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Holiday Inn (1942)

Two song and dance men: one (Fred Astaire) loves being in the business, the other (Bing Crosby) is ready to chuck it all in.  Bing decides to buy a picturesque farm in Connecticut.  He soon finds out he's not the farming type.  Instead, he'll open an inn and offer singing, dancing and dining, only on the holidays.  Bing finds the perfect partner in Marjorie Reynolds.  Everything is working out beautifully until Fred decides to set his sights on Bing's girl and make her his new dancing partner.  Great holiday film for the whole family with amazing music by Irving B

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

It's October...and my thoughts turn to Halloween.  I'll be reviewing several classic horror movies this month and here is the first.  The "House on Haunted Hill" is one of my classic favorites!  Vincent Price and his wife host a party where each guest, who agrees to stay the night in a haunted house, will earn $100,000.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck plays Elizabeth Lane, a journalist who writes a column for a woman's magazine all about her perfect life on a farm in Connecticut with her husband and baby. She even throws in a recipe or two.  So impressed is the publisher of her magazine that he asks her to entertain a war hero for Christmas. Too bad she's really a single New Yorker who doesn't know how to cook. To keep her job she enlists the aid of several friends to make her pretend life a reality.

The Apartment (1960)

In this precursor to Mad Men, C. C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lets the executives at his insurance company borrow his apartment for trysts with their mistresses.  It pays off nicely with promotions until the reality of a discarded mistress left at his apartment causes C.C. to rethink his arrangement.

Stagecoach (1939)

Any fan of Western movies knows that "Stagecoach" is a must watch.  One of the first movies to introduce the adult Western, a complex story with complex characters and beautifully shot by director John Ford.   Each character has his/her own story to tell, intertwined with concepts of class differences and prejudice.  Be sure not to miss the commentary by Scott Eyman.  The special features offer a lot of insight to the Ford/Wayne relationship.

Gaslight (1944)

As a fan of classic horror films, this is as close as it gets without being an actual "monster" movie.  The young heiress falls prey to the advances of a dapper piano player.  Their marriage seems to be perfect until small things turn up missing or misplaced.  Is the lady of the house just forgetful or is she losing her mind....or are more sinister minds at work?  Watch this film and find out!

King Kong (1933)

A mysterious voyage, an island surrounded by mist, a high wall built by ancients which is maintained to this day by fearful natives...if that isn't enough to get you to check out this classic film, how about dinosaurs and a great big, angry ape!!!  This film was revolutionary in its time.  Who could have imagined a romance involving a beauty and a beast...oh wait.  In any case, you'll root for the beast in this film.

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