Tuesday, 7 April 2020

All The Old Hollywood Movies I'm Watching On YouTube

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As much as I live on Netflix, we probably all do, sometimes I find myself wanting to watch something a little different. I’ve always believed I was an old soul who believed I belonged in a whole different time. That time is like the 1950s era. I mean like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe time. There’s something about that time that I’m drawn to.

It only then makes sense that I like watching old films – yes, even the black and white ones. I love everything from the stories to the fashion, the cars, and the beautiful settings. I’m full transported when I watch these films and there aren’t always a lot available on streaming sites.

But I have found a new solution to this problem that doesn’t involved the not-so-legal streaming sites or paid for streaming platforms; YouTube.

Ah YouTube, you are a world of wondrous possibilities. I’m always on YouTube, whether it’s to watch my favourite Youtubers, music videos or behind the scenes of music production, workout videos and even ghost stuff. Yes, I’m one of those weirdos and I absolutely love Buzzfeed Unsolved. But I have also found an array of vintage movie classics that have to be watched! Here’s what I’ve been watching so far and the links to them.


To Catch A Thief (1955) – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant & Grace Kelly 
A reformed jewel thief takes it upon himself to discover the copycat jewel thief that has surfaced in Monaco. The police think it’s the original thief, so he must go ‘undercover’ with an insurance agent from London and stakeout with a wealthy mother and daughter who are the potential next targets. Filled with mystery, thrills, love and more, you have to watch this one. Plus Grace Kelly’s fashion in this film is unbelievable.


Dial M For Murder (1954) – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland & Grace Kelly
This was an absolutely brilliant film – if you’re one for a murder mystery, this has to be on your list. An ex-tennis pro decides to plan an elaborate murder of his wife with a former college friend after finding out she has been having an affair, but when things go wrong, his plan B takes things a step further. This was such a good one and left me on the edge of my seat.


The Million Pound Note (1954) – Directed by Ronald Neame, starring Gregory Peck. 
I already loved Gregory Peck, but now I love him more after watching this film and a few others. The storyline of this movie is that two aristocrats brothers decide to make a bet and when they stumble upon a penniless American (Peck) in London, they offer him a loan, unbeknownst to him that it’s a £1,000,000 bank note, with a few conditions, the main being to keep the note intact for a month. The note comes with many complications for the American and he must navigate through the life of being a American ‘millionaire’ in London. (Side note, £1 million back then would be the equivalent of £27.5 million, yikes!)


Mirage (1965) – Directed by Edward Dmytryk, starring Gregory Peck and Diane Baker 
This was truly an interesting one; David Stillwell has to take the stairs when a blackout occurs in his New York skyscraper office and meets a woman, who supposedly knows him yet he is unsure of her and later realises he’s not even too sure of himself. Whilst he remembers certain people, he also figures that he’s in danger, especially when he realises they all seem to be connected to Charles Calvin, who had just mysteriously died on the same night, falling from the 27th floor of the building. Stillwell, played by Peck, must then try and decipher who he is through the help of a private eye, a psychologist and the woman he met in the stairway. It’s got lots of twists and turns that will leave you guessing.


The Millionairess (1960) – Directed by Anthony Asquith, starring Sophia Loren & Peter Sellers
A millionairess, Epifania, inherits her father’s money after he dies, with the deal that she must marry a man who can turn £500 into £15,000 in 90 days. After she finds her current husband is keeping a mistress and she dramatically tries to kill herself by jumping in the River Thames, she meets Dr. Kabir and becomes infatuated. She then throws herself at him, however he is more interested in treating his patients and is reluctant to her advances. He then tells Epifania that his mother gave him the condition that he must only wed a woman if she can live on Rs.500/- over 90 days, roughly 35 shillings. Epifania takes on the challenge and tells Dr. Kabir of her father’s same challenge.

Other movies I have lined up to watch

Charade (1963) – Directed by Stanley Donen, starring Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn
I’ve seen this one before, but I always rewatch Audrey movies since I never get tired of them.

His Girl Friday (1940) – Directed by Howard Hawks , starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell

Strangers on a Train (1951) – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) – Directed by Henry King & Roy Ward Baker, starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner

Spellbound (1945) – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman

I’ll probably find a whole bunch more and if you’d like to know the links or movies, let me know! I’m happy to update the list. And if you’re not into old movies, what have you been watching? I probably need more suggestions anyway. Drop a comment below!

Sending you lots of love and hoping you’re staying safe!

Emily xx
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