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Carol Perkins: Counting Down to the Oscars

Carol creates her own awards before Oscar night with a list of her All-Time favorites. It will like prompt others to write down their own Top 15 movies of All Times. We found Carol Perkins' all time Number 1 no surprise. It's at the end of the column. We think it might be cheating to scroll to her Number 1 before writing your own down first.

By Carol Perkins

I'm counting down to the Oscars. I haven't seen any of the movies, but I will watch as if I have. Hollywood holds a fascination for me that goes back to my childhood when I knew for sure I would one day be among the likes of Connie Stevens, Connie Francis and Annette Funicello.

I watched Robin Roberts' Countdown to the Oscars last week and agreed with her top fifteen even though my top fifteen would have been different. My fifteen are movies that I didn't want to end. I didn't want to go back to my real life. Here goes...

Number 15: "Where the Boys Are" (1960) I was a freshman and longing to be older, spend Spring Break on the beach, and find a handsome hunk like George Hamilton to whisk me away. Connie Frances recorded the song by the same title and those who are my age still know the words. This movie about four college girls headed for an adventure gave me hope that I would have my own. (I never went to the beach on Spring Break.)

Number 14: "Splendor in the Grass" (1961) A heartbreaking story that did not involve death, this movie was excruciating painful. When Deanie found Bud, married with a pregnant wife, my throat closed. Forbidden love is always going to be a sad story. "Romeo and Juliet" is another example.

Number 13: "An Affair to Remember" (1957) Cary Grant and Debra Kerr planned to meet at the Empire State Building six months after parting, but a tragic accident left her unable to walk and not willing to tell him the truth. A real tearjerker.

Number 12: "Jungle Book" (1967) No other version compares to the original animated movie starring Bagheera the Panther(Sebastian Cabot) and Baloo the Bear (Phil Harris). I want to burst forth with "Bare Necessities" right now.

Number 11: "Sound of Music" (1965) I saw this movie in Louisville one summer when I was home from college and I fell in love with the family and the music. "The hills are alive...."

Number 10: "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" (1967) Starring my favorite actors, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, the subject matter was far ahead of the times, and watching it unfold made most audiences a little nervous. However, no one came away without a lesson.

Number: 9: "Barefoot in the Park" (1967) Paul and Corrie. A five-flight walk-up, a conservative husband with a very outgoing bride provided antics that kept me laughing and wanting to find my own Paul. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda were perfect.

Number 8: "A Star is Born" (1976) Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson were an unlikely couple whose love story rivals my next favorite movie. If you haven't seen this one, you have missed a tragic love story about a burned out rocker and an up and coming star.

Number 7: "The Way We Were" (1973) Barbra and Robert Redford. Madly in love but their totally different views ended up parting them. When they meet years later on the streets of New York and I saw the way he looked at her and how she brushed back his hair...oh, my.

Number 6: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) Nurse Ratched. Only if you've seen the movie will you understand. This movie was "out there" but excellent. I have often said, "I'm living in a Cuckoo's Nest."

Number 5: "Pretty Woman" (1990) Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Women AND men love this movie. One of the most memorable scenes was when she went back to the dress shop and said, "Big Mistake." Wouldn't we all like to say that?

Number 4: Julie Christie and Omar Sharif in "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) is a drama/love story that won five Academy Awards and is the 8th all time money making movies (inflation adjusted!) If you have never seen this one, it is time.

Number 3: ET (1982) Not typically my kind of movie, but as this very unappealing creature struggled to get home; I wanted to take him to mine. ET-Home. Who can forget?

Number 2: "Gone With the Wind" Rhett and Scarlet. Can't get much better. Clark Gable's famous exit has become parting words for many occasions. "Frankly..." this is a classic.

Number 1: "To Kill a Mockingbird" is my favorite movie. Atticus Finch, Scout, Jim, Calpurnia, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, The Ewells, Ms. Stephanie, Mrs. Dubose were symbolic of characters we all knew. What else can be said?

What are your top fifteen all time movies? Think about them when you watch the Oscars Sunday night.


Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular CM Column, is an author, owner and operator of Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY, Phones 270-432-3152 and 270-670-4913 and is co-host of Susan (Susan Shirley Chambers) & Carol (Carol Sullivan Perkins) on 99.1 The Hoss, regularly live at 10amCT, each Tuesday. Watch CM Events for topics/guests on the show.


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