Thursday films/Saturday films

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digging to time-locate the saturday night films of my childhood - in this case, Smokey and the Bandit - and just shaking my head remembering that old world where the first UK TV showing would be 5 years after the film was released.

woof, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 10:49 (one month ago) link

My mam has always been a big film fan (my dad used to be too, I suppose, but he wouldn't have the attention span to sit through a whole film now) and she used to let us sit up on a Saturday night after our baths to watch whatever film was on. I especially remember Mean Machine, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, and The French Connection being in this category. And she would always check the paper to see what old films were on BBC 2 on a Saturday afternoon, even though I usually had to watch those on my own because she had to do stuff around the house. Although we did watch Casablanca together the first time I saw it, and Judgement at Nuremberg.

For me, indie or non-Hollywood films are for Friday nights, and blockbusters are for Saturdays.

trishyb, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 12:45 (one month ago) link

Yes I used to watch black & white movies with my Mum all the time and precociously and no doubt irritatingly ask her who all the actors were. Saturday afternoon, BBC2, was indeed often where they were shown. Film noir, Cagney, Edward G, Bogart were favourites.

Westerns used to be on ITV on Saturday mornings before the wrestling but I never liked westerns... less than the wrestling.

Saturday mornings on BBC they used to show silent comedies - Chaplin, Keaton, Harry Langdon, Harold Lloyd etc - and you absolutely NEVER see silent films on TV anymore.

I've left the box of soup near your shoes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 12:55 (one month ago) link

I'm guessing YouTube is now the number one platform for silent films. TPTV sometime show the odd silent comedy etc. And lots of the boutique video labels have at least some silent films in their catalogue. I mean, world historical cinema is generally MORE accessible now than it was 'back in the day', even though I mourn and miss things like C4's Godard seasons, or Judith Williamson's 'Fatal Attraction' noir series on BBC2.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 13:34 (one month ago) link

Silent films were considered kids stuff though, they were programmed when children were watching, along with Tom & Jerry, Bugs, Merrie Melodies etc.

I've left the box of soup near your shoes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 13:37 (one month ago) link

I associate an earlier kind of late-on-Sunday film with him - Eastwood westerns, Mean Machine (aka The Longest Yard), not-really-cult 70s tough action. He'd watch them alone. I've def got a soft spot for that past-my-bedtime stuff.

just self-correcting - I was misremembering - these are distinctly saturday night films.

Anyway, I'm off to get drunk and mournfully watch Every Which Way But Loose.

woof, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 14:18 (one month ago) link

xp yes exactly hooray for harold fucking lloyd doo do, doo do, doo do, da der der burned into a generation's memory

woof, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 14:30 (one month ago) link


I've left the box of soup near your shoes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 14:36 (one month ago) link


Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 14:37 (one month ago) link

damn how did I not know that Harold Lloyd got into nude/cheesecake photography and shot Bettie Page and Monroe?

woof, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 14:44 (one month ago) link

'Here comes Harold with his camera. Just set up the tripod, Harold - should be an easy job!'

woof, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 14:47 (one month ago) link

Woof this thread was worth making just to read yr posts!

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 16:33 (one month ago) link

Rain or shine
All the time
A pair of glasses and a smile

(I think that was it)

Had no idea about his later career as a pornographer!

in praise of Ski Troop Attack (1960) (Matt #2), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 16:38 (one month ago) link

Late ‘70s/early ‘80s, pre-VHS era: Saturday morning black-and-white comedies, especially Laurel & Hardy and the Crosby/Hope movies. Then Saturday afternoons were classic scary movies — I especially remember the Karloff Frankenstein and The Black Cat. (My sister and I would cover the windows with blankets to make the room as dark and spooky as possible.)

Saturday night movies were usually big events of some kind, either a major Hollywood film or some made-for-TV spectacle. Lots of WWII action — The Great Escape, A Bridge Too Far, Guns of Navarone. There was the Richard Thomas “All’s Quiet on the Western Front.” One I remember loving that’s gone on to some cult status in the internet age was “The Bermuda Depths,” which despite the cheeseball title is a pretty good/weird Rankin/Bass production involving giant sea turtles.

A pair of glasses and a smile

Me and my brother used to say this about our dad... it was ironic.

I've left the box of soup near your shoes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 19:31 (one month ago) link

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