Dear Reader, if you were our neighbour, we would invite you to our place to celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16.

There would be balloons, champagne and, of course, a classic movie. Oh – and cake, too!

Doris Day, James Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock are celebrating too. • Image: Cinephilia & Beyond

Rick at Classic Film and TV Café, an advocate of classic film and movie critic extraordinaire, hosts an annual blogging bash to mark National Classic Movie Day. His challenge: Choose five vintage celebrities who make classic movies seem all the more special to you.

We wrestled with this decision for weeks. In the end, we settled on five stars for whom we drop everything to watch. They are five of the reasons we love classic film.

1. Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino in They Drive By Night (1940) • Image: tumblr

Because Ida Lupino seems smart and tough. Her scenes make us think, “This, this, is a great actor at work.”

2. & 3. Fayard and Harold Nicholas (The Nicholas Brothers)

The Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather (1943)

Because Fayard and Harold Nicholas seem unfettered by gravity. Their dance sequences make us feel exuberant.

4. Thelma Ritter

Thelma Ritter in Miracle on 34th Street (1947) • Image: Primo Gif

Because Thelma Ritter is unfailingly charismatic. She is a study in scene-stealing.

5. John Wayne

John Wayne in Stagecoach (1939) • Image: Imgur

Because John Wayne’s presence fills the screen. He makes us feel like we can conquer formidable obstacles, too.

Now it’s your turn. Who are some of your fave classic movie stars?

This is part of the Five Stars Blogathon hosted by the Classic Film and TV Café.

Happily blogging about old movies and using the royal "We".

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