Black and White Classic Movies

The Black & White Classics

We have assumed that you have already enjoyed the great color classics, such as THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, THE WIZARD OF OZ, GONE WITH THE WIND, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, and BEN-HUR.

Our staff has hand picked classic B&W films from the 1930s, the 1940s, and the 1950s. All of these have survived the test of time and will be enjoyed by almost everyone.

Here they are in albetical order...

AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936 - Mystery Comedy)

The original husband-wife detective team with their pet dog Asta solve another mystery. William Powell and Myrna Loy have great chemistry and are supported by many great character actors and a young Jimmy Stewart. The dialog and drinks are fast-paced.

THE BIG SLEEP (1946 - Crime Drama)

One of the great Philip Marlowe detective stories by author Raymond Chandler. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are perfect. A fine example of film noir.

CASABLANCA (1942 - Romantic Drama)

The great tale of romance and World War II. Great performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and others.

CITIZEN KANE (1941 - Drama)

A reporter seeks to learn about the life and death of a newspaper tycoon (ala William Randoph Hearst). Directed by Orson Wells. Great camera work, editing, music, and everything. The cast includes Orson Wells, Joseph Cotten, Evertt Sloane, Agnes Moorehead, and the rest of the Mercury Company Cast.

DUCK SOUP (1933 - Comedy)

The Marx Brothers in their best film, an antiestablishment comedy spoof with Margaret Dumont and other great character actors.

HIGH NOON (1952 - Western)

Gary Cooper won his second Oscar as the sheriff who must face a gang of murders on his wedding day at High Noon. The memorable cast includes Lloyd Bridges, Thomas Mitchell and Grace Kelly as the bride.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934 - Romantic Comedy)

Director Frank Capra guided both Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert to their Oscar awards. The story is a classic boy meets girl story which also one the Best Picture award

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946 - Drama)

Director Frank Capra's heartwarming classic with James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell. This Has become a family classic.

MY MAN GODFREY (1936 - Romantic Screwball Comedy)

Carole Lombard is the most eccentric member of an eccentric rich family and she falls for the "Lost Man" played by William Powell. Considered one of the best of the "Screwball Comedies" from the 1930s.


A fast paced comedy with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and Ruth Hussey lead an excellent cast directed by George Cukor.

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959 - Comedy)

To avoid the mafia, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis pose as members of an all-girl band where they meet Marilyn Monroe. Joe E. Brown is memorable as a rich playboy. Directed by Billy Wilder.

More great B&W films include... ALL ABOUT EVE (1950 - Drama), KING KONG (1933 - Drama), THE MALTESE FALCON (1941 - Crime Drama), SERGEANT YORK (1941 - War Drama), WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957 - Murder Mystery).

Our staff hopes that you have already seen newer Black & White classics for the 1960s, such as PSYCHO (1960), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962), THE LONGEST DAY (1962), A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964), and DR. STRANGELOVE (1964).

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