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Movies to Make You Smile

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If you’re in the mood for old movies, here are three that you’ll love (or you should).

Recommending these reminds me of my parents’ friend who took them to his favorite Tex Mex place in Dallas. “Order the chicken enchiladas. They are the best; you can’t go wrong.”

When my mom asked about alternatives in case she didn’t like the enchiladas, he said, “Oh don’t worry. If you don’t like them, I’ll eat them.”

“If you eat my chicken enchiladas, then what will I eat?” she responded. He stopped. “Oh. Well, if you don’t like the chicken enchiladas, you don’t deserve to eat.”

So, no apologies here. If you don’t like these movies, there’s something wrong with you. I don’t feel bad at all. Here they are:

It Happened One Night

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In this precursor to Roman Holiday, Clark Gable is a reporter who, in order to get the scoop, helps a young socialite (Claudette Colbert) run from her life of privilege. (They may or may not fall in love.) You get to see Clark Gable’s abs—shocking!—in a move that allegedly hurt the undershirt business for years, as well as the famous scene where Claudette Colbert stops a car by showing a little leg.

My Man Godfrey

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William Powell and Carole Lombard make an unlikely pair. She finds him, a bum on the street, in order to win a New York society scavenger hunt, and subsequently hires him as her family’s butler. (They may or may not fall in love.) The mom in this one cracks me up.

Some Like It Hot

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Jack Lemmon makes the most hilarious faces. Out of desperation, he and Tony Curtis disguise themselves as members of an all-female band, where they meet Marilyn Monroe’s character Sugar. (People may or may not fall in love, and that’s the funniest part. That, and the cross dressing.)

Bonus fact: My husband wants me to point out that the mafia execution that Joe and Jerry (Curtis and Lemmon) witness in Chicago before joining the all-girl band is the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Therefore, if you’re a little weird like us and like to coordinate the movies you watch with the season, go ahead and watch this one now, in late February.

All three movies appear on the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 comedies, With Some Like It Hot taking the top spot. (Some Like It Hot and It Happened One Night are also on the general top 100 movies list, and It Happened One Night makes the list of top romantic movies.) All three make me laugh out loud.

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2 thoughts on “Movies to Make You Smile

  1. To balance your three black & white comedies, I’ll mention three classic dramas: Casablanca, The African Queen, and North By Northwest. As a bonus for seasonal viewing I offer Holiday Inn; it has a holiday for every season and the Memphis connection – Kemmons Wilson named his hotel chain after it.

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