|Fred + Ginger = Perfection. That's quite the equation, isn't it?|
Let me tell you, briefly, what happened to me yesterday at the doctor's office: I popped in quickly for a prescription renewal but had to wait in the waiting room for about 15 minutes or so because my doctor was busy with appointments. I sat down next to a woman who, I later discovered, was as sick as a dog! She was hacking away, sneezing, blowing her nose, and just basically spreading her germs around willy nilly. Not her fault, I know, but I tried really hard to keep my hands in my lap and NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. Well, despite my best efforts to avoid any contact with her (or her germs) I woke up this morning feeling a little ... funny?
This brought about the idea for a new blog post: what movies do I enjoy watching when I'm ill? What movies make me feel better instantly and which ones do I rely upon to comfort me and make me feel all warm and fuzzy? In no particular order, here they are:
- Ball Of Fire (1941) starring Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck - Because really, who can resist a romcom starring these two? Plus, you get all those wonderful supporting character actors too! Bonus! This is the type of movie that puts a smile on my face immediately.
- My Man Godfrey (1936) starring William Powell & Carole Lombard - My Mom bought me this movie on VHS a very long time ago and I didn't think I would like it at all since I had never seen a William Powell film before. How wrong I was. History was made, ladies and gentlemen, when I sat down to watch this zany screwball farce for the first time. I loved it immediately and consider it one of my absolute favourite films of all time.
- Father Of the Bride (1950) starring Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor - I blame Spencer Tracy for this. He's so lovable and cute in this film, I just couldn't leave it off this list. A film that's equally as endearing? The Father Of the Bride remake starring Steve Martin that was released in 1991.
- On Moonlight Bay (1951) starring Gordon MacRae & Doris Day - Granted, I haven't seen this movie in a long time, but I think this may be the next one I pop into my DVD player. I miss it. I remember it making me feel so lovely and warm; just like a homemade apple pie.
- The Princess Comes Across (1936) starring Fred MacMurray & Carole Lombard - Whether I'm feeling like pooh or just in the mood for a brilliant murder mystery, I pop this one in and sit enraptured for two whole hours. Seriously, nothing can pull me away from the screen when this one's on. Plus, there's Lombard's fake Swedish accent to take the edge off!
- The Thin Man (1934) starring William Powell & Myrna Loy - Okay, let's cut right to the chase: this movie is awesome and would make anyone feel better! I mean, how could you not feel warm and cuddly whilst watching the antics of the Charles' and their super-intuitive pup Asta?! This one's a classic that I could watch over and over again without ever tiring of it. I also really like to watch it every New Year's Eve when I'm cuddled up in bed, just me and my trusty Paddington Bear.
- Swing Time (1936) starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers - And lastly, we have the mothership ladies and gents. Yes, the ever entertaining Swing Time (what many consider to be Astaire and Rogers' best film). This movie is glorious and one of my favourite 'cuddly' scenes involves the two of them, plus a quaint log cabin, plus inches of fluffy white snow on the ground. Sigh! If that isn't perfection, I don't know what is!
All right, now that I've told you what my favourite cuddly classics are, why don't you tell me yours! Leave me a comment in the section down below. And ... GO!