my classics on discs

by shriekburk | created - 04 Jul 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

In September of 2015, I began volunteering at a retirement home where my girlfriend works. She is an activity director and had showed me the very professional theater the facility has for the residents. I was intrigued at the idea of being able to use the theater myself, and soon suggested that I show classic films to the folks. I had recently re-engaged my self with Amazon, and one of my scores was the new Blu ray boxed set released for the 70th anniversary of Citizen Kane. This would be the perfect venue to watch it; back on the big screen! Other than a handful of films and the Universal Monster movies, I never had considered myself a Classic-Movie guy. But since I've started showing the films to the audience that saw them when they were released in the 30s/40s/50s, learning about them and collecting them has become my main obsession!

Anyway, here's my (ever expanding) list of classic DVDs & Blu rays...

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1. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)

TV-PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families, the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, Fred Stone

Votes: 967

2. Treasure Island (1934)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Family

Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger

Votes: 2,254 | Gross: $2.54M

3. The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | 156 min | Biography, Drama

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe, Vincent Price

Votes: 5,635

4. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

Votes: 9,925

5. Killer's Kiss (1955)

Not Rated | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Frank Silvera, Irene Kane, Jamie Smith, Jerry Jarrett

Votes: 19,555

6. The Wonderful Country (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Romance, Western

A honorable drifter constantly on the run finds his enemies closing in around him.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill, Albert Dekker

Votes: 1,372

7. Track of the Cat (1954)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Western

Around the turn of the 20th century, during a harsh northern California winter, members of a ranching family are squabbling among themselves while the two oldest sons go hunting for a panther that is killing their livestock.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter

Votes: 1,689

8. Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger

Votes: 11,110

9. El Dorado (1967)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Western

85 Metascore

Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt

Votes: 22,281 | Gross: $12.97M

10. Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

77 Metascore

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 4,081 | Gross: $8.00M

11. The Yearling (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Family, Western

89 Metascore

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills

Votes: 5,010 | Gross: $5.20M

12. Laura (1944)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Votes: 39,468 | Gross: $4.36M

13. Panic in the Streets (1950)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance

Votes: 6,486

14. Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 2,683

15. In a Lonely Place (1950)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 23,167

16. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutionary War begins.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 5,185 | Gross: $1.00M

17. King Solomon's Mines (1937)

Not Rated | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.

Directors: Robert Stevenson, Geoffrey Barkas | Stars: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young, John Loder

Votes: 977

18. The Three Musketeers (1948)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades thwart the plans of Royal Prime Minister Richelieu to usurp the King's power.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin

Votes: 5,398

19. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.

Directors: John Cromwell, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey

Votes: 3,932

20. The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure

An Englishman vacationing in a Ruritarian kingdom is recruited to impersonate his cousin, the soon-to-be-crowned king when the monarch is drugged and kidnapped.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer

Votes: 3,063

21. Madame Bovary (1949)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Romance

A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan

Votes: 2,206

22. Billy Budd (1962)

Approved | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Billy Budd (Terence Stamp) is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.

Director: Peter Ustinov | Stars: Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Rogers

Votes: 3,680

23. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Moultrie Kelsall

Votes: 5,713

24. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Music

72 Metascore

An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Votes: 12,502

25. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

59 Metascore

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer

Votes: 11,225 | Gross: $5.01M

26. Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance, War

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty

Votes: 14,602 | Gross: $13.50M

27. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best

Votes: 14,514

28. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 202,719 | Gross: $8.82M

29. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 13,140 | Gross: $11.80M

30. Born Yesterday (1950)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette, with unexpected results.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John

Votes: 9,257

31. Moulin Rouge (1952)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Director: John Huston | Stars: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon, Claude Nollier

Votes: 4,616 | Gross: $11.81M

32. San Francisco (1936)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt

Votes: 4,600

33. Night Flight (1933)

Passed | 84 min | Drama

Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 665

34. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

98 Metascore

Two Americans searching for work in Mexico convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 106,107 | Gross: $5.01M

35. The Garden of Allah (1936)

Approved | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Charles Boyer, Tilly Losch, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,254

36. Morocco (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Romance

A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt

Votes: 5,091

37. Blonde Venus (1932)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall, Dickie Moore

Votes: 3,969

38. The Devil Is a Woman (1935)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young man is warned by a captain about a temptress; nonetheless, he finds himself falling in love with her.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill, Edward Everett Horton, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 2,756

39. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Mischa Auer

Votes: 909

40. Golden Earrings (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Romance, War

On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. He is helped by Lydia and ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Ray Milland, Marlene Dietrich, Murvyn Vye, Bruce Lester

Votes: 953 | Gross: $7.00M

41. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Not Rated | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance