Double Features for a cinema or movie night.

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  1. NY2LA

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    Let's say you're running a revival cinema, or just putting together a fun movie night with your friends...
    Which movies would you pick for a good double (or triple) feature?
    You could do...
    Originals and Remakes:
    "Three Little Women" the Hepburn, Allyson and Ryder versions.
    Straight and Spoof:
    Airport 1975, Zero Hour and Airplane!
    Straight and Musical Versions:
    Nights of Cabiria and Sweet Charity
    Smiles of a Summer Night and A Little Night Music
    Auntie Mame and MAME
    Goodbye Mr, Chips (Donat and O'Toole)
    Similar Themed Movies:
    Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon
    All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard
    Bring Up Baby and What's Up, Doc?
    Emma and Clueless
    Pillow Talk and Down With Love
    Doc Hollywood and Cars
    Murder by Death and Clue
    Miss-Cast Musicals
    Dolly! Mame Night Music
    Wanna get more creative? What, if any, shorts or cartoons would you add, and what would you serve to go with the show?
     
  2. Robin9

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    Well, the obvious combination is Frontier Marshal and My Darling Clementine. The same basic story and in many scenes the same dialogue! Another combination along those lines would be Ride Lonesome and Six Black Horses which, by the same writer, Burt Kennedy, have several similar plot points and chunks of the same dialogue.
     
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    "Lifeboat" and "12 Angry Men". Both set in a single location, and both dramas about people making life or death choices.
    Doug
     
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    Except I don't find Gypsy miscast in the least. I honestly think it's one of the great screen musicals.
     
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    Well, for me the obvious would be Zero Hour and Airplane.
    My wife and I caught Zero Hour on TCM about 6 months ago.
    We had a great time comparing it to Airplane as we watched it.
    Almost the exact same movie.
     
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    The Lost Weekend and Double Indemnity. I saw these two at one of the many L.A. revival houses in the late '70s. Not only are they two of the greatest that also play perfectly together, there's a serendipitous moment near the beginning of DI that had the attentive and appreciative full house exploding in laughter. When MacMurray is admitted into the house while Stanwyck is fetched, the housekeeper tells him to wait in the living room, while warning (and I'm paraphrasing) that "they keep the liquor cabinet locked". It was as though that brief moment itself relieved the tension and mood of the first film. A moment of pure moviegoing bliss. As is:

    Casablanca and Play It Again, Sam.
     
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    Action in the North Atlantic and Das Boot
     
  8. NY2LA

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    yeah I saw that one coming, And took it out when editing, apparently it stayed. I like the movie a lot too and wish it had got (along with Music Man) the kind of cool 2 disc packages My Fair Lady and Singin in the Rain got. I was told a funny story about how Merman had somehow got ahold of Roz's original vocal tracks and kept them for years to play at parties, where she would say something like "listen to that $&@*% &@%*! Ya call that singin?"
     
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    Nice! Keeep 'em coming! Any ideas on what you would serve or what featurettes you might add?
     
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    Yeah true, and there are some of the same scenes in Airport 75, that are kinda unintentionally funnier than Airplane! The dorky 70s doctor talking about keeping Linda Blair off the Dialysis machine (a standard 70s plot device) is an example, along with (god bless her) Ms. Black, who I do regard fondly, but it's kinda hard to miss her eyes in this feature seem a little um... Well would you want a cross-eyed stewardess fling your plane? And Miss Gloria Swansong makes me think either of the Bugtussel Biltmore showing her last silent movie in the Beverly Hillbillies, or Carol Burnett as Nora Desmond (which I saw long before I ever saw Sunset Blvd.)
     
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    Yes, I have heard that story about Ethel and Roz's vocals and I do believe it. And Roz's vocals do sound rather desperate to me, gamely struggling to deliver the goods without the vocal equipment to do so. But that's why Lisa Kirk's vocals are so sublime, superbly mated to Roz's speech (and an occasional note or two from her) that for many years, I had NO CLUE that it wasn't Roz singing the role.

    I remember seeing Russell's movie Rosie some years after Gypsy and I couldn't understand when Roz was on the stage singing "Everybody Loves My Baby" for Sandra Dee why she didn't have that resonant voice I remembered from Gypsy. I suspect that's when I began to figure out maybe Roz didn't do all that great singing in Gypsy.
     
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    That's funny, only the other night I had a double bill with The Omega Man & I Am Legend. Interesting to see the difference in styles in what is the same story. I like both of them, & they're great looking Blu's. I usually just look at the one movie in an evening, I just don't have the stamina for two, but a Saturday night it's good to live a little! I do like horror film double bills, a b/w followed by a colour, so that's a Universal followed by a Hammer or American International. A good one I could do (& I think I will) is, The Maltese Falcon followed by The Cheap Detective.
     
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    ONE MILLION YEARS BC and BARBARELLA... sexy sixties sirens simultaneously showcasing skimpy sportswear & supporting silly sci-fi scenarios splendidly, at both ends of the human timeline.
     
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    Another double feature that played in L.A. a couple of times way back when, that I've always remembered fondly, was Gaslight and North by Northwest. Those two together hit that perfect balance of great B&W drama/suspense and really superb color entertainment/suspense.
     
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    LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
    LIFE STINKS
     
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    Both versions of THE MALTESE FALCON (1931 and 1941) make a great comparison. Familiar and glossy with Bogart; fun pre-code sleaze in the lesser known original. If you're feeling really brave, you could add the 1936 version SATAN MET A LADY (basically the same story with a few twists)....many hate it, but I've always had a soft spot for it. And you get Warren William, Bette Davis, and Alison Skipworth as the Fat Lady!
     
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    MILLION DOLLAR LEGS
    and
    BUCK PRIVATES
     
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    And, of course, you can't do that without also doing Dr. Strangelove and Fail-Safe.
     
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    Of course the proper triple-feature all-night drive-in extravaganza would be The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, and I Am Legend.
     
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    10 Rillington Place vs Pierrepoint (U.S. Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman).
    The Island vs Never Let Me Go.
    Gandhi vs Jinnah.
    The Parallax View vs JFK.
    Jesus Christ Superstar vs The Last Temptation of Christ.
    If you want an obscue one:
    I Know Where I'm Going vs The Birds.
    Steve W
     

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