“Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” – Quote by Alfred Hitchcock
In California, where I live, it hardly ever rains. But on days like today, where it’s been raining for most of the day, I’d much rather be at home, looking out, tucked under a blanket, watching a classic movie. I love most classic movies, so choosing just a few wasn’t easy, but I’ll try to list only three there that I would be watching if I were home right now.
“The Shop Around The Corner“- 1940. This is one of my favorite movies. I think in one month I watched it three times, and that was on cable, not because I own the DVD, which I do! Summary: Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) are employees at Matuschek and Company, a general store in Budapest. Klara and Alfred are constantly at odds with each other, butting heads and disagreeing on almost everything. Both are enamored of their respective pen pals, who serve as welcome distractions in their lives. Little do they know, they are each the other’s pen pal and, despite outward differences, have unwittingly fallen in love through their letters.
“Rope“- 1948. This is in my top three favorites from Mr. Hitchcock. The way it was filmed, and the acting, superior! I like this even more than “The Birds”, a lot more. Alfred Hitchcock movies, are outstanding. Summary: Just before hosting a dinner party, Philip Morgan (Farley Granger) and Brandon Shaw (John Dall) strangle a mutual friend to death with a piece of rope, purely as a Nietzsche-inspired philosophical exercise. Hiding the body in a chest upon which they then arrange a buffet dinner, the pair welcome their guests, including the victim’s oblivious fiancée (Joan Chandler) and the college professor (James Stewart) whose lectures inadvertently inspired the killing.
“Sorry, Wrong Number” – 1948. Actress Barbara Stanwyck in my eyes, could never do wrong. She completely becomes whatever character she is acting. I love so many of her movies, but this one, this one really pulls me in. I love it. Summary: Due to a telephone glitch, Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck), a controlling heiress confined to a wheelchair, overhears a conversation about a plan to kill a woman. Unable to leave her home or reach her husband (Burt Lancaster), and written off by the police, Leona struggles to uncover the truth through a series of phone calls that only lead her deeper into a mystery, which may involve her college rival, Sally (Ann Richards), and a scheme to sell pharmaceuticals on the black market.
“The Women” – 1939. Now, I’ve never heard of this movie before, but my wonderful and very gay boss at the time, loaned me this movie over fifteen years ago, and said, “You’ll love this movie”, and he was right. I loved it so much, I went right out and purchased it. Everyone in this movie is hilarious. There is a remake of this, but it cannot compare to the original. Summary: The Women follows the lives of Manhattan women, focusing in particular on Mary Haines, the cheerful, contented wife of Stephen and mother of Little Mary. After a bit of gossip flies around the salon these wealthy women visit, Mary’s cousin Sylvia Fowler goes to a salon to get the newest, exclusive nail color: Jungle Red. She learns from a manicurist that Mary’s husband has been having an affair with a predatory perfume counter girl named Crystal Allen. A notorious gossip, Sylvia delights in sharing the news with Mary’s friends; she sets up Mary with an appointment with the same manicurist so that she hears the rumor about Stephen’s infidelity.
Anyone one of these movies would just make this rainy day all the better. I do enjoy reading, but sometimes, you just want to really veg-out, relax, and watch something really good, and exciting. That’s what I like to do on a rainy day. In fact, when I go home later today, I’ll probably watch one of them too!