I am writing this way ahead which feels really strange. It might mean I am organized. I should be recuperating in bed now, watching movies, reading and looking at my blog :) So the theme this week has a ton of films one can choose from. Wandering Through The Stars came up with another great theme and it will be fun to see what everyone else will choose. Here are my 3...
1. THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES-1946
This is one of my favourite Abbott & Costello films because it is not the usual film these 2 make. Lou Costello is a ghost along with a young pretty ghost who were wrongly accused during the American revolution and were shot for it. The home is bought by a young man who brings his fiancee, her aunt and his psychiatrist, Bud Abbott, to this estate. They soon realize the place is haunted and what they need to do to help the spirits leave this earthly domain. I guess the 2 leads had some falling out which is one of the reasons it led to this famous comedic duo to not be "friends" in the movie and have all these comedic bits not show up as they did in all their other films. It is entertaining and quite fun to sit back and enjoy.
2. THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN-1966
This stars Don Knotts (from the Andy Griffith Show) when he was quite big back in the 1960s who made quite a few films during this timen almost always as some bumbling oaf. I watched this a lot when I was a kid and just re-watched it about a year ago. There are some great character actors in this film with so many having been on Bewitched (like Dick Sargent who played the 2nd Darren in Bewitched). I love the music in this movie along with the eeriness of the home and that organ music! Poor Don is a typesetter for the local newspaper who dreams of hitting it big. Everyone is scared of this one home but scaredy-cat Knotts boasts that he will have no problem staying at the home. This man gets scared seeing dust! He enters the home and no sooner that he pays out his sleeping bag, he hears that organ music, finds a hidden door and shears in a woman's painting that is dripping blood. He runs from the home and tells everyone what he sees but no one believes him except for this one good looking girl who, somehow, has the hots for Don. It is fun and makes you wish they would make more silly movies like this.
3. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN-1974
I love Mel Brooks who made this classic film starring Gene Wilder as the nutty Frankenstein who inherits his granddaddy's castle. We meet Madeline Kahn as his fiancee, Marty Feldman as Igor (who steals every scene), Terry Garr as the lovely assistant, Cloris Leachman as Frau Blucher, Kenneth Mars as Inspector Kemp and Peter Boyle as the Monster. This is ideal casting with a great director who loves all the old Hollywood Frankenstein films and must have watched them several times since you can see where Brooks was inspired by. I just watched the first 3 Frankenstein films and started to laugh with the last one because of the Inspector. Cloris Leachman is brilliant as the housekeepr who must have watched Una O'Connor in The Bride of Frankenstein to get some mannerisms down pat. Mel Brooks found the old set and equipment from the original 1931 film and re-used them here, plus he filmed it in black and white which is perfect. Of course Frankenstein builds a monster and the town is ready with pitchforks but just sit back and watch this and have a good laugh.
Sorry for any spelling and grammatical errors. I haven't the time to fix it.
What films would you choose?