By Jeff Salter
Yeah, I’m interpreting this week’s topic to be the movies I most enjoyed as a kid … many of which I still enjoy as an adult.
The largest category (which actually spills over into the other categories) is what I’ll call heroic adventures. I loved all the Tarzan films (especially those with Johnny Weismuller and Maureen O’Sullivan) and loved the Disney-fied Davy Crockett movies with Fess Parker.
In terms of genre, the films I liked best were westerns and war movies — both of which featured heroic adventures in one way or another.
Among westerns, I really liked many of the films of Gary Cooper and John Wayne (among others)… and I was also a big fan of Dale Robertson (who had at least one feature film in addition to his TV series, “Wells Fargo”). One particular favorite ensemble film was “The Magnificent Seven”. There were probably scores of other westerns which I really liked from that era.
Among war movies, I really liked “The Great Escape”, “Imitation General”, and “Hell is for Heroes.” And countless others that I simply can’t recall at the moment.
Another big favorite category was the swashbucklers. Errol Flynn was great in several, as was Burt Lancaster.
And, as is probably no surprise, I really enjoyed the early offerings of Disney. In live action, some of my favorites were “Parent Trap,” “Old Yeller,” “Thomasina,” and “That Darn Cat.”
Among the animated features, I really enjoyed “Bambi,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and “Peter Pan.”
If we’d had VHS or DVD or PPV or DVR back when I was a kid, I fear I never would have left the house! Loved movies back then … and still do.
Which movies were among YOUR favorites when you were a kid?