FIVE classic childhood favorites

Last week I explained how I came to love classic film, and mentioned that my family had a lot to do with it – my grandparents, in particular. Here are five films that they introduced me to during my childhood that became favorites, and that remain favorites today (listed in no particular order)!

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

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First memory: Sitting on the floor in front of my grandma’s TV with a little bowl of Cheez-its. I don’t remember what state we were in, as we lived in more than one and I watched this film in all of them. Many viewings of this kind of run together in my mind because we watched it so much! I must have been five or six, at the time of this particular movie-and-crackers memory. It was already a favorite by that point!
Do I still like it?:
I haven’t watched it in years, but I did still like it the last time I saw it.

Gone with the Wind (1939)

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First memory: I remember the first time I watched it. I lived in Tennessee, so it was some time between second and fourth grade. I was completely enamored by it from that first viewing.
Do I still like it?: Yes! It remains a favorite of mine.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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First memory: I was sitting on the floor by the front door in the house where I now live. My grandpa was sitting in a recliner chair to my right and my grandma, dad and sister were on the couch. We had reached the scene where the Wicked Witch sends out her flying minions… and I tied my shoes for the first time! Again, this wasn’t the first time that I watched the film, but it is my first very distinct memory of it.
Do I still like it?: Yes! I re-watch it often and have even written two term papers about it.

The Sound of Music (1965)

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First memory: I don’t really have any distinct memories of watching this. I just remember sitting in the living room on many rainy days, watching it with the family and signing along. I wanted to be adopted by Julie Andrews.
Do I still like it?: I don’t watch it nearly as often as I used to, but it’s still my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Sabrina (1954)

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First memory: My first memory actually isn’t of watching the film at all. I remember seeing the VHS tape sitting on the large stack of VHS tapes in my grandparents’ living room. I picked it up and asked my grandma if it was about a teenage witch, because at the time I was a big fan of the show Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. Boy, was I wrong! But luckily, my wrongness was for the best, as I discovered when I finally watched that VHS tape a few years later. A teenage witch and her talking cat can’t hold a candle to Sabrina Fairchild and her infatuations. (And for the record, though I now watch the film on DVD, I still have that exact tape sitting happily on my shelf!)
Do I still like it?: I like it even more now than I did then!

Feel free to share your own classic childhood favorites in the comments!

4 thoughts on “FIVE classic childhood favorites

  1. I remember watching “Singin in the Rain” as a child one day and wishin’ I could dance and splash in the rain just like Gene Kelly. Then every time I took a bath/shower I would have to sing the title song for weeks later. I think it kinda drove my brothers a bit crazy…LOL. Fun memories…


    1. Haha, that’s a great story! I’m sure I drove my folks nuts, quoting and imitating films all of the time. Luckily, my sister (my only sibling) shares my love of film, so she embraced it and shared in the fun. :)


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