Just before starting this blog, I was in the living room with my husband while he went through the cable directory deciding which movies to record. As he zipped through the channels, the Jeanette Oke “Love Comes Softly” series caught my eye.
“Do you want me to record it?” he answered in a resigned tone I know well. If a movie is on the Hallmark Channel, he’s not a fan.
“No. I”d rather be surprised when it just pops up.”
“Surprised? You’ve seen it how many times?”
“Well, a lot, but it’s not the same when it”s recorded.” For me, there’s something about stumbling on a movie and being happily surprised that beats watching a DVD any day of the week. If I own a movie, I tend not to watch it. But if it shows up out of the blue, I’m hooked.
Does anyone else do that? I sure do, and these are the movies that pull me in every time they’re on. Not surprisingly, they’re all westerns.
Pure Country with George Straight, Isabel Glasser, and Lesley Anne Warren. I can sing the songs and recite the dialogue. I know exactly when Dusty, a burned out country music star, is going to get knocked in the mud by a jealous bar patron, and I cringe every time his road manager sabotages his budding romance with ranch girl Harley Tucker. There’s no way I can turn this movie off before we get
to the big finale with George crooning I Cross My Heart. Sigh . . .
Electric Horseman with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. The movie is dated now, but the romance still holds up for me. You can’t go wrong with rebellious cowboy out to
save an exploited horse while putting up with a gutsy female TV reporter. One of my favorite scenes is where former rodeo star Sonny Steele rescues the horse Rising Star from being drugged and put on display. They’re both covered with lights and lit up like Christmas trees when Sonny rides into the sunset. Later, when Sonny and reporter Hallie Martin join forces to set the thoroughbred free, it’s a bittersweet moment for everyone.
I already mentioned the Jeanette Oke Love Comes Softly series. Marty, Clark and the numerous other characters are just delightful. It’s pure pleasure to watch a series that highlights courage, sacrifice and love. The first movie is my favorite, with the next two being tied for second place.
This is an old one . . . Rio Bravo with John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan is a western classic, but it also has some seriously cheesy moments. The singing-in-the-jail scene always makes me smile, maybe because it’s something unique to the era in which it was made. I enjoy that lighthearted moment.
And last . .. Anything with a horse or a dog on the Hallmark Channel will hook me in about five seconds. The sappier, the better!
What about you? Are there movies you just can”t resist, even if you’ve seen them a dozen times?