Aurora from Once Upon a Screen had this tremendous idea for a movie challenge: Based on the song “12 Days of Christmas” the participants will make a list of films they think people who don’t watch classic films might like. This is our blogging Christmas gift! 😉

Join us if you have a blog! Of course, share as much as you can! Use the hashtag #PayClassicsForward

Here we go!

ONE directional debut

12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)


TWO Duos

Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne (Charters and Caldicott)

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant

THREE Foreign Films

La Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)

Jules & Jim (François Truffaut, 1962)

Plein Soleil (René Clément, 1960)

FOUR Soundtracks

All That Jazz (music by Ralph Burns)

Taxi Driver (music by Bernard Hermann)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Music by Henry Mancini)

Charade (Music by Henry Mancini

FIVE Westerns

High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)

How the West Was Won (Henry Hathaway, John Ford and George Marshall, 1962)

SIX Dance Routines

“The Aloof” in Sweet Charity (Choreographed by Bob Fosse)

“Dames” in Dames (Choreographed by Busby Berkeley)

Eleanor Powell and her Dog in Lady Be Good

“Bohemian Dance” in Funny Face (Choreographed by Eugene Loring)

“Dance at the Gym” in West Side Story (Choreographed by Jerome Robbins)

“Prologue” in Guys and Dolls (Choreographed by Michael Kidd)

SEVEN Comedies

Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)

To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubistch, 1942)

The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)

How to Steal a Million (William Wyler, 1966)

Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon, 1959)


White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949)

Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)

Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)

14 Hours (Henry Hathaway, 1951)

Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)

The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)

Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1950)

The Dark Mirror (Robert Siodmak, 1946)

NINE Inspiring Movies

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (Mark Robson, 1958)

The Miracle Worker (Arthur Penn, 1962)

The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939)

Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950)

Gentleman’s Agreement (Elia Kazan, 1947)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (Stanley Kramer, 1967)

The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940)

TEN Performances

Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress (William Wyler, 1949)

Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)

Joan Fontaine in Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)

Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)

Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind (Victor Flemming, 1939)

James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story (George Cuckor, 1940)

Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953)

William Holden in Golden Boy (Rouben Mamoulian, 1939)

Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (George Cuckor, 1944)

Burt Lancaster in The Rainmaker (Joseph Anthony, 1956)

ELEVEN Movies For Children (non-animated)

National Velvet (Clarence Brown, 1944)

Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964)

The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965)

Father Is a Bachelor (Abby Berlin and Norman Foster, 1950)

One Week (Buster Keaton, 1920)

La Guerre des Tuques (André Melançon, 1984)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz, 1938)

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World! (Stanley Kramer, 1963)

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati, 1952)

Calamity Jane (David Butler, 1953)

Little Women (George Cuckor, 1933)


Olivia de Havilland as Linnett Moore in The Proud Rebel (Michael Curtiz, 1958)

Ingrid Bergman as Dr. Constance Petersen in Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945)

Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)

Katharine Hepburn as Rose Sayer in The African Queen (John Huston, 1951)

Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Frederick Treves in The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980

Margaret Lockwood as Iris Hendersen in The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)

Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No (Terence Young, 1962)

James Stewart as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)

Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967)

Kirk Douglas as Spartacus in Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick, 1960)

Katharine Hepburn as Tess Harding in Woman of the Year (George Stevens, 1942)

Patricia Roc as Angela Labardi in Madonna of the Seven Moons (Arthur Crabtree, 1944)

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