What Was Your Favorite Film As a Kid?

Jumanji Starring Robin WilliamsGuest blogger Anna Työrinoja writes:

As some of you might now, I often hail the praises to the ’90s as the best time period of film (or at least its kicking of the ’70s, ’80s and ’00s’ behinds). But then you remember ridonculous stuff like this.

Jumanji was absolutely my favourite as a bright eyed six-year-old. It was one of those rare films that I had on VHS, and would watch time and time again until the actual tape broke. It’s interesting how as a kid you didn’t really mind how long you could watch your favorite film. Whether it was the first, the middle or the last 15 minutes, you’d be dead excited anyways. I’ve grown up to be one of those people that can’t watch a film on TV if it’s already started a minute ago, and even missing the trailers at the cinema makes me uncomfortable.

But I do believe that the films you see as a kid shape how you feel about certain types of movies growing older; it lays the basis of your enthusiasm and taste. I for one, blame my film-watching habits as a kid on my obsession on sci-fi and comic books. I was very young when I first watched the original Star Wars, Batman Returns and Batman Forever (I was also obsessed with the ’60s TV series Batman; if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out). Jurassic Park was the first film that I sneakily watched at my grandma’s that I shouldn’t have seen as young as I was (it’s rated PG-13 for “intense science fiction terror”).

The’90s, however, was the newfound golden era of Disney. The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King are to many the best films Disney ever animated. But then Pixar changed the animation game forever. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Toy Story or its sequels. I thought 3 was heartfelt and appealing, but I never got the massive best film of the year buzz it got (no pun intended).

Some things that made me laugh back then, I’m afraid to watch now. I mean, I absolutely loved Dumb & Dumber (1994) as I tended to laugh at anything Jim Carrey did. (Not so much now. Did you see Yes Man? That recipe that rocked a kid’s comedy world in Liar Liar shouldn’t be touched after the age of 11.) I guess your sense of humorCable Guy changes the most through the years. I’ve ended up as someone who finds rarely anything funny (besides The Office, Conan and Judd Apatow’s films). Then again, it’s interesting to see that a lot of people have and hold their favorite comedies for years; Wayne’s World being a good example.

What were your favorites as a kid?

Aspiring criminologist and writer Anna Työrinoja has been dishing the dirt on the most hyped films for years but has only recently moved to the realms of internet blogging. Split Reel focuses on life-changing cinema, new and old. You can visit on her Twitter at https://twitter.com/5plitreel.

  • Noel Bjorndahl

    Calamity Jane!

    The Mt Gravatt Princess theatre (cinemas were always called theatres in Queensland, Australia when I was growing up) opened on March 24, 1955.

    I do not now recall much about The Diamond Queen which ran first at the premiere matinee of this local cinema on March 26, 1955, although Arlene Dahl must have registered as one of those adventurous, generally red-headed queens of technicolor that quickly became part of my staple matinee fare throughout the 50s. I used to wonder whether she was of Scandinavian descent (like me). Her royal cousins and distant relatives weren’t, at any rate, because Rhonda Fleming, Maureen O’Hara and blonde Virginia Mayo all seemed distinctly Anglo or at least Irish in appearance as well as name. I had yet to discover the really exotic sounding Yvonne De Carlo who disappointingly turned out to have the lowliest pedigree of any of them her real name being plain Peggy Middleton from Vancouver, Canada.

    Beyond my first nodding acquaintance with these queens of technicolor, that afternoon became a turning point in my then 10 year old life because I met and immediately became enchanted by Doris Day (nee Kapelhoff). During 1955-56 I saw her in no fewer than seven films. In order, they were Calamity Jane, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, I’ll See You in My Dreams (in black and white), On Moonlight Bay, It’s a Great Feeling, Young at Heart and Lucky Me (in Cinemascope). It became the first “body of work” I associated with a particular star and the first time that the resonance and relevance of film stars in my life began to register. I became quickly super-aware of this phenomenon and now noticed the regularity with which the queens of technicolor appeared in my life and the similarities between the types of films they all appeared in. Additionally, I fell in love with Phyllis Thaxter whose emotional intensities burned deeply into my impressionable and receptive mind. Among the male stars, I was drawn to Errol Flynn above the others because my father had mentioned he was Australian, and appropriately enough, I first saw him playing an Aussie sheepman out west, causing deep angst among his cattlemen adversaries in a studio-fabricated Montana. But I responded almost as much to the cowboys who first entered my consciousness, especially to Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea and John Wayne; to comedians Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and Martin and Lewis; to the angry ferocity of John Garfield in The Breaking Point; to Burt Lancaster who was always “smilin’ Burt” back then; to Gordon MacRae by association with Doris Day; and to James Stewart who was Glenn Miller ( I proceeded to drive my poor mother crazy with an LP I bought of the Glenn Miller band). Needless to say, I didn’t have a clue who its director Anthony Mann was back then.

    Getting back to Doris, those seven films defined her appeal-indelibly-to this small boy who was living in suburban Holland Park, Brisbane. Doris was a blonde, grown-up version of the tomboy girls in pigtails I generally fancied. Right on cue, Doris turned up in a ponytail in the next outing I saw her in, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and what’s more, in the working habit of a grease-monkey! The tomboy in Doris clearly appealed to my Dad as well because he palpably displayed excitement at her first appearance in Calamity Jane when the Deadwood Stage came rolling over those plains bearing her on equal terms with stage driver Chubby Johnson wearing battered pants, toting guns, and belting out Paul Francis Webster’s raucous lyrics with a gusto bordering on the manic.

    I don’t think many establishment critics ever gave this multi-talented star her due. Before her motorbike accident as a teenager put paid to her aspirant career as a dancer, she became a notable songbird at the tail end of the big bands, earning her first stripes with the chart-buster Sentimental Journey. This added further lustre to Les Brown’s outfit for whom she had become a regular. Michael Curtiz of Casablanca and Mildred Pierce fame understandably snapped her up for Hollywood in 1948 in the charming Warner Bros musical Romance on the High Seas and the rest is history. Although she was to exhibit formidable acting talent for Hitchcock emoting convincingly as James Stewart’s distraught wife in The Man Who Knew Too Much; abused but surviving James Cagney’s ruthless gangster as Ruth Etting in the underrated Love Me or Leave Me; and paired with an angst-ridden Frank Sinatra in the good musical melodrama Young at Heart (a remake of Four Daughters), it was her vocal talent that stood out – she became one of the greatest singers of the Hollywood musical – up there as far as I’m concerned with Alice Faye, Judy Garland and just a handful of others. Calamity Jane is one of the best showcases for this aspect of her talent and appeal. The score by Webster and Sammy Fain contains a multitude of gems that extend Doris to her full range. The Academy award winning song Secret Love is justly cited as revealing the tenderness and lyricism behind Calamity’s façade as she dons a feminine blouse and dainty black ribbon to perform the number. (Characteristically, though, she is on horseback wearing pants). Part of the interest in her character lies in the androgynous elements played up through all her encounters with Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel) and the other rough, robust citizens of Deadwood. It is in striking contrast to the charms of Katie Brown, the Adelaide Adams substitute skillfully conveyed by Allyn McLerie in her only substantial film role. Katie’s clear-cut femininity arouses powerfully contradictory responses in Calam’ who on the one hand matches Hickok’s machismo in the I Can Do Without You number (reminiscent of, but by no means inferior to Anything You Can Do from Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun); and on the other gives in to the ultra girl-talk politics of A Woman’s Touch. That Doris is so convincing on either side of the gender divide indicates a much more complex performer than she is often credited as being, and the slyly subversive gender-bending subtext of the film allows her to extend her range to meet the challenge. This is all handled very lightly, of course. Almost every number in this grand piece of entertainment is memorable (Higher Than a Hawk, Just Blew in from the Windy City, It’s Harry I’m Planning to Marry) and none more so than my personal favourite The Black Hills of Dakota, pure Americana and a song that gave me goose-bumps as a child.



  • Bill Pentland

    No question about it, Forbidden Planet! Saw it when it first came out, I was 5, maybe 6. As soon as I watched it, went home, got my box of Crayola crayons, started drawing storyboards (before I knew they were storyboards!). That film colored my imagination for the rest of my life and my thirst for good sci-fi hasn’t slacked a bit. The other film I liked, because it had a happier ending than King Kong, was Mighty Joe Young.

  • Gil

    “Heidi” with Shirley Temple. No, I wasn’t even a twinkle in anyone’s eye when “Heidi” first came out but I saw it for the first time when I was a child and fell in love with it. I watched it again over the holidays for the first time in years and the kid in me still loves it.

  • Allen Hefner

    Anna, thanks for keeping this in perspective. You are young, so your choice of movies will be different than for us older folk. I grew up in a movie theatre in the 1950s, so my choices will obviously be different. And many will say that the golden years of Hollywood were the 1930s. (You’ll get no argument from me on that!) 1939 is still considered the high water mark for film.

    Many will disagree with you that the CGI Disney films of late are any good at all, compared with the timeless classics of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Watch Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Cinderella for the incredible beauty of hand painted animation. The truth is that the newer films are good, and they fit their intended audience, just as the older films did.

    Thanks for your insight. And long live Davy Crockett.

  • Michael Campo

    As a kid I had a number of favorite movies. At the top was HOME SWEET HOMICIDE with Randolph Scott, James Gleason, Peggy Ann Garner, Dean Stockwell and Lynn Bari. I also enjoyed CASABLANCA when it first came out. Also anything with Roy Rogers or Red Ryder.

  • Stan Flax

    As a kid, I loved “The Thief of Baghdad” with Sabu, Conrad Veidt, and June Duprez. It was a wonderful fantasy in technicolor-most films of the 1930s-40s were in B&W. I remember going to the neighborhood theater after school and my mother had to come to the theater to take my sister and myself home because we kept watching the film twice (it was part of a double-feature). In those years, parents did not have to worry about problems in movie houses. Children were safe. A matron was in charge of kids.

  • Charles

    Star Wars. Yep. I’m in that age group. Saw it at the local drive-in (which is now a neighborhood). I was 9. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen, as far as TV or film was concerned. And eventhough the special effects are now dated, they were amazing back then, especially when viewed on that huge outdoor screen. It is still one of my favorite movies.

  • Butch Knouse

    The original War of the Worlds.

  • ralph stratford

    Hi everyone love your comments & reminesices about your favourite films. My mother loved musicals & i guess instilled in me that same love. I distinctley remember seeing Its Always Fair Weather ,Daddy Long Legs & Marge & Gower CHAMPION in everything i loved them.Also a great Alan Ladd film The Proud REBEL which also starred his son David Ladd who i wanted as a little brother after seeing that film. Thank you for reviving so many wonderful memories.

  • Steve Rothstein

    Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves with John Hall, June Duprez, Andy Devine and Turhan Bey. Open Sesame!

  • Steve Rothstein

    Oops – that’s Jon Hall – also known as Rama of the Jungle from TV

  • Jack West

    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. The first film I saw more than once, to compete with a girlfriend who saw War of the Worlds more than once.

  • Robert Martin

    Mine has to be ” Invaders From Mars “. Saw it on a friday night with my brother and some friends. After seeing it we decided to walk home through the North Cedar Cemetery. I remember we were all scaried and the wind blowing the bushes and trees didn’t help. I’m 63 now , but I never forgot that night. I guess because it was my first expearence at being scared. Great memory.


    MacMurray’s old flivver flew through the air, and
    then started bouncing up and down on Keenan Wynn’s
    car, I quite literally fell out of my theater seat
    with laughter. I’d never seen anything like it in
    my life!!

  • ann mcdowell

    2 movies: So Dear to My Heart; Seven Brides for Sever Brothers.

  • Tim Thompson

    High Barbaree with June Alyson & Van Johnson

  • Wayne

    Heidi with Shirley Temple, the original King Kong, March of the Wooden Soldiers (Laurel and Hardy), Gunga Din, The Adventures of Robin Hood (Errol Flynn), Davy Crockett (disney). Yes I am that old.

  • Judy Roberts

    I would say I agree with Bill Pentland. Sci-fi 50s movies: War of the Worlds, Forbidden Planet, Them, Invader from Mars, When World Collides, IT Came from Outer Space, etc. To this day, I still enjoy watching those old sci-fi movies. But the golden age of TV started and low and behold, sci-fi tv series were born! Loved “One Step Beyond,” Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Star-Trek, etc, etc. I also loved musicals with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Donald O’Conner, etc. All my brothers and sisters share my love of movies and television.

  • Pat Peters

    “A Summer Place “with Sandra Dee as well as her performance with Lana Turner and Rock Hudson in “An Imitation of Life”. Oldies but goodies.

    • Errol Jones

      Yes…I too, loved IMITATION OF LIFE..but there is one thing in there you have wrong. It was not ROCK HUDSON and LANA TURNER. It was JOHN GAVIN with TURNER in that tear jerker. Wish they made them like that now!!

  • David Ecklein

    Destination Moon – I saw it with a friend when it premiered in my home town (Cedar Falls IA). It seemed almost like a documentary to me, and led to a standing argument with my 2nd grade teacher. She told me to forget about it – sending a man to the moon was just a fantasy. I was adamantly convinced of the opposite.

  • DianeMG

    The Fighting Sullivans’s was a favorite of mine. I first saw it when I was 8 and wanted to have 5 boy’s just like that! Also, 7 Brides For 7 Brother’s was another favorite.


    Sci-fi wise: War of the Worlds scared me as a child, but so did The Day the Earth Stood Still…..they don’t make ’em like they used to…before you had to use your imagination, instead of all the pyrotechniques, but they were
    good, none the less!!

  • Natuarally Curlie

    Hi Mike Campo
    Me too! I didn’t think anyone else knew about that film. Back in the’50’s it was on TV every day on MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE for an entire week and my sister and I watched it and practically had the whole thing memorized. A few years ago I was able to find a VHS copy and I gave it to my sister for her birthday. We had a blast watching it and waxing nostalgic for our long ago youth. What a fab movie.


    P.S. Sorry MovieFanFare……didn’t get to see movies as a kid much, so most of my favorites were books back then……still wonder about Treasure Island and Wuthering Heights…..movies weren’t any thing like what I’d pictured as I read them!!

  • Judy

    My all time favorite as a kid was Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn. It was one of the Sunday Afternoon Classics that would be shown on our local tv channel. That movie started my love for Errol Flynn and that program started my love of classic movies. So, even though I was child of the 70’s, I preferred the classic older movies. Also, Miracle on 34th Street was a big favorite of mine when I was a kid.

  • LF Keenan

    I always liked “Johnny Holiday”. Most people have never even heard of it. It was about a troubled boy who is sent to a work farm and his attitude is totally changed as he begins to work with horses. William Bendix was in it. Good movie. At least as a kid, I thought so. It has been about 55 years since I have seen it.

  • bill blau

    Another vote for THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940). Saw it several times as a kid, also 1001 NIGHTS (1945), ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, SINBAD THE SAILOR, KING KONG (1933), SAMSON AND DELILAH (1949). I could go on and on, I better quit before I really get going. But you get the general idea.

  • Trudy Bolter

    Yes, The Thief of Bagdad, with Sabu, already mentioned but also Meet Me in Saint Louis – the family had a lawyer dad and a little sister just like mine, but the time and place seemed as exotic as India for a New Yorker in a family where at least three languages were spoken, and echoes of Elsewhere made Americana seem foreign. Also, still a child, I fell in love with Jean Renoir’s The River. India – so important in my childhood film life, but not in my “real” one.

  • Pat

    I grew up in the 40s and 50s. No TV so movies was it. “Song of the South” was my favorite. It introduced “Ber Rabbit” and all of the wonderful Uncle Remus characters. I also loved all the Tarzan movies and Mariea Montez and Jon Hall movies and all of the 50s musicals. My fav was Betty Hutton. I spent much of my childhood at the movies. My bedroom was papered with magazine photos of my favorite stars. I even collected movie star paper dolls. Anyone remember those? And get this most of those paper dolls could be bought for only 10 cents. Ah! Those were the days.

    • Errol Jones

      Oh..Yes!! As a kid..my favorite movie and ‘hero’ was Uncle Remus and by childhood ‘buddy’ Brer Rabbit. It is too sad, that the NAACP forced DISNEY studios to stop showing this beloved film. HOW they can claim that it was a ‘degrading film for black people’ is beyond me. It showed a part of our times in the Ole South, just as GONE WITH THE WIND..and no matter how you look at it…those things did happen. In SONG OF THE SOUTH…there is nothing but ‘love’ for both the black and white children loving and being with one another..and Uncle Remus was a kindly old gentleman who told his stories, to ‘help them’ in their childhood problems. Just a real joy to watch and so many generations will never see how beautiful this film really was and still is today.


    Its been a while since I was a kid, but the most memorable was “THE GUNS OF NAVARONE”

  • Mike McCarthy

    My hands down favorite was the original 1961 version of the Parent Trap. I just loved the story of the girls meeting and that ranch the father had in Monterey was spectacular…every kid’s dream. It was just perfect, especially for kids who did not have much and could dream. What a cast as well…perfect!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vince.desjardins1 Vincent Desjardins

    I’m so happy to see that two other people have left comments praising ‘Home Sweet Homicide.’ It was one of my childhood favorites as well. I remember it being on TV quite often when I was a kid growing up in the 1960s. I recently found someone selling a copy on eBay and of course had to buy it. I had so much fun watching it again after so many years. As a kid I also loved, “On Borrowed Time,” “Murder,He Says,” “Diary of a Chambermaid,”(the Paulette Goddard version), “Miranda,” “Cheers for Miss Bishop,” “Ice Palace,””King Kong,””Seventh Voyage of Sinbad,” and so many more.

  • Cindy Urban

    Is there any other ?! THE WIZARD OF OZ ! I wish I had those shoes !

  • Fred B.

    There were soooo many, but one that stayed with me for a long time was the classic “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon” with John Wayne. I was about 7 when it came out and it was the first color film I ever saw with the Duke. The beauty of the film and the story and Ben Johnson and Joanne Dru and the Calvary made it a special film for me…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/whatever41 Cynthia LaRochelle

    I loved all the old “Mummy” movies, black and white classics. Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi were fantastic and soooo scary, and don’t forget the Wolfman! Spencer Tracy was a great Dr. Jeckyl.

  • Mark Dryer

    I agree with Stan Flax,Bill Blau and Trudy Bolter; “The Thief of Bahgdad” definitely is “tops”.
    Since Michael Powell was one of the directors it is only to be expected. His other films — “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” and “I Know where I’m Going” are equally memoriable.

  • Jorja Curtis

    No favorite movie but favorite series of movies were the ones starring Jon Hall, Maria Montez and/or Turhan Bey. My sister and our best friends relived them playing on our own Wisteria Island. Glad to see someone else remembers them. The Erroll Flynn adventures were great too. A whole group of us played Robin Hood all one summer. Did others of you play “make believe” and make up your own stories?

  • Gary Vidmar

    Baby-boomer days at the theatre!
    Steve Reeves double-feature matinees:
    and 70mm epics like:
    EL CID
    …curtains, overtures, intermissions and exit music!

  • ron

    Forbidden Planet. Still is!

  • Kai Ferano

    The favorite movie of my long-ago youth was, “Mickey,” starring Lois Butler, Myrna Loy, Skip Homeier, and I think, Bill Goodwin. My second favorite was, “One Touch of Venus,” starring Ava Gardner.

  • jeanine

    Calamity Jane came in second. My favorite was Singing In The Rain.

  • James B.

    I can’t just name one, here are some.
    Al Jolson Story , inspired me to go into music.
    However I thought Lary Parks was Al. Jolson.
    Tarzan films with Johnny W.The Great Caruso, and that Midnight Kiss, with M.Lanza.
    Bud Abbot and Lou Costello meet Frankenstein,etc.
    Samson & Delilah, Prince of Foxes w/ Tyron Power.
    Salome w/Rita Hayworth,Black Hand with Gene Kelly.
    Bicycle Thief,James Cagney in White Heat,and many
    40 and 1950 movies.

    • DEBRES


  • George Matusek

    Another vote for “The Thief of Bagdad” (1940) — I was too young when it first came out, but saw it at a neighborhood theater around 1948 or 1949 — I was thrilled when Sabu uncorked the bottle found on the beath and smoke billowed forth, taking the shape of a gigantic genie. It was a Sunday matinee and I stayed to watch it a second time. I was equally enthralled by “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000513616659 Connie Smith

    On the Waterfront, Streetcar names Desire, East of Eden and Rebel without a cause to name a few. Too many old goodies to mention! You didn’t have to swear to make a good movie in those days!

  • ww

    Mary Poppins

  • Maxwell Starr

    Back in 1960 our local elementary school hosted a full summer of Saturday Matinee features for the kiddie crowd – that summer I saw “The Adventures of Robin Hood” with Errol Flynn, “The Mark of Zorro” with Tyrone Power, “Tarzan and the Lost Safari” with Gordon Scott and “Captains Courageous” with Spencer Tracy – each feature was accompanied with cartoons and one or more comedy shorts (3 Stooges, Andy Clyde or Laurel and Hardy). What a great summer! I was also a big fan of Steve Reeves’s adventure films “Hercules” “Hercules Unchained” and “Morgan the Pirate”. Ray Harryhausen snagged me as a fan at age five with “Earth vs the Flying Saucers”. Television gave me my first intros to Karloff and Lugosi with all their Monogram and RKO films constantly showing in the afternoons (I only saw their Universal shockers later – due to their snarky late night/early morning time slots). Westerns were (are) always favorites – especially with John Wayne or Randolph Scott. And, I concur with Bjorndahl that Doris Day was wonderful. I got a crush on her when I first saw her in “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and I’m still a huge fan – in addition to her acting and singing talent, she had a beautiful face and a spectacular fanny.

  • Tom Johnson

    The first movie I can remeber being enchanted by was “Snow White,” during one of its periodic re-releases. I was probably four – I didn’t get it about animation, so I thought she was real and I was so in love! It was a huge heartbreak when I learned the truth!
    The when I was about five or six, my mother took me to see Alec Guiness, in “The Prisoner.” Apart fromt he fact that we were Roman Catholic, it seems a strange movie for a little boy – but I fell head over heels, and used my own money to go to the movies alone all week to see it repeatedly!
    AND we “played” that movie – we built a little cell oout of cement blocks and pretended to interrogate. The other movie my cousins and I “played” was “The Rains Came.” Still love the end with the earthquakes and flooding. We were weird!

  • version

    too tough – if you start thinking of one you thinking of a hundered. OZ; anything that swashbuckled; road into the sunset; changed in the moonlight; came from the grave; shots its way out; flew to the stars; or a dozen+ musicals. So many favs.
    I loved The General; all of the Marx brothers; as kid you were less engaged in drama – so its mostly excitement – like Mad Mad World and Grand Hotel; anything Harryhausen; Hitchcock; sometimes movies like Billy Budd; Mutiny of the Bounty; Moby Dick, Treasure Island- these though had adventure with the drama. A shot in the dark; The Long Ships; Forbidden Planet; anything Jules Verne too.

  • Dave Malm

    “Song Of The South” is my alltime favorite movie. I’ve tried several times to try to rent or buy it but, so far, have not been able to find it. Any suggestions?????????

    • Tony Pulvino

      Try ebay…….found it on there about 10 years ago. Good Luck

  • Ellen Urie

    I cannot name just one or even two favorite movies – there were so many good ones. But these movies always stand out in my memory. “Frankenstein”, “Song of the South”, “Forbidden Planet”, “War of the Worlds” [the older version] “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “Shane” with Alan Ladd, “Oklahoma”, “Miracle in the Rain” with Jane Wyman, “Rebel Without A Cause”, “Sampson and Delilah”. You can tell the age group I’m in!! I used to go to the movies twice a week. If you were late, you could sit through the second show and see it again.

  • Randy Dannenfelser

    Mine was The Man Who Could Work Miracles, for no other reason than I saw it at the right time in my life (six years old) at the right place (on the bar television sitting at a hotel pub on the New Jersey shore in the middle of a weekday afternoon) and in the right situation (it was being run as a “Rainout Theater” substitution for a NY Giants baseball game). The movie blew my little mind!

  • Linda

    I loved all the Tarzan movies. Also, the non animated Disney movies. Light In The Forest, Swiss Family Robinson and Blackbeards Ghost.

  • Ellen Urie

    I forgot to add the westerns! I always liked a good cowboy movie. Right now I like all the Sam Ellott movies. He is one great actor!!I was fortunate to see Arizona and New Mexico in the last 3 years. Could just imagine that action happening there. NM is my favorite state!

  • tom bannister

    I was a child of the 50s so Saturday matinees generally consisted of a serial, a cartoon and a western. Charles Starrett as the Durango Kid was ok. Johnny Mack Brown was anathema. Roy Rogers was too CAMP but Randolph Scott was king.

  • oscarjaffee

    “Young Frankenstein” (1974). This is the film that made me fall in love with movies. After I saw it, I was a “Young Frankenstein” freak, not to mention a Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn et al freak. I had to have everything concerning “Young Frankenstein,” from the movie poster, pressbook and lobby cards to to the novelization to the original soundtrack album to magazine reviews, articles, etc. My father told me at the time that if I applied myself to school as much as I did to “Young Frankenstein,” I would be a genius. Long live “Young Frankenstein”!!!!!!

  • Bill Miller

    My favorites were the “Andy Hardy” Movies and the “Dead End Kids”.

  • Diane

    My favourites as a child were “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “The Wizard of Oz”. I watched them both each time they were on television. Still watch “To Kill A Mockingbird” from time to time. Also loved the science fiction movies of the 1950’s even though I didn’t see them until the 60’s and 70’s and still enjoy them on Turner Classic Movies. “The Thing” scared the poop out of me the first time I saw it on the late show. My brother and I used to go to the community centre at our cottage every Saturday night to see a Disney movie for 25 cents. Mom would give us each 50 cents and we would buy a bottle of pop and a box of “pink” candy coated popcorn to take to the movie – great memories of great movies and time with my younger brother.

  • Pat

    My Saturday matinee days we’re during the early to mid 1960’s. At that time my favorite movies where “Jack the Giant Killer” with Kerwin Mathews and Jerry Lewis films. On television my favorites where anything with Abbott and Costello, Boris Karloff or The Dead End Kids. And of course the annual showing of “The Wizard of Oz”

  • Ellen Badders

    My mother introduced me to classic movies at a young age so mine are not all child movies. That being said, here they are: To Kill a Mockingbird, Mary Poppins, Parent Trap (original), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Aristocats, Casablanca, Miracle on 34th Street and Rear Window.

  • Jewel Jaffe Ross

    Another vote for ‘Calamity Jane’. Doris was the very first, grown-up, female movie star that a 9 year old girl could actually relate to. A little later on I saw ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ on the Million Dollar Movie, (to this day when I hear the theme song of ‘Gone With the Wind’ it reminds me of the Million Dollar Movie), and it became my favorite movie. Those 2 have remained the closest to my heart all these years.

  • Stan Flax

    Although I commented earlier that The Thief of Baghdad with Sabu was my favorite movie as a kid, I would have to add a few more to that because I am continually viewing them over and over (I have them all on DVD. These are: “Captains Courageous” w/Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew (who got top star billing), “Gunga Din”, “Beau Geste”, Lives of A Bengal Lancer”, “King Kong”-w/Fay Wray and Bruce Cabot, “Foreign Correspondent”, and “Saboteur”(both eary Hitchcock
    films. Incidentally, Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” lifted a good deal of its plot and action from “Saboteur”. “Saboteur” involved a chase after spies across country, with the chase ending at The Statue of Liberty (a national monument). “North by Northwest” involved a cross-country chase after killers and spies, climaxing at The Mount Rushmore Memorial (also a national monument). Both films also involved women whom the main characters became involved with by accident.

  • Mary

    “Invaders From Mars”, “Jack the Giant Killer”, “Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.”

  • cyndi

    Oh, where do I start? Of course my favorite is Star Wars. I was born in the 70’s. I also love The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein. The Kennel Murder Case is good, What a Way To Go, Singing in the Rain, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir. I could go on forever.

  • maxfabien

    “Them”, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, and “The Fly”

  • Classic Movie Lover

    I have to agree with Noel. “Calamity Jane” and “Move Over Darling” have to be two of my favorites.

    However, “DAMN YANKEES” is my absolute favorite movie as a child. My brother and I used to watch the a program on channel 9 (KHJ) in Los Angeles called the Million Dollar Movie. They would show the feature movie for an entire week Saturday thru Friday and my brother and I would sing all the songs.

    Ray Ralston played a great devil and Gwen Verdon was a marvelous temptress. Damn Yankees still makes me smile.

  • Richard Dicks

    No doubt about it, it was The Great Race. I thought that Lemmon and Falk were a scream and I laughed everytime I saw it, and still do. In college it came to the local drive in and we loaded 6 of us into my mom’s Pontiac and watched it in a snow storm. Even fogged up it was still a riot.

  • Laura B.

    When I was a little kid (under age 10) my favorites were The Thrill of it All, The Wizard of Oz and Dracula (Bela Lugosi). When I was about 10, my favorite was the The Manchurian Candidate. By the time I was about 12, I was totally into the made-for-television Movies of the Week, including Night of Terror with Chuck Connors and Donna Mills (boy, I’d love to see that again!!). Lots of others – too many to list. When I was about 14, I liked movies like Wild in the Streets and A Matter of Innocence and Three into Two Won’t Go, and The Sweet Ride.

    Now I like everything, except slasher movies. Love black & white movies.

  • Dewey Marine

    Was a big cowboy and pirate fan as a kid. My favorites were She Wore A Yellow Ribbon with John Wayne and the Crimson Pirate with Burt Lancaster.

  • C. Warren

    JAWS! Loved that movie and was and still are afraid to go in the water.

  • Scott L.

    …a double feature “The Killer Shrews” and “The Giant Gila Monster”..also loved “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” (fell in love with Debra Wally!)

  • Eddie Quillen

    “The Jolson Story,” “Angels With Dirty Faces” and “Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla” AKA “The Boys From Brooklyn” were staples for me when I was a kid, and my mother used the TV as my babysitter and shows like Million Dollar Movie would repeat a movie a number of times over a weekend.

    When my daughter was 9 or 10, I picked up a DVD of Brooklyn Gorilla and watched it with her. She is now 15, and every once in a while she still asks me if we can watch it together, and we do.

    To Jim Ricks. way up above, if you are still reading this, yes, Jane Powell was terrific and sadly, forgotten. I don’t know if you ever saw this, but there was a tribute to Alan Jay Lerner televised in 1989, where she and a then Broadway performer named Leroy Reams did “How Can You Believe Me When I Say I love You, When You Know I’ve Been a Liar All My Life” from “Royal Wedding.” She proved even then that she still had it. It is the best number in the special. You should try to track it down, if it is online, a give it a look see. Even approaching 60, she sill had it.

  • Shawn McGinnis

    Star Wars. I was five years old and my dad took me on the first day at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. I remember waiting in a huge line wondering what the big deal was. Once the movie started and that ship filled up the screen, I was hooked. We saw it five times over two years and I became a fanatic. I had to have every comic, card and toy. I still collect comics, cards and action figures to this day. I also remember seeing a double feature of the Black Hole and Sleeping Beauty at the Cinerama Dome. While The Black Hole isn’t the greatest film, it still has a special place in my heart. Finally, Raiders of the Lost Ark will always be my favorite action film of all time. We saw that three or four times in the theater and I remember playing out scenes with the action figures for a long time.

  • Nicki

    Even though I was only 4 at the time “The Spy with my Face.” Napoleon Solo kept my eyes locked on the screen the entire movie. My older sisters took me to see it because I was so Solo crazy.

    On the way home my mother nearly wrecked the car. I was in the front seat, my sisters and their boy friends in the back. My mom asked me “So how was Napoleon?” I looked her dead in the eye and said “He was naked.” (shower scene) car went all over the road, my sisters trying franticly to explain the scene.

    I always remember that especially when I watch it now. Napoleon Solo in the shower! Still makes me smile.

  • JohnCougar’sMelonCamp

    The first movie I remember seeing was”The War Wagon”with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in 1967 when I was eight years old.

  • Senior Chief

    A couple or three years back I saw Sophia Loren at the Oscars. She is/was in her mid 70’s and an
    absolute beauty. So many women wished they could age like she has. To the point, my fav movie when
    I was in High School and still since, was El Cid.
    It was a movie of great character and integrity.
    Reminds me of our Navy Seals. They do what they have to do for our Nation and ask for nothing. Well Sophia played “Don Rodrigo’s” wife and in all the movies she ever played in, she was never more beautiful. El Cid was a movie to be pondered by a young man looking for direction in his life. She was made to wear those close and hats. The Moores had a foothold in Europe (Spain) and would have caused much more havoc had it not been for the CID !

  • Janet

    The Thief of Bagdad with Sabu–still a wonderment in beautiful color!!

  • Dave H.

    “The Alamo” with John Wayne
    “Spartacus” with Kirk Douglas
    “They Died with their Boots On” with Errol Flynn
    What more could a young lad want or need — plus you learned how to deal with your heroes dying at the end of the shows.

  • S. R. Orsulak

    Growing up in the 50’s I liked a lot of movies. All Westerns with lots of Indians in it. Sci Fi BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (my 1st Monster Movie I was 5 yrs old), WAR OF THE WORLDS, THEM!, FORBIDDEN PLANET, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH,just to name a few. Sword and Sandal HERCULES, HERCULES UNCHAINED, MORGAN THE PIRATE, DUEL OF THE TITANS, WARRIOR EMPRESS, and my all time favorite movie BEN HUR a true spectacle, none of the movies nowadays can compare to this true Epic. War Movies THE LONGEST DAY, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, PORK CHOP HILL. I could go on and on.

  • Joan Goveart

    Pollyanna with Hayley Mills.

  • W.D.(Bill) Southworth

    My favorite film as a child was “STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER”.

  • Jorja Curtis

    p.s. Betty Grable musicals…any musicals
    and Nyoka the Jungle Girls serials on Saturdays

  • Larry

    growing up in the 40’s and 50’s the first sifi movie was man from planet x pretty campy now but it was something then. as the one i remember most was john wayne in red river, also roy rogers and gene autry it was a wonderful time to grow up.


    My favorite as a boy was “Gunga Din”, and I still watch it whenever it comes on Turner Classics or American Movie Classics. It starred a perfect trio of diverse and lovable rascals: Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and the immortal Victor McLaglen, along with some wonderful character actors led by Eduardo Ciannelli as the wacky fanatical enemy leader. Above all, Gunga Din himself was played by another immortal, Sam Jaffe, equally great in this to his performance as the high lama in “lost Horizon”, a close second to “Gunga Din” in my pantheon of great films.

  • Joe Glaeser

    A lot of people sure enjoyed this topic, as do I. My all time great movie as a kid, I’m 62, The Day the Earth Stood Still. I always thought we might be visited by a friendly being from space and help make the Earth stop fighting etc… Another big reason I liked the film was because Billy Grey was in it and I used to watch him all the time in Father Knows Best. I thought that was “really cool”.Of course I have the DVD and watch it from time to time just to make me feel good.

  • Freebyrd975

    My favorite was On Borrowed Time with Lionel Barrymore. Also I thought I was the only one that remembered Home Sweet Homicide. I hope they bring it out on DVD.

  • Tony

    Has everybody forgotten WHITE CHRISTMAS with Bing
    Danny, especially Vera and Rosemary I still watch it every Christmas and I’m still in love with Vera-Ellen. Dean Jagger was also great in this movie

  • Dennis

    “Bomba the Jungle Boy” films and well as the “Jungle Jim” film series. I watched them every Saturday on TV. “The Wizard of Oz”. “Planet of the Apes” (1968) I also never missed one cheesy 1950’s horror movie that was shown on TV’s Chiller Theater….usually went to bed and had nightmares about giant spiders and Frankenstein’s daughter…. LOL.

  • R. Schafer

    When I was a kid some of my favorite movies were westerns, or cowboy movies as I called them. My brothers and I would trek to the Tower Theater, pay a quarter and watch whatever shoot em up was playing. Then when I was ten I saw High Noon, staring Gary Cooper. For some reason that movie really resonated in me, I must of watched it five times and every time it came on television. I was also highly influenced by Walt Disney’s Living Desert, The Vanishing Prairie and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. War movies, adventure flics and SciFi rounded out my passion for the big screen.

  • cbtrivia

    Without doubt my favourite film growing up and still today is Journey to the Centre of the Earth. i was absolutely fascinated by the story and the idea that there is a world down there. Just a shame Pat Boone was in it.

  • Charles Werner

    My all time favorite as a youngster of 7 in 1939 was The Wizard of Oz and I still try to watch it every time it is on TV now. Another one is Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney. Have a good day.

  • Jeff

    Growing up? I don’t think I did that. Our schools also had an arrangement with one of the theaters in town each summer, and for a very minimal charge, we got to see a blend of action and comedy preceded by several cartoons every week for ten weeks. Some of the films I recall first seeing that way were: Adventures of Robin Hood (Errol Flynn), Merry Andrew (Danny Kaye), Angels in the Outfield (Paul Douglas), It Happens Every Spring (Ray Milland), and Tumbleweed (Audie Murphy). None of these are my favorite, but if I can still remember these out of the 50 movies I saw during those summers, they must have made some kind of impression. Favorite movie from that time period and one of my first purchases on VHS and then again on DVD is The Great Race with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, and Keenan Wynn.

  • Jim Crawford

    The Thief of Bagdad was tops and regularly shown when I was young in the late 40s and early 50s. I also loved anything with Randolph Scott, John Wayne. The serials were great as was also the East Side Kids/ The Bowery Boys. Alistair Sim was the greatest scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”.

  • Grace

    As a young child, I was taken to a beautiful old theater in Boston to see Song of the South when it first came out – I loved it! I’m thinking it was the first movie I had ever been to. I think I read somewhere that it is going to be released on DVD – hope so. Later, I would go to the Saturday mantinee with my grandfather and watch the “cowboy” serials, which I also loved. I remember seeing Doris Day in the movie Lullaby of Broadway when I was about 10 or 11 and have been a big fan of her movies ever since. There was also a black and white “film noir” that scared me as a kid – it was called “Shadow on the Wall”. And I agree with those who have mentioned The Wizard of Oz and Yankee Doodle Dandy – have always been a fan of James Cagney!

  • Michelle Malkin

    A lot of people mentioned “On Borrowed Time” as one of their favorites. It was one of mine when I
    was a child. But, seeing it again after many years
    changed my mind. The idea of a selfish old man causing innocents to die by trapping Death up a tree was a definite turn off. First a poor bird dies just trying to land on a branch. Then, Barrymore’s grandson’s pet dog dies by touching the tree. Then, the grandson is crippled and finally dies from falling against the tree. All this due to a selfish old man and Death not being able to control himself. Nope, I don’t like this movie anymore. The cuteziness doesn’t make up for the nastiness.

    But, other favorites that still are – The Day the Earth Stood Still, anything with Jeanette McDonald & Nelson Eddy, anything with Jimmy Cagney, both Jolson movies with Larry Parks,
    Thief of Bagdad, Astaire & Rogers musicals, Gene Kelly musicals, Howard Keel musicals, The Adventues of Robin Hood, Zorro with Tyrone Power. I was lucky to be a child and teenager during the 50s & 60’s when classic movies were shown on tv at all hours of the day and night and got to see my favorites many times.

  • Jim Foster

    On Sunday, March 23, 1947, my mom and dad took me to see SONG OF THE SOUTH at the neighborhood Rialto Theatre in south Minneapolis. I was 11 at the time, and loved it so much that I saw it two more times in the company of friends. It’s a crying shame that the Disney organization is withholding a dvd release from we “old kids” anxious to enjoy SOS again, and in so doing also preventing today’s kids from having themselves a “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” experience. They seemingly fail to take into consideration that no one would be forced to either purchase a copy or watch the movie againist their wishes.

  • Douglas Ogle

    As a youngster during the fifties, I had a great interest in nautical stories so my favourite films were Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” 1954 and John Huston’s “Moby Dick” 1956.

    I saw both films several times when they were playing at the cinema and although more than fifty years have passed, I still enjoy seeing these films occasionally. They bring back the feelings of mystery and excitement that I felt as a six year old and eight year old respectively. Kirk Douglas was a great Disney hero in “20,00 Leagues Under the Sea” and Gregory Peck was on top of his game as Captain Ahab in “Moby Dick”. To those viewers who have not seen either film, I recommend a trip to your local video store anbd rent the DVDs of both these fine films

  • Rita Scargill

    One of my favorite films ever is Song of the South, my dad took me to see it when it first came out and I just loved the Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and Brer Fox cartoons. I also loved Red River with John Wayne, Montgmery Clift and Walter Brennan. The were some many films I loved while I was growing up that I am still an avid movie goer today. But I really appreciate the older Disney films that didn’t rely on CGI. Those films are just fantastic.

  • Leslie Hunter

    Gosh, where do I start? One of my favorites was “Follow the Fleet” with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The set of the last dance number “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” had all of the magic of New York in it, and created a wonderful dream scene. Then, there was “The March of the Wooden Soldiers” which would air once a year on Thanksgiving in New York. We would watch it every year after dinner. The scene where one wooden soldier loses his head rescuing a child would make me cry every time!

  • Gord Jackson

    The only movies that counted when I was a kid were westerns; Roy Rogers, Allan ‘Rocky’ Lane, Gene Autry, Rex Allen; I loved them all and still do. Ditto the Bomba the Jungle Boy series, especially “Elephant Stampede” (1951) and “The Golden Idol” (1954). I keep hoping, with the recent passing of Johnny Sheffield that Warner Brothers, who I believe have the rights to the Allied Artists and Monogram library, will release the entire Bomba collection in memorium.

    Still, my desert island movie, seen when I was seventeen was, and probably always will be Billy Wilder’s “The Spirit of St. Louis.” I had never heard of Lindbergh or his specatacular feat when I saw it, but I was so grabbed that I was convinced by the end of the film that I had flown that plane. Franz Waxman’s brilliant score (for which he shamefully did not get an Oscar nom) is a very decided plus.

    To those who have mentioned Jane Powell, I simply adore her on screen. I have often wished (and still feel) that she would have made the ‘perfect’ Laurie in “Oklahoma” as well as the perfect lead for “Carousel.” (Sorry Shirley Jones fans but I just don’t think she was up to it.) Unfortunately, as much as I love Janie, I cannot stand “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.” It is just too misogenistic for me. One that is worth checking out if it is available, however, is her television remake with Tab Hunter of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” It is really very good.

    Finally, ANYTHING with the incomparable Judy Garland, with “Easter Parade” still being my alltime MGM favourite and third overall after “A Star is Born” and “I Could Go on Singing.”

  • Annie

    Tim, never thought anyone’s choice would be the same as mine — High Barbaree.

  • kathy

    the first movie i ever watched all the way through and understood was “its a wonderful life”. i still watch it every christmas.

  • John T. Borek

    As a kid, I had very eclectic taste. I guess I was “older” than my years. Favorites were and still are, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, The Gene Krupa Story, Peyton Place, Valley of the Dolls, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, North By Northwest, Rebel Without a Cause, White Christmas, too many more to mention, but the all time favorite was FUNNY GIRL!

  • sean

    My man godfrey. as good a screwball comedy that
    ever msde it to the big screen. Sean

  • Robert Bowen

    Ok, as a kid it was Lash LaRue. Didn’t matter which film. Next: Abbott and Costello, again, it didn’t matter which film. Then came Francis the Talking Mule (take your pick), and Martin and Lewis, I did like Jerry. Then I started liking SciFi. Destination Moon and the great Forbidden Planet, and the original The Thing scared the life out of me. Only the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz had ever scared me like that before.

  • Hugh

    20000 leagues under the sea

  • jim

    The best movies were from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s and even the B movies were great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.m.henderson Kenneth Henderson

    A hard one because we never went to the movies much in the 1950s-60s. My education & delight was learning the business from all those packages that were sold to TV in Australia at that time like RKO, Paramount, the Warner family, Fox and all those independents and TV series. And we only had three commercial stations & the government BBC-style channel in those days but it was movies and moves back to back around local shows of all kinds. Maybe without TV coming much would have been lost aside from what currently is and will probably remain so for 99% of those loses.

  • Mario Brescio

    “In Search of The Castaways” (1962). I remember sitting there bug-eyed watching Haley Mills make her way through this Jules Vern adventure; of course I didn’t know at the time it was part of a Jules Vern Trilogy.

    I’ll never forget, as a child myself, watching Mary and Robert Grant (Mills and Hamshere) fight off floods, earthquakes, alligators, a man-eating dog, and many other harrowing situations with Jacques Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) in the hopes of finding their father.

    “It Happened at The World’s Fair” (1963). I was to young to really understand the whole of this Elvis Presley film, but I never forgot the part when Elvis sings to the lost Sue-Lin a song about being a baby bumble bee. It wasn’t until years later when I watched it again that I realized it was a very young Kurt Russell who kicks Elvis on the shin.

    “Bye Bye Birdie” (1963). Again I was to young to really understand the whole story, however, it was the songs and the happy faces Dick Van Dyke draws in thin air that always stuck with me. It was probably the first musical I had ever seen, but certainly not the last.

  • Lila Johnson

    Time Machine and Journey to the Center of the Earth…early 60’s versions of course. But anything with Sandra Dee or Haley Mills would please me.

  • don snyder

    They let our entire school system out to see “Lassie Come Home,” the very first Lassie covie that MGM made. I will never forget that.
    “Destination Moon” was the first major sci-fi movie and I became a huge George Pal fan. I’ve seen it a hundred times I guess. Just about any musical from MGM or Warners. But my all time favorite movie was “Scaramouche” from 1952 with Stewart Granger. It made me want to be a fence. “The White Tower” and “Third Man on the Mountain” made a mountain climber. No movie today can even touch the 1950’s magic.

  • Jim Crawford

    A couple of great movies made for Disney in U.K. was Treasure Island (Robert Newton) A good version of Robin Hood (Richard Todd & Peter Finch) and Todd again as Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue. The Last Hunt (Robert Taylor) was another favourite.

  • Barry Baxter

    My favorite movie then and still is on the top of the list is “Flying Tigers” which I saw when I was 6 or 7 (1948) at the Pine Theater in Tulsa. There were images from that movie that kept popping up in my head for years after that from the movie that were somewhat inaccurate, but after seeing the movie many times after that, finally resolved the source of them. My favorite sci-fi was War of the Worlds. Favorite comedies; Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges. Still enjoy them occasionally

  • texanadeb

    “Wizard of Oz”, of course! Sadly, it was rarely played on TV when I was young. So for the best late night scare, it was Hitchcock’s “Rebecca”. Mrs Danvers scared the bejesus out of me, still does. And though I only saw it once as a kid, William Castle’s “Mr. Sardonicus” left quite an impression. I rented it last year and my adult son laughed his head off, couldn’t believe I thought it was scary.

  • Patrick

    Anything by Ray Harryhausen, and anything with Japanese movie monsters in it. But my absolute faves were The Valley of Gwangi (with the beautiful blue allosaur, blue pteranodon, and the world’s first animated Eohippus) and Raquel Welch’s One Million Years B.C., the first movie ever to draw my youthful attention from the battling dinosaurs to the iconic cave-babe presence of Ms. Welch, a permanent shift.

  • Tommy T

    When I was a kid I lived on a farm at the edge of a small farming town in Iowa. On Saturday nights, the American Legion who set up two projector in the window of the post office and show a free movie on the wall of Lee’s store where they had painted the bricks white. They had a concession stand where you could get popcorn for a nickel a bag and a paper cup of Pepsi for a nickel. The movie I remember most was the one where the giant octopus attacks San Francisco. But a TV station in Ames, Iowa had a late show on Saturday night TV called “Gravesend Manor” that has all of the old monster movies like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon and so forth. On Saturday afternoons, they had Science Fiction Theater that ran sci-fi films like Day the Earth Stood Still, Them, The one where the grasshoppers almost took over the earth, The Thing, War of the Worlds, Reptilicus, and the one where the giant octopus threatens San Francisco. Then they had a theater for westerns that ran a lot of John Wayne movies. The Angel and the Bad Man was a favorite western. I have loved movies ever since I had my first date with Freda Peterson and her folks took us to see Bambi and we were all of six.

  • Ray Forth

    I don’t know if anyone mentioned Disney’s
    FANTASIA with all those marching broomsticks.
    Another one that left an impression was NAKED
    JUNGLE with swarms of soldier ants. And as was
    and so many Sci-Fi favorites, and then there
    are all the other categories!

  • patricia

    all betty grable movies,anything disney in the 30s and 40s,gullivers travels, jane powell,home sweet homicide,singing in the rain,you were never lovlier…i could go on i liked so many just named a few….also cat people i loved that movie


    Well, if “kid” is under 10, I would have to say KING KONG. I got to see KING KONG when it made its TV debut on Sunday night THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE. My favorite movie that I saw in a movie theater would have to be my first- THE SILVER CHALICE, 1954. I was seven. It was also Paul Newman’s first film! It was also the first and only time that my father and I went to the theater together. I think I may have embarrassed him as I pretended along with the action of the film- riding a horse, dueling, etc….

  • Pauline Silberman

    It’s too hard to pick out one favorite. As a youngster I loved Errol Flynn in “Robin Hood”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Jane Eyre”, The Sabu films, “Tarzan”, all the Charles Dickens movies, “The Prince and the Pauper”, Richard Greene in anything,
    “The Court Jester” with Danny Kaye. So I just can’t answer with one simple favorite movie. I’ll stop now because the list can go on and on.

  • Gwenda

    FANTASIA and it was shown with a brilliant cartoon called TOOT WHISTLE PLUNK and BOOM about how the sections of the orchestra developed starting with cavemen. I think it was also by Disney but I’ve never seen it since, pity ! I also saw BAMBI and had to be taken out of the theatre hysterically sobbing at the death of Bambi’s mother.

  • Jim Crawford

    The Three Stooges were my comedy favourites also Laurel & Hardy, Leon Errol, Edgar kennedy & Joe McDoakes.

  • Deborah

    “Jason and the Argonauts”, “Mysterious Island” and “The Wizard of Oz” made me love special effects. But my favorite movie from then and now remains the romantic “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” with that bearded dreamboat Rex Harrison. I just cry buckets at the end!

  • Geneva P.

    Mark of Zorro and Robin Hood; Young Frankenstein, Jason and the Argonauts. All westerns because we had one TV and our father ruled it. Favorite westerns, Proud Rebel, Red River, Ride Beyond Vengeance. Loved Samson and Delilah, 10 Commandments and Wizard of Oz because the entire family sat around one television together and enjoyed these movies whenever shown. Love the beautiful color. Fond Memories!

  • Bernice Mehrhof

    My favorite movie as a child was “The Red House” directed by Delmer Daves. I was particularly impressed by the haunting musical score but just about everything in the movie floored me. I watch the DVD version at least once a year and I’m still moved, much as I was years ago, by the characters and ambience of this minor film classic(1947).

  • Richard Finn

    Below 10 years – Song of the South
    Past 10 Years – Disney again, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    I have a copy of the latter, wish Disney would release the former; but you’ve been all over that.

  • Ron Wood

    I remember the first movie I saw in the 1940s was Dumbo, but other favorites came a bit later: Snow White; Bambi; Drums Along The Mohawk (which I saw twice in black and white a few years apart in a small town movie theater before catching it many years later on TV and finally seeing it in Technicolor!!!); The Third Man (Oh, that Orson!!! and it’s still a major favorite); and Prince Of Foxes; The Black Rose; and Captain From Castile; and oh so many more…. I’d listen to Lux Presents Hollywood on the radio, then when the movie I haard came to my small town, I’d talk my mother into taking me, urging her that she’d enjoy it too!

  • Larry Melero

    I have many favorites: Lost Horizon (the original, most of the sci-fi movies of the 50’s & 60’s, and the Saturday Serials (Superman, Batman, The Blackhawks). But my all time favorite was “Song of the South”. It’s unfortunate that in this day of “political correctness” it’s not brought back out. It’s a great movie.

    And Dave Malm – Look on eBay for the DVD. The quality is not great but still a great movie.


    Jack Webb in “The D.I.”

  • lindasueshu

    I use to watch chiller theater as a kid.. or the movie on channel 9 in New York. my fave movie as a kid was the Crawling Eye or Giant Behemoth! still play them today. still get scared. lol

  • Charles Carnett

    Favorite film – The Beast With Five Fingers. Scared the bejeezes out of me,.

  • Marlene Peters

    One of my favorite films when I was younger was, and still is, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. I saw it with my mom and sisters. I thought it was so cool and that Holly Golightly had such a glamourous lifestyle. It was when I got older that I realized what she might be doing for a living besides helping Sally Tomato deliver messages! I love Audrey Hepburn and her movies so I’m still a big fan of this movie! George Peppard was such a hottie in that movie, too! I loved Cat and all of Holly’s clothes and escapades! Oh, and Tiffany’s of course, too!

  • Aridne

    I was 8 years old and sat through Them with my coat over my face half the time. But I loved it. I also watched Shane with my friends from the front row of the theater – the speakers were so loud we could hardly hear when we left the theater and I had a neck ache from looking up at the screen but I loved that movie.

  • Maureen

    I have several favorites: They are “Guys and Dolls,” “Gone With The Wind,” and “The Magnificent Seven.” My favorite memory of “Guys and Dolls” is being in first grade and coloring a suit like Marlon Brando’s (black with white tie). The nun marked it wrong and said men didn’t wear those colors for a suit; guess she never saw “Guys and Dolls”—-LOL

    Those are three movies I can watch over and over and it never gets boring!!!

  • Karen

    I loved to read the favourite childhood movies. My favourite was Song of the South. I am that old.
    My favourite cartoon was Lady and the Tramp.

  • Brenda DeFord

    As a young child…no question…The Secret Garden and any Disney movie. I remember seeing The Secret Garden for the first time while visiting my Aunt and Uncle. There was a TV station that showed several movies during the afternoon and I loved it! Mother and Daddy took us to see every Disney movie that came out, Snow White was one of my favorites. Later on, as a young teen, I LOVED anything with Troy Donahue….Parrish, Summer Place, Susan Slade, etc. There’s nothing better than classic movies!!!

  • Jim Teach

    With the recent passing of James Arness,I immediately thought of the “The Thing” where he was the alien.That movie scared me to death!I must have been about nine at the time.Wonderful…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1417928290 Ronald Black

    On Saturday’s my brother’s and I enjoyed watching movies with Steve Reeves as Hercules and Gordon Scott as Tarzan. And the highlight was when they were in a movie together.

  • Judy Hawks

    Raised my 2 teenage daughters (19) & (17)on classical movies and books: To Kill a Mock. Bird, Ghost & Mrs. Muir (all sci-fi & classic horror, John Wayne westerns, The Searchers, Man who shot Liberty Valance, screwball comedies i.e. Bringing up Baby, w/Cary Grant & Desk Set w/Spencer Tracy & Katie Hepburn. Of course Danny Kay, they love
    White Christmas. We attend live theater and have
    enjoyed many of the above movies, live and performed extremely well. To Kill a Mockingbird
    was especically terrific. Just watched Father of the Bride last night w/my 19 year older. This past Christmas season saw It’s A Wonderful Life, live. Love Jimmy Stewart in Harvey. My daughter
    wonders if there are any men left like Jimmy Stewart. Also read the classic books and of course Lord of the Rings. Found The Man who shot
    Liberty Valance for $5.OO at WMart. Plan on buying it next time i’m at WMART and watching it w/my family. If anyone can remember the name of a movie w/a brother & sister purchased a house in
    a small village, black & white ,only to find its being haunted. The love interest is between a young woman and the brother. The gal is being haunted whenever she enters the house. I’d appreciate the name of the movie and would like to purchase it. Just wish the classic movie channel would caterorize nightly, One night classic westerns, another night classic si-fi, one night classic screball comedies, etc. etc. Loved reading all the wonderful comments and realized their are people out there w/great taste. Lets keep it going. Judy

    • Bruce Reber

      Great theme song from TMWSLV, composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and sung by Gene Pitney.

  • Deb Jacobi

    My Mom was a single Mother but provided all kinds of fun for her 3 kids. At 4 years of age I remember we made her sit through “South Pacific” twice!! We loved it! I watch it nowadays and still find it thrilling. Mom bought me the soundtrack in the form of a record for Christmas. BUT my favorite movie was and still is “Pollyanna”. I learned to hang crytals in my windows from it.LOL Those cake and watermelon slices at the bazaar always find me in awe!! And for you Jane Powell fans – Do you remember “Two Weeks With Love”? When my son was tiny he used to say “I wanna watch Patty!!!LOL

  • patricia

    how could i forget meet me in st louis..watching hello dolly right now ..another favorite but i took my two little girls to see that 32 years ago

  • Luigi NYC

    04 June 11

    There are so many to choose from — grew up in the 40’s & 50’s.

    Was always fascinated with FX and background music
    of dramas besides the musicals in ” Ever-Glorious-
    Technicolor. ”

    Narrowing-Down: The Disney Films ( Pinnochio is my favorite ); FX — San Francisco; Green Dolphin Street; Them; Rocketship X-M; Thief Of Bagdad — am still afraid of SPIDERS as a result of Sabu fighting that Giant-Spider; Inspirational — Sister Kenny; Fighting Sullivans; Keys Of The Kingdom; Come To The Stable; I’d Climb The Highest Mountain — WOW FOR THAT ONE !


    Oh Yes — the Cross-Over-Comedy = TURNABOUT — hot stuff !


  • Roger Newcomb

    I have spent the last 1.5 hours reading all the comments. The memories came flooding back – wow! Born in ’38, I literally grew up in the movies; my Dad was a projectionist at the Grand Theater in Vineland, NJ. So Mom and I got to go to all the movies free. Mom used to take me to Philly several times a year to shop, and we would always go to the Shubert Theater where they ran silent movies, complete with live accompaniment by a pianist! I noted that few comments referred to silent movies; too bad – some of greatest ever made were silents: BIRTH OF A NATION, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, WINGS, HELL’S ANGELS (First Oscar winner), NOSFERATU, and an amazing array of comedies by Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Keaton, etc. (I’ll never forget Keaton in THE GENERAL.) There’s simply no way I can name a favorite……. Any film by Frank Capra – who had that unique talent for touching one’s soul would be on my list, headed of course by IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, but also YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU which had such stars as Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, and a budding Ann Miller.
    In my teens I Joined my Dad in the projection booth as an assistant projectionist, so I got to watch each movie several times – what a revelation! I began to see things that most people would miss in one viewing. I fell in love with Fred Astaire’s incredible dancing skills – have you seen his dance with a coat rack? SINGING IN THE RAIN ranks high on my list, along with AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. One that particularly impacted me was the intense DUEL IN THE SUN – what a rush of emotion!
    Also missing form the comments were foreign films: All Jaques Tati films, MY LIFE AS A DOG, THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, and

    all Fellini films.
    WWII produced a host of powerful films, such as TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH. Peck’s performance in this was worthy of an Oscar.
    Then there such gems as IT’S A MAD, MAD,MAD MAD WORLD with over-the-top performances by scores of comedic stars. Three hours of laughter!
    One of my all-time favorites is CHRISTMAS STORY by Jean Shepherd (who I used to listen to on the radio in the 50’s). Many of the little vignettes in this picture actually happened to me!
    I could go on and on, but what touches me is films that touch my heart in some way; it’s about emotion. I am thankful that we have Turner Classic Movies on TV to offer a window on the great accomplishments of movie-makers of all times.

  • Jim Crawford

    I remember the serials, Captain Marvel, Jungle Girl, The Perils of Nyoka, Superman and Flash Gordon. Oh and Batman of course.

  • Bob VanDerClock

    The first film I can remember, at not quite 8 years old, was Laurel and Hardy’s early talkie “The Hoose Gow” and I laughed my tail off..that led to a lifelong love of “The Boys” and I’ve since written two min-research papers about them..also the originals King Kong; The Invisible Man; Dracula; Frankenstein; The Mummy; Werewolf Of London; The Wolf Man (all staples of WABC-TV’s “Shock Theatre” in the late 50s;); early Abbott and Costello, Marx Brothers and WC Fields films.; and,yes, Menzies’ 1953 “Invaders From Mars”.

  • Jerry Whiting

    THE WILD ONE with Marlon Brando. As a teen, I saw this movie in the theatres 7 times. All my buddies and I loved this movie and memorized Brando’s lines like, “Who you, someone who makes sandwiches or sumthin?” or the classic, “My old man could hit harder than that.” I, of course now have it on DVD and like to show it to my grandsons, when they are old enough to appreciate it. Oh yes, and a few of us did have motorcycles in the 50s.

    • Bruce Reber

      Q: “What are you rebelling against?” – A: “Whattaya Got!!!” – CLASSIC!

  • john pulliam

    My favorite movie as a kid was The Beast From 20000 Fathoms.However,as reported by one of your other responders,I saw The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad three times in one week at the movie theater.I was totally astonded by the special effects.

  • Clay Robinson

    For Judy Hawks– the movie you remembered with the brother and sister purchasing an old house may have been The Univited with Ray Milland. The song from that film has become a jazz standard: Stella By Starlight. I hope that is what you were trying to remember; it is shown on TCM regularly and you can purchase the DVD.

  • John Meine

    Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Jack Hailey, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, the adorable Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, the wonderful Scarecrow (?), an absolutely irreplacable and unduplicatable cast of some of the most wonderful personalities ever in the movie business plus adorable little Toto and the never to be seen again Munchkins (Singers Midgets).

    Of course, “The Wizard Of Oz” A Classic I saw six times in the first year it was out. There will never be another to equal it.

  • Jim Crawford

    My all time favourite was “The Thief of Baghdad” with Sabu. It was just magic!

  • MrMovieClassics

    Just about any movie with Jerry Lewis or Martin & Lewis in it. They were, and still are, FUN to watch! Jerry was just a big mischievous, silly, crazy kid having fun and (most times) getting away with what we as kids (most times) used to get in trouble for!

  • version

    I already chimed in but to add to the expressed interest of being a kid – so much stuck with you from awful movies that made them indelible that you count them as schlock favorites, things like the japenese Monster movies; & gladiator movies Planet of the Apes (1st one only) – but there were masterpieces too like The Thin man, the Hustler, My Little Chicadee. You wouldn’t miss a Bond movie or Flynt series or Matt Helm, back then.

  • Judy Hawks

    Clay Robinson, thank-you sooo much for the
    correct info regarding the title of the movie,
    “The Univited” starring Ray Milland. I’m looking
    forward to watching this movie again, I hope they
    show it soon. Again, thanks and I hope people continue to leave their comments. They’re so
    enjoyable to read.


    Wizard Of Oz

  • W.D.(Bill) Southworth

    Stars & Stripes Forever starring Clifton Webb,Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, Ruth Hussey.
    I always thought as being patriotic along with “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. Both of them brought a lump in my throat.

  • Tiny Tim

    I could include dozens of the movies mentioned above, but I saw Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959) at least three times when I was about six. I thought that dragon was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and I just made my mother let me see it again. We were lucky enough to have a theater just a few blocks from our house, and she could drop me off there and leave me. I just sat there and waited for all the singing, and birdies, and fairies to get done fussing over Aurora so that Maleficent could grow that forest of thorns and transform into that purple fire-breathing monster. I had my own plastic sword, and I spent many an afternoon hacking away at holly bushes in the back yard.

  • roger lynn

    the birds,east of sudan,gone with the wind and my all time fav to kill a mockingbird

  • Diane

    The Miracle Worker

  • M. L. Wirick

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

  • Judy

    M.L. Wirick, I too loved the Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
    It was a beautifully done story/movie. Excellent characters and great acting. The sea was the main
    star in this movie, and all her mysteries were presented beautifully in this movie.

    Roger, To Kill A Mockingbird is absoultely one of the best stories ever to be portrayed by the movies.

  • Susan

    Most memorable- Star Wars. I was 11 and my brother & sister were 15 & 16.
    Part of what made it so memorable is that we saw it at some theater in Colorado where the screen was ULTRA huge and the sound system made the seats rumble! In the opening scene when that cruiser comes on screen, it felt like it was flying overhead and it was a unique and total movie experience that all 3 of us to this day share and relish!

  • KennyA

    I agree with Gary V about the curtains, overtures, intermissions, etc. back in the days. Actually liked “The Greatest Show on Earth” as an eight-year-old kid–thought it was the most exciting thing I’d seen. Then, the following year we went to the Fox Theater in Philly…the music started and the curtain opened and opened and opened…it was THE ROBE, the first widescreen (Cinemascope) movie ever released: the audience was thrilled! me too! Other epics of the time: The Ten Commandments, War and Peace, Giant, Friendly Persuasion, later, Ben-Hur. good memories, all!

  • Seekay

    Show Boat I was in love with Kathryn Grayson

  • Dolores Tamoria

    The Quiet Man and Gunga Din were my favorites
    Also loved the Saturday Matinees at the Julian
    Theater that showed double feature Westerns, 25 Cartoons, and a continuing sequal. Cost a quarter
    to get in and another quarter for popcorn, a drink
    and a candy bar. Those were the days…….

  • Ron



    Oh, how could anyone forget THE UNIVITED with the breathtaking Gail Russell or THE RED HOUSE or the Garland STAR IS BORN or LETTER TO THREE WIVES with gorgeous Linda Darnell.

  • Terry

    The one movie that opened the door to Sci-Fi for me, was “Forbidden Planet” and will always be my extreme favorite, though I love all genres of movies. I was 11 when I saw it in theatres, and I had gotten a free pass (with an accompanying parent) out of a cereal box. It started me on the road to all sci-fi books, movies, and TV/Radio shows. I still listen to “X minus 1” on satellite radio.

  • love old movies

    . . . i had a great time reading all of the previous comments, but am truly flabbergasted that anyone else remembers “home sweet homicide” . . . i too watched it a “million” times on our local new york channel, and actually taped it on VHS sometime in the eighties, but would love to buy a better copy . . . it somehow was better than my nancy drew books, and peggy ann garner looked like my cousin kathy . . .

  • l2ma

    It would take forever to list my favorites. South Pacific, Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, 7th Voyage of Sinbad, All mine to give, Mr peabody and the Mermaid (one of my very favorites and impossible to buy)One Touch of Venus, All the musicals, Abbott and Costello movies, Olsen and Johnson, The list is endless. They dont make em like they used too.

  • CJ

    The Wizard of Oz and To Kill A Mockingbird

    Those two are, in fact, still my favorites.

  • Phil Kuoni

    As a baby boomer, HS class of 1965, I would submit Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
    Must have started something because this movie, plus Loyd Bridges’ “Sea Hunt” on TV, got me immersed (couldn’t miss that opportunity) in the undersea world culminating in becoming an avid scuba diver.

  • John Small

    It was a tie between “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein” and the George Pal version of “The Time Machine” for most of my childhood. Then the week I turned 14 in 1977 “Star Wars” opened at the old Town Cinema theatre in Kankakee, Illinois, and that’s been my favorite ever since. (Actually it’s still a tie between “Star Wars” and “The Man From Snowy River,” but that’s a discussion for another time I suppose…)

  • Alice Lund

    Seeing beautiful Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl when I was four years old and then came Gilda!


    As an 11 year old I was greatly impressed by the 1948 movie “Fort Apache” starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda. I was amazed that Pedro Armendariz spoke spanish to the indians and translated it back to Henry Fonda. Usually the indians just spoke pigeon english. After a steady diet of B westerns I was also impressed with the realism of Fort Apache.

  • DDK

    My favorite is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. My mother took me to one of the big downtown theaters to see this on my seventh birthday. The theater was called the RKO Place, one of those theaters that still had Red Velvet drapes across the screen and usher that showed you to your seats. I remember being scared by the opening sequence , where the camera is in the tail pipe of the car as it is pulling away.

  • Jim Smith

    My favorite film as a kid is Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and Dracula. Also, I was very impressed with Cecil B. Demille’s The Ten Commandments which was released in 1956 to the big screen in Cinemascope; also Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor in Cinemascope on the big screen in movie theaters was well done and interesting.

  • Susan

    There are way too many to list one favorite. But when Channel 9 Movie Theater or The Late Late Show on channel 2 showed their features, I loved any film that featured little a little girl lead. When a A Tree Grew in Brooklyn played, I wanted to move into a tenement. My mother said apartments had rats. When I saw John Wayne lift Natalie Wood in the Searchers, I wanted to live in the desert iand ride a horse. But Mother said horses would eat too much. When Shirley Temple danced in Captain January, my mother told me to stop clomping around and try to walk like a lady. Thank heaven for the movies….I never told my mother how much I loved Jill in Mighty Joe Young. I couldn’t have faced never getting a trip to Africa to get my own gorilla.

  • Bernard Jones

    When I was a kid I use to go the Boy’s Club every day after school since the club was only a few blocks from where I lived. On Thursday nights, they showed movies in the gym and charged 15 cents to see them. I found this a great alternative from watching movies on TV and would go every Thursday night no matter what was playing. Thanks to the Boys Club I became a huge film buff! Of all the films I saw at the Club, the three most memorable were “The Thing From Another World” (1951), “Them!” (1954) and “King Kong” (1933). I

  • Connie

    Without a doubt – ‘Gone with the wind’ – loved it! Clark Gable was such a heart throb & Scarlett was such a tragic person…she tried so hard…but, working towards the wrong goal!!! So…I rewrote the ending…and have them getting back together…a little like the movie, ‘Scarlett’…they lived happily ever after in my rewrite…& had 10 children.

  • becky

    I really loved the Wizard of Oz and anything that had Hailey Mills. I was a fan of her movies. Very family oriented.

  • Anonymous

    The Wizard of Oz
    Forbidden Planet
    House of Wax
    Creature from the Black Lagoon
    The Silver Chalice
    Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

  • BadGnx2

    My father FOREVER ruined me by taking me to see the early James Bond movies with Sean Connery, in the mid sixties.
    To this day, I have been a big fan and that’s where it started from.

  • Kitty

    Yankee Doodle Dandy- not that I am that old, but I saw it on TV and it was then and is still my favorite movie of all time.

  • Jack

    “The Alamo with John Wayne and many more……

  • harold richards

    my favourite films as a 12yr old kid, 57yrs ago, were the republic and columbia picture serials of the 1940s, superman , with kirk alyn, batman, with lewis wilson, & robert lowery, but my favourite of all time and always will be, …tha adventures of captain marvel (1941) with two of the greatest serial film stars of all time , tom tyler, and the great frank coghlan jnr, who sadly passed away aged 93yrs old only a couple of years ago, these serials were magic to a 12yr old kid growing up in the mid 1950s.

  • ralph parker

    Mysterious Island and Journey To The Center Of The Earth…..Loved Jules Verne stories…. Spartacus and Ben Hur….

  • Lenny Cassioppi

    I loved cowboy movies with Lash Larue, Sunset Carson, Cisco Kid and the Durango Kid. I also loved Charlie Chan,Michael Shane and Boston Blackie movies and anything with James Cagney in it.

    • Tony Pulvino

      Amen Lenny. B-Westerns were my life back in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Hoppy was my all-time fave; but loved Lash, Rocky Lane, Tim Holt, even Whip Wilson. Also really loved the serials. Remember counting the days until Sat. came in order to see the next chapter. Have since started collecting DVDs of all the cowboys and many serials. Have studied the Bs and Serials for years. Those were the days.

  • Christi

    I had 3 favorite movies growing up.
    1. The Sting
    2. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
    3. The Towering Inferno

    I have a thing for Paul Newman and Robert Redford movies.

    • Bruce Reber

      Redford wasn’t in “The Towering Inferno”-Steve McQueen was Newman’s co-star in that one.

  • WT

    I had several. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Penny Serenade, Parent Trap (1961), Pollyanna, all Disney animated movies, Back Street, Imitation of Life, Wizard of Oz, Ten Commandments, Nora Prentiss, and all of the Roy Rogers and Shirley Temple movies. I cried and cried watching Back Street, Penny Serenade and Nora Prentiss over and over again.

  • Publius

    I had many favorites as a kid:
    1.) Any Laurel and Hardy movie.
    2.) Mary Poppins. The first one I remember being taken to.
    3.) Throughly Modern Millie
    4.) The Bible
    5.) The Sound of Music
    6.) Gigo
    7.) Papa’s Delicate Condition
    8.) The Music Man First one I memorized
    9.) South Pacific My dad loved this one. Cried everytime it was on.
    10.) Those magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.

  • Patt

    The Red Shoes and Fantasia. Also loved The 7 Year Itch. Still do.

  • Emily

    The Searchers and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
    The Searchers with John Wayne has remained my favorite movie of all time.

  • Mary Lou

    I loved musicals — The Sound of Music, Oliver, The Music Man, West Side Story, Flower Drum Song were my favourites.

  • Fred J’ Scott

    The following I saw more than 3 times and loved when I was 12 or under!

    Thief of Baghdad
    Most Abbott and Costello movies
    King Solomon’s Mines
    Most Disney cartoon movies
    Wizard of Oz
    Scary movies -Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman &
    The Mummy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=585923947 Patricia Parker

    The first movie I ever saw in a theater was “The Disorderly Orderly” with Jerry Lewis. My dad took me to an afternoon showing and we laughed the whole way through.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1265805131 Gerson Singer

    my first movie i saw was Song Of The South at age 6 in 1946 to me it was and still is the greast never movie made

  • Errol Jones

    As a ‘kid’…it would have to be DISNEY’S SONG OF THE SOUTH which the NAACP forced Disney to stop any re-issues of the film, stating that it showed ‘black people in the wrong way’. Never will be able to figure that out…a beautiful live/and animated film with Uncle Remus telling his beloved stories of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear…to both black and white children..and gave those stories giving them good choices in their lives that still lay ahead of them. THEN…as a teenager…and on until NOW…(and I am now 70 years old)..it would have to be ‘any movies’ that starred SUSAN HAYWARD…my favorite movie star of all time. ‘The Best’ of those being..WITH A SONG IN MY HEART, I’LL CRY TOMORROW, BACK STREET and her Oscar winning role in I WANT TO LIVE! I will always love her films.

  • Mark

    I can’t believe only one other person mentioned Raiders of the Lost Ark!! I guess everyone else in that age bracket voted for Star Wars! LOL I was 13 or 14 when I saw Raiders for the first time, and it remains one of my favorite movies! I recently toured Egypt sporting my worn Fedora. (left the whip at home, though!)

    • tnmccoy

       Most of the readers were kids long before Raiders came out.

    • Mr E

      My favorite too!
      this was the first move I went to where it started with action was action,
      and ended with action!
      in second place would be “Lord Of The Rings”
      to me this also was the first time that any trilogy fitted perfectly
      looking forward to “The Hobbit” !

  • SLH

    The first movie I ever saw in a Theatre was a re-release of Snow White, around 1960-61 I was about 3. Most movies I saw were on TV unless I got to go once in awhile with my older sisters. So the TV pics, anything with Shirley Temple, Disney live action films like Parent Trap,The Ugly Dachshund, That Darn Cat etc. The TV presentation of Mary Martin in Peter Pan and Leslie Ann Warren in R&H Cinderella. I felt so grown up when my parents took me to “Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number” Bob Hope and Elke Summers. Then there were all the teen movies I saw with my siblings or rerun on TV. Anything with Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, Connie Francis, Connie Stevens still love them to this day ! Once I hit my teens the movies I looked for on TV were, Love in The Afternoon,Rome Adventure, Sunday in New York, Gigi,Fanny,anything with Cary Grant and anything with Jane Powell, Rebecca,The Best Years of Our Lives and anything with Doris Day.They sure don’t make’em like they used to:-( fortunately I now own most of them on DVD ;-)The first time I saw Strangers When We Meet OH MY !! When Kirk Douglas says to Kim Novak “I want to make love to you” I thought it was the most decedent sexy thing ever in any movie and that dance in Picnic OH MY MY !! Wish the kids of today could have grown up in the innocent world I did. They have missed so much, well unless they have a Mom like me who has shown them all these movies.

  • Jim Carlson

    My favorites were almost always Westerns. I grew up in the 40’s and 50’s. My 2 favorites were “The Doolins of Oklahoma” with Randolph Scott and “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon” with John Wayne.

  • Jim Reagan

    My favorite movie growing up was Popeye (1980)..I saw it in the theater over 20 times and everytime it was on HBO, I was there… I know it was one of the biggest bombs of 1980, but as a ten year old, I loved it..still do..Also at a close second, was a tie between 9 to 5 and Xanadu…. I have all three on special edition DVD’s

    • tnmccoy

       I agree about Popeye.  It was misunderstood and unfairly panned.  I don’t know what people were expecting, but Robin Williams was the perfect Mr Eye, and the movie was vintage Popeye.

  • Rick


  • Rsda

    ANGEL AND THE BADMAN was my favorite

  • Ginbaldwin

      My favorite was Reap the Wild Wind.  I loved the Tarzen Movies and most of Maria Montez.

  • Doppleganger51

    when I  was a kid  my  favorite  was  the original  Godzilla  with  Raymond  burr  and  all  the other  monsters  King Kong  and on  the lighter  side  101 dalmatians   never saw  the end  of  it   lines  at the concession  stand  were long  finally  the end  50  yrs  later on  TV  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYUH433JWRK7UZB4E224ELIAPE spindrift

    Without doubt, Alice in Wonderland, the Disney version. Fascinated me and I loved the music and songs. Still do, all these decades later.

  • victor0630

    Old Yeller by far. I still will cry today if I watch that movie.

    • winston santiapillai

      yeah…..i am 65 years old and I happen to watch the dvd today. its just great!!!!

  • Manuel Santayana

    i was about seven when I saw it, but I think it was “Vertigo”. And it’s still up there.  Jimmy Stewart’s performance and Kim Novak’ s haunting beauty haven’t lost any of their power over my imagination.

  • Mjh71

    I’ve always loved to watch Rio Grande and and Gone With the Wind.  My parents took me to both of those movies in 1948 (I was 6).  Rio Grande was first run then, GWTW was rerun.  I watch both of these whenever I get the chance;  I will be 70 next month

  • Bobby Laguardia

    Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima! I still love it!

  • Filmax

    Tie:  Mighty Joe Young and White Heat.

  • Missmoeus

    Sleeping Beauty

  • EricN ilsson

    “Home of the Brave” with Frank Lovejoy (television in 1956).  In the theater, either “Mister Roberts” or “Bambi”.

  • Rockyzerob

    As a child I loved,and still love, Creature from the Black Lagoon, (the original b&w).

  • Brygolf

    the aussie flick  smiley

  • Cadesgrams

    Man one film? Going to movies when I was a kid when you could pay 50 cents and sit through as many showings as you wanted or going to the drive-in with your family or honey. My most memorable movies let’s see if I can pick out just a few….. Flipper starring Chuck Connors, The Long,Long Trailer starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Yours, Mine, and Ours with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda and The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. These movies also reminded me of times spent with my mother. The list could go on and on but not enough space!

  • Ravndlp

    The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, with Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.  It is the best as far as love stories filmed in the 1940’s

  • Debbiepardo


    • Jackie

      FINALLY! I was hoping someone would mention Pollyanna ! I loved Agnes Moorehead
      forever after that and all her other moies and especially her role as Endora.of Course
      I wanted to be like Haley Mills. I have family from England and always wanted to meet Haley.

  • Joe K

    The Fighting Sullivans.  

    • Mike

      My dad was in the navy and I saw that film on the Navy Base In Bremerton Washington. Unforgettable!..I saw it not long ago on TCM and its still as I remembered it..

  • Publius

    I guess my favorites as a kid were “It’s a Mad…World.” Because it was one of the first pictures I was allowed to go see in the movie theatre.  Laurel & Hardy were always on television at the time so I always was watching them and loved them.  Others would include “Follow Me Boys;”  “The Mystery of the Wax Museum” (scared me to death) and “Mary Poppins.”  My mother never stopped crying when they showed the first reel.  She loved every minute of it.

  • Jimfet50

    Jumanji? Wow don’t get out much huh? I saw a movie a few years ago called ‘Purgatory’ a western. Not a spaghetti one either. Rent it you will be amzed. It’s in my top 10.

  • Bobby Donat

    I loved the Our Gang comedies and Laurel and Hardy.  Feature length films: “Tom Brown’s School Days” with John Howard Davies and Robert Newton (may both these British icons RIP).   And “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex”.  Outstanding Bette and wonderful Korngold music and Technicolor circa 1939.

  • Jam43

    Walt Disney’s “Treasure Island”…

  • Frank Woolery

    Disney’s “OLD YELLER”

  • Melanie Sanderson


  • Robin2k

    Anything with Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joan Crawford, as well any with Laurel and Hardy.

  • Bjodrie

    How about MR Bugs Goes To Town(1941)?

  • Rghedges

    Any of the old swashbucklers, but for excitement I really liked “The Crimson Pirate.”

  • Saintash

    I would have to go with Four guns to the border, or Warlock

  • Rosie_gibson

    Cinderella with leslie ann warren

    • Crafty-lady

      Oh, I saw that when I was about 18 years old and I still love it! I bought it so my daughter could see it.

  • SRich

    Mary Poppins

  • Lou from Missouri

    Lou from Missouri

    Any Shirley Temple movie when she was a child.  I have all of her movies that I could buy and the ones I could not buy I would tape. There is one that I was hoping would be back on TCM  so I could tape it for my collection, but that is impossible since they have stopped all taping.  The name of the movie is “That Hagen Girl” with President Ronald Reagan.  Shirley is one year older than I am.  So I always say, “Shirley and I grew up together during the depression”. I had dresses like some that she wore in the movies.  They were so popular at that time.  I still have many pictures and movie star books of her from childhood to when she got married the first time.  I still have three of my dolls on her; one is the first and original doll.  There is a large button pinned on her dress which has her picture on it.  It says: “Original Doll”.    So you see why Shirley Temple was and is my favorite childhood star.    

  • Rjfnikon

    My favorite film as a kid is still my favorite film of all time. “Down To The Sea In Ships”. A story of wooden ships and iron men who sailed the seas hunting whale. It’s old and was laced with great actors e.g., Richard Widmark, Lionel Barramore, Dean Stockwell (as a very young boy). It is the story of a youth growing into manhood and the relationship with the sea, the captain of the ship (his grandfather) and a young man who becomes his idol. Lots of action, lots of good of fashion acting.

  • Alton Robertson

    First film I can remember seeing from begining to end was Howard Hawks’ “The Thing from Another World.”  Seen today, it remains scary.  The characters are intelligently written and the actors deliver.  Also, there’s Hitchcock’s “Strangers On A Train,” which is responsible for my passion for cinema.

  • Sunshine 0111

    Pollyanna, hands down

  • Julie_jammer

    Summer Place, I wanted to be Sandra Dee soooooooo bad!!!I also thought Richard Egan was such a hunk too, some of those lines he had were enough to make me melt.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IDLDREPF3T55VKVUKEP42ILHRY DollyT

    Bambi, The Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio, All Shirley Temple Movies and the Little Rascles, National Velvet.

  • Crafty-lady

    When I was a little girl, I saw old movies on television that have remained some of my favorite movies of all time: Portrait of Jenny, It happened one night, Love with the proper stranger and The Philadelphia story! later on as a teenager my favorite movie was A Hard day’s night!

  • Crafty-lady

    I was watching a movie on tv when I was a little girl. We were having a thunder storm so my parents made me turn off the tv. To this day, I never saw the end of that movie. I don’t remember the name of it but it was about an artist that drew pictures for advertising sort of like the Breck girl pictures. He used a composite of several of his models like the legs of one, the hair of another, etc., but all of them thought that they were the girl in the advertisement. One day he met the girl he had made up and the last thing I remember was that he was trying to get her to pose for him and not get the other girls mad. I would love to know what the name of that movie is.

  • Cbeledw

    Scaramouche–I fell in love with Stewart Granger when I was six years old.

  • Bretmac42

    Loved the Thief of Baghdad with Sabu and the Vikings with T.C. and

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daisy-Brambletoes/846520385 Daisy Brambletoes

    My favorite movies as a kid were many, because we went to the movies every weekend.  My Disney favorites were Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland,and Fantasia.  My mom made me an Alice costume to play in, and it was also something I could wear to school.  My other favorites were The Court Jester, Around the World in 80 Days, and while I’m sure there were more, but we’re talking about 60 years ago, so I can’t remember them all.  8^)

  • kikkimac

    There’s a movie I saw as a child back in the 50s called “The Little Kidnappers” that I thoroughly loved and that has stayed with me all of these years, even though I haven’t seen it in decades. I have written TCM about it, have searched for decades for a video or DVD and have never found one. There was a remake done later with Charlton Heston, but this starred Theodore Bikel and two adorable little boys who find a baby and have the most delightful accents. I think it was set in Nova Scotia or someplace like that, but if anyone knows where I could find a copy of it, I’d love to hear about it. I’ve never been able to “let go” of it and have often wondered if I’d love it as much now after searching for it all these years. 

  • Chris Mattson


  • Nmemcg

    The Moonspinners or almost all Haley Mills’s movies.

  • Lisa Grove

    The Wizard of Oz

  • Luckyew7

    the magnificent seven and still is!

  • billyboy53


  • Jbruno

    Tarzan, Gunga Din, Jungle Book w/ Sabu, Capt Blood

  • Glitterkitty

    “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971)…and still is my favorite!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T2H5HYUCHB6QJW56ZEFZKINSUI Fizzwidget

    forbidden Planet

  • Jen1003

    american tail

  • Mike

    King Solomans Mines with Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr…Followed closely by a little admired Douglas Sirk film…Mystery Submarine with McDonald Carey and Marta Toren…( a beauty who died so young)

  • caesar benigno

    gunga din

  • D Petersen

    Any Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie, Blue Hawaii (I know all the songs by heart) but my absolute favorite is “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  • James

    Believe it or not the original  KING KONG

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000048648867 Jim Fetterman

    Tha Alamo with real actors, John Wayne, Richard Widmark etc…

  • Park3850

    Tarzan plus the Saturday cliff hangers!

  • Billy from South Philly

    The Great Escape !

  • Turtle445

    Gunga Din

  • Ohkennyo


  • Tammy

    Set in Scotland, had a witch and a great star, Thomasina the cat. I loved  “The Three lives of Thomasina” . Wish I cold get it on DVD.

  • Joy

    The Yearling

  • Joy

    The Yearling

  • SMedlock

    Wizard of Oz, what else?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDNOXQRN3KV322MZVFI3GGV43E Sandy

    cinderella, snow white, sleeping beauty

  • Big Pauly

    Its a tie. 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Forbidden Planet



  • Bernard

    I remember with great warmth the Disney movies Tonka and Born to Sing.

  • Normangillen


  • Jana

    “To Kill a Mockingbird”  I think I was 7 or 8  years old the 1st time I saw it, and I was full of questions for mom.

  • Bcsanig

    The Goonies,  Swiss Family Robinson and the Parent Trap with Hayley Mills

  • gary

    by far mighty joe young

  • Stevenfeld

    wizard of oz

  • Riro135

    Elmer The Great: with former baseball player, Joe E. Brown, directed by Mervyn Leroy.  It was made to help , in 1932, young and old alike, America’s Great Depression.

  • Katie

    Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, ! still want a tree house of my own…

  • Clpapa1

    Pollyanna, Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson.

  • Brian Lawton

    Destroy all monsters (1969)

    the talk of the town for every kid who could get channel 11

  • maria

    Alice In Wonderland.

  • Beckyhiggins1

    Parent Trap with Haley Mills

  • Madgrunt_crazy

    Lawrence of Arabia, I was thirteen when I saw it in L.A. when it was first released. The vastness and the scope of the film blew my mind and I fell in loved with its star, Peter O’Toole.

  • Genraymel

    The Wizard of OZ

  • cindy

    The Wizard Of Oz,Mary Martin’s Peter Pan,All Shirley Temple,Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,all Laurel and Hardy.

  • ravenwolfmoon

    King Kong original, Them, Ten Little Indians

  • Randall_logsdon

    Tarzan the ape man

  • Ted


  • Meggyx13

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • Filmax

    WHITE HEAT w/Cagney.  It woke me up to the drama and mayhem in a gangster’s life. Casting was brilliant. STAGECOACH & KEY LARGO are strong contenders. Again the casts are sensational. 

  • Wade

    The Sword and the Rose with Richard Todd and Glynis Johns   a disney film or at least it was shown on the Disney show when I was a child 

  • Tsschall

    I was, and am, a major Sci Fi fan.  Still toward the top of my favorites list is “The Day the Earth Stood Still” with Michael Renny – not that garbage Keanu Reeves version.  Renny’s Klaatu balances from the kindest, most caring guy on the planet (literally) and the bearer of the most intimidating news mankind could hear.  The (not so lightly) veiled threat at the end of the film hits about the way my dad’s “you’d better straighten up and fly right” speech when I was a kid in the 60’s.  Patricia Neal still amazes me in pulling off her role.  Add Sam Jaffe as the Albert Einstein character and it just doesn’t get better.

  • 2 parrots and a dog

    I had more than one. Time Machine, Mysterious Island, House of Wax, and Dinosaurus. Dinosaurus hasn’t been released on DVD yet. It is about dinosaurs and a caveman washed up on a beach and brought back to life in a lightening storm. I also loved Judy Holiday in Born Yesterday and Barbara Stanwyck in Titanic. I still prefer that version on Titanic.

  • Alex

    Silent Call was my favorite. I loved dog stories and I saw this when I was 9 years old and loved it.
    It was recently on TCM and I was thrilled to revisit it. It was technically a cheap film but rich with honesty and emotion. I think it was lovely Gail Russell’s last film. What a shame she died so young.

  • Imbigbear69

    The Vikings, A great cast and I still enjoy watching it now and then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.n.gasaway James Neal Gasaway

    I go back a bit, but anything with Harold Lloyd or Shirley Temple were my favorite movies.  And I have them all on DVDs and watch them again, now and then. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.n.gasaway James Neal Gasaway

    I forgot to mention Ben Turpin..

  • Jfrankow

    I also go back a bit and as a kid I always looked forward to seeing The Wizard of Oz which would be released every year or two. Going from black and white to color, the wicked witch and the flying monkeys were my favorite parts.

  • edro3111

    The Day The Earth Stood Still (original of course with Michael Rennie as Klaatu)

  • Sharon

    Parent Trap    with Hayley Mills

  • T Balentine

    Goodness this takes me back. The trouble is is if I loved them as a kid I still adore them now and have been known to schedule my movie nights according to the need to see them yet again!
    If the ‘Trouble With Angels’ with Hayley Mills and Jane Russell is on it’ll stop me dead in my tracks. I can watch it from any place in the movie. Forget about doing the laundry. 😉 The same goes for ‘Kelly’s Heros’…fell in love with Donald Sutherland then and there, ‘Harvey’ with Jimmy Stewart, and ‘The Great Race”…I still use Professor Fate’s great line “you rise…YOU shine!” and Lemon’s terrific cackle never fails to make me laugh. 🙂

    • Bruce Reber

      It was Rosalind Russell, not Jane who was in TTWA.

  • Tom

    Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back!  Bring Solo and the Wookie to me!!!

  • jeane

    ” Harvey” with James Stewert

  • Susan Green

    Old Yeller.

  • Wayne P.

    Dumbo…elephants could fly before pigs!  🙂

  • Joeccosta

      Biblical epics with Charlton Heston–Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments.  Planet of the Apes, for that matter.  And The Wizard of Oz–an annual TV event
       Something that influenced my childhood fascination with the movies:  watching a documentary on Gone with the Wind as a ten year-old, and learning that over half of the injured soldiers in the majestic shot of the burning of Atlanta were dummies.  A paradigm-shifting moment for a child.

  • Mjesusfreak16

    the little mermaid. still my fav

  • Stone hunter

    As  some one who grew up just outside the city as well as a “golden age buff” ; it would have to be Yankee doodle dandy(By way of “Million Doller Movie”) second would be another james cagney flick “angels with dirty faces” I happened to live in a time and place  where all three “indie” stations  as well as our cbs and nbc stations ran classic movies constantly This was Decades before TCM) 

    Stone hunter

  • nick

     I guess it was in 67, when I was a 10 year old. My dad took me to see my first James Bond film. You Only LIve Twice. I was astounded by it, had never seen anything like it. I don’t now think it is as good as I did back then, many better Bond films, including the recent Daniel Craig ones. Back then we did not have cable or videos’s of any tilme. Bond films weren’t playing all the time, and the films were not even  yet shown on regular TV, so I was so much in aticipation of seeing my next Bond film, when my dad took me to see as a double bill ‘From Russia With Love, and Thunderball. Other films that would have impact on me, where Kubricks 2001, while I did not enjoy it at the time, I realized that I had a film experience I would never forget. My first scary type film, though I was not scared, but enjoyed tremendously and have seen many times since, 5 Million Years to Earth, (Its correct British title, Quatermass and The Pit). I wanted, and my dad took me to see The Sandpebbles, the violence of the film was shocking to me, and one scene left me a little numb, a great film though.



  • Gus

    Four Feathers – the original. Why they ever bothered to remake it I don’t know. All the later copies were duds.

  • Bartstarrr15

    Goldfinger. I think I was seven at the time. Loved the part when he activated the ejection seat and the guy went through the sun roof.

    • Bruce Reber

      007’s Aston Martin didn’t have a sun roof – it was a panel over the left (passenger) seat that flew off when the ejector seat was activated. I have a die-cast model of that car (complete with ejector seat) that Sean Connery drove in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”.

  • RBurke5767

    When I was growing up, Esther Williams could do no wrong.
    I thought I would be an Olympic swimmer, too.

  • W.D.(Bill) Southworth

    Captain Horatio Hornblower starring Gregory Peck & Viginia Mayo.

  • Poppopfaber

    I’m 71 so as a kid it was The Wizard of Oz, Song of the South, The Day the Earth Stood Still,  The Thing, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, War of the Worlds, Treasure Island, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Rocket Man, Roy Rogers, Randolf Scott & The Cisco Kid movies, & all of the Disney movies.
    Plus Lash LaRoe & Hopalong Cassidy who were the only 2 good cowboy that wore Black.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CGRLUPNLT6P3VWL42P2VG2I22I hockeyguy 08

    How bout Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein ?  Funny on so many levels…

  • Scottramfan

    Jason and The Argonauts.

  • Nativeangeleno Doug

    The Jolson Story

  • HassoBenSoba

    Jack the Giant Killer (1962) – Still charming and fun

  • duke1029

     Disney’s ” Treasure Island.” Har-har, me hearties!

  • Moestjoe


  • Robin2k

    “Bambi” and “Fantasia” were my favorites and any movie with Barbara Stanwyck.

  • Robin2K

    Charlie Chaplin

  • Nabpurple12

    The Wizard of Oz!!

  • Nancyck

    Burt Lancaster in The Flame and the Arrow.

  • John

    I loved Zulu. 

  • http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/ Billy Burgess


    • Bob Kratky

      Almost impossible to ha “a” favorite so I’ll just have to select three (that I usually watch in rotation):
      “The Vikings”
      “Jason and The Argonauts”

  • Mweiner579

    The original ” The Thing “

  • Bowdenj

    The Wolfman, starring Lon Chaney JR

  • Margie

    The Wizard of Oz and all old Shirley Temple movies

  • Ex-Submariner 663

    The Horror of Dracula with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

  • Oracle52

    Frankenstein…Karloff was spooky!

  • Dpittsmd1985

    The Wizard of Oz. it aired once a year….on avSunday night. The highlight for me was when it changed from Blake and white to color when Dorothy landed in Oz!

  • Randallhorn000

    Tobey Tyler.
    King Kong-the original.
    Wizard of Oz.
    The Thing From Another World.
    The Day the Earth Stood Still.
    Swiss Family Robinson. (Any early Disney live-action adventures like Third Man on the Mountain, Darby O’Gill & the Little People, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, plus all the Disney classic animation…)
    Crimson Pirate.
    All the MGM Tarzan movies.
    Jack the Giant Killer.
    War of the Worlds- the original.
    Gunga Din
    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.
    How the West was Won.
    Hope & Crosby’s “Road” pictures.
    Miracle on 34th Street.
    The Great Race.
    Check ’em out sometime, if they’re unfamiliar to you…

  • Movie Buff

    I had quite a few:

    The Sound of Music
    South Pacific
    Blue Hawaii
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – 1st one
    The Parent Trap – 1st One
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Star Wars Movies – the 1st one is my favorite
    Star Trek Movies – IV is my favorite
    The Wizard of Oz
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Miracle on 34th Street
    Scrooge w/Albert Finney
    Live & Let Die
    For Your Eyes Only
    All Indiana Jones Movies
    Alan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold
    Alan Quartermain and King Solomon’s Mines
    Dr. Doolittle – the old 1st one
    Singin’ in the Rain
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Operation Petticoat
    Mr. Roberts
    A Little Princess w/Shirley Temple
    The African Queen
    The old Dracula movies
    The Little Match Girl
    The Jungle Book
    Snow White
    How The Grinch Stole Christmas

  • Move Buff

    Two More:

    Escape to Witch Mountain
    Return from Witch Mountain

  • Elancer

    For sure the Parent Trap – now I even like to watch both versions

  • Jay Polerstock

    The Wizard Of Oz was most definitely my very favorite movie when I was a kid and remains my very favorite movie to this day.

  • Bobelliott

    The Sound of Music..great score sugary yes but beautiful setting and good if slightly altered true story..the Nazis always make good bad guys

    • Bruce Reber

      After my family went to see TSOM my mom and dad bought the soundtrack album. I took it to school and played it for my second grade class.

  • 4yourview

    Kings Row. Hands down!!

  • Rachel

    The Little Mermaid 

  • Tgw51

    It’s a Wonderful Life… no contest!

  • bobbi :):):)


  • Eaglesnest1957

    Peter Sellers – Pink Panther

  • desiree

    willy wonka and the chocolate factort

  • vlbptt

    “Forbidden Planet”, Leslie Nielson, Anne Frances, Walter Pidgeon, Robby the robot

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCKPD75BDP7NT2XZVDZKC47GI Melvin

    The Wind in The Willows   ( I go way back)  that was a short feature which always played at my home town  Stanley Theater, every Thanksgiving weekend, along with Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman

  • Joestalin

    Tom Brown’s School Day with John Howard Davies (RIP) and Robert Newton (RIP) followed closely by Shane and the Blood of Dracula with Christopher Lee (RIP)– my favorite horror film

  • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.beach1 Ralph Beach

    Meet Me In St Louis followed closely by Song of the South

  • Ohkennyo

    Theres only one Wizard Of Oz.Still watch every year.

  • Comicbookal

    I am a big time science fiction/horror/fantasy fan and have been one for many years now so one of my favorite films  from the 1950’s (among many of that decade) was “THEM” about a young girl  who is found wandering in shock in the New Mexico desert near White Sands by two state troopers. When they investigate they find that the trailer that she was staying in with her parents and sibling had been destroyed. They also find that kindly old Gramps Johnson who ran the local store was also killed in a mysterious way. A lone print fround in front of the little girl’s trailer is sent to the FBI in Washington for identification. Dr. Medford and his daughter Dr. Pat Medford come to New Mexico after identifying the print as belonging to a species of ant that had mutated after the first atomic bombing 9 years before in 1945. They find and destroy the New Mexico nest but not in time to prevent two young queen ants from escaping. One of the ants starts a nest on a military ship at sea. After the ants kill the entire crew the ship is sunk by the U.S. Navy and the invading ants are killed. Another ant makes her ( a queen on her “mating flight”) way to the drain system of Los Angeles. A father and his two young boys accidently come upon one of the ants. The father is killed and then a hunt is on to see if they are in time to save the two young boys and also destroy the nest before any other ants can escape and destroy the world as we know it.  This is top notch entertainment and was a very big money maker  for that year for Warner Bros. who produced it in 1954 and was nominated for an Academy Award for best special effects which of course were “state of the art” during this time period but it lost out to Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea….
    A few tidbits of info:The shadow of a microphone can momentarily be seen on the wall of the room where Dr. Harold Medford asks to see the little girl. There was a cameo appearance in the film by Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek’s Mr. Spock).  This film was originally supposed to be filmed in color. Two days before shooting began a nervous studio executive made the decision to suddenly cut the budget and the film had to be made in black and white. It was also supposed to be in 3-D. Some elements of the 3-D effects, such as the ants having extreme close-ups and the flame throwers shooting straight into the camera, were used in the film. 

    • Bruce Reber

      At the beginning of the movie the title “THEM!” appears on the screen in red – why? Anyway, “THEM!” is way scarier in B&W than it would be in color IMO.

  • Comicbookal

    Please read previous post first:
    executive became nervous and made the decision to cut the budget so the filming was done in black and white instead of color as originally intentioned.it was originally conceived to be in 3-D and WarnerColor. During pre-production, tests were to be shot in color and 3-D. A few color tests were shot of the large-scale ant models, but when it was time to shoot the 3-D test, WB’s “All Media” 3-D camera rig malfunctioned and no footage could be filmed. The next day, a memo was sent out that the color and 3-D aspects of the film were to be scrapped, and that black and white and wide-screen would be the preferred format, trying to emulate the “effective shock treatment” of Warners’ The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. Ultimately the film was not shot in wide-screen. Because of the preparation of certain shots, however, many of the camera set-ups for 3-D still remain, such as the opening titles and flame-throwers that are shot at the camera.

  • Erik

    Donald Duck – needless tosay

  • Bcsanig

    The Parent Trap with Hayley Mills, The Quiet Man, Swill FAmily Robinson and Apple Dumpling Gang. 

  • The Blue Carbuncle

    Davy Crockett with Fess Parker when I was a coonskin cap wearing kid in the 50’s. I still have portrait studio pictures of me in that outfit with a toy musket and riding a rocking horse !

  • Frederick

    “The Music Man”   Robert Preston Shirley Jones Buddy Hackett The list goes on.  Any movie can have great stars but this movie (especially when I, was a child) had it all, comedy, Drama , Music, more Comedy… and even Dancing which for me as a child was quite a feat to pull off, dancing in a movie and I, didn’t get up and go to the snack bar…….WOW!

    • http://www.facebook.com/heather.scott.370 Heather Scott

       I do It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street every year.

  • Homesick New Englander

    As a little kid: The Wizard of Oz.  As a somewhat older kid: Holiday Inn.  My sister and I still watch Holiday Inn every Christmas.

  • dog888k

    When a little kid, the merchants in my hometown would buy a block of movies and have them shown for free to kids on Sat. p.m. while ma and pa would come to town to shop or go to the salebarn. Most of the flicks were B westerns, but one that got in the group was Bunuel’s Robinson Crusoe. I’d never seen a movie quite like it, and waited 40+ years for it to get to DVD. I watch now my disk of RC periodically to remember my kidhood, and RC is a masterpiece anyway.

  • Drl1

    Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

  • Robert M. Preston

    As a kid I always looked forward to Ed Sullivan announce that “THE WIZARD OF OZ”  will be on the following week.
    Dick Van Dyke used to host it.  That was my favorite movie on television.  My favorite film in the theatre was “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

  • Dantz


    • Debra Roddy

      Yes, Wonderful Alan Ladd movie. My oldest Son’s name is Shane, he was named after this movie title. My Mother adored Alan Ladd and this movie was her favorite of all. I think the name Shane is a very Cool and Remarkable name !!!

  • Rjr9162

     I was always fond of monster movies.  For me, the big four were:   Dracula, Frankenstein,The Mummy, and The Wolfman. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/heather.scott.370 Heather Scott

       Loved all those. Lon Channey was my favorite.

      • Debra Roddy

        So do I, Heather !!! Especially the Wolfman !!!! Mr. Chaney was a Great Actor, so much better than what we have today.

        • Wayne P.

          If you all love Lon Chaney, Jr. you should check out his father, Lon Chaney, Sr…the so-called ‘Man of a Thousand Faces’ and, IMHO, the greatest film actor of all-time even though he only did 1 talking motion picture…his use of facial expressions and contortions of body movements showed the full emotional range without speaking in the silents, even if he did over do the performance sometimes…he was great enough to be dramatic without being overly melodramatic!

  • R Quesenbury

    I used to practically worship Gary Cooper and Madeleine Carroll in “Northwest Mounted Police.” Later I added Paulette Goddard to my list. The last movie I remember seeing Gary Cooper in was “Fountainhead.” I really discovered why I liked him so much when viewing that movie. He was superb as the architect whose  belief in his work and his uncompromising integrity would not allow him to alter his plan for a building he designed, regardless of the opposition he faced. The Ayn Rand novel was the perfect vehicle for his talent.

    I too loved “horror” movies as a kid, but of course there was no real horror in them. They were “scary” then, but compared to some of the horror films produced since the four listed by Rjr9162, they were like comedies. However, there were intense psychological films that were more horrifying than the four named. I can think particularly of one
    I saw as a kid that left me sleepless for most of the night – Joh garfield in “The Fallen Sparrow.” All night long I heard the sound of that dragging foot coming through my house, so I kept my head covered to try to drown it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.scott.370 Heather Scott

    I would have to say then and still today that It’s a Wonderful Life and Bed Knobs and Broomsticks are always going to be my two favorite. I also have The God Father complete set on that list along with Jaws complete set.

  • comicbookal

    The  British Hammer horror films of the late 1950’s and early to mid ’60’s were favorites and still are to this day. Incredible set designs, period costumes, direction, acting, and stories were top notch. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing guaranteed thrills and chills along with the always reliable character actors of the day which included Michael Ripper, Hazel Court, Thorley Walters, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelly, and a host of many, many fine actors and actresses who’s participation in these films were a joy to behold. My favorites were Horror of Dracula and The Revenge Of Frankenstein (1958),The Mummy (1959), Brides Of Dracula (1960), and Curse of The Werewolf (1961). Those were the days of well produced horror films that did not have to rely on the blood soaked splatter films of more recent vintage that use beheading’s, disembowelment, and other methods of torture to obtain scares from today’s audiences…….

  • Karen

    Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life and especially The Wizard of Oz, that was shown every fall.

  • Larrykandel

    any bowery boy or east side kids movie

  • Needb

    Mary Poppins..

  • Cbdw

    Scaramouche!  I fell in love with Stewart Granger when I was six years old.

    • cindy

       I still have a “Crush” on Stewart Granger ! I too, fell in love with Scaramouche as a young girl !

  • Tom

    I looked forward to any Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan or Abbott & Costello movie.

  • Judyann

    Saturday afternoon in the late 40s with anything Roy Rogers and my Necco wafers.

  • Bluemoonfoam

    Always looked forward to The Wizard Of Oz,hosted by Dick Van Dyke,and Mary Martin’s Peter Pan (loved the Music). As kids we really looked forward to these classics,we made a big event out of it, P.J.’s ,chip/dip,popcorn,and Kool Aide ! Now we have dvd’s (happily) but,it takes the “Specialness” away.I really miss those days..

    • Debhautzig

      We are soul-twins.It’s amazing! Every year my friend Eliza slept over to watch Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz with me because her family did not own a TV set. And I agree–having DVD’s does take the specialness away–but I won’t let it. Whenever my favorite movies are on TV, I still get excited and watch them, commercials and all. I waited for the annual showings of Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz (usually in March, then) every year and the thrill never waned. And Scrooge (1951 Alistair Sim version)!
      I also loved all Hayley Mills movies, especially Pollyanna, The Trouble With Angels, The Chalk Garden, the Moonspinners.

    • Debhautzig

      And I forgot Miracle on 34th Street!  And probably so many others…

  • Lauradyoung

    The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz. Also loved Scrooge (Alistair Sim 1951 version).

  • DWilmanski

    Any film made by Walt Disney–Mary Poppins, In Search of the Castaways, etc.

  • Katherineferg

    Cat Ballou.  So many people I know love this movie and all have different favorite scenes from it.  My mom always laughed at the scene where Kid mistakenly sings “happy birthday” after Frankie Ballou’s death.  My husband likes the scene with no dialog where Kid Sheleen opens all the doors in the saloon looking for Tim Strawn.  Oh shoot…now I will have to watch it again!


    The D.I. with Jack Webb !!!

  • azviewer

    “Swiss Family Robinson,” “The Love Bug” and “Jungle Book” top the list as a child. I also loved “The Gnome Mobile.” Disney had good movies for kids!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hlynnknits Heidi Lynn McDonald Stetler

    “Thomasina”. I remember just crying my eyes out when that cat died and the children were having a funeral for him. But what was so cool is that somehow the cat always came back. Wonderful movie. I think it was a Dsiney production if I’m not mistaking.

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  • Debra Roddy

    The Wizard of Oz, but I was afraid of the Witch. i still Love this Movie !!!!!

    • annie

      My daughter was afraid of the witch too. Whenever we watched she would go in her room

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.rhue.3 Jennifer Rhue

    -Give me Roy Rogers and Gene Autry any day.

    • Daniel Ryan

      my sis has every known Gene Autry movie and record you can imagine, and Roy Rogers and Randolph Scott too, so I guess I’m lucky I can watch them any time

      • Tsagiglalal

        -I envy your access. I have a few on disc but saw many on weekend TV as a kid in the 50’s and 60’s

  • The Mofessor

    The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh

  • C.J. Gelfand

    Meet Me In St. Louis

  • Tjjones

    A Christmas carol, the alistar sims version.

  • High Noon

    Best western ever!

  • sandyclarke47@yahoo.com

    song of the south and cinderella

    • Tsagiglalal

      -I finally saw “Song of the South” on YouTube today. I loved it!

  • sloanagain

    Who`s Minding the Store? with the great Jerry Lewis, still one of my favorites, as entertainment and nostalgia

  • Boz

    Gunga Din – one of the first action buddy films!

  • Ted

    The Dawn Patrol with Errol Flynn and David Niven. Still like the movie, 70 years later!

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  • Jim

    Maytime with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy (1937). Spawn of the North with George Raft(1938)

  • Paul S

    i need help to identify a movie, … i saw it once on on n.y.c. t.v. ,, back in early sixties, i,m guessing before the beatles came out.. probably foreign,, maybe silent, dubbed, or sub-titled,, not sure if black & white, or tinted color. anyway, the movie / story goes something like this. a “search / adventure” hundreds of years ago. a young man,, the hero / prince is walking along in the country, and as he approaches a bridge,he gets knocked over by a strong wind, which is coming from the mouth of some kinda troll, the prince captures the troll and puts it in his burlap knapsack .. next he comes up to a dragon tied to a tree. when he cuts off the dragon’s head, two heads pop out, the hero battles the hydra few more heads , and then finally kills it. next,, an army, with it’s general, is out in the middle of nowhere. the general orders a soldier to lie down on the ground, then tells another soldier to lie down on top of the first one, this goes on till there is a mountain of men. then the leader, some one like “gengis khan” rides his horse up the pile of soldiers, i think i remember hearing the men grunting out loud as the horse steps on them. so the general gets to the top of the “man” mountain, just to get a better view. i think he is after the prince. later on ,,the army catches up with the prince, but he takes the troll out of the knapsack, and blows the army away,, the movie ends in the dungeon of a castle, some blond lady is shackled to the wall,,, the prince finds her, and they are both wearing identical necklaces, with a broken madallion matching halves. maybe the hero found his mother,,, i’m not sure. ……. maybe the movie stinks, but i would like to see it at least one more time.. if anyone can help,,, please! … .. .,, ,,, ,, movies i liked when i was younger,,, the thief of bagdad,, sabu,,,,, angels with dirty faces,,,,, abbott & costello,,, meet frankenstein, hold that ghost,, time of their lives,,,, bowery boys / east side kids,,,,the plainsman,, gary cooper,,,,

  • Allan Jirikovec

    SAMSON AND DELILAH! and, after all these years, it still is. . .no one, absolutely no one since has been able to compete with Hedy for beauty. . .and. . .talent!!!

  • magiccoronet .

    My picks,the already mentioned,”The Man With The X-Ray Eyes”,another Ray Milland classic called,”Panic In Year Zero” ,Robert Wagner and Peter Lawford in,”How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain in,”Hot Rods To Hell”,I saw all of these on TV when I was 10-14 years old and still enjoy them today 40 years later.(all available on Ebay,Ioffer,or Amazon)

  • Uncle Phil

    The Walt Disney version of TREASURE ISLAND by a landslide. I still watch it from time to time. Nostalgia City for me!!!!

  • Kat

    Wowl…thinking about this question made me realize we had the best movies as kids in the 50s and 60’s….Abbott and Costello movies, my favorite was In The Navy; anything with Mickey Rooney in the Andy Hardy series (although they were reruns when I was a kid); Laurel & Hardy; the classic Tom Sawyer; A Christmas Carol with Alistar Sym; Little Lore Fauntleroy – a classic; Casablanca; loved South Pacific (the original with Rosanno Brazzi); anything Gordon MacRae sang; all the B&W Frankenstein and Dracula movies; Its a Wonderful Life; White Christmas because I love when they sing to the general; anything with John Wayne – all the WWII movies made up to the 70’s…. Okay, the best movies, like Oceans Eleven with Frank Sinatra…can you imagine this movie if they had used cell phones? Think of all the great movies using phone booths or regular phones…. You couldn’t make Sorry, Wrong Number with Barbara Stanwyck today if she had a cell phone. That was an edge-of-your-seat movie if ever there was one!

  • Bruce Reber

    I watched “The Wizard Of Oz” when CBS-TV aired it every Thanksgiving from 1964 to sometime in the early 70’s I think, I really liked the Little Rascals/Our Gang shorts from the 30’s and early 40’s, and the “Blondie” movies (one of our local TV stations aired them on Saturday mornings), I saw “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid” on a double bill (remember those)? with “The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie” at our local drive-in theater (remember those too)? with my parents and brother when it came out in 1969, three live-action Disney movies “The Gnome Mobile”, “The Love Bug” and “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”, the Jerry Lewis comedy “The Disorderly Orderly” (also at a drive-in), “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Phantom Tollbooth”

  • Lisanne

    My sister and I saw YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN more than 20 times. Of course, all of the adult humor got past us, but we still thought it was the best entertainment. Our dad would drop us off at the theatre and pick us up a few hours later (that was still OK to do back then!)

  • merrgaret .

    My older sister took me to see Hans Christian Andersen Andersen when I was young and it was my first movie. I still love to watch it when it comes on TCM. I also liked all the Disney movies and Hayley Mills especially Parent Trap!!

  • Tonmmy La Pare

    The Adventures of Captain Marvel starring Tom Tyler!

  • Sapara

    The Thing, House of Wax, and Murders in the Rue Morgue. I’m a fan of scary movies & those succeeded big time without the gore.

  • ntfday

    Shane, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Isis

    Boy do I feel old but it was JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.

  • Skip

    Darby O’Gill and the Little People

  • Shirley

    The wizard of Oz and Cinderella, they where annual events growing up and where never missed.

  • FalmouthBill

    Errol Flynns’ Robin Hood, and Road to Burma, and Randolph Scotts’ Gung Ho ! And Marlon Brandos’, Viva Zapata !

  • diacad

    Once upon a time, it was safe for kids to go alone to matinees. I remember, as an eight-year-old, taking my little brother with me to the premier of “Rocketship X-M” in Waterloo, 7 miles from our home in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The streetcar ride was a nickel, and the movie was a quarter. After that, I was a firm SF fan. “Destination Moon” and “The Day The Earth Stood Still” were even better; by that time, I had talked the rest of the family into giving this genre a whirl. Since then, SF has not been the same IMHO, except for occasional creature features like “Them” and “Godzilla”.

  • SML

    The President’s Lady, 1953, Susan Hayward & Charlton Heston. First saw it on Saturday Night at the Movies (who all remembers that?) when I was in 5th grade in 1960. Fortunately, I joined a Susan Hayward group online & got a copy of TPL…because it’s still not released–ditto w/ Haywards 2 Made for TV movies–Heat of Anger (1971) and Say Goodbye Maggie Cole (1972). This movie just solidified so many things for me…a passionate interest in history (remember, I was 10 years old), an identity as a girl when so many actresses like Marilyn played bubbled-headed females who were only “good for one thing” … I discovered a strong woman a la Susan Hayward (and she WAS strong in real life) in this role and a rousing score that captured my imagination. Today, granted, I see it was in no way a great film…still, deep deep down, it is still my favorite as it opened many doors in my self-development that went far beyond a “mere movie.”

  • Joseph Brown Jr

    My favorites were, Red River; Covergirl; Pal Joey; From here to Eternity; The Fountainhead; and a Portrait of Jennie. There r many more but I will stop at these.

  • Gayle Feyrer

    I had some typical kid favorites, like Cinderella. But I have also worshipped The Red Shoes my whole life, starting from kidhood. An early favorite which I just rediscovered, is the delightful screwball comedy Rhubarb, a must for lovers of cats. Also baseball fans. The cat actor, whose name I don’t remember off the bat, had a long career, ending with his last film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But he’s phenomenal in Rhubarb.

  • gingi

    my favorite film when I was a kid was high noon with gary cooper. the song the directing and a very young grace Kelly.

  • gingi

    one of my big favorites was the best yrs of our lives. everything about it was great.they don’t produce movies like this anymore.dana Andrews never got credited for his brilliant acting I thought he should have won the academy awawd for that picture. and who could forget Theresa wright’s performance. she also was overlooked at the academy.

  • weese

    my favorite movie when I was a child was the fighting sullivans

  • California Sunshine Girl

    Going way back, my girlfriend took me to my first theater showing of BAMBI and I remember that both of us were crying at the end…….sad, considering we had gone to celebrate her birthday!!

  • Joe whale

    The Fighting Sullivan Brothers, War Of The Worlds, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Tarzan with Lex Barker & the old serials they showed before the TWO main features

  • Jerome Potash

    Gunga Din was my favorite. I am an 88 year old relic and long for the days when men were men. Imagine leaving your girl to help a buddy today.

  • Movie Fan

    I absolutely loved “Robinson Crusoe On Mars.” “Thomasina” was another favorite, as was “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” The soundtracks on the Beatles’ first two movies were fun to dance to and were very popular at slumber parties.

  • Allen Webber

    The World In His Arms Gregory Peck, Ann Blythe, Anthony Quinn Has anyone seen this offered on DVD or Bluray?

  • Fay

    My favorite movie as a kid was the 1953 version of War of the Worlds. My BFF and I saw every sci-fi and creature feature that came along.

  • DeLores Wright

    Remember now, I’m OLD!….I loved all of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Second choice, any and all of Jerry Lewis.


    This is really dating myself, but does anyone else remember HOME SWEET HOMICIDE from the 40s starring Peggy Ann Garner and Connie Marshall as older sisters to Dean Stockwell?
    Loved it. Recently found and bought an old VHS tape of it. Still love it!

  • pat

    I loved all the movies I saw as a kid, but when I saw “Samson and Delilah” I was so ga-ga over Victor Mature that I wrote him a fan letter on my Girl Scout stationary, ( I was 10).

  • dac

    The Wizard of Oz, it was magical for me then and now. I was never afraid of the wicked witch, I always felt sorry for her. A true feel good movie.

  • Monique LaCosta

    The 3 Stooges, You Only Live Twice, Divorce American Style, Bonnie and Clyde, Lilies of the Field. The King and I, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Man With The X-RAY Eyes, Vincent Price films, Alfred Hitchcock films, The Song of Bernadette, Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, A Patch of Blue, The Diary of Ann Frank, Black Like Me, Bye, Bye Birdie. All Ray Milland movies. West Side Story and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • Rex Bobinette

    The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Flame and the Arrow, Prince Valiant, Frankenstein, King Kong, The Wolfman (anything on Shock Theater), How the West Was Won, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Goldfinger, The Thing, Gunga Din, Shane, Northwest Passage … and I love them all still!

  • maureengp

    Without a doubt, the annual showing of The Wizard of Oz. My family waited for it every year.
    Oklahoma! was a life-changer for me, when I was 11 or 12. I had gone to the movies by myself and didn’t realize what classical Broadway musicals were (despite Oz). I couldn’t believe how they integrated the songs and dance into the story–I was especially captivated with the dream ballet. Set me on a Rodgers and Hammerstein kick–loved South Pacific, and sat through two showings in a row.
    As a teenager, it was Doctor Zhivago. I think that was the first time I realized what male-female attraction really was, because I was spellbound by Omar Sharif. I still remember the magnificent cinematography in this movie–the ice, the golden flowers, etc.
    Loved Hayley Mills, beginning with The Parent Trap, and also Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker. Couldn’t believe people a little bit older than I was were doing such wonderful things.
    And, finally, my fave Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins” and my ever-favorite “The Sound of Music.”

  • BeckyC

    I grew up watching Esther Williams. I loved her and thought she was the most beautifiul actress!
    I also loved the Red Shoes and the Jolson Story! I loved all the MGM musicals. Those were my

  • Doug Galloway

    TO: BeckyC: I couldn’t agree more with your choices of “The Jolson Story” (Col, 1946), Esther Williams and all those marvelous MGM musicals! Good call!

  • Mike48128

    As a kid, it would have to be a tie between “tom thumb” and ” The Wizard of Oz”. I saw them both on the big screen as age 5 (or so) at either The Mercury or Royal Theaters in Westside Detroit. Both, of course, haven’t existed for decades. (In those days, films like “OZ” and Disney movies were ofter re-released.) Other runners up include “Lady and the Tramp” and “Pinocchio”, The donkey, whale and drowning scenes scared the pants off me as a little kid, however. In those days, the screens were often huge and even larger than some of today’s Metroplex screens. (The Mercury was configured for ultra wide screen “Toddeo”, Panavision, and even played modified versions of Cinerama movies.)

  • Jefferson_Thomas

    “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Even “Fantastic Voyage” couldn’t completely replace it! Nowadays, “Animal House.”

  • DenonHD8

    The Monster (1925) with Lon Chaney Sr. When I was a kid in the 1970’s, our local PBS station would show Silent films on weekend late-nights. For some reason, I just couldn’t get enough of this movie – and had to watch it EVERY time it came on.

  • Ajju

    Matrix…nw also wenever i watch it ,i feel less minded

  • JenJen68

    Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

  • sic of it

    The Wizard of Oz!

  • Michele Wood

    The original “Miracle on 34th Street”

  • Mata

    I grew up on Long Island in the 70’s and ABC had “The 4:30 Movie”. There would be weeks where the theme was monsters (Godzilla, Gamera, Gappa, and the best “Destroy All Monsters”) and horror (anything by Vincent Price) but I lived for the Religous Week because that meant “King of Kings” was going to be shown.
    Fast forward 50+ years and I still get a thrill when I watch “King of Kings”.

  • David Bruce Patterson

    Three Smart Girls

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  • Andy

    I agree that wizard of oz was at the top, also had soft spot for Hans Christian Andersen and Forbidden Planet

  • Eddie69

    Bright Road w/ Harry Belafonte & Dorthy Dandridge….even after the first time & I knew what was coming, made me cry EVERY time.

  • rocky-o

    i would have to say ‘the wizard of oz’ definitely comes to mind first, along with ‘a day at the races’ and ‘horsefeathers’ (both marx brothers)…’hans christian andersen’ (danny kaye)…’white heat’ (cagney)…’christmas in connecticut’ (stanwyck)…’king kong’ (original)…’the wolfman’ (chaney)…and pretty much anything abbott and costello, as well as the bowery boys…

  • IreneGP

    The Music Man with Robert Preston. I think I was about 8. I especially loved the songs and was thrilled when we got the LP, which I played and sang with over and over and over.

  • klrmoo6

    Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  • jbourne5181

    Abbott and Costello in “Hold That Ghost” – still cracks me up! and a great supporting cast with the scene. stealing Joan Davis doing the rumba with a bucket on her butt lmao.

  • sebtax

    Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Still is 66 years later

  • Tommy Bokori

    The Wizard of OZ, definitely in my top ten all-time!

  • Quiggy

    When I was a kid in the late 60’s and early 70’s I always had to watch any old Universal horror movies they ran on the UHF stations. Any Wolfman movies were the best. Frankenstein vs. the Wolfman was the best

  • ed mangan

    one of my favorite movies is the original Three Stooges “The Boys go to College.”
    but you never will find it, it was only in black and white reel film. it is the original movie they did the swinging alphabet in.
    during the modernization of it (colorizing) it has been edited and the best part was removed. they added new stuff to the movie and it is now called ‘violent is the word for curly.’ they removed a part of the movie where Curly is introduced to the student body. and asked for his response to his being the new professor at the college he has the student body repeat after him a phrase “if at first you don’t succeed,” I’ll leave it at that. the part missing is the why it was removed.

  • John Logan

    Anything starring Sonja Henie.

  • Bruce Reber

    “The Sound Of Music”; the Disney movies “Mary Poppins”, “The Gnomemobile”, “The Absent-Minded Professor”, “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea”, “That Darn Cat” and “The Love Bug”; and “The Wizard Of Oz”, probably on everyone’s Favorite Movie As A Kid (Or Adult) list.

  • Obietta Elizondo

    ole yella, the wizard of oz,the original “Miracle on 34th street, the original King Kong, the original The Thing, all though I do like the Kurt Russell one, Lady and the tramp was another. there were so many good movies when I was a kid.

  • NasirJones

    Kelly’s heroes with clint eastwood

  • pat

    My childhood days go back a lot further then the above mentioned films. I love the Tarzan movies and the musicals of the 50s – all of them. One of my favorites though was CB De Mille”s Samson and Delilah. Loved Esther Williams movies, too. Back then the title didn’t matter it was who was the star. A Humphrey Bogart movie; a Roy Rogers movie, a Hedy Lamarr movie etc.

  • Taabish

    Without a doubt Toy Story Series.

  • Jay

    The Wizard Of Oz was my favorite movie as a kid. I looked forward to watching it every year on television from 1964 up to 1979 from the ages of 5 to 20. My greatest thrill was seeing it in the movie theatre in 1998 for the 50th Anniversary.

  • Norman Bates

    the Jungle Book…Sabu the star … a Korda brothers production. 1938 or 40?

  • JozieLee

    The Wizard of Oz. The most beautiful movie ever made.

  • Alex Krajci

    Bambi (1942)

  • randallsmith

    I saw For Whom the Bell Tolls when I was about 10 years old and fell in love with Ingrid Bergman. This has been my favorite movie ever since.

  • Patricia Dries

    My favorite movie as a kid was Lady And The Tramp and All Mine To Give

  • Ruth

    OUR HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY was the most delightful film I say as a child.

  • Ronald Talbert

    I loved all the Laurel and Hardy movies; Abbott and Costello was a close second.

    • Randy Skretvedt

      Good for you! I fell in love with L&H at age five, in 1964 and was blessed to know, become friends with and write about many of Stan and Babe’s co-workers.

  • Neil Bjurling

    It’s a toss-up . I loved both Gunga Din and Four Feathers. If any of you reading this have never seen the Four Feathers version (the best one) with John Clements and June Duprez and Ralph Richardson. I believe it was a 1938 release. If you love adventure,romance and great performances. See it

  • Nicole

    When I was a kid it was the early 60’s, which was Disney’s heyday. I loved Haley Mills in ‘Pollyanna’ and ‘The Parent Trap’. Also any of the Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. They were the best of all time. My favorites were ‘Carousel’, ‘Flower Drum Song’ and later, ‘The Sound of Music’. I memorized all the songs and still sing them with my grandchild.

  • SGF59

    I so loved the holiday season. As Christmas approached there were all the Christmas classic films….Its a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, The Bishop’s Wife….counting down the days to Christmas Eve and Alistair Sims Christmas Carol from 1951, which is my favorite rendition of the story.

  • boville

    Gosh – there are so many, so where do I begin?
    Being from Brooklyn, I am disposed to enjoy the bizarre. That is why I have always loved “Plan 9 From Outer Space” which I’ve seen at least 50 times.

    In thinking over all the great movies and film shorts that have been made, I’d probably say that my all time favorite was “Easy Street” [1917] starring Charlie Chaplin, huge Eric Campbell, and beautiful Edna Purviance.

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  • Joaquin Santana

    ivanhoe 1952

  • Summersunshine

    Cinderella, Lady & the Tramp, and Snow White….loved them. AND The Wizard of OZ was the best….now I watch them with my grandchildren.

  • Michael Klossner

    This dates me. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the big, 1950s Disney liveaction movie.

  • dpharrington

    The first film I remember seeing (re-releases of Bambi or Dumbo may have been earlier, but I can’t reconstruct when I first saw them), Cry of the City. My parents would never have brought me to something like this. But they always went to double features. They brought me along for The Egg and I, a Fred McMurray/Claudette Colbert family comedy, but it didn’t make much of an impression on me.

    The second feature, though, wow! I spent decades looking for it, hard, since neither I nor my parents knew the title or anything else about it. The checkered kitchen tablecloth stuck in my mind but mostly the bad guy face down in a rain-filled gutter (turned out to be Richard Widmark), shot by his childhood friend, Victor Mature.

    When I finally found it on dvd — and there was just no question that this was it — I found my four-year-old taste vindicated. Not exactly a noir but obviously with many noirish features, it’s terrific. I can recommend it highly 68 years later.

  • William Proctor

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Great props and action.

  • Steve Wethington

    i will always have 20,000 Leagues under the Sea as my fave. My Dad took me to see it at the “fancy” theater downtown.

  • rocky-o

    my favorite as a kid was ‘horsefeathers’ with the marx brothers…their best film with ‘a day at the races’ coming in a close second..i was also very fond of ‘the wizard of oz’…had a big crush on judy…still do..and i can’t forget ‘dr. no’, the very first james bond film in the theatre…what a great experience going to the theatre used to be…

  • Marc Russell

    I saw KING KONG (the original, of course) when I was about six. It was my fave then, and it still is!

  • wbausert

    Chitty Chitty Bang! Bang!

  • wbausert

    Loved Swiss Family Robinson, too.

  • http://www.thepenmarket.com Nathaniel Cerf

    “Star Wars”! Close runners ups included “Goonies,” “Back to the Future” and a healthy dose of Errol Flynn, Haley Mills and Swiss Family Robinson was pretty good, too.



  • Andy Allu

    Lewis Milestone’s 1945 “A Walk In The Sun” about a platoon of regular guys on a six-mile forced march to take a farmhouse after landing in Salerno in WWII. The greatness is that it focuses on the men and not the battle… their genuineness and their unselfishness towards each other.

  • John William Richards

    Picnic, on the waterfront

  • Eduardo

    The Music Box (short) Laurel & Hardy
    The Crimson Pirate
    Around the world in 80 days ( Davis Niven, Mario Moreno)

  • Robert E Feyerabend

    The Thing (from another world) James Arness

  • Alex Krajci

    Fantasia (1940)

  • Steve Wethington

    Had to be 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Kirk Douglas. My Dad took me to see it. I think that was only film we did see together when i was a small one.

  • richardpeck

    So Dear To My Heart–warm, lovable Burl Ives, Danny the black lamb, the beautiful blue ribbon!

  • Alex Krajci

    Fantasia (1940)

  • DollyT

    Bambi, Lassie Come Home, National Velvet, An American In Paris and 100’s more!

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Taras Bulba

  • Alex Krajci

    Fantasia (1940).

  • Alf Messina

    “The Ten Commandments” (1956)

  • http://www.truthminers.com/ Truth Lady

    The Wizard of Oz. 60 years later it still is.

  • Ken Rudolph

    All the Jerry Lewis movies(1960’s)

  • jckfmsincty

    “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” from 1963.

  • Bernard Seto

    As a kid, my favorite movie was “The Prodigal” starring Lana Turner,I was dazzled by her costume of pearls, each strand covering all the strategic parts of her semi-nude figure, those
    were the days when one can only see movies in theaters, no video or DVDs for repeated viewings, the pain I suffered as a budding voyeur !!!

  • Steven Malham

    The Sound of Music (1965) was my childhood favorite and it’s still in my Top 10. Now replaced by Chariots of Fire (1981) at No.2 and Edward Scissorhands at No.1

  • Walter De Roeck

    The Seven Little Foys — tied with The Little Match Girl (a real tearjerker —yes, I’m a a softy at heart)

  • chrijeff

    Almost any of the classic Disney animation. They don’t do ’em like that any more!

  • Randy Skretvedt

    A tie between “The Golden Age of Comedy” (for feature) and Laurel & Hardy’s “Helpmates” (for short subject). And they still are my favorite films at age 61.

  • Sandy Pister

    “West SidevStory.” And it’s still my favorite film.

  • Robin Hughes

    charlie brown

  • rocky-o

    the wizard of oz….