B & W Classic Dramasby Hopeful-Cat | created - 28 Jul 2016 | updated - 10 Sep 2016 | Public
Decided to start watching black and white classics overnight.
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1. The Uninvited (1944)
Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.
2. Rebecca (1940)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.
Votes: 112,940 | Gross: $4.36M
4. Strangers on a Train (1951)
PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.
Votes: 116,057 | Gross: $7.63M
5. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Not Rated | 96 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
The Cheney Vase
TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
When Lyle Endicott is fired from his job at an art museum, he comes up with a plan to take advantage of a trusting invalid whom he befriended at the museum.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A magician takes a simple-minded runaway under his wing. But the magician's wife has a sinister idea for the easily manipulated young man.
8. East of Shanghai (1931)
Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.
Sound quality poor so did not finish watching.
9. The 39 Steps (1935)
Not Rated | 86 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
10. Secret Agent (1936)
Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller
After three British Agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.
11. Blackmail (1929)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
After killing a man in self-defense, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.
Not the greatest quality; pretty squeaky.
14. Juno and the Paycock (1930)
Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama
During the Irish Civil War in 1922, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life, forgetting what the most important values are.
Hard to understand due to strong accent so did not finish watching.
15. Sabotage (1936)
Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Thriller
A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.
18. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.
19. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.
20. The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
Approved | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A homely maid and a scarred ex-GI meet at the cottage where she works and where he was to spend his honeymoon prior to his accident. The two develop a bond and agree to marry, more out of ... See full summary »
21. Random Harvest (1942)
Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance
An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life.
Votes: 6,453 | Gross: $10.14M
22. That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.
25. Baby Face (1933)
Approved | 71 min | Drama, Romance
A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top.
27. East Side, West Side (1949)
Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance
A vain businessman puts strains on his happy marriage to a rich, beautiful socialite by allowing himself be be seduced by a former girlfriend.
28. My Reputation (1946)
Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance
A recent widow meets an army major while skiing and despite pressures from friends and family becomes romantically involved with him.
29. Gaslight (1944)
Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.
30. The Letter (1940)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.
32. Dead End (1937)
Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum.
33. The Westerner (1940)
Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western
Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.
35. Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
36. Mildred Pierce (1945)
Passed | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.
37. Imitation of Life (1934)
Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance
A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.
39. The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted.
Votes: 2,117 | Gross: $1.54M
40. Possessed (1947)
Approved | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.
Votes: 4,213 | Gross: $1.99M
41. Double Indemnity (1944)
Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.
Votes: 131,401 | Gross: $5.72M
42. The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance, War
London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at a hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of wounded soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles ... See full summary »
45. A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance
A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands...but she does not say which one.
46. Man of the World (1931)
74 min | Drama, Romance
A young American girl visits Paris accompanied by her fiancee and her wealthy uncle. There she meets and is romanced by a worldly novelist; what she doesn't know is that he is a blackmailer who is using her to get to her uncle.
47. Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, History
Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent stars shown making the transition to sound.