My 2017 List of Classic Fall Movies
Welcome to my second list of Classic Fall Movies!
Last year I shared this post listing my favorite movies to watch in the fall. Today I am going to add to it!
Why a Movie List for Fall
I am an organizer. I categorize everything and make lists of those categories. I also love planning, theming, and creating new traditions. Nary a holiday goes by, however small, that I don’t try to make something of it. It’s kind of a product of the statement, “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” I’m not a perfectionist, no, but I do tend to be a bit predictable.
For years we’ve had a growing list of Christmas movies. We start sometime after Thanksgiving and watch non-stop Christmas movies, saving the best for last, naturally. Only, as the years have gone by, and I have taken it on myself to add to that list, it has grown exponentially and we have come to the conclusion that we must start before Thanksgiving to fit them all in.
Do we have to fit them all in? Heck, no. But we want to. And that’s kind of what I mean by predictable. I do this every year and I don’t want to do anything else. Tradition is tradition. So far I haven’t encountered the problem of being too committed to tradition that I won’t allow change. It’s a common difficulty with my personality, I’ve heard.
But anyhow, I have created a list of movies for fall and started the tradition of watching Fall Movies. Yep, my family, like it or not, has me to thank for that.
SO! Today, I am going to share with you the updated Classic Fall Movies list! Let’s take a look!
2017 Classic Fall Movie List
We have never celebrated Halloween itself because we don’t believe in “celebrating evil”. However, we have created our own traditions at this time of year that partakes of some of the mystery of the season. Namely, watching spooky to mock-spooky movies, avoiding the doorbell (that was funner when we were kids), special snack foods and mild costuming.
These are our Halloween replacement movies:
1. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad — I personally don’t care for the story of Mr. Toad so we usually just watch Ichabod. However, my siblings love his irresponsible camaraderie and try to insist we watch it nonetheless.
2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown — Everyone will admit, you can’t let October 31 go by without watching this one. It’s a definite must.
3. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) — This is what I mean by mock-spooky. Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, finding out the insanity in his family is, in my opinion, Grant’s best role. I love watching this movie! Click the title link to read my full review.
4. Murder, He Says (1945) — Fred MacMurray gets into a mess of trouble when he starts innocently looking for his missing partner in the wrong places. He gets mixed up with a hick family, stolen money, and a mysterious rhyme. A must see, guys!
5. The Woman in White (1948) — This is a period suspense, based on the book by Wilkie Collins. When a painter is hired to tutor the Lord of the house’s ward, Laura Fairlie, he runs into a sinister plot but is turned out before he can proof his suspicions to Laura and her cousin, Marion. This one will make your blood boil at times! Read my full review by clicking on the title link!
6. The Cat and the Canary (1939) — This, believe it or not, is a Bob Hope film. You may not know it here, but I am not a big Bob Hope fan. Oh, I grew up watching the Roads, but for comedy, give me Danny Kaye! However, in light of that, this is one I really like. Hope is full of all his old quips and sarcasm but he plays a more likable character in this mystery/suspense. Paulette Goddard also plays in this as the damsel in distress, and I readily admit, the two make a good team.
7. The Ghost Breakers (1940) — Also a Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, this film is said to be the sequel to The Cat and the Canary but there really is no connection in story. Once again, Goddard plays the damsel in distress inheriting the mystery, and the danger, while Hope goes along supposedly for protection. I love that Goddard is able to hold her own better than most Hollywood girls, without being cruel or unattractive. Featuring vintage zombies, I definitely recommend this one!
8. The Spiral Staircase (1946) — Another period suspense, Dorothy McGuire plays a mute girl working in a family manor. When certain women with defects are murdered, a kindly doctor begins to suspect that she may be in danger. However, the matron of the house knows more than she lets on and urges her to leave before it’s too late. The suspense rises in this classic with Ethel Barrymore, George Brent, and a young Rhonda Fleming. A good thriller for a night in!
9. A Night to Remember (1942) — And lastly, this one is a comedy/suspense with Loretta Young and Brian Aherne as the unsuspecting couple moving into a new apartment full of surprises. With murder and people creeping into their basement apartment at all hours of the day and night, the two are the brunt of many a joke, delivering the majority themselves. They call this one a screwball comedy, and indeed it is!
How about those to get the spooky feel on?
And here are the non-spooky fall movies:
Before you analyze the logic of some of these, considering that at least three of them go through many holidays, let me clarify that we already have enough Christmas movies, and I like a good homey feel to a movie especially around fall. Take it or leave it, that’s my excuse.
10. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) — The Smith family is excited to hear that the Lousiana Purchase Exposition is going to be held in their hometown next year, and the movie carries you through the period in between focusing on relationships, a few family difficulties, and many holidays. I love it because it is based in a period not many people make movies of, the turn of the century, as well as the quaintness of the story in general. Read my full review by clicking the title link!
11. On Moonlight Bay (1951) — Doris Day turns from tomboy to woman when she meets the boy next door in this early 1900’s comedy/musical. Technically, this movie sticks around Christmas more, but it comes before By the Light of the Silver Moon and I just hate to watch movies out of line.
12. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) — Doris Day and Gordon MacRae return in this one for more of the same comedy and mock-drama, as Bill comes back from the war and everyone expects the two to marry right away. And yet, they have counted on some new ideas Bill has.
13. Enchanted Cottage (1945) — Dorothy McGuire plays an unattractive woman who falls in love with a mamed soldier and discovers the magic of the cottage. This is a sweet romance that really has nothing to do with the fall season, except for the mysterious air and country feeling of the scenario.
14. You’ve Got Mail (1998) — This is the first “modern” movie I have mentioned so far, but I had to add it. It’s a cute story with a lovely bookshop. Yes, that would be me, trying to hold on to a little family bookshop with all my strength.
So what do you think of my lists? What movies do you watch around this time of year? Have you watched any of these? Let’s start a conversation in the comments below!