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01/17/18 07:37 AM #920    


Michael Elliott

Greetings and a Happy New Year class of '65!

Here are my nominees for the ten best movie comedies of all time:

  • The General (Buster Keaton)
  • Safety Last (Harold Lloyd)
  • Duck Soup
  • The Pink Panther (original Peter Sellers)
  • Cat Ballou
  • Animal House
  • The Wrong Box
  • The Producers
  • Take the Money and Run
  • Caddyshack

Honorable Mention:

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • The Goodbye Girl
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Jump in with your favorites so we can expand the list.  Cheers!

01/18/18 08:40 AM #921    


Charlie Groh, there are so many.  Just looking at your list, Mike, I missed some of 'em!  Here's a few more:

Some Like it Hot

Silent Movie

Young Frankenstein

There's Something About Mary

Dumb and Dumber 

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

01/18/18 10:56 AM #922    

Bob Clark


Those are great. Here are 10 more—tough to choose only 10:

Groundhog Day

Blazing Saddles

My Man Godfrey

Bringing Up Baby

Ferris Buellers Day Off

The Producers (with Zero Mostel)

The Big Lebowski

Annie Hall

Philadelphia Story

Animal House

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

01/18/18 11:36 AM #923    


Michael Elliott

Wonderful additions Charlie and Bob.  Can't believe I forgot to include Tom Jones.  

01/18/18 02:25 PM #924    


Kathleen Daulton (Dacey)

That is a really good list.  "Ferris Beuller's Day Off " is one of my favorites.  I love the scene where the boring history teacher asks a question then follows it with, "Anyone, anyone?".  That is how I felt every September while I was teaching when my Kindergarten students sat there kind of stunned by the whole process of a new school and leaving Mom.  It was a joke in the teacher's lounge as to who was still answering their own questions.  I miss the kids but I am loving retirement!!!  "Blood Simple" was not a comedy but some of the premises made me laugh out loud.  I'll keep thinking. 



01/23/18 03:43 AM #925    


Mitch Wise

The Thin Man Series should be included.    Great work you guys.

01/23/18 07:06 PM #926    


Linda Wonn (Carpenter)

Happoy New Year everyone. What a nice way to start of 2018 with all these funny films.  Terrific list to start us off Mike and several wonderful additions along the way. I used to teach the first three on Mike's list in my film class. And yes Kathleen, , too,  miss the kids too but certainly not the hours and hours of essay grading each week.. Norm said he would throw in It's a Mad Mad Mad World and I would probably add Trading Places.And Gosh Mitch, I had totally forgotten about The Thin Man series. I think we could use more comedy in our lives and not the kind we get from our politicians. :)

Speaking of comedy, those of you in live in Southern Caliufornia might enjoy SCR's Shakespeare in Love. 

01/25/18 09:06 AM #927    


Greg Cook

We've spent the last couple of weeks thinking about the great comedy movies (Thanks Mike for getting the thread started). Here are some other things to keep you awake at night:

Things that go through your mind when you can't fall asleep. 
The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims".
Intentionally losing a game of rock, paper, scissors is just as hard as trying to win.
100 years ago, everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.
Your future self is watching you right now through memories.
The doctors that told Stephen Hawking he had two years to live in 1953 are probably dead.
If you replace "W" with "T" in "What, Where and When", you get the answer to each of them.
Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.
If you rip a hole in a net, there are actually fewer holes in it than there were before.
If 2/2/22 falls on a Tuesday, we'll just call it "2's Day".  (It does fall on a Tuesday) (Hope I'm still around for that)

01/26/18 07:40 AM #928    


Michael Elliott

I offer this with my Greg Cook hat on.



        ​A​s I get older, I realize...


    #1  -  I talk to myself, because there are times I need expert advice.


    #2  -  I consider "In Style" to be the clothes that still fit.


    #3  -  I don't need anger management.  I need people to stop ticking me off.


    #4  -  My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance for idiots that needs work.


    #5  -  The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down.  I'll remember it."


    #6  -  I have days when my life is just a tent away from a circus.


    #7  -  These days, "on time" is when I get there.


    #8  -  Even duct tape can't fix stupid - but it sure does muffle the sound.


    #9  -  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes, then come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?


    #10  -  Lately, I've noticed people my age are so much older than me.


    #11  -  "Getting lucky" means walking into  a room and remembering why I'm there.


    #12  -  When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment.  Now it feels like a mini vacation.


    #13  -  Some days I have no idea what I'm doing out of bed.


    #14  -  I thought growing old would take longer.


    #15  -  Aging sure has slowed me down, but it hasn't shut me up.


    #16  -  I still haven't learned to act my age.

01/27/18 08:42 AM #929    


Kathleen Daulton (Dacey)

Oh my Gosh!  As I get older I realize those things, too.  Good to know it isn't just me. Whew!

01/27/18 09:27 AM #930    


Greg Cook

Very insightful Mike, I'm pretty sure that the class of 1965 would agree on all of them.

Has anyone heard the results of the mascot "dust up"?

01/27/18 03:33 PM #931    


Bobbie Bechtold (Ryan)

Reading these lists reminds me how much alike we all are. Being so close in age we can relate to the same history whether it's movies or just growing up in the 60's. Even though our lives have taken many diverse paths, we all have our high school years in common, lived in similar neighborhoods, forever influenced by the Wonder of Disney, the year-around beach weather and on and on. Perhaps I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today, but I am also very grateful to have met or reconnected with so many wonderful classmates, many of whom I barely knew at Savanna and others who I have known since elementary school. What fun to keep in touch via our Savanna Class of 1965 website!

01/28/18 08:03 AM #932    


Mitch Wise

Bobbie,  I feel you have pretty well expressed how we all feel.  It was a special time, and we all survived our adult growing years.  I too am really grateful to have been able to reconnect with old friens and "meet" some of you I did not get to know that well in those three years.

01/28/18 10:27 AM #933    


Linda Marks (Bird)

I've really enjoyed all of the movie lists and especially your list on aging, Mike! Happy New Year a little late to all of you my friends! I'm finally almost 100%, and it's taken a month...older age doesn't help.

01/28/18 04:51 PM #934    


Jerry Labuda

Great posts everyone, this site is the best way to keep in contact. By the way any one interested, some of us are getting together for our monthly breakfast on Tuesday, January 30th at 9:30 AM at Keno's restaurant at 2661 W. LaPalma near Magnolia. Come on down for a good breakfast and conversation.

02/12/18 08:46 AM #935    


Greg Cook

With all the cryptocurrency and bitcoin chatter, here is some monetary trivia for you. Do Las Vegas churches accept gambling chips?
This may come as a surprise to those of you not living in Las Vegas, but there are more churches there than casinos.
Not surprisingly, some worshipers at Sunday Service will give casino chips rather than cash when the basket is passed.
Since the chips come from many different casinos, the churches have devised a method to collect the offerings.
The churches send all their collected chips to a nearby Franciscan monastery for sorting and then the chips are taken to the casinos of origin and cashed in.
This is done by the chip monks.

02/12/18 10:49 AM #936    


Mitch Wise

Best yet 

02/13/18 08:24 AM #937    


Richard Maurer

Yes, very fine monetary trivia.  good work.

02/14/18 11:36 AM #938    


Linda Wonn (Carpenter)

Chip Monks! I love it! And you are correct indded that people do put casino chips into the collection baskets in Vegas on Sundays..

02/16/18 02:51 PM #939    


Michael Elliott

Hey folks, 

Didn't want you to think I had run out of ideas for my "best of" lists.

Here's my shot at the best TV theme music, much of it from "our era".

Ten Best

  • Bonanza
  • Peter Gunn
  • Dr. Kildare
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Maverick
  • Perry Mason
  • I Love Lucy
  • Dallas
  • The Love Boat
  • Twilight Zone

Honorable Mention

  • Star Trek
  • Disneyland (When You Wish Upon a Star)
  • Route 66
  • Paladin, Have Gun Will Travel
  • 77 Sunset Strip

Feel free to weigh in!

02/16/18 06:35 PM #940    


Richard Maurer


Another "best of" list that should generate some discussion.  Your top TV themes are certainly all very memorable, either because the songs were so memorable or because we watched the shows so often.  There was the possibility that they could become ear worms that would take over your brain.

I would have selected many of the themes on your list.  A few comments about a couple of them.  The theme from "Peter Gunn" is probably my favorite on the list.  Written by Henry Mancini, it is very simple, but has this great drive.  The "Hawaii 5-O" theme is quite different, but I like it for the big, no I mean HUGE, bombastic, throw-the-orchestra-at-it sound.  Great fun.  Bonanza is another big sound theme.

I only have one addition.  I think that the theme from  "Mission Impossible" is quite memorable and fits somewhere in this group.


02/17/18 06:57 AM #941    


Michael Elliott

Richard, your observations are spot on, as always.  Thanks!

02/17/18 08:14 AM #942    


Charlie Groh

...thanks for helping my poor brain to get up and walking this AM, Mike!  Just off the top:


The Johnny Carson Show theme

The Honeymooners

Wagon Train


Victory at Sea (!)

Get Smart

and, of course... BATMAN!

02/17/18 10:00 AM #943    


Michael Elliott

More good stuff, Charlie.  Victory at Sea is great "out of the box" or "just out of bed" thinking.  

02/17/18 12:54 PM #944    


Linda Wonn (Carpenter)

Oh yes, all of these are memorable. What about Bonanza?

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