Tuesday, November 22, 2011

10 Old Movies to Make You Laugh

With the booming entertainment business, movies come and go in the theaters in just a matter of weeks. We have somewhat lost the value of a good-quality movie in the wake of special effects, digitization, and 3D. Here is a list of old movies that will not only bring a smile to your face and a laugh to your lips, but are movies that you can truly appreciate for their classic cinematic value.
  1. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. Don Knotts, anyone? This hilarious film made in 1966 follows a classically clumsy small-town news reporter as he unravels a local mystery. (And finds a bit of romance along the way. Who can resist those charmingly skinny arms?)
  2. White Christmas. Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney (yes, George Clooney's aunt), and Danny Kaye star in this Christmas classic. But don't be fooled by it's holiday-focused name. The movie is full of other fun moments, mostly brought on by the comical stylings of Danny Kaye.
  3. It's a Wonderful Life. Jimmy Stuart steals the show as the self-centered George Bailey who is forced to learn how to be grateful for the things he has in life. Nothing will make you chuckle so much as when his love interest, played by Donna Reed, finds her self caught in the bushes wearing only her birthday suit.
  4. My Fair Lady. Even though Audrey Hepburn had to get a singing double for this film, you can't deny that her cockney accent is entertaining, as are her superficial mistakes in trying to fit her street-wise personality in with the upper class.
  5. Glass Bottom Boat. There's nothing like a sarcastic Doris Day movie to give you a good chuckle. In this screwball comedy, Doris plays a “mermaid” who gets up to all sorts of mischief when she meets the handsome millionaire, Bruce Templeton.
  6. Gidget. In this little flick you will find the epitome of 1950s beach movies. Sandra Dee stars as a tomboy who learns the fine art of capturing beach bum college men, especially one named Moondoggie (played by James Darren). Follow Gidg as she learns how to be a “real woman” of the 50s.
  7. Singin' in the Rain. Enjoy Debbie Reynolds' singing and dancing debut in this fast-paced comedy about how to make it in show biz. “Make 'em Laugh” is a bit of an overdone gag, but other classics like “Moses Supposes” will get their snappy tunes stuck in your head for days.
  8. What's Up Doc?. Made in 1972, Barbara Streisand tears up the screen as a quirky runaway that always seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Your gut will need a laughing break by the end of watching her on-screen shenanigans.
  9. The Scarlet Pimpernel. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you are missing out on a world of fun! Anthony Andrews plays a divine Sir Percy Blakeney, a rich, overly dramatic fop of society who secretly disguises himself in various costumes to help prisoners of the French Revolution escape Madame Guillotine.
  10. Thoroughly Modern Millie. Taking a very different role from that of a nun, Julie Andrews stars as a “modern” of the flapper era, complete with bobbed hair and rouged knees. Mary Tyler More plays the perfect ditzy heiress as become entangled with a group of white slave traders.

About the Author Tiffani Azani is a freelance writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers helps students find an online school that can help them earn a college degree and be prepared to work in any of the top careers available on the job market today.