Kathleen Norton

And the winner is….

Posted on: February 28, 2012

I'd like to thank my mother....

Here’s the “best movies” column I wrote for the Poughkeepsie NY Journal, using submissions from blog readers and newspaper readers:

As Hollywood’s glam-fest unfolded on the red carpet and Angelina Jolie proved once and for all she is a stick disguised as a human being, my mind was elsewhere.

It was on the ‘60s and ‘70s movies sent in by local readers and my far-flung Facebook friends.

I had written that “Rocky’’ was as my fave. But the films mentioned most often by those who wrote were “The Sound of Music” (1965), “To Kill a Mockingbird’’ (1962) and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’’ (1969).

Other biggies from my inbox:

“West Side Story’’ (1961)

“Tom Jones’’ and “Cleopatra” (1963)

“My Fair Lady” (1964)

“Dr. Zhivago’’ (1965)

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’’ and “Torn Curtain’’ (1966)

“Midnight Cowboy’’ (1969)

“Love Story” (1970)

“The Heartbreak Kid’’ and “American Graffiti’’ (1972)

“The Godfather” (Parts I and II, 1972 and 1974)

“The Way We Were’’ (1973)

“Saturday Night Fever,’’ “The Goodbye Girl’’ and “Capricorn One” (1977)

Teddi Southworth of Pleasant Valley NY said “West Side Story’’ was the first grown-up movie she ever saw – with her brother and his girlfriend at Poughkeepsie’s Overlook Drive-in.

“I was mesmerized by the music, choreography and love story,’’ she wrote.

Paul Valachovic saw Alfred Hitchcock’s “Torn Curtain’’ Aug. 12, 1966 on his first date with his first girlfriend – with whom he shared a first kiss.

Cicely Perrotte of Red Hook NY  said “Tom Jones’’ was her man. “After a diet of Doris Day and ‘Gidget,’ Tom was a sensation. It was funny, sexy…and of course there was Albert Finney,’’ she wrote.

Pat Cremins of Fishkill NY said: “Cleopatra entering Rome is the greatest scene ever made for a movie…Liz (Taylor) was a real beauty in that one.’’

Dianne Chambers of Beekman pined for the “The Heartbreak Kid.’’

“Now I’m in the mood to go find the tape. I’ll have to find a VHS player while I’m at it,’’ she said.

Lance Smith of Clinton Corners NY loved “Capricorn One’’ – especially when Telly Savalas flies a crop-duster and curses at Elliot Gould, the first cussing Smith ever heard in a movie.

He went back seven times.

Steve Lynch of Fishkill NY loved the “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’’ but was also partial to the “The Sound of Music’’ – whose songs he still tries to sing.

And so do plenty of others. One guy said he saw “Music’’ many times over since his grandfather was a movie projectionist. My pal Mary Lynn Fassold said she loved that movie while growing up in New Jersey, while my cousin Kate Fitzsimons, who lives in Australia but grew up in Ireland, said she loved another Julie Andrews’ mega-hit: “Mary Poppins.’’

A few folks singled out “Saturday Night Fever.” “Who could resist John Travolta?’’ wrote another cousin, Kathy Brown in California.

Mary Beth Pfeiffer of Stone Ridge NY loved Robert Redford in “The Way We Were’’ while Joan Baron of Delanson, NY, loved another Redford pairing – with Paul Newman in “Butch Cassidy.’’

Denise Gilhooly-Partrick of Red Hook NY said dreamy Omar Sharif in “Dr. Zhivago” was the best. (Hey, didn’t Dr. Zhivago cheat on his pregnant wife? My man Rocky Balboa would never do that!)

Seriously, thanks to everyone who took part in a boomer stroll down movie memory lane.

And for the record, I still love the guy who got beat up for a living then went home to a crummy apartment to talk to his turtles.


2 Responses to "And the winner is…."

I’m with you cuz, Rocky was the bomb. My adrenaline still runs high when I hear the song “Gonna Fly Now”!

love the article Kathy…Definetly Supercalifragilisticxpali………………..(you know the word)…. is the best song ever… We sing it in the car all the time!!!Kate

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