There’s Nothing Like a Classic

There’s nothing like a classic be it a book, a movie or a record. You think of elegance and style of the past, rugged adventurers, screwball comedies or detectives of film noir along with Frankenstein and Dracula for a change of pace. Who wouldn’t want to be on the arm of Cary Grant like Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief or dancing with Fred Astaire just like Ginger Rogers in Top Hat.  

Musicals were big business from the 30s to the 60s. I can’t sing a note but that doesn’t stop me from singing along with Bing in Holiday Inn and Howard Keel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Those guys could sure sing especially Bing Cosby. Don’t forget Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin; they were great in Robin and the 7 Hoods along with many other films and records.

The velvet fog as Mel Tormé was known had a long career starting in the 30’s and over the years became known for singing jazz. Listen to several of his CDs and you will realize why he got his nickname. Check out Mel Tormé Swings Shubert Alley or The Great American Songbook.

The tough guys like Humphrey Bogart teamed with equally tough dames like Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn. Check out Key Largo and the African Queen, one of my favorite films. I just love Bogie as Charlie Allnut. The movie is based on the book by C.S. Forester. As usual the book really is better; but the movie is good too.

When I was in high school I used to watch a show called Horror Incorporated, they showed movies, mostly B I admit, late at night. I used to tie my dog to a couch leg so he couldn’t leave me while the movie was on. I had a great time watching the Wolf Man with Lon Chaney Jr. Was there ever a better monster than Boris Karloff in Frankenstein? He did a great turn as the Mummy as well. This film came out in 1932 so please don’t mistake it for the remakes. And of course Dracula, no one but Bela Lugosi could be the Count as far as I am concerned. The book Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is nothing like the movie; the monster in her story is erudite and aware of his condition. Read it and see what you think. To me they both have merit in their own way.

Remember there is always room to read, listen or watch a classic no matter what your interests there is something wonderful out there for everyone. I hope you agree that there is nothing like a classic.


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