Good Earlier Films - Seldom Seen or Heard of - Must See

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  1. TymerDC

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    My target audience is mostly the 30 year and younger crowd. I thought I would start a thread listing what I felt were great films that are seldom seen or heard of. I found that time and time again I'd mention a title of a film and found that many have never heard of or seen them perhaps because they are locked into the most recent films and never bother to expand their palette (so to speak), to earlier movies (mostly predating the 70's) and of which I feel are missing out on some great movie experiences.
    Now I realize not everyone here falls into that category and alot of the older and some younger members know of or have seen most of these films. But it is my desire to help expand the film experiences to the much younger movie loving members. I hope next time you are looking at the video rental store or browsing Netflix you might try giving some of these films a look-see on your next movie night with your wife, family, girlfriend or friends. Some films are non existent on DVD, no longer available or were only available on VHS tape so you may have to do some searching. Some of these films can also be seen on late night TV if you are lucky to run across them.
    I have listed a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, drama, action, good 'ol swash bucklers, comedy, good "chick flicks", musicals and animation. I have also added the date since several versions of the same title were made on a few of the films. I will add films as I can think of them....enjoy.

    Please note that this list is only a personal opinion and I've enjoyed all these films while growing up. I feel you can't go wrong watching one of these films on your next movie night.

    1. 4D Man (1959)
    2. 5 Million Years to Earth (1967)
    3. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, The (1964)
    4. 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)
    5. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
    6. A Song is Born (1948)
    7. A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
    8. Abbott and Costello in Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)
    9. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
    10. Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
    11. Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    12. Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938 Tommy Kelly)
    13. Alice in Wonderland (1933)
    14. Altered States (1980)
    15. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
    16. Annie Oakley (1935)
    17. Apartment,The (1960)
    18. Asphyx, The (1973)
    19. Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)
    20. Bad Seed, The (1956)
    21. Ball of Fire (1941)
    22. Beast with Five Fingers, The (1946)
    23. Beau Geste (1926)
    24. Beneath the 12 Mile Reef (1953)
    25. Benny Goodman Story, The (1956)
    26. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
    27. Black Moon Rising (1986)
    28. Black Sabbath (1963)
    29. Black Sunday (1977)
    30. Boy with Green Hair, The (1948)
    31. Boys Town (1938)
    32. Bright Leaf (1950)
    33. Canterville Ghost, The (1944)
    34. Cape Fear (1962)
    35. Captain Sinbad (1963)
    36. Captains Courageous (1937)
    37. Carbine Williams (1952)
    38. Childrens Hour, The (1961)
    39. Crawling Eye, The (1958)
    40. Crimson Pirate, The (1952)
    41. Cube (1997)
    42. D.I., The (1957)
    43. Diary of Madman (1963)
    44. Elmer Gantry (1960)
    45. Emperor of the North (1973)
    46. Fantastic Planet (1973)
    47. First Men in the Moon (1974)
    48. Five Pennies, The (1959)
    49. Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)
    50. Flame and the Arrow, The (1950)
    51. Flim Flam Man, The (1964)
    52. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
    53. Fury, The (1978)
    54. Gay Purr-ee (1962)
    55. Gigantor (1964 TV Series)
    56. Gigot
    57. Goliath Awaits (TV 1981)
    58. Good Earth, The (1937)
    59. Goodbye Charlie (1964)
    60. Great Race, The (1965)
    61. Great Ziegfeld, The (1936)
    62. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967)
    63. Gullivers Travels (1939)
    64. Harman-Ising Theatrical Cartoons (1934-1938 ...if you can find them)
    65. Haunting, The (1963 version)
    66. His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)
    67. Hoppity Goes to Town (1941)
    68. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
    69. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
    70. Ice Station Zebra
    71. Inherit the Wind (1960)
    72. Inspector General, The (1949)
    73. It Happened One Night (1934)
    74. It! The Terror From Beyond Space. (1958.....the first "Alien" movie)
    75. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
    76. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
    77. Joy Luck Club, The (1993)
    78. Kentuckian, The (1955)
    79. King of Comedy, The (1983)
    80. King Rat (1965)
    81. Kronos (1957)
    82. Last Man on Earth (1964)
    83. Laurel & Hardy Films, Any (1920's - 1930's Aprox)
    84. Life With Father (1947)
    85. Lilies of the Field (1963)
    86. Long Ships, The (1964)
    87. Looker (1981)
    88. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)
    89. March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)
    90. Marty (1955)
    91. Master of the World (1964)
    92. Mountain, The (1956)
    93. Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
    94. Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)
    95. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    96. Mr Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
    97. Mr Roberts ( 1955)
    98. Music Man, The (1962)
    99. My Man Godfrey (1936)
    100. Naked Prey (1966)
    101. Night Stalker, The (TV 1972)
    102. No Time for Sergeants (1958)
    103. Norliss Tapes, The (1973)
    104. Old Man and the Sea, The (1958)
    105. Oliver Twist (1948)
    106. On Borrowed Time (1939)
    107. One Step Beyond (1959 TV Series)
    108. Onionhead (1958)
    109. Phase IV (1974)
    110. Pitt and The Pendulum (1961)
    111. Pride of the Yankees, The (1942)
    112. Prisoner of Zenda, The (1937)
    113. Public Enemy, The (1931)
    114. Raise the Titanic (1980)
    115. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
    116. Sea Hawk, The (1940)
    117. Seven Little Foys, The (1955)
    118. Shirley Temple Films (1932-1940 Aprox)
    119. Sitting Pretty (1948)
    120. Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961)
    121. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
    122. Stalag 17 (1953)
    123. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
    124. Tarzan Collection (1932 Johnny Weissmuller)
    125. Telefon (1977)
    126. Them! (1954)
    127. Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)
    128. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)
    129. Three Musketeers, The (1948)
    130. Three Stooges Meet Hercules, The (1962)
    131. Three Wise Fools (1946)
    132. Tingler, The (1959)
    133. Time Travelers, The (1964)
    134. Tobacco Road (1941)
    135. Topper Returns (1941)
    136. Treasure of Sierra Madre
    137. Two on a Guillotine (1965)
    138. Up in Arms (1944)
    139. Visit to a Small Planet (1960)
    140. Voices (1979 Amy Irving)
    141. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    142. Wild Wild West, The (1965-1969 TV series)
    143. Wizards (1977)
    144. Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, The (1962)
    145. Wonders of Aladdin (1961 " Le meraviglie di Aladino)
    146. X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes (1963)
    147. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
    148. You Can't Take It With You (1938)
     
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  2. Probe Droid

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    Gunga Din (1939). One of the original action/adventure films that's the Raiders of its day. Huge fights, shoot-outs, dynamite, romance, humor...everything. Great fun film.
     
  3. TymerDC

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    Probe.....Good Choice
     
  4. BAK55

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    "All Through The Night" (1941) - With Humphrey Bogart. Great fun with shady type characters up against a * spy/sabotage network.
     
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    Orca: Killer Whale with Richard Harris is a old under rated film
     
  6. Shadow345

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    Citizen Kane (1941)
    Captain Blood (1932)
    Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    Nosferatu (1922)
    The Great Dictator (1940)
     
  7. Apollo

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    Good list but you have to add Network (1976)

    Must see for any filmbuff
     
  8. TymerDC

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    I've added more films. I happen to catch "Man of a 1000 Faces" on Turner Classic Movies the other night on TV. It made a nice movie to watch while working on a project. If I happen to get advanced wind of any of the films on my list or the others you guys have posted I'll let you know...assuming those networks are available in your area. Although some films on my list I've been wanting for my film library I might catch on late night TV, they have never been available on Video Tape, Laser Disc or DVD nor have I ever seen them on Netflix or instant streaming.
     
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  9. rodneyfaile

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    "The Detective" - with Frank Sinatra

    Based on the novel of the same name by Roderick Thorp.

    He later wrote a sequel called "Nothing Last Forever" that was adapted into a movie ..... DIE HARD!
     
  10. Colin Droidmilk

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    It's a good list. You young ones - go and watch them all now.
     
  11. crabra comander

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    :thumbsup...I remember that one, some sad scenes in that.
     
  12. SSgt Burton

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    Videodrome

    The Gumball Rally

    Most of the "original" Inspector Clouseau films (Sellers was a genius).



    Kevin
     
  13. robn1

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    The Spirit Of St. Louis.
    Midway.
     
  14. Stansfield

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    Great call on Fried Green Tomatoes. I get teased by my friends about liking a chick flick, but its such a great movie.

    Some additional recommendations:

    What's Eating Gilbert Grape
    Double Indemnity
    Beautiful Girls
    Albino Alligator
     
  15. robn1

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    I just noticed that The Spirit Of St. Louis will be on TCM this Sunday.
     
  16. wannab

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    You have some good stuff listed.

    Not sure these qualify as little seen or heard of, but here goes off the top in no order...

    All About Eve
    The Letter
    The Thin Man and sequels
    Captain Blood
    Cool Hand Luke
    Papillion
    My Favorite Wife
    A Guy Named Joe
    Man in the Wilderness
    Almost Famous
    Only Angels Have Wings
    The Commitments
    The Three Musketeers and sequel (70's)
    The Cowboys
    Defending Your Life
    Dr Strangelove
    Flight of the Phoenix
    The Frisco Kid
    any Buster Keaton silent
    The Hustler
    The Inlaws
    The Last Detail
    Larceny Inc.
    My Favorite Year
    Odd Couple
    The Searchers
    Juggernaut
    The Sting
    Support Your Local Sheriff
    Time After Time
    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    There are many more, and I may add some as I think of them.

    adding...

    Thief
    Mr Blandings Builds his Dream House
    The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

    Doug
     
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  17. TymerDC

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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    Wannab...thanks for your input. Weather they "qualify" or not its still a good list and its only my personal opinion of films I've listed. Most of the films I'm trying to list are before the 70's with a few exceptions. I feel the age group I'm trying to reach hadn't heard of most of them.

    I've also now alphabetized the list for easier searching.
     
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    Re: Good Earlier Films - Little Seen or Little Known Of

    Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

    Sergeant York
     
  19. TymerDC

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    all good choices but I think everyone has heard of Citizen Kane.....but heck you never know with younguns today.
     
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    I guarantee that a huge proportion of teens today have never heard of Citizen Kane.

    I'm always amazed when young folk have never seen a Star Wars movie, know who Captain Kirk is or watched Jaws, much less a b&W classic like Kane. Ask them what the latest generation of iPhone is, or how many followers they have on Twitter and they will be all over it. I'm generalising, of course, but as a parent of teenage children this is my experience.

    My kids, however, have been force-fed an education in pop-culture and classic cinema by their movie-obsessed Dad (me). ;)
     
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    Battleground and Sahara; two of my favorite WWII flix. Battleground is a bit more of a traditional war film, while Sahara is more of a drama set in the war. Two solid films though. Give 'em a shot.
     
  22. NormanF

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    Dark Star (1974). Not sure about good, but definitely interesting. There are some scenes with a beach ball and an elevator that are the basis for Aliens.
     
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    Another great adventure film is The Man Who Would Be King directed by John Huston. Connery and Caine at their finest. Great story, fab film. A must see.

    A second great forgotten Connery flik is Robin & Marian. Connery as Robin Hood, Nicol Williamson as Little John, Denholm Elliot as Will Scarlett, Richard Harris as Richard the Lionheart, Audrey Hepburn as Maid Marian, Ian Holm as King John, and Robert Shaw as the Sheriff of Nottingham. I mean, come on!

    Also, William Friedkin's Sorcerer. Roy Scheider is aces. Man, there's a scene with a truck on a crumbling rope bridge that will have your heart in your mouth!

    All these are from the 70s, so not that early (at least to me), but I'll bet a lot of you haven't seen them.
     
  24. TymerDC

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    Guys...could you please add the release date? There were at least 4 films with the name Sahara but I'm assuming your talking about the earliest one with Humphrey Bogart (1943).
     
  25. TymerDC

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    More movies have been added.....can't decide?............if you want a recommendation on a particular type of film.....ask here or send me a PM.
     
  26. SloeDjinn

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    A few suggestions for the list:

    Harvey (1950)
    Bell, Book, & Candle (1958)
    (Both Jimmy Stewart movies)

    I Married a Witch (1942)
    The Lion in Winter (1968)
    Young Bess (1953)
    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
    Operation Petticoat (1959)
    The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
    The Raven (1963)
    The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
    Romeo and Juliet (1968)

    1939 was a banner year for movies:
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    The Women
    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Wuthering Heights

    Watching Gloria Sanson chewing the scenery is a must:
    Sunset Blvd. (1950)

    A bit past your timeline but worth a watch:
    The Villain (1979)
    Ladyhawke (1985)
    The Name of the Rose (1986)

    I've more, but these popped into my head right off...
     
  27. robn1

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    The Villain is awesome :lol It's like a Tex Avery cartoon in live action!
     
  28. TymerDC

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    Sloe,

    A good list...thanks. BTW I'm assuming thats a typo and you meant "Gloria Swanson" not Sanson. Keep em coming guys.
     
  29. TymerDC

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    Its been awhile......has anyone even tried viewing the films I listed? ...and did you enjoy them?
     
  30. Wes R

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    I've seen quite a few over the years and you picked out the best in what was a flood of bad ones, especially the 50s scifi. i'd add Lawrence of Arabia, This Island earth, Forbidden Planet, the first Planet of the apes. Colossus the Forbin project too. So many good ones out there. 5 million years to earth i think is one of the best of that era as is Them!
     
  31. TymerDC

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    Wes...most of the films you listed are usually well known in this community which is why I tried to keep my list, what I felt were "seldom known films" ....regardless the ones you mentioned are of course worth watching. Anyone else checked out these films? You guys might keep a watch on Turner Classic Movie Channel. Quite a few of the films on my list were shown in the last couple months......last night they ran "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" ....." Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" will be shown soon.
     
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  32. Wes R

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    Yeah i have been looking up TCM online as our basic cable no longer offers a tv guide channel. Also there should be a lot of horror movies this month, i think last year every thursday was a monster movie night. I have an entire book of old scifi films that are little known, some for good reason, that i keep wanting to see.
    Panic in Year zero is a good one i need to find again; the world, the flesh, and the devil is a good one too, This is not a test isn't the best but it's an interesting one. Not sure if Things To Come is all that well known either. panic in year zero is a rather stand out one for the time as it was pretty blunt about the daughter having been attacked by a gang of thugs. The Tingler with vincent price is a fun one too.
     
  33. TymerDC

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    "The Tingler" ...now theres a movie I should add to the list....thanks. One other movie I just added to the list is " On Borrowed Time"..it was on TCM last night. hadn't seen that one in years. Stars Lionel Barrymore who traps death and won't release him all the while no one is dying.....good movie.
     
  34. Wes R

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    It'd be nice to get The Tingler back in the theater with the vibrating seats and other silly things they did, see how kids these days would react.
     
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    The Kid (1921)
    A Woman of Paris (1923)
    The Gold Rush (1925)
    Metropolis (1927)
    City Lights (1931)
    Modern Times (1936)
    The Great Dictator (1940)
    Dance Girl Dance (1940)
    The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    Double Indemnity (1944)
    The Big Sleep (1946)
    Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
    The Third Man (1949)
    Sunset Boulevard (1950)
    Strangers on a Train (1951)
    Limelight (1952)
    Touch of Evil (1958)
     
  36. TymerDC

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    I just happened to wake up and turn on the TV to The Turner Classic Movie Channel to catch the middle of "Born Losers". The 1st film in the Billy Jack series. I checked out whats playing later tonight and saw that the "Wild One" is showing at 1:00am Pacific Time and "Sitting Pretty" will be on at 12pm Pacific Time Saturday. and To anyone who can catch or record these movies, they are worth a look see. I also noticed "Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land" will be on at 9am later this morning.......it stars Johnny Weissmuller...this was one of his attempts to shake his Tarzan stereotype although going back in the jungle didn't seem like he left his past character too far behind. ....check them out if you can
     
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    Spies Like Us (1985)

    From the folks I've talked to, hardly anyone has seen this movie. Not only is this some good "Cold War Era" poking fun, but Chase and Aykroid are hilarious! Family Guy did a rather poor send-up of this, but it remains one of my favorite comedies.


    Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

    I must hang around an un-hip crowd - This is my favorite John Candy movie (an actor who I liked in anything he's in... even if the movie itself was lousy). I absolutely love this movie and almost nobody I know has seen or heard of it.
     
  38. TymerDC

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    Some good upcoming films on TCM you should try catching...all showtimes are Pacific Time....check your local listings:

    You Can't Take It With You - Oct 17th 5:15am
    Elmer Gantry - Oct 19th 11:45 pm
    A face in the Crowd - Oct 19th 5:00pm
    Diary of Madman - Oct 10th 10:45pm
    Birdman of Alkatraz - Oct 10th 12:30pm
     
  39. TymerDC

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    Just noticed that "Birdman of Alcatraz' will air this morning at 12:30 pacific time on TCM in case anyone was interested. Then after that the 1952 version of "Prisoner of Zenda" will air at 3:15. "Onion Head" with Andy Griffith will air Sunday at 1:00pm and right after that "The Man from Laramie" at 3:00pm. At 5:00pm that same day the animated Max Fletcher 1939 version of "Gullivers Travels will be on. Right after then you should catch "Mr Bug Goes to Town" at 6:30pm ...another 1941 Max Fletcher animated masterpiece although the title is "Hoppity Goes to Town" on my laserdiscs.
     
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    Gods of the Plague (1970)
    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    My Man Godfrey (1936)
    Blonde Venus (1932)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
     
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    Night of The Demon (1957) aka Curse of The Demon (edited version)
     

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