Old Movies, Starring Who?

Have you ever talked about old movies, and someone younger doesn't know the famous (albeit) older actor?

My son-in-law, a nice guy in his 30's, has a poster of James Dean on his wall. My daughter loves Audrey Hepburn.  One day, I was gushing about Clark Gable in "It Happened One Night", and he said, "Who?"

What? When he said he hadn't seen "Gone With the Wind", I almost fell over.  When I think of the King of Hollywood's gorgeous face, I still get light-headed. If only we'd met. (mournfully)

So, has anyone else been exposed to this phenomena?

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  1. jessamyne

    Happens to me all the time, Ms. K. Gives me a good laugh. Especially when it is someone we think EVERYONE has to know.

    When I tell them about their art, music, writing, philosophy, films, I take it as a compliment when they search it out to see what they are missing.

    My small contribution to keeping some of the greats alive…

    1. starlette

      Hi Mrs K…….just last week yet another of my illusions was shattered when I read that Burt Lancaster had a liking for men…. I loved him in his films…alas I can never look at one in the same way again……..I read many years ago that Clark Gable suffered from bad breath, the beans were spilled by some of his leading ladies…ugh……..and Rock Hudson batted for the other side, poor Doris Day……and poor me …….what old romantic movies will there be left for me to watch now………..will Pinocchio be ousted as a nosy little fibber……was Micky Mouse cheating on Mini………..

  2. roseinbloom

    Rockflower, Oh there is a generation gap and it is a pity. My son and I both like The Beetles and Elton John. I myself, loved the movies and music of the 30’s and 40’s, but I watched them too often and now they seem dated and not current enough.
    It is nice when families can talk and they need to find more ways to do that.

  3. TheWalker

    Ms K,

    This is something I get at work all the time. As a 56 year old working with others between 25 and 40 I find I have to educate the youth on films of my era lol. I tend to give some advice on films to watch while listening to what has been watched by them and what they like,

    Of course my perspective is a male one so the films I pick are mainly “man” films. Finding people who havent watched The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption, One flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and the like always surprises me.

    More surprising is when one of my favourite actors or actresses gets the “who?” response. So far this has happened when I have mentioned Gene Hackman, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, and maybe less surprising Catherine Deneuve.

    This subject has a flip side of course and I have watched a number of films recommended by my younger colleagues with varying levels of success but always interesting.

    Thank you MsK for this blog. It was fun answering

  4. Ms. K. Post author

    The Shawshank Redemption, while a difficult movie to watch, is moving. I class it with “Requiem for a Heavyweight”. Have you seen “the Great Escape?” A tongue-in-cheek animated movie, “Chicken Run” steals heavily from it, and is hysterically funny. I like the Wallace and Grombit movies, too.

    My daughters recently reeled in shock when I told them I was bored by the sitcom “The Office.” lol

    1. TheWalker


      Sorry I am probably with your daughters on this one. I like The Office although admittedly it is an acquired taste. There is of course two versions of it too. The original was British and starred Ricky Gervaise, I prefer the American one it isn’t quite as toe curling.

      You will have to try to see another of our quirky comedy series called Car Share starring Peter Kay. I think its the best British Comedy for ages, I would be interested to see if it translates for the American audience.


      1. Ms. K. Post author

        Thank you for your suggestion, Walker. I’ll have to YouTube Car Share. Well, I’m glad that someone else likes the Office. I loved Trading Spaces and What Not To Wear, both British exports …(imports?) lol

        I do like Married At first Sight. Does that redeem me? 🙂