Gimme Them Old Time Movies…

I’ve been feeling kind of glum lately. Not too funny, not too fun. It happens sometimes. You know what I mean? The sky isn’t as blue as it usually is – ice doesn’t taste as good as my mind tells me it does. I’ve been working out but my fat ass still knock a small child unconscious.

See what I mean? I mean I don’t really have any reason to feel glum. Nothing is really wrong. Everything is fine, in fact. Still, the glum-bunny that is me mopes about leaving little sighs everywhere she goes, like footprints to the summer of my discontent. Pathetic, huh? I think so too.

So…whenever I feel this way, I lock myself in my room, unplug the phone and whip out my old movies. I don’t know what it is about old movies. Were they really better than what we see today? Did they really connect with people more? Speak to us more? Have a message we could relate to? I dunno – I think maybe they did – but it’s all so subjective. 

I guess it really doesn’t matter because whatever it is they have – they do the trick. Especially musicals with snappy tunes. Nothing like Judy Garland or Fred Astaire to have you bobbing your head or tapping your foot – or even singing along. Nobody did the delayed ‘take’ like Jimmy Stewart. And I could spend hours trying to impersonate Kate Hepburn.

The King and I, My Fair Lady, It’s a Wonderful Life – any ‘we’ve got a barn, let’s have a show’ Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland vehicle. Doesn’t matter. Gimme them old time movies and the glum-bunny turns into a happy camper. I cry, I laugh, I dance, I sing – I’m outta control.

So, I’m going to be watching quite a few of these old relics – when I’m done, I’ll sleep a good sleep. Tomorrow, I’ll probably be funny or at the very least witty – or maybe just punny…but I won’t be glum.

WC 

9 thoughts on “Gimme Them Old Time Movies…

  1. When I watch old movies, I appreciate life NOW much more!
    8)

    Oh SB, you ol’ modernist, you! What about tradition? Baseball, mom and apple pie? Life before Ipods? No?

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  2. I’m a huge fan of Wizard of Oz, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and those kinds..all the old kids ones 🙂 And they always make me smile. Oh and willy wonka….thats just awesome.
    Cheers, Kelly

    Don’t forget Mary Poppins. 😉 Do you and Zoe watch them together? I remember when I was a kid I was afraid of the Wizard of Oz – those flying monkeys always gave me the creeps. LOL.

    WC

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  3. AMR-

    You know why old movies make us feel good.
    It’s all about the substance of story.
    These days almost everything produced in Hollywood reeks of sequel. No originality, no creativity…just plain yucky.
    Glad you have the old movies to lift the spirit.
    Lord knows, we all need something.

    ~m

    Yeah, it’s true, Mike. It really is. I guess writers are just a picky lot – they expect a story if they watch a movie or read a book. Books and movies, my lifeline – especially when the blahs hit me.

    WC

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  4. I think they were just happier times…plain and simple!
    We weren’t as consumed with the day to day ‘uglies’ that life hands us now….and NO, I am not being negative or glum…..I just honestly believe things were simpler then….

    Billie,

    I totally agree…things were much simpler then. Ah…for the good ol’ days. 😉

    WC

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  5. I generelly detest musicals but Singing In The Rain is a major exception. It is one of my all time favorite movies of all time. When I watch old flicks I am partial to anything with Jimmy Stewart.

    Yeah Fuzz, I don’t really picture you as the musical movie type – but Singing was the greatest. Have you ever seen the number where Gene Kelly is D’Artonon (sp)? It is an awesome number – almost like an Olympic athelete. Amazing. And Jimmy Stewart is my man. The best.

    WC

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  6. A friend gave me the 50th anniversary edition of “It’s A Wonderful Life” it always seems to pick me up when I am having some tough times…. that or watching some DVD episodes of the “Sopranos”
    I have the first 5 seasons on DVD Love that Tony!!
    Bada Bing!!

    Oh Ger, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of my all time favorites – Christmas just isn’t Christmas without it. Gotta love that George Baily. “Hotdog!”

    WC

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  7. How ’bout another ‘wouldn’t be Christmas without it’ showing of “A Christmas Story” ….they simply MUST show it NON-STOP, all day long!!! ….LMAO, nothing brings out the groans better!

    YOU’LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!!!!

    Oh that one bothers me. The father is so mean to the kid that I can’t watch it. It should be called, “Why it’s a good idea to skip Christmas.” LOL.

    WC

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  8. Watching Mr Smith Goes To Washington, Bringing Up Baby or The Philadelphia Story always makes life seem that little bit more worthwhile. You can’t go wrong with anything featuring Jimmy Stewart or Katherine Hepburn.
    James,
    I totally love all of those movies – especially The Philadelphia Story. And I agree, they do make life seem a little bit more worthwhile.
    WC

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  9. What a great post! I couldn’t agree more. Generally, I like the old Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies, or the film noir genre such as “The Blue Dahlia” or “Dial M for Murder”. There’s something about watching an old black and white movie, in the dark, late at night, with a cup of tea and my pipe for company, that soothes the soul.

    Hey Smith!

    I love the b&w movies! The whole film noir thing can keep my occupied for hours. Something about being able to totally wrap yourself in that world is tres’ cool. WC

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