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One thing I love about silent movies is you watch these giant scenes and there was no FX then, they literally had to build these ancient cities and use hundreds of extras. That was when Hollywood was at its zenith and the studios were making magic.

Correct, sir. I just watched Scaramouche starring Ramon Navarro and Alice Terry. With the print I got looking immaculate, which is rare for silent films, the film seemed so regal during the aristocrat scenes. And it was exceptional with the very, very soapy scene near the end!

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I prefer films from the late 1930s through the 1940s. I know it was the studio era and actors were treated like cattle and whatever, but those movies had story, tension, romance, drama and laughs. The movies nowadays are mostly trash.

I especially love "Women's Pictures" from this time (something that sadly went out of vogue a long, long time ago). Nearly anything with Bette Davis (The Old Maid, Dark Victory, In this Our Life, Little Foxes, NOW, VOYAGER (perhaps my favorite film), Beyond the Forest, A Double Life, and The Man Who Came to Dinner - are all fabulous highlights). Joan Fontaine (A Letter from an Unknown Woman - one of the most heartbreaking films ever) and her sister Olivia de Havilland are two more favorites of mine. One can't go wrong with Joan Crawford either (Mildred Pierce is must see melodrama and Humoresque is glorious too!)

I never really like Katherine Hepburn, however.

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A classic movie based on a classic play. This is a scene from "Pygmalion" based on the G.B. Shaw play with the same name. Wendy Hiller, playing Eliza Doolittle, here becomes the first actress in British film to utter the word "bloody".

Co-starring as Professor Henry Higgins was Leslie Howard.

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This is the best movie Abbott and Costello ever made, and a real treat. Bela Lugosi only played Dracula twice even though to this day when we think of Dracula's accent we really are hearing Lugosi. The final section when all the monsters come out is one of my favorite sequences ever because it would be so beyond insane if this was happening in real life.

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