Category: Magic Movie Moments

MAGIC MOVIE MOMENTS #3 – A Kirk Douglas tribute.

With the passing of the legend that was Kirk Douglas at the age of 103 this week, I have been sitting here pondering what movies mean to me and the way I used to enjoy them growing up.

Way back in March 2016 I wrote Magic Movie Moments #2, and I haven’t written once since.

In that blog I wrote about Sunday afternoon movies being something to relish. With only one TV in the house and only 3 channels with no video recorder, if you missed a movie, you were lucky if it was shown again in the next year or two.

That blog consisted of 4 magic movie moments from ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, ‘Ben Hur’, ‘The King and I’ and ‘Oliver’
If you want to read that blog you can by clicking HERE.

I then started to think about how a film schedule would be changed at the last minute when a reputed actor passed away. There would be an afternoon of ‘tribute’ movies. Something that we just don’t seem to get anymore.

So here are some of my favourite Kirk Douglas movie moments.

Running the oars in ‘The Vikings’
I am ‘Spartacus’
‘The List of Adrian Messenger’
‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’
‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’

I have to say that ‘The Vikings’ is my ‘go to’ Kirk Douglas movie, I mean, c’mon, just look at this scene of the vikings arriving home and that incredible piece of music!!

This truly was the Golden era of movies. We will never see their like again and Kirk Douglas will be forever immortalised within them.



Before I became a teenager and had a little of my own spending money, my only access to films were on TV.
One single TV in the house.
3 channels.
No video recorder.

Sunday afternoon movies were something to be relished.
You were lucky if the film was shown again in the next year or two so if you missed it there was no catch up or on demand service. You simply had to wait and hope that it would be shown again in the future.

Scanning the TV times and book marking movies were a weekly hobby.
The Xmas edition was ‘really’ exciting!!

Typical Sunday afternoon movies consisted of what I would consider ‘classics’.
Movies that spanned cinema history.
Movies that would never be shown in a cinema again and that found a new audience on TV.

Some of my favourite Sunday afternoon movies included……
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Possibly my favourite musical. I love this film. The colour, the songs, the dancing, the smushy happy ending.
The barn raising scene is a Magic Movie Moment I can watch again and again.

Ben Hur
Almost 4 hours long!! Winner of 11 Academy Awards.
This film was a true EPIC. There’s no CGI here. Just some amazing sets, beautiful costumes, incredible cinematography, THOUSANDS of extras.
Just take a look at some of the stunts in this scene!! They could put some of today’s stunts to shame.
The chariot race, another Magic Movie Moment.

The king and I
An amazing musical and Yul Bryner was just born to play the king.
Beautiful scenery, incredible costumes and this truly astounding dance scene.
Deborah Kerr became known as the Melting Miss Kerr on set as she lost 12 pounds during filming. All of her dresses weighed between 30 and 40 pounds and she would continuously get bruises from dancing with the hoops in the skirts.
Yul Bryner had lost a lung due to his smoking habit prior to filming and required oxygen between takes. But the finished product is just magical.
Shall We Dance is another Magic Movie Moment.

Another loved musical.
Ron Moody is undeniably the best Fagin there has ever been and Oliver Reed will always be Bill Sikes in my mind.
There is always one scene that makes me want to sing along.
Oom-pah-pah!! is another Magic Movie Moment.

Unfortunately, trying to get my kids to sit and appreciate some of these film is damned near impossible.
They have been spoilt with modern movie effects and blockbuster stories.
They can’t see the beauty and creativity that went into these ‘OLD’ movies.
However, I won’t give up trying to change their minds!


As I was writing my dish of the Week #67, I remembered a really funny movie scene that I wanted to share.

It occurred to me that there are many film scenes that pop into my head as I sit working on my computer so I’ve decided to create another blog category, Magic Movie Moments.

When I think of a scene, for whatever reason, if I feel like sharing it I will post it in this category.

So here is the scene that inspired this category.
It comes from Pearl Harbor.
I know this is a serious drama about a serious chapter in Human history but it seriously has one of the funniest scenes in movie memory and I think Ben plays it perfectly.
You really feel his pain!