsters; like Jason & The Argonauts, Sinbad, Clash Of The Titans, Land Before Time etc.
We used to have a thriving movie industry here in the UK, so along with the imported US movies we had a wealth of domestic output too. A lot of the great War films were UK made. Bridge On the River Kwai, for example. Also the bawdy Comedies like the 'Carry On' series.
I blame the BBC for my movie addiction. I was indoctrinated from a young age, and i was exposed to everything! From a cinephile perspective it's the best exposure possible. This was before 'video-on-demand' and before VHS, so if i wanted to watch a movie i had three/four channels to choose from, and they were only playing the classics.
Luckily for me i had a Parent in my Mother who also loved movies, so our treat was to head to the Cinema to see any good contemporary releases. It still boggle my mind how many times i think back on a movie from my childhood, and am able to say, 'i saw that in the theatre when it was released'!
You say Cagney, and that's fair, but i add to that Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness, James Stewart, Audie Murphy (Medal Of Honor winner WW2
), Richard Burton, Kirk Douglas, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Vivian Leigh, Joan Collins, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman (phwaaar..) ... too many to name...
Honestly, i feel sorry for any movie 'fan' who has only watched contemporary movies from the last two decades. Those people really have no idea. And from 1970 onwards....? Bro, we have barely scratched the surface!