What’s in your DVD collection? This week, I’m going back in time — as far back as my DVD movie collection allows, in fact. I searched through my titles to come up with the oldest films in my collection.
Some of these definitely live up to the saying, “They don’t make ‘em like this anymore!”
The 7 Oldest Films in My DVD Collection
1. Gone With the Wind (1939)
The epic story of the Civil War based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel was one of the most lavish productions ever begun in Hollywood, but still stands today as a gorgeous picture. Vivian Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara is a tough, determined young woman who won’t accept defeat. The movie’s ending, in which her husband, Rhett Butler, defiantly declares, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!” became one of Hollywood’s longest-running catchphrases, as well as O’Hara’s response to his departure.
2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
1939 was an extraordinary year for movies. The Wizard of Oz still holds up all these generations later, as an entertaining and enjoyable picture for kids and adults alike. No, Dorothy isn’t in Kansas, anymore, but her adventures in the wonderful world of Oz still delight us after almost three-quarters of a century.
3. Rebecca (1940)
“Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again.” With those words, in voiceover as we approach the burned ruins of a destroyed English manor, Alfred Hitchcock begins his first American project. The title character is already deceased when the events of the story begin, yet it is her memory that won’t let go to the other characters in a strange and haunting tale.
4. Suspicion (1941)
Another gem from Hitchcock; this time, a wife suspects her husband is trying to murder her for insurance money after hearing him inquire about untraceable poisons. Never drink a glass of “glowing” milk!
5. Saboteur (1942)
An aircraft factory worker wrongly accused of starting a deadly fire goes on the run to find the true saboteur. This Hitchcock film’s climax happens at the torch of the Statue of Liberty where a very young Norman Lloyd meets justice.
6. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Hitchcock reportedly held Shadow of a Doubt as his favorite of his movies because, as his daughter, Patricia, explained, he loved the notion of bringing terror to a small town. In this case, the “terror” is beloved Uncle Charlie, who carries a dark secret that his niece, Charley, must try to piece together so she can protect her own mother from the horrible truth.
7. Double Indemnity (1944)
It’s almost impossible for me to pick a single favorite from this list, though Double Indemnity would definitely be a contender. This was film noir at its best, in a murder mystery served in a style the TV series Columbo would later emulate: the audience knew whodunit and how it was done, but would the investigator (in this case, an insurance claims manager) who never lets anything get by him actually be able to figure it out.
Okay, friends: I’ve shared. Can you come up with the seven oldest titles in your DVD collection?