The Magic of Movies

Movies have many effects on us, they can bring back memories reminding of days gone past by and transporting us in time. As we get older, we love to reminisce and look back over our younger years reminding ourselves we have lived through many different times and through lots of important historical events.  Movies can spark memories that bring great joy and emotion.

Sometimes we all need a little prompt for these thoughts to surface and one way to do this is through the power of movies. As children and young adults some of the movies we watched or actors we admired were often associated around important times in our lives. They can often bring back warm and fond memories. There are so many movies we will have heard of and watched while growing up that were made many years before.

Looking at some of the most famous movies made in the 1940s, I can almost guarantee most of us have watched these as children growing up. Our older generation can relate to these movies even more so as they were screened when they were in their early years.

Some examples of wonderful movies made in the 1940s

Black Narcissus, Letter from an Unknown woman, Miracle on 34th Street, Meet me in St Louis ,It’s a wonderful life, Casablanca ,Citizen Kane ,The Hitchcock’s movies

A Wonderful Life

Then we have some of the talented actors who graced our screens and sometimes our bedroom walls, actors like  Judy Garland, Spenser Tracey, Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Lauren Bacall, Humprey Bogart, Rita Hayworth ,Kirk Douglas ,Charlie Chaplan, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers

Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall


These actors who were in the prime of their acting career in the 1940s, hard to believe isn’t it.

Moving onto the next decade, movies took a different direction. Films were made in colour, no longer in black & white and  we now saw our favourite actors in full colour.

Some of the most famous movies of the 1950s are Singing in the rain, Some like it hot, High Noon, Vertigo, Rebel Without a Cause, Ben Hur, The Quiet Man, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Calamity Jane

The Quiet man

These movies had a new generation of starts in them like:

James Dean, Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Doris Day, Maureen O Hara, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando

Audrey Hepburn
The wonderful Doris Day

At Beechtree, we encourage movie time and have many of these movies in our library.

So don’t underestimate the power of sitting down to an old movie on a rainy afternoon with the older generation, I would imagine it is highly likely we might learn something new.