When I was new to the world of classic film, I bought into the concept of 1939 as “Hollywood’s greatest year.” The truth is, the more my number of watched films grows, the more certain I am that one year can’t be pin-pointed as Hollywood’s greatest. Most years gave way to at least a few handfuls of great movies.
For today’s marathon playlist, we’re taking a look at a year that isn’t often discussed, but saw the release of some of my personal favorite classics, including Double Indemnity and Meet Me in St. Louis. These are the films of 1944!
The usual disclaimer: As much as I love watching movies, I don’t actually think that anyone should sit on the couch for 24 hours straight, watching films. So, this list is hypothetical, of course.
Arsenic and Old Lace – 118 minutes
Cover Girl – 107 minutes
Double Indemnity – 107 minutes
Gaslight – 114 minutes
Guest in the House – 121 minutes
The Keys of the Kingdom – 136 minutes
Laura – 88 minutes
Meet Me in St. Louis – 112 minutes
Mr. Skeffington – 145 minutes
None but the Lonely Heart – 113 minutes
To Have and Have Not – 100 minutes
Tomorrow, the World! – 86 minutes
This playlist of 12 films adds up to 1,347 minutes, or 22.45 hours, leaving 93 minutes for popcorn-popping and beverage-refilling!
I would have to include “House of Frankenstein” on my personal 1944 list. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, John Carradine, Lionel Atwill, George Zucco….an all-star Universal horror fest!!
I need to watch that one! Only 71 minutes, it could have fit in my list!
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Great List…Great Films