One happy result of being very old in an era of electronic miracles is twofold. There’s no more need to dress up, jump in the car and drive to the movie theater.
And another blessing. I don’t have to sit through those latest movies in theaters. Forget the $20 tickets, $10 popcorn and $10 parking fees. No need to endure the endless cursing, mumbling dialog, ear-deafening sounds and jumpy, jerky camera scenes.
This sly senior, often lounging in socks and skivvies, watches old movies for free on my TV set and desktop computer. I get to choose when and how often I enjoy those great, late entertainers of the past. And maybe best of all, no mindlessly and endlessly repeated commercials. Check out my list of all-time favorites:
Laurence Olivier as Hamlet
Orson Welles as Citizen Kane
Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder in The Producers
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard
Clark Gable and Hattie McDaniel in Gone With The Wind
Charlie Chaplin as The Great Dictator
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen
James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy
Ingrid Bergman as Joan of Arc
Marlin Brando in On The Waterfront
Bette Davis in All About Eve
Paul Robeson in Show Boat
Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird
Gary Cooper in High Noon
Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra in Oceans 11
Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz
Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes
James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
For fellow old movie fans: Happy, commercial-free return to the old days, and be grateful to the dead actors!