Classic Hollywood

Classic Hollywood

31 Episodes

They don’t make ’em like they used to! Enjoy these classics from the golden age of Hollywood and beyond.

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  • Anatomy of a Murder

    Episode 1

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1959 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara

    A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: the defense of a young army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering a local tavern owner who he belie...

  • One Way Passage

    Episode 2

    Directed by Tay Garnett • 1932 • United States
    Starring William Powell, Kay Francis, Aline MacMahon

    One of the glories of pre-Code cinema, this exquisitely bittersweet romance endures as perhaps the finest of the six films that stars Kay Francis and William Powell made together between 1930 and ...

  • Quick Millions

    Episode 3

    Directed by Rowland Brown • 1931 • United States
    Starring Spencer Tracy, Marguerite Churchill, Sally Eilers

    The first film directed by screenwriter Rowland Brown, QUICK MILLIONS features a ruthless performance from a young Spencer Tracy as Danny Raymond, a truck driver “too lazy to work and too ...

  • The Big Heat

    Episode 4

    Directed by Fritz Lang • 1953 • United States
    Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin

    Fritz Lang’s hard-boiled cop vs. criminals yarn stars Glenn Ford as Dave Bannion, a police detective and family man driven by grief to conduct a relentless vendetta against a mobster (Alexander Scourby)...

  • Jailhouse Rock

    Episode 5

    Directed by Richard Thorpe • 1957 • United States
    Starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy

    Elvis Presley shakes up the screen in one of his most beloved musicals. As Vince Everett—a convict who learns guitar while in prison and, following his release, shoots to rock ’n’ roll stardo...

  • King Creole

    Episode 6

    Directed by Michael Curtiz • 1958 • United States
    Starring Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau

    Considered by Elvis Presley to be the finest of his own films, this noirish musical gave him a chance to flex his raw dramatic talents. Veteran craftsman Michael Curtiz brings plenty of moody ...

  • The Killing

    Episode 7

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1956 • United States
    Starring Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

    Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp noveli...

  • Wild in the Country

    Episode 8

    Directed by Philip Dunne • 1961 • United States
    Starring Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld

    One of the overlooked highlights of Elvis Presley’s film career, this serious-minded drama (scripted by no less than Clifford Odets) casts him as Glenn Tyler, a troubled young man who, following a vi...

  • Killer’s Kiss

    Episode 9

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1955 • United States
    Starring Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane

    This early feature by Stanley Kubrick finds the precocious young director seizing the noir genre as an opportunity for visual experimentation and moody atmosphere, laying the groundwork for the fol...

  • Love Me Tender

    Episode 10

    Directed by Robert D. Webb • 1956 • United States
    Starring Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley makes his screen debut in this entertaining western musical. Though he was not (for the first and only time in his movie career) the top-billed star, Elvis undeniably enlivened this ...

  • Blue Hawaii

    Episode 11

    Directed by Norman Taurog • 1961 • United States
    Starring Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury

    In many ways the film that established the template for what would become the Elvis movie—picturesque scenery, breezy romance, and a near-nonstop parade of songs (here including the hit “Can’t...

  • Paths of Glory

    Episode 12

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1957 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolph Menjou

    Stanley Kubrick’s PATHS OF GLORY is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless ...

  • By the Sad Sea Waves

    Episode 13

    Directed by Alfred J. Goulding • 1917 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, ‘Snub’ Pollard, Bebe Daniels

    It’s trouble on the water when a man tries to woo his sweetheart by pretending to be a lifeguard.

  • Haunted Spooks

    Episode 14

    Directed by Hal Roach and Alfred J. Goulding • 1920 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Wallace Howe

    A hapless young man is roped into an arranged marriage to help a girl claim her inheritance: a haunted house!

  • A Sailor-Made Man

    Episode 15

    Directed by Fred Newmeyer • 1921 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Noah Young

    Though originally intended as a two-reel short, A SAILOR-MADE MAN wound up becoming Harold Lloyd’s first feature—simply because there were too many good gags to cut! Here, our bespectacled hero play...

  • Lonesome Luke, Messenger

    Episode 16

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1917 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, ‘Snub’ Pollard

    A bicycle messenger wreaks havoc in a girls’ seminary.

  • Harold Lloyd’s Funny Side of Life

    Episode 17

    Directed by Harry Kerwin • 1963 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd

    In 1966, Harold Lloyd created a theatrical program entitled HAROLD LLOYD’S FUNNY SIDE OF LIFE. The program presented THE FRESHMAN together with a brief on-camera introduction by Lloyd and a clip reel from his body of work, bot...

  • The Big Idea

    Episode 18

    Directed by Gilbert Pratt and Hal Mohr • 1917 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels

    An employee at a struggling antiques store gets creative in order to save the business.

  • A Sammy in Siberia

    Episode 19

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1919 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard

    A bumbling American soldier saves a Russian girl from a band of drunken Bolsheviks.

  • A Gasoline Wedding

    Episode 20

    Directed by Alfred J. Goulding • 1918 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, ’Snub’ Pollard, Bebe Daniels

    Marital mayhem ensues when a poor boy attempts to woo the daughter of a wealthy man.

  • Over the Fence

    Episode 21

    Directed by J. Farrell MacDonald and Harold Lloyd • 1917 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard

    Harold Lloyd’s “Glasses Character” makes his debut in a tale of baseball hijinks.

  • Look Pleasant, Please

    Episode 22

    Directed by Alfred J. Goulding • 1918 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels

    A flirty photographer incurs the wrath of a jealous husband—and tries to pass the blame to an unsuspecting stooge.

  • Get Out and Get Under

    Episode 23

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1920 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Fred McPherson

    A new automobile owner’s car troubles may doom his chance at romance.

  • Grandma’s Boy

    Episode 24

    Directed by Fred Newmeyer • 1922 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Anna Townsend

    This early feature-length silent comedy pushed the form forward by balancing slapstick hilarity with more serious character development. Using the extended running time to further develop his pop...