The Classic film extravaganza continues at the 1123, with recent films including:
- The Philadelphia Story – a romantic comedy with Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart about a couple who gets divorced, dates other people and then unexpectedly remarries. I liked Hepburn substantially more in this film than in Bringing Up Baby. Funnily I read in Wikipedia that this was her first big hit, removing her nickname of “box office poison.”
- A Streetcar Named Desire – whew. This film was a little intense! Definitely not one of my favorites, but Marlon Brando’s acting was phenomenal. “Stella!”
- Some Like It Hot – fantastic little film based around two musicians running away from the mafia after wandering into a shoot out. The two men dress as women and join an all-women’s band. Stars include Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. This was the first film I had seen with Monroe and liked her performance, though I hear she typically played the ditsy blonde role.
- Charade – one of my favorites so far! Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn work together to solve the mystery behind Hepburn’s husband death. The combo of Grant and Hepburn is phenomenal, plus the thriller and romance keeps one’s attention.
- Monkey Business – silly 1952 film starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe. The light hearted plot based around the idea of a scientist researching for the “fountain of youth” drug. Grace Kelly’s dance scene and Grant’s scene of dressing up as an Indian to play with the children were real good.
- Father Goose – I thoroughly enjoyed this film, especially Cary Grant’s role as it differed from many of his other roles. The plot was based around the idea of a drunk vagabond being tricked into helping the government during WWII. He randomly meets Leslie Caron’s character and the opposites soon attract.