We all spy links on our social media accounts that we just can’t resist. It seems I come across one just about every day.
<CLICK> and you are transported somewhere new and exciting. History. Music. Travel. Entertainment.
Entertainment. “The Most Popular Movie From The Year You Were Born”.
The picture on the first page of the slide show is Vivien Leigh in a still from GWTW, those piercing gray-green eyes and defiant look staring directly into the camera. “You don’t want to screw with me!” But the picture had the effect of saying, “Come hither…”, so I hit the right arrow.
Hook, line and sinker.
So, what was the top film in the year I was born? My wife? My parents?
The first year in the slide show is 1937. A picture of a little girl lounging in a clearing with rabbits sitting on her lap. Animated. Snow White.
My father was born in 1939. <CLICK><CLICK> Gone With The Wind… Gone With The Wind?? But it wasn’t released until January, 1940!? Yet, there are Rhett and Scarlett in a passionate embrace – Rhett staring lustfully into Scarlett’s eyes… Scarlett contemplating how to get her hands on Rhett’s money! I had expected The Wizard of Oz to be the most popular movie of 1939, as it was released on August 25, 1939… so, where was Judy Garland???
Mom was born in 1940. <CLICK> Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Rebecca. Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning thriller that was the top-grossing film that year.
Next? 1961. The year I was born!
One more! <Click>
A picture of young Maria cradling the deceased body of her beloved Tony! Natalie Wood and Richard Behmer…in black and white, for dramatic effect! The modern-day Romeo and Juliet. Jets. Sharks. Fingers snapping. Brass knuckles. Switch blades.
Perpetual love… Finite life. Lives ended too soon…and needlessly.
“Maria!” “(I Want To Live In) America!” “Tonight” “I Feel Pretty”
West Side Story. One of my favorites! The fact I love the movie so much may be related to the fact my stepmother is a Latina (Dominican Republic not Puerto Rico…but the whole Caucasian-Hispanic undertone was prevalent in Lawrence, MA, in the early-1970’s, and the bigots didn’t distinguish between being Dominican and Puerto Rican)[I have started playing it as I write this… “You are not one of us, and I am not one of you…”]
My wife was born in 1969…
<CLICK> Speaking of Lawrence: 1962 – Lawrence of Arabia
Redford and Newman. I had expected Hoffman and Voigt… but while Midnight Cowboy won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, Butch and Sundance was the top grossing film.
Hey, did I ever tell you about the time I was asked to be Robert Redford’s bodyguard for a week…???
I’ll leave that for another time… lol (This is called, a teaser!!)
For now, click on the link at the top of the page and find out what movie was highest-grossing in the year YOU were born…