As some of your may know, I absolutely adore classic movies. I grew up watching them, and I’ve loved them ever since. That being said, I thought that I’d share with you some of my favourite classic movies for summer. It was a challenge to narrow it down to six! If you’re new to watching classics, I hope that this can give you a bit of an idea of where to start.
1.Talk of the Town (1942)
The Story: Nora Shelly, a schoolteacher, finds herself in the middle of a manhunt when her former childhood friend and escaped convict Leopold Dilg, shows up to her house one night in the rain with a bad limp and the police chasing him. Due to a miscommunication, Michael Lightcap, a Harvard law professor and Nora’s new tenant for the summer, arrives a night early and the same night as Leopold. Convinced of Leopold’s innocence, Nora tries to keep him hidden and out of harms way.
Watch When: You’re in need of a laugh, and some witty 40’s humor!
2. Rear Window (1954)
The Story: when L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries breaks his leg photographing an auto race, he spends his time confined to his apartment watching his neighbors out of his rear window. When he thinks that he may be watching a murderer, he turns to his high society girlfriend and his nurse to help him.
Watch When: you need some suspense, and Grace Kelly’s stunning wardrobe
3. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Story: two years after Philadelphia socialites Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven’s divorce, Tracy is about to marry again. However, the day before the wedding, Tracy’s ex-husband and a pair of reporters show up, adding to the pre-marriage chaos and making Tracy take a closer look at her decisions.
Watch When: you’re in need of a comedy, and the perfect 40’s dialogue
4. Double Indemnity (1944)
The Story: when insurance salesman Walter Neff visits the house of one of his clients, and instead runs into Phyllis Dietrichson, his client’s wife, his world is forever changed. The pair then decides to kill off Phyllis’s husband and receive a double indemnity clause. The only problem is Walter’s friend, who doesn’t believe that the death was an accident.
Watch When: you want a classic film noir, or an introduction to the world of it. It’s the epitome of it’s genre!
5. North by Northwest (1959)
The Story: when advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for someone else, his whole world is turned upside down as he ends up fleeing across the country from spies. With the help of the beautiful Eve Kendall, who he meets on a train, he tries to shake them off of his trail.
Watch When: you’re in need of a movie filled with action and suspense.
6. Roman Holiday (1953)
The Story: While on tour of Rome, Princess Ann escapes her hotel room one night to get a taste of adventure. When reporter Joe Bradely finds what he thinks is simply a drunk girl on the streets and takes her home with him so that she won’t be arrested, he soon recognizes her from a photo and realizes what a scoop he’s landed. The next day, he takes her on a tour of Rome that neither of them will ever forget.
Watch When: you want the perfect summer vacation to Rome!