Marja McGraw

Vintage Movies

I'm taking a break from vintage movies but they'll be back. In the meantime, I've been watching a few television mystery series that I thought I'd mention.

Both Sandi and Chris have a passion for old movies, so on their behalf I've added this Vintage Movie page. Check back from time to time for different films.

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I've been watching reruns of Simon and Simon (1989) starring Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney and Mary Carver. This series is about two very different brothers who work as private investigators, and occasionally their mother becomes involved, too. What keeps me watching is some unique storylines and a lot of fun. Parker and McRaney are great in their roles, and Mary Carver is perfect as their mother.

The Rockford Files (1974-1980) stars James Garner, Noah Beery, Jr. and Joe Santos. Garner plays Jim Rockford, an ex-convict (wrongly convicted) who now works as a private investigator. Rockford's father, Rocky, is a retired truck driver and he's as lovable as they come. Santos does a great job as Rockford's friend and connection at the police department, Dennis Becker. One of the things I enjoy about this show is he's not a super hero P.I., but a man who takes his licks and still gets his man.

The Artful Detective (Current and formerly titled Murdock Mysteries) stars Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig and Jonny Harris.  While this isn't a vintage show, the setting for the show is vintage (starts 1895). I'm absolutely hooked on this show about a police detective in Canada, his pathologist counterpart, a sometimes bumbling officer and the head of the constabulary.  The shows involve odd crimes, famous characters, some humor and a little romance. It's definitely entertaining, and Murdoch often tries his hand at inventing modern methods for solving crimes.

Movies Previously Showcased on the Vintage Movie Page. I'd probably watch them again.

The African Queen (1951)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Eyes in the Night (1942)
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Arsenic & Old Lace (1944)
Topper Returns (1941)
Gaslight (1944)
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1947)
Nocturn (1946)
Mystery of Mr. X (1934)
The Egg & I (1947)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Rebecca (1940)
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Conflict (1945)
Mrs. Pollifax - Spy (1971)
Fingers at the Window (1942)
Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)
Night Must Fall (1937)
A Night to Remember (1943)
I Love a Mystery (1945)
The Time of Their Lives (1946)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Johnny Belinda (1948)
The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)
Star of Midnight (1935)
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
The Tall Target (1951)
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
The Plot Thickens (1936)
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Portrait of Jenny (1948)
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Margie ( 1946)

Escape in the Fog (1945)