Dec 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve has all sorts of dramatic possibilities, which have been thoroughly exploited in countless classic movies. Here are a few of my favorite midnight moments:

The Apartment (1960)

Jack Lemmon finally sees the light—and he isn’t the only one. That’s all I’ll say, because this clip is very spoilery. Don’t watch it if you haven’t seen the movie! (And if you haven’t seen it—you ought to make it your New Year’s resolution.)


Holiday (1938)

Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant bond as they ring in the New Year:


After the Thin Man (1936)

William Powell and Myrna Loy—AKA Nick and Nora—get bilked out of a quiet New Year at home in this seriously silly scene:

What are your favorite New Year’s scenes? I’d love to know. I hope you all have a Happy New Year!


  1. I love the scene in Show Boat when Joe E. Brown says Hap-py New Year! :D Happy New Year to you as well!!!!

    1. Yeah! He was funny-anyone else wouldn't have made it quite so endearing.

  2. Happy New Year! Funny you should mention After The Thin Man -- Katie-Bar-The-Door and I are watching the Thin Man marathon on TCM at this very moment.

    And as for Holiday and The Apartment, they are two of my very favorite movies.

    "You've got no faith in Johnny, have you, Julia? His little dream may fall flat, you think. Well, so it may, what if it should? There'll be another. Oh, I've got all the faith in the world in Johnny. Whatever he does is all right with me. If he wants to dream for a while, he can dream for a while, and if he wants to come back and sell peanuts, oh, how I'll believe in those peanuts!"

  3. Kate--thanks, the same to you!

    Nicole--thanks Nicole. The New Year scene in the first Show Boat is also pretty good. I don't remember the remake very well. Now I'm curious to see it again.

    MM--one of my favorite monologues ever! And one the best endings to a movie as well.