Classic Movies - Comedies and Romance
His Girl Friday
My personal favorite of all the great screwball comedies, 'His Girl Friday' is a fast-paced, funny showcase for Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Made in 1940, it's one of the first comedies to explore the conflicts of women in the work force, and skewers both politics and journalism with a merry cynicism.
'Casablanca' - Bogart and Bergman in a Timeless Romance
'Casablanca' is the movie on just about every "top ten" list in the known galaxy. With Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a great romance, it's a thrilling wartime drama with an unforgettable ensemble cast. Play it again, Sam!
'Cat Ballou' - A Wild Lady Outlaw and her Gang
A pretty school marm, a dastardly villain, a couple of rakish outlaws and a legendary gunslinger round out the western cliches in this great spoof. Lee Marvin won an Oscar for his double role in this classic movie.
'Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'
The funniest movie ever made about global nuclear destruction. Peter Sellers plays three roles, including the bizarre 'Dr. Strangelove,' in Stanley Kubrick's classic black comedy of Cold War military machismo and political blundering.
'His Girl Friday'
'Some Like it Hot' wins with most critics, but this is actually my favorite screwball comedy of all time. Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant crack wise in 'His Girl Friday', one of three movie versions of the play "The Front Page." It's fast, funny, moving, oddly sweet and just plain swell.
'Monty Python's Life of Brian' - Not the Messiah
'Monty Python's Life of Brian' is a merry send-up of old-style Bibilical epics, and a biting satire on religion, politics and fanaticism. Rude, crude and side-splitting funny, it follows the life of Brian of Nazareth, an ordinary guy who is mistaken for the Messiah.