Okay, never say never. But it seems unlikely these films could be made today, for the reasons I’ve listed.

I’ve added one film that was limited by the restrictions of yesteryear (and perhaps some bad choices by the producers, directors, screenwriters and/or actors). Still, the story is worth telling, and if the right people took it on…

All of these films have been reviewed on my other blog, Classic for a Reason. Click on the title to see the individual reviews, and if you get the chance, check out these movies!

The More the Merrier
Joel McCrea  Jean Arther, The More the Merrier

Joel McCrea and Jean Arthur battle it out — and of course fall in love.

A single woman rents out the spare room in her apartment to two strange men? It was a controversial idea at the time, but today it likely would be nixed because of the danger factor, not the sexual one.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
shirley-temple-and-cary-grant

Shirley Temple, Cary Grant

A man suspected of seducing an underage girl is sentenced to date her? While there would be outrage at the concept now, Cary Grant and Shirley Temple (with the able assistance of Myrna Loy) make it plausible — and really funny.

The Thin Man series
Myrna Loy, William Powell in After the Thin Man

Myrna Loy, William Powell

Since we all know drunks don’t get more charming and capable with every martini, Nick and Nora’s sophisticated use of liquor would be suspect. Besides, some classics just should be left alone.

Dark Victory
Bette Davis, George Brent in Dark Victory

Bette Davis, George Brent fall in love — but he’s her doctor, and knows her destiny.

You have to tell the patient she’s dying. You just do.

And the film the right director should take on…
In This Our Life
Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland In This Our Life

Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland in a film worth re-making.

This is an incredible story based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, and the movie is good, but it should be great. There is so much going on it actually would make a good multi-part series (you know, six episodes on HBO, that sort of thing). Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland alone make it worth watching, and it was John Huston’s second film (after The Maltese Falcon), but it just doesn’t quite reach its full potential. And, I’d suggest they change the names of the lead characters. Stanley and Roy are simply not great names for women.


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13 Comments on “Four Classic Films they couldn’t make today — and one I’d like to see them take on

  1. I adore The Thin Man movies. They definitely could not be remade. I’ve never seen In This Our Life, but I’m going to look for it.

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    • It’s a good movie, but I think you’ll see what I mean when I say it could have been great. However, I do believe the limitations of the era played a part in that, plus, as I understand it, Bette Davis didn’t get along with John Huston, and that sort of tension usually hurts a film.

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      • I’ve read that Bette noticed that Olivia was getting better close-ups (Olivia was dating Huston). Interestingly, Bette didn’t get mad at Olivia, she lashed out at Huston! 🙂

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