There are going to be many films listed that, I fear, I will like and may be Keelhauled as a result. I just learned Pepe Le Pew is gone from the 2nd stupid sequel of Space Jam because he is perpetuating rape. Sigh....listen, I get it...the smelly bastard doesn't take no for an answer...that smelly bastard but I like that smelly bastard. It made me love skunks, smell and all. Remember the poor le Mew, La Meow was all for getting some love but once she smelled his pep, she had to go. She was all for some lovin' just not the stinkin. In fact, there is one cartoon where she plugs her nose with a clothespin so she can be with him and he takes off only for her to follow him! Yeah, I am probably in the minority but I like him and Speedy Gonzales who was quick in feet and in mind. I do digress, Let's see what everyones' picks will be, so head over to Wandering Through the Shelves and see which films people choose as films that have not aged well. Here are my 3...
1. LADY IN THE DARK-1944
I had wanted to see this film for quite a while which was called a "woman's picture" starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland(whom I always wanted to punch in the face for some reason). When I finally saw it, I was just pissed. I must have been in my late teens when I saw this flick where Ginger Rogers plays the head of some fashion magazine and is quite successful. She is engaged to one guy, fights with another who thinks he knows better and a third who is quite handsome. She dresses down, no fluff for this serious gal who suffers from headaches and refuses anything feminine so..she must be mentally ill. The 40s was the age of psychoanalysis, Freud style and this film reeks of it. She sings and dances her way through dreams and reality finally becoming cured and seeing that she loves the man who can tell her a thing or 2 and makes the a-hole her equal in the magazine after falling in love for the idiot. Ughhh
2. THE SNAKE PIT-1948
Olivia DeHavilland stars in this film as a mentally unwell woman who meets and falls in love with a nice guy but abruptly leaves only to meet him again in NYC..I think. They marry but her illness only gets worse. She ends up in a mental institution but she has no idea how she got there and does not remember her husband. We find out she has schizophrenia and with the help of a good doctor she, at the end, is getting the help that is needed. Now this is a good film and worth watching for Olivia's great acting as the hapless gal with a medical condition (I hate using the term mental to be honest when dealing with people who struggle, bravely, with diseases that come from the brain). It is one of the very first films to portray "mental" illness in a serious and compassionate manner as we see her sink to her depths only to rise slowly from them. At one point, because of the nastiness of a nurse, Olivia ends up in the "snake pit" which was a level where people, with no further hope of becoming better, go to spend the rest of their lives existing. The gentle doctor finds her and rescues her making sure the nurse will get reprimanded. The problem with this film, even when I watched it, is the Freudian aspect..again, used to help her plus condoning electro-shock therapy as a good treatment which seemed barbaric to me even when I was a kid. The look of this facility and the methods used now date this film but it is still worthy to see.
3. THE FBI STORY-1959
Oh...I hang my head low with this one because it stars my favourite, James Stewart but this is a film I just remember shaking my head at in disbelief. At one point, I do forget the reason why Stewart's character says this comment but I do remember laughing at this. Stewart is recalling his life as an FBI agent and when the "Red Scare" happened when many people were condemned for being Communist because of their way of thinking or who knows what, they were blacklisted. This one scene, Stewart says that this man did something(sorry, I can't remember what) so he is obviously a communist..haha ....hahahaaaaaa. I just was shaking my head at this comment. Almost the whole film is done in flashback with Stewart, after hearing J. Edgar Hoover (you know the guy who broke souls but wore dresses in private and was probably gay but went after people who were gay and anyone else he didn't like) give a rousing(HA!) speech, join the FBI. Stewart's character infiltrates the KKK, deals with the big gangsters from the 1930s like Baby Face Nelson and faces Communism head on. I have to see this again to just remember how bad it really was. Maybe I am being too hard on it but, since Hoover approved of this film and made a cameo, probably not.
Which films would you choose?