If you could only keep 5 discs from your DVD collection, which films couldn’t you live without?! And why?
i looked through my collection and picked 5 which I’ve enjoyed many times – all are escapist, and all lift my spirits when I watch them.
Of course there are many more, but the following are five I never tire of.
If anyone else wants to take part, please do.
There had to be at least one Randolph Scott and Seven Men From Now is my most recent discovery of Scott films. In this one he is up against one of the screen’s best villains, Lee Marvin and he has the lovely Gail Russell as his co-star.
I like so many Scott westerns and my choice came down to two – Hangman’s Knot being the other one. But I settled on Seven Men From Now because it has two of my favorite scenes in any film – the scene in the wagon where Marvin taunts Scott about his attraction to Gail Russell whose husband is there too.
And the final shoot out between Scott and Marvin. The look of surprise on Marvin’s face is something to behold.
I love the camaraderie of the characters in The Thing (a Howard Hawks trademark). A rare starring role for Kenneth Tobey who leads the team threatened by the being from another world.
Above picture shows Tobey about to push the lever and electrocute The Thing (played by James Arness).
Armored Car Robbery is a compact story of a robbery masterminded by William Talman,and the pursuit of Talman by detective Charles McGraw. A perfect ‘B’.
Rio Bravo is a western that takes its time. A great set of characters led by John Wayne, Dean Martin and Walter Brennan. Another Hawks example of a group of likeable people whom you care about. You enjoy their company.
Kiss Me Deadly may be one of the last great Noirs and Ralph Meeker is perfect casting as private eye,Mike Hammer. The above picture is from the very start of the film when Cloris Leachman flags down Hammer’s car and his first comment is, “You almost wrecked my car. Well? Get in.”