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Favorite Things in Classic Films

Yesterday I was in the living room playing with my daughter. I turned on the television and an episode of The Flintstones was on. Fred was in the kitchen, apron on, washing the dishes–complaining all the while. He really had no reason to complain though. Poor Wilma couldn’t assume her typical household duties because she was too busy setting up the card table for Fred’s poker game.

That image of Fred in an apron got me thinking about a rare occurrence in classic films: when a man rolls up his sleeves, puts on an apron, and helps out in the kitchen. The thought of it brought a smile to my face. I decided to take that thought to the thriving classic film community on Twitter. Under the hashtag #favoritethingsinclassicfilm, the tweets started pouring in. My goal was to bring everyone together to talk about those little things that make classic films so magnificent. Some tweets consist of generally broad ideas and themes while others  highlight specific behaviors of a particular actor/actress/character. Mainstream or obscure, the references to films in all genres are abundant. Some tweets have spawned serious conversations about racial stereotypes, misogyny, and other moral/ethical issues. Many are sentimental, emotional, yet there are plenty of hilarious ones.

@biscuitkitten- Al and Milly embracing after 4 long years #favoritethingsinclassicfilm
@biscuitkitten- Al and Milly embracing after 4 long years #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

Some of my favorites:

@mritchie56- Glittering white art deco rooms in Astaire/Rogers musicals #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@tonyalit- How Gene Kelly makes the most of his Paris apartment. Looked perfect. #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@HollywoodComet- Silk stockings being a valued gift. I’d still take some. #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@OfficalBogart- We have many #favoritethingsinclassicfilm, but we must mention #TCM and its efforts to keep #classicfilm relevant and popular. Thanks @tcm! #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@interpretivbear- How a glass of whole milk calms the stomach. #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@LouLumenick- All of Busby Berkeley’s production numbers. #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@BobbyRiversTV- Fred Astaire dancing. On the ceiling, on roller skates, on ice skates, up a nightclub staircase… #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@expano_mapcase- Discovering a new actor/actress you love then trying to see everything they’re in #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@QuelleLove- #favoritethingsinclassicfilms Actors with barrel chests, no shirt, and some water splashed on them

@trueclassics- The deadliness of an anklet and a bad wig #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@CitizenScreen- The balcony kiss/scene between Grant and Bergman in #Notorious #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@ScribeHard- Thelma Ritter appearing in (Insert Title of
ANY Movie Thelma Ritter Has Appeared In) #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@missmccrocodile- Borscht with an egg in it #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@HaroldItz- #favoritethingsinclassicfilms Owl Jolson

@clydeumney- Following the letter of the Hays Code, but not the spirit. #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@classicmovieblg- Being a blubbering mess every time I hear “stand up, your father’s passing.” #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

@cinemastyles- Walter Huston in anything, even Dragon Seed. #favoritethingsinclassicfilm

These tweets  are the tiniest sampling of all the wonderful contributions so far. I love the seemingly immediate bond between fellow classic film fans. And I love how we all come together in a very modern medium to discuss the past.

What are your favorite things in classic films? Feel free to comment below! Better yet, join in on the conversation on Twitter! You can find me @biscuitkitten. Follow the hashtag #favoritethingsinclassicfilm (with the variation: #favoritethingsinclassicfilms and for our British, Canadian, Australian friends- #favouritethingsinclassicfilm)  Also, hop over to KC’s blog Classic Movies to read her thoughts on the event!

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.

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Angela
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I don’t normally care too much about hashtags, but I love this one! It’s been so much fun reading about the things that other people love about classic films. And best of all, I’m still seeing those tweets pop up in my feed and it’s almost been 24 hours since you started it! I hope they keep on coming, thanks for starting it!

kittenbiscuits
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So glad you’re enjoying it! There have been some fantastic tweets. I hope it keeps going on too.

Raquelle
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It was a wonderful idea and I had fun playing along! Kudos to you for coming up with this.

kittenbiscuits
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Thanks, Raquelle. I’ve had a lot of fun with it. And met some new people too! That’s a fantastic bonus!

Jessica P. (Comet Over Hollywood)
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I’ve really enjoyed this; it was such a great idea-even better now that I know it occurred during the Flintstones! hehe
I’ve loved reading what everyone has to say and also trying to think why classic movies are special to me. Thank you :)

kittenbiscuits
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Jessica,

I’ve loved all of your contributions! It’s been a lot of fun. I know it will die out eventually, but I hope that it can be one of those hashtags that gets used when discussing those favorite moments!

Tonya Rice
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Jill, thanks again for creating one of the most insightful way to bring the classic film community together even more. It was so much fun! Naturally, as I type this, I keep thinking of many more classic quotes, moments, music, people, dress, decor,… and it makes me happy!

~Tonya

kittenbiscuits
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I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! So exciting to see everyone’s thoughts in 140 characters or less! ;) I adore our little community.

The Lady Eve
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Some great tweets…love “glittering white art deco rooms in Astaire/Rogers musicals” (sigh) – and “the deadliness of an anklet and a bad wig” (who knew a bad hair day – or year – could be so powerful?!?). Love ‘Thelma Ritter in anything’ (in my case, especially REAR WINDOW and A LETTER TO THREE WIVES). But my favorite is about one of my favorite and one of the most romantic/erotic scenes in any movie, ever – “The balcony kiss/scene between Grant and Bergman in NOTORIOUS.”

I don’t know if I could get my favorite things re: classic films into 140 characters, but I’m thinking about it…

Talk to me!

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