Old Movies Your Kids Will Love

Tomorrow is “shred day” at our bank.  We can take however much paper that we want to be shredded, for free.  I am pretty diligent (some might say paranoid) regarding paper with personal information not going into the regular trash without shredding it first.  But, it’s time-consuming, so I jump on shred day when it comes along and sift through our files beforehand so I have a big pile to take.

While going through some drawers, I ran across a list of movies from my grandfather.  He loved movies.  It’s one of the things I remember most about him.  Somewhere is nearly an entire dishware set that he collected, on Dish Night, piece by piece, whenever he would go to the movie theater as a kid in the 1930s.

When we would visit, he was usually in the living room watching movies.  He would sit for much of the day in his red recliner and would record movies on the VCR, editing out the commercials.  I would often sit with him and this was my introduction to the magic and glamor of movies, musicals, and old Hollywood.

One Christmas my grandfather gave me a box of 144 recorded movies on VHS, each numbered, with an attached list in alphabetical order.  I loved it.  This love of movies was a bond that we shared and this felt like such a special gift.

The VHS tapes are long gone, but I am going to keep the list so I can use it as a reference for my own kids.  I love introducing them to old films.  They have enjoyed every one that I have convinced them to watch with me.  Old often equals boring to kids, but once they give them a try, they are hooked!

Here is a list of ten of our favorites so far, in no particular order.  And we only watch the originals, no remakes!

  1. The Parent Trap (1961)
  2. Pollyanna  (1960)
  3. Father Goose (1964)
  4. Summer Magic (1963)
  5. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
  6. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  7. Cheaper By the Dozen (1950)
  8. Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
  9. Houseboat (1958)
  10. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Want more?  Here is a great list!  Meanwhile, tonight we are watching Breakin’ because Boo is obsessed (like practicing-for-hours-every-afternoon-can-barely-get-him-to-go-to-bed obsessed) with breakdancing.  Bonus for me since I loved this movie as a kid.  Totally aging myself, but I was in the front row of the theater when it came out.  1984 ya’ll!  Woot!

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