So how a giant movie fan like me didn’t know about this, I can’t begin to guess…but apparently the classic movies that have fallen into the public domain (i.e. various copyrights were not renewed and so ownership fell into the creative commons) are slowly being pulled together into one online archive for streaming and downloading! Huzzah!

Most of the currently available movies are silent films or very early ‘talkies’ but there are some ’40s gems in there too…for instance one of my all-time favourite ‘weepies’ Penny Serenade (1941), starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It’s an unabashedly sentimental romantic drama that often gets passed over in modern lists of both actors top works but contains, in my humble opinion, some of their very best performances. Grant was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role and Dunne considered it to be the film closest to her heart.

Penny Serenade

Other favourites:

The 39 Steps (1935) – early Hitchcock
The Lady Vanishes (1938) – one of my all-time fave Hitchcock pics
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)