Anonymous: hi! I LOVE your blog! I'm already into bollywood and I've always kind of been interested in old hollywood. I want to get into it because I love cinema but I have no idea where to start? any suggestions?


Thank you so much! :)

Okay, let´s see… I made a list on here a while ago when someone else asked a similar question. I just updated it and you can check it out here
And I made a list on letterboxd a while ago, which might be useful as well.

If you haven´t seen a lot of OH movies, I´d suggest you start with the basics, like

  • The Wizard of OZ
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (not sure if it´s a “basic” but “Harvey” is such a sweet movie)
  • Casablanca
  • All About Eve
  • Now, Voyager
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • The African Queen
  • It Happened One Night (I cannot wait for the Blu Ray release of that)
  • The Women
  • The Lady Eve
  • The Awful Truth
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Singin’ In The Rain
  • Top Hat, Swing Time etc.
  • Gilda
  • It´s a Wonderful Life (that´s a Christmas movie though)
  • Notorious
  • North by Northwest
  • Vertigo
  • The Philadelphia Story (with my url namesake)
  • Psycho
  • Some Like It Hot
  • A Star is Born (Judy Garland´s version)
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • Who´s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • The Sting
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • How To Marry a Millionaire
  • To Have and Have Not
  • Holiday
  • Woman of the Year
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Sunset Blvd.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • The Sound of Music
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Thin Man

and there are some actors/ directors who should have checked out like: Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor or Barbara Stanwyck (among many others, but I am running out of time)

I would also suggest that once you find an actor/ actress you find interesting, that you just check out their filmography. That´s what I am doing with Olivia de Havilland right now. I try to get my hand on all the Livvie movies.

I hope that helped a bit. And if you have any questions, just send me a message, you can also do it unanon so that I can send you the answer privately if that´s more convenient for you. :)

Enjoy! :)

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Bette Davis on the set of The Man Who Came to Dinner, 1942

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