For movie lovers, here are some classic movies that helped pave the way for modern cinema.
This historical drama stars some of the most highly regarded actors in motion picture history; Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. You all have seen movies with Claude Rains but just never knew it. He played Captain Louis Renault in the all time classic, Casablanca. Additionally, he played the corrupt Senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. His counterpart in the movie, Vivien Leigh, starred as Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 classic, Gone With the Wind.
With these two actors attached to the movie you can bet the acting is nothing short of spectacular.
Frederic March stars in this classic Hollywood tale that has spurred several remakes including one in 1954 starring Judy Garland (Wizard of Oz).
A Star is Born is about just another kid from the mid-west with grand aspirations of making it to Hollywood. While waitressing at a Hollywood party Esther Blodgett locks eyes with Norman Maine, an alcoholic star spiraling out of control. With the help of Norman convincing a producer to make her the lead actress, Esther lands her first gig, thus a star is born. Winning an Oscar in 1938 for Best Writing, Original Story, A Star is Born is a classic film about the highs and lows of Hollywood.
While Frank Sinatra was dropping classic songs for all our ears to hear, he also had a very successful acting career. He starred in some critically acclaimed films such as, The Manchurian Candidate (1962), From Here to Eternity (1953), and Ocean’s Eleven (1960). Along with those critically acclaimed movies he starred in the brilliant film noir, Suddenly.
Frank Sinatra plays John Baron a hired assassin who takes over the Benson home in the attempt to ambush the President of the United States. Suddenly, is full of intensity and shows audiences yet again that Frank Sinatra is more than a man with a microphone.
Make sure to get your popcorn ready for these brilliant performances. By watching these three movies you will be able to see some of the most iconic actors of all time show off their craft. These performances will show you how actors commanded a screen before CIG and advanced technology were readily available.