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Every so often there is a post on MFC that will bring back a memory for me from way, waaaaaay back in my childhood. This time it was OldKingClancy's Hero Contest. Here are a couple of pieces of nostalgia that came bubbling to the surface...keep in mind that my childhood was a lot further back than many of you :-)
1. Tarzan - For me, Tarzan will always be Johnny Weissmuller. I loved watching those films on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
2. The Ten Commandments - An Easter-time staple. I still love it to this day. Chuck Heston being Chuck Heston, a miscast Edward G Robinson and Yul Brynner being maybe the coolest cat of all time.
3. The Wizard of Oz - I am guilty of not having shown this movie to my sons. An absolute gap in their upbringing. It does not have the same watchability for me as The Ten Commandments but still remains a fond memory.
4. Batman (1966) - I have posted this often. I would scour the weekly TV Guide to see if it was showing (usually one of the US Buffalo stations) and if I could not watch it, I would cry. We had a black & white TV for years so I could never have told you what colour any of the costumes were back then. Also, in a world where we have video on demand and internet streaming, we had an antennae rotor that we would rotate to try to get a better signal.
5. Matt Helm -Speaking of cool, Dean Martin as a womanizing super spy with a bed that dumps him (and the woman of the moment) in his indoor pool...a clear role model for any developing mind.
6. James Bond - On the serious side, I could never get sick of Bond. I would watch the Sean Connery incarnations at every opportunity and as cheesy as we think they are now, I always got excited to see the Roger Moore films on the big screen.
7. The Beatles - Help and Yellow Submarine. I am so glad I was able to get these right with the raising of my sons.
8. That's Entertainment (1&2) - I am not sure how many of you have ever heard of these. They were essentially a montage of the golden age of musicals in Hollywood. If you ever wanted a crash course in the world of Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Fred & Ginger, etc...these are worth a watch.
9. The Three Musketeers - My first exposure to an epic on the big screen. I was 5 in 1973. Looking back, what a cast: Richard Chamberland, Michael York, Raquel Welch, Charlton Heston, Faye Dunnaway, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee...incredible. This may have set the tone for my love of movies.
10. Musicals - In particular, West Side Story and The Sound of Music. Annual viewings on TV the former still being one of my all time favourites.