Nine Oldies But Goodies: Romantic Comedies for a Quiet Valentine’s Day Evening at Home

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I’m a Hopeless Romantic

I like old movies, and I’m a fan of chick flicks too. But what I absolutely love, are old romantic comedies.. Older movies didn’t have the special effects technology that movies do now, so they had to rely on a solid script and plot line, and you know, seems that the superstar actors were so much more super back in those days. I love Cary Grant and John Wayne and my favorite all time actress is Audrey Hepburn.

I don’t know if you are going out and painting the town red on Valentine’s Day or if you are planning a quiet night at home. If it’s the latter I have something for you. So, on this most romantic of nights, I thought I would share my nine all time favorite Romantic Comedy Oldies with you.

The nine movies that I selected here, are in no particular order because quite frankly I love ’em all! Also, the plot descriptions weren’t written by me. The authors are highlighted and you can visit a site that contains more of their works if you click on them.

The cool thing is you can rent these movies on Amazon.com. So, let’s get to it!

Roman Holidayh (1953)

The Couple: Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann’s regal identity and bets his editor he can get an exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way. Jwelch5742

Sabrina (1954)

The Couple: Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart (or is it William Holden)

Chauffeur’s daughter Sabrina returns home from two years in Paris a beautiful young woman, and immediately catches the attention of David, the playboy son of her father’s rich employers. David woos and wins Sabrina, who has always been in love with him, however their romance is threatened by David’s serious older brother, Linus, who runs the family business and is relying on David to marry an heiress in order for a crucial merger to take place. Jwelch5742

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The Couple: Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard

Struggling writer Paul Varjak moves into a New York apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly. Holly’s lifestyle confuses and fascinates Paul; in public she flits through parties with a sexy, sophisticated air, but when they’re alone she changes into a sweetly vulnerable bundle of neuroses.filmfactsman

My Fair Lady (1964)

The Couple: Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn

Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond — one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor.Jwelch5742

Houseboat (1958)

The Couple: Cary Grant and Sophie Loren

Tom Winters, a widower, is trying to understand and raise three precocious children alone. He gets a little unexpected help from Cinzia, when the children decide she is be the new maid. She is actually an Italian socialite who is trying to get away from her overprotective father.Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Pillow Talk (1959)

The Couple: Rock Hudson and Doris Day

Interior decorator Jan Morrow and composer Brad Allen share a phone line. Brad keeps the line occupied all day talking to his girlfriends, which annoys Jan terribly and animosity between them builds up. They however have never met and when by chance Brad sees Jan, he decides to add her to his list of conquests. Knowing however how she feels about him, he poses as an innocent Texan country boy named Rex Stetson to win her, a plan which seems to work.Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

Lover Come Back (1961)

The Couple: Rock Hudson and Doris Day

Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton are both in the advertising business, but for different agencies. Annoyed by Jerry’s methods of using alcohol and women to ensure contracts for his agency, Carol tries to get him thrown out of his profession. To avoid this Jerry bribes the girl who’d testify against him, by starring her in a TV commercial for a product named VIP that he’s just made up. By accident these commercials are broadcasted and to keep his job, Jerry has to come up with VIP for which he enlists the help of Doctor Linus Tyler. Carol goes to see the Doctor to try and get the VIP account, but because she and Jerry have never met, she mistakes Jerry for the Doctor. Jerry then takes advantage of this situation to win her.Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

Send Me No Flowers (1964)

The Couple: Rock Hudson and Doris Day

Judy Kimball quietly humors her husband George’s chronic hypochondria, On his latest visit to his GP,, he is told he’s one the doctor’s healthiest patients. But when George overhears Dr. Morrissey talking to George’s cardiologist about another patient’s terminal heart problem, George assumes they’re talking about him. He doesn’t plan on telling Judy the news, but decides that top thing to do with his remaining time is to find her a replacement husbandHuggo

A Touch of Mink (1962)

The Couple: Cary grant and Doris Day

Cathy Timberlake is an old fashioned country girl who meets the man of her dreams, Philip Shayne, after his Rolls Royce splashes her with mud on her way to a job interview. Philip is a romantic businessman who is taken by Cathy’s honest heart. There’s one problem, he’s not interested in marriage while Cathy has never thought of anything else.Kelly

I hope you enjoyed my list. Do any of the descriptions appeal t you? What are your favorite romantic comedies? I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day whether you go out and paint the town red or stay home and have a quiet night watching your favorite movies.

Brian at Daddy Go To Timeout

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