Wanna see some *real* movie stars?

Ah, the Golden Age of Hollywood! The studio system reigned supreme, and movie stars were worshipped as lofty beings far finer and nobler than shmucks like you and me. The big studios completely controlled the industry and its stars, coddling and protecting them, and even inventing their lives for them when reality was just a little too prosaic (or scandalous!) for good fan fodder.

Many a big name from the '30s and '40s would draw a blank look today. Sure, everyone knows Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, and Fred Astaire. But what about Irene Dunne, Constance Bennett, Claudette Colbert, William Powell, Don Ameche, and Jean Arthur? How many people have seen Billie Burke as Glinda, the Witch of the North, but have never seen her in Dinner at Eight, A Bill of Divorcement, or Topper?

You want a good laugh? Try keeping up with the hysterically fast and funny repartee of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday. Or check out Claudette Colbert's hard-boiled, wise-cracking gold diggers in Midnight or The Palm Beach Story.

Some folks may think these films are antiques. I doubt you could convince too many '90s kids to sit around for 90 minutes to watch a black & white movie in which nobody gets killed in a violent manner and nary a four-letter word is uttered. The dialogue so carefully crafted decades ago would fall on deaf ears. But for those with ears to hear and eyes to see, *this* was the REAL Hollywood.

Tricia's Top Twenty (in no particular order)
Here are 20 of the best films from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. There's something for everyone here, and most are acknowledged classics. There are even one or two obscure films that may surprise you. See what you think.

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Check back from time to time; I hope to add more photos as I get the time to scan 'em in.

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