Thursday, October 4, 2018

Our YouTube Channel Reaches a Milestone

This past week, we uploaded the 100th video to our YouTube channel, which was established in October 2014. Today, we have over 2,600 subscribers (thank you!) and our videos have been viewed over 1.4 million times. (By the way, click on the titles to view any of the videos mentioned below.)

Ava Gardner as Venus.
What can you find on the Classic Film & TV Cafe YouTube Channel? Well, there are lots of clips from classic movies such as: Ronald Colman as a quiz show contestant in Champagne for Caesar, Ava Gardner as a statue come to life in One Touch of Venus, Michael Caine as a reluctant spy in Funeral in Berlin, and Danny Kaye trying to box in The Kid from Brooklyn.

We've also had a grand time posting scenes from intriguing lesser-know films. So, you can see Mel Torme as a gunfighter in Walk Like a Dragon, Dirk Bogarde and Olivia de Havilland in the engrossing courtroom drama Libel, and Glynis Johns diving 80 feet a into a "lake of flames" in Encore.

Lloyd Bridges in The Loner.
What about classic television? It's well represented with memorable scenes such as: Martin Milner and Lee Marvin slugging it out on Route 66, Jack Klugman as a DA on The Defenders, and Lloyd Bridges in Rod Serling's Western series The Loner.

The Cafe staff has created some original content, too, with a mix of quizzes, original trailers, photo tributes to stars like Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, video reviews, and even a snippet from our audio interview with Hammer actress Veronica Carlson.

What are our most popular videos? Well, if you count the percentage of "like" vs. "dislike"--and require a minimum of 30 "likes"--the most popular are a clip from Hammer's The Mummy and a tribute to Roger Moore's leading ladies on The Saint TV series. If you measure popularity by the number of comments left by videos, then the most popular are The Slipper and the Rose, Horror of Dracula, and My Bodyguard.

The most common measurement of popularity, though, is the number of times a video has been viewed. So, we'll close this post with scenes from our Top Five videos and the number of times each has been viewed (just click on the image to watch these scenes without leaving the Cafe):

The Slipper and the Rose (633,262 views)

Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in Houseboat (136,182 views)

Horror of Dracula (104,406)

Danny Kaye and Angela Lansbury in The Court Jester (62,740)

Petula Clark and Peter O'Toole in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (56,388)


  1. So, you're telling me that I don't have to stare at the screen wondering what to watch on YouTube? I have got to pay more attention to what's going on!

  2. Although dual characters were a trademark, Danny Kaye's, "The Court Jester" was his masterpiece. From "the brew that is true," to his sagging gold tights in the marching routine, to his intermittent hypnotic swashbuckling, it never ceases to amaze.

  3. Congrats on 100 videos, 2600 followers and over a million views! That is awesome! If I ever start my own YouTube channel, I'm coming to you for advice.

  4. Congrats, Rick! Quite a remarkable and admirable feat. I'm going to have to take a look and join up!

  5. The rocks! Congratulations on the success of the YouTube channel, Rick!