Many of you remember black and white TV, and the lack of Technicolor or special effects isn’t a barrier. Besides, who doesn’t get nostalgic about the hours spent watching Million Dollar Movie? (Its signature theme song, from Gone With the Wind, still gives me chills.)
I would also bet that the themes of these old-timey treasures still resonate with us. In fact, you know you’re a boomer if you stop channel surfing when one of these great oldies pops up on the TV screen.
Here’s how to share the goodness of 5 black and white movies with the ones you love:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Spoiler-lite synopsis: George Bailey, a good man who has given up his dreams of adventure to care for the family and town he loves, thinks he faces financial ruin. Despondent and on the verge of suicide, he declares that the world would have been better if he had never lived. His guardian angel saves his life and then goes about proving to George how important he is to everyone in Bedford Falls.
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Spoiler-lite synopsis: World-weary and cynical fishing boat captain Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) refuses to help the French resistance fighters who need his aid. The love of a good woman (Lauren Bacall), a betrayal and a threat to a friend lead him to (in terms of when this movie was made) do the right thing.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Spoiler-lite synopsis: Two penniless musicians (played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), who have accidentally witnessed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, hide from the mob by disguising themselves as women and joining an all-female band on its way to Miami. Hijinks, laughter and love ensue.
On the Waterfront (1954)
Spoiler-lite synopsis: On a mob-controlled waterfront, a young man (Marlon Brando, in a bravura performance) finds the courage to defy the bosses and regain his dignity.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Spoiler-lite synopsis: Scout and Jem, two children living in 1930s Alabama, lose their innocent outlook on the world when their father, an upstanding lawyer, is appointed to defend a black man accused of rape.
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