My Cinematic Alphabet

In recent travels across the Internet (losing my luggage), I noticed several writers sharing cinematic alphabets, wherein their go-to movies represent each of the 25 letters the coherent among us use to communicate -- and, sometimes, y.

The endeavor is nuttily nostalgic. During my school days, familiar objects were offered by teachers to illustrate the various vowels and consonants, like A is for apple, B is for book, and C is for cigarettes and, sometimes, Coors.

The compilation of my list of motion pictures was very difficult because I had so many worthy films to tweeze away. My sincerest apologies to "Pinocchio," "Bambi," "It's a Gift," "City Lights," "Bridge on the River Kwai," "Cinema Paradiso," "Jean de Florette," "Play It Again, Sam," "Bananas," "Singin' in the Rain," "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break," "Deputy Droopy," and many more. I may have my clones, Lester and Connie, prepare cinematic alphabets to include these neglected productions; however, knowing those two kin / mes, we'd be deluged by "Cops" episodes and "Dancing With the Stars (Who Aren't Big Enough to Not Have to Do This Humbling, Soul-Crushing TV Series)."

Yes, I've written about many of my titles before, but, at least, I am consistent, and heading on out to the lobby for popcorn and Dots. Save my seat.

I love a house with a lobby.

Annie Hall

A is for "Annie Hall" (1977)

W.C. Fields Comedy Collection (The Bank Dick / My Little Chickadee / You Can't Cheat an Honest Man / It's a Gift / International House)

B is for "The Bank Dick" (1940)

Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)

C is for "Citizen Kane" (1941)

The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / Horse Feathers / Duck Soup)

D is for "Duck Soup" (1933)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Widescreen Edition)

E is for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)

A Face in the Crowd

F is for "A Face in the Crowd" (1957)
Geisha Boy [VHS]

G is for "The Geisha Boy" (1958)

How the West Was Won (Blu-ray Book) [Blu-ray]

H is for "How the West Was Won" in CINERAMA (1962)

It's a Wonderful Life [Blu-ray]

I is for "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)

Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition)

J is for "Jaws" (1975)

King Kong [Blu-ray Book]

K is for "King Kong" (1933)

The Ladies Man

L is for "The Ladies' Man" (1961)

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

M is for "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (1944)

North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Book)

N is for "North by Northwest" (1959)

Once Upon a Time in the West (Special Collector's Edition)

O is for "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)

Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

P is for "Psycho" (1960)

The Quiet Man (Collector's Edition)

Q is for "The Quiet Man" (1952)

Rear Window (Collector's Edition)

R is for "Rear Window" (1954)

The Searchers [Blu-ray]
S is for "The Searchers" (1956)

To Catch a Thief (The Centennial Collection)

T is for "To Catch a Thief" (1955)

Up (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray]

U is for "Up" (2009)

Vertigo (Universal Legacy Series)

V is for "Vertigo" (1958)

The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

W is for "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)

Xanadu - Magical Musical Edition (With Complete Soundtrack CD)

X is for "Xanadu" (1980)

Young Frankenstein [Blu-ray]

Y is for "Young Frankenstein" (1974)

The William Castle Film Collection (13 Frightened Girls / 13 Ghosts / Homicidal / Strait-Jacket / The Old Dark House / Mr. Sardonicus / The Tingler / Zotz!)

Z is for "Zotz!" (1962)

And, sometimes, "Why Worry?" (1923)

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