Last week to mark our second anniversary we mentioned some films (and one song) which were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, back again and thinking about classic films which are celebrating their 60th Anniversary this year.
Yes, 60 years later and these films are still riveting and entertaining. That, of course, is our time honored measure a classic movie — films that stand up decades after their creation.
Sixty years ago Americans were introduced to a bright new star, Audrey Hepburn, in Roman Holiday. Gregory Peck was supposed to have solo top billing, but after he saw the final film he suggested Hepburn share co-star billing. He knew she was destined to be a star.
The film remains charming and a perfect travelogue of Rome of that time.
Also released in 1953, one of the greatest Westerns ever filmed, George Stevens production of Shane. Although he was a mite too old for the part, Alan Ladd gave a good performance. Even better performances were given by Van Heflin, Jean Arthur, (then child star) Brandon deWilde and Jack Palance as the title character’s gunslinger nemesis.
Two other favorites of ours which have stood the test of time are the dark drama Pickup on South Street and the light romantic musical Lili.
Richard Widmark, Jean Peters (above) and Thelma Ritter star in the first. Sam Fuller wrote and directed this film noir which is a must see.
Lili is a delight. And a perfect film if you’re looking for a family film.
Leslie Caron, as an innocent waif, joins a carnival troupe and learns about life and love. You might remember the song, Hi Lili, Hi Lili, Hi Low. Of course the really famous song of the day from another 1953 film was Secret Love. Recall that one?