The Best Old Movies to Watch in Bed
October 8, 2015
The best part about sleeping is dreaming, and there’s no better way to fall asleep than by drifting off to your favorite movie in the background. There’s something particularly special about retro films, those Old Hollywood classics everyone knows and loves. You can watch them over and over, but the best way to watch them is when you’re snug and toasty, under the covers and ready for bed, so that you can sail effortlessly away into a black and white dream world. Here are Maple Harbour’s top 5 best old movies to watch in bed:
1. Casablanca (1942)
The ultimate classic, and a staple in any film buff’s repertoire. The movie, set in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as they navigate their way through love and life during World War II. Bogart must ultimately choose between love and duty in this bittersweet tale of friendship, war, and sacrifice. Featuring the famous song “As Time Goes By,” this is a movie that will lull you into a sleepy coma, but be sure to stay up for the final goodbye scene – it’s one of the most iconic goodbyes in movie history.
2. It Happened One Night (1934)
Tall, dark, handsome Clark Gable and dainty, sharp-tongued Claudette Colbert, two of 1930 Hollywood’s brightest stars, will have you giggling from beneath your duvet in this fun ride of a flick. Opposites attract in this roaring adventure, often dubbed the original rom-com. Colbert stars as a spoiled heiress who runs away from her overbearing father, and Gable as the cynical journalist who scores the biggest story of the year when he befriends her. Hilarity ensues, and you’ll find yourself having as much fun as the story’s characters do!
3. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not many can resist Marilyn Monroe, and Some Like It Hot will show you why she was, and still is, considered one of the most beautiful stars Hollywood has ever delivered. This story follows two jazz musicians who are forced to go undercover when they witness a Mafia shoot-out. They wind up joining an all-female jazz ensemble that takes them to glamorous Florida. The only catch? They’re both men! Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon drag up in this adorable comedy, and Marilyn plays their new friend Sugar, who just wants to find herself a rich husband while on tour. Just like the rest of the world, Curtis and Lemmon can’t resist Marilyn either, and so schemes ensue to seduce her. If slapstick comedy is your thing, you will absolutely love Some Like It Hot.
4. Double Indemnity (1944)
If a dark film noir is more your speed, Double Indemnity will be sure to give you your fix of cigarettes, shadow play, and sinister intentions. In this film, an insurance salesman gets duped into helping the beautiful femme fatale Phyllis kill her husband so that she can live off his pricey insurance policy. The entire movie happens within a variety of flashbacks, and it’s this particular technique that makes the film feel even more dream-like than the others.
5. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The award-winning Tennessee Williams play of the same name gets converted for the silver screen by renowned director Elia Kazan. The result? A film that won 4 Oscars and left its mark on movie history. Marlon Brando plays the primitive, passionate and downright nasty Stanley Kowalski as he negotiates between his newly pregnant wife and her demanding and imposing sister. The story is fantastic, the acting is even better, but what will really capture you is the film’s score – soft, sultry jazz saxophones and luscious string ensembles that will permeate those sweet dreams of yours until the morning after.