Yesterday I watched two Alfred Hitchcock films, both starring Jimmy Steward. One was "The Man Who Knew Too Much" made in 1955 and the other was "Rear Window" made in 1954. My first thought was how well the films hold up, even to today's technical and style standards. Dialogue was mostly realistic, not the melodramatic style the movies from just a few years earlier had. Another thing I noticed right away was the way that Jimmy Steward and other characters in the films dressed. I was only 11 when I saw "Rear Window" in a theatre, and 12 when I saw "The Man Who Knew Too Much" but I do remember that men dressed in shirts, ties and jackets, even when not working and even if not if what we call white collar jobs. And the men generally wore hats when outside, regardless of the weather. Seeing the Jimmy Stewart character on vacation with his family in Morocco, in the heat of that area, wearing a sport jacket, white shirt and tie reminded me of how ridiculous the "normal" way of dressing really was. And the Doris Day character, if watched today, would drive most women crazy with the portrayal of this woman as pretty over emotional and needing to be so coddled by her husband. But at the time that film was made, people more or less accepted those gender roles without question. "Rear Window", with so many of the character's neighbors leaving their windows uncovered, was not totally realistic, although in those days before air conditioning was universal, people often did leave their windows open and the curtains or blinds open as well to try to get some air moving into the home. Another aspect of this film that I guess I had forgotten was just how gorgeous Grace Kelly was. Overall I enjoyed both of these films, and added to my watching "Groundhog Day" a few nights ago, I guess I am having my own nostalgic film festival. One thing I always enjoy watching old movies is to spot actors that have a small role who later become much bigger stars. In "Groundhog Day", actor Michael Shannon (Google his name if it doesn't ring a bell, you likely will recognize him once you see him) in a very small role as an exuberant teenager.