I have always love to watch old movies. I used to sit in front of our old console TV and watch Turner Classic Movies for hours. I loved the stories and the simplicity, the way they dressed and the music. I loved listening to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby croon and watching Gene Kelly and Cyd Charrise dance across the screen. They were fabulous. Now, I love that I am able to share these movies with Eliza. It is so fun watching her little face light up when she sees the MGM Lion come on the screen and seeing her break into dance when the symphony starts to play. These movies that are so idyllic and overly positive will hopefully give her a love for art and beauty and I gained from being sucked into black and whites when I was a kid.
There are many wonderful movies that fit the musical bill. For us, however, there are a few that we just couldn’t live without. We don’t watch them every day, but they are on in the background pretty consistently and with Eliza having been sick this last week, we have had a few of these on repeat. Here are our absolute favorite, Eliza approved, classic movie musicals.
*Singin’ In the Rain – This one is probably our favorite. There is tons of music and Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly are so cute.
*An American in Paris – Gene Kelly is awesome. Eliza loves the ballet at the end. It was never my favorite part but she eats it up.
*Mary Poppins – You can’t go wrong with this total kid fantasy. Julie Andrews is so beautiful and it is the cutest thing when Eliza sings “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” at the end of the movie.
*White Christmas – Christmas is over and we are still watching this. Eliza calls it “White” and knows some of the words to the title song.
*The Unsinkable Molly Brown – This is a new one that we just added. It is so bright and colorful and very charismatic.
*Annie – Eliza loves Annie and I love belting the songs! Win/win!
*Brigadoon – Gene Kelly again is awesome and I love all of the plaid and the Scottish accents. Less music though for Eliza.
*My Fair Lady – This was one of my favorites growing up. I still do a very poor British accent too frequently because of this movie. Plus the main character is Eliza Doolittle. I wonder where Eliza got her name. 🙂
*On The Town – Frank Sinatra is so young and pretty in this one. There is so much music and dancing and men in uniform. 🙂
*Meet Me In St. Louis – Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is enough reason to watch it year round. Oh and the Trolley Song is one of Eliza’s favorites.
I hope some of these strike a chord with your families and fill you with joy like they do us! MEB