Thursday, February 14, 2019

Favorite Classic Movie Remakes

By Gabrielle Meyer

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm sharing a list of classic movie remakes.

I love classic movies, so I'm a little skeptical when they are remade. Surprisingly, some of them are done very well (maybe even better than the original, like Father of the Bride or Little Women), and other times they fall a little short (like Yours, Mine, and Ours). I'm usually disappointed when the remake doesn't even resemble the original, but in those instances, I try to see the remade movie as a completely different story and analyze it on its own merits.

If you're looking for a good movie to curl up and enjoy this weekend, consider some of the movies on my list. I'd love to hear what you think.

Original: The Philadelphia Story 
Released: 1940
Starring: Cary Grant, Katherine Kepburn, & James Stewart

Remake: High Society ~ Musical
Released: 1956
Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, & Frank Sinatra

My Opinion: Both movies are about a rich woman who is about to remarry in a high-profile wedding, but her ex-husband (who happens to be her neighbor), and a tabloid reporter, show up and threaten her plans. They also help her discover the truth about herself.  Both are equally amazing, with top-notch movie stars. 

Original: Bachelor Mother
Starring: Ginger Rogers & David Niven
Released: 1939 

Remake: Bundle of Joy ~ Musical
Starring: Eddie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds
Released: 1956

My Opinion: These movies are about a single, working girl who finds a baby, which is mistakenly assumed to be hers. Her employer feels obligated to keep her on at the department store, thinking she’s a single mother, though he was just about to let her go. Both are excellent, though I love Ginger Rogers. 

Original: The Parent Trap
Starring: Haley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, & Brian Keith
Released: 1961

Remake: The Parent Trap
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, and Natasha Richardson
Released: 1998

My Opinion: Both movies are about twin girls who were separated as babies when their parents divorced, and were accidentally reunited at camp. The comedy that ensues when they switch places to get their parents back together is priceless. I love both versions, but there is no replacing Haley Mills! I do enjoy the modern edge to the newer version, though.

Original: Father of the Bride
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor
Released: 1950

Remake: Father of the Bride
Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short
Released: 1991

My Opinion: Both movies are about a father who has to face the reality of his oldest child's impending wedding--and all the hilarity involved in planning the celebration. By far, this is my favorite movie ever remade. I love the original cast, but the modern cast is even more hilarious and easier to relate to. 

Original: Father's Little Dividend
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor
Released: 1951

Remake: Father of the Bride Two
Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short
Released: 1995

My Opinion: Both movies are sequels to the above mentioned movies and focus on a man who is about to become a grandfather for the first time--but the second version has a twist! He is also going to be a father, again. I love the remake of this one! Such a cute story--I could watch it over and over again.

This is a short list of my favorite classic movie remakes! There are plenty more, but for now, I'd love to now if you've seen any of these movies and what you think about the remakes.

Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places, and events.

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  1. I'm going to defend myself first by saying I'd rather read than watch a movie, plus hubby and I don't often agree on the movie to be watched! Now I'll say that I'm not sure I've even seen the originals of any of these movies!!! Maybe Parent Trap. Thanks for posting...

    1. Yes, books are my go-to, as well, but I’ve always been a big fan of old movies and still love to discover a new-to-me oldie once in awhile. 😊

  2. Sabrina is a great original and an even better remake, in my opinion. :-) Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn are in the original Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond are in the remake. I felt like the characters were developed better in the remake.

  3. I agree! I prefer the remake. There are several that have been done very well.