Countdown to the New Year: Baby Naps

As we get closer and closer to the New Year I see more and more top lists of movies, TV shows, books, etc.  So, I thought that I would join in on the fun!  But this is going to be a little bit different.  This won’t just be a list of my top classic films of the year (though I am planning one), but rather a group of lists of various top movies of different themes.  This is the first post of a series that I am planning to do up to New Year’s Eve, celebrating the best classic films of the year in a variety of situations and categories.

Why does Baby always wake up when the movie starts to get interesting?

Top Five Classic Films to Watch While Your Baby Naps

As a new Mom, I appreciate the golden moments known as NAP TIME.  All parents know the value and beauty of a sleeping baby, as well as how fleeting that glorious time can be.  So here is a list of my top five classic films to watch during nap time.  The films on this list are either short enough to watch during a nap, give you a lot of “bang for your buck”, and or are easy to stop and start due to a restless baby.

5.) Holiday Affair – This might seem an odd choice, being that this is a Christmas movie.  But this movie is entertaining and enjoyable, and Robert Mitchum is always worthwhile.  Also, the story is fairly straight forward so this movie can be put down and picked up again without losing the thread of the narrative.

4.) Blonde Venus – If you have ninety minutes to spare check out this film!  Marlene Dietrich is at her seductive best, Cary Grant is charming and devilishly bad for you (and YOUNG!), and Herbert Marshall is honorable and very British (which I love).  The story is compelling and definitely gives you plenty of drama, love, and twists to make your afternoon enjoyable.  Plus, once you see what Marlene goes through for her baby your day won’t seem so bad!  🙂

3.) Heat Lightning – At sixty-three minutes this film definitely moves fast!  Not too over the top with the melodrama, it is a fantastic alternative to any soap opera you might be considering.  Ann Dvorak and Aline MacMahone need to be more well known than they are, and this film shows why!  Find this film and watch it (with your sister if you have one)!

2.) Brother Orchid – This one is just fun.  It’s funny, witty, and smart.  Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart seem like they are having a ball and it makes the whole story more appealing.  The ending is uplifting and might even give you a little something in your eye.  Definitely a great movie to watch and unwind to!

1.) Three on a Match – Oh my goodness, where to begin.  Sixty-three minutes of pretty much everything you can think of.  Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, and Ann Dvorak doing fantastic things.  Ann Dvorak blows the roof off and it is really her movie.  This movie packs a definite punch and is most certainly worth your time.  Put the baby to bed, stretch out on the couch with a snack and a beverage, and watch this movie!


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