Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Classic Film Lovers Guide to Hulu

If you missed an episode of Family Guy or Dollhouse, chances are you'll run to to watch said episode online. Full-length TV episodes are what this site is most known for. But did you know Hulu has a big selection of full-length classic film features available for viewing?

I ran across the full-length video of Pleasure Seekers (1964) on Hulu a few months ago, purely by accident. I was doing research on Pamela Tiffin who had been my main interest at the time and who happens to be in that movie. I had caught the last 40 minutes or so on the Fox Movie Channel and wanted to see the whole thing. That's where Hulu came in and I got a chance to see the whole movie!

Fast forward a few months later and I took a couple hours to do some real digging. I went through Hulu's vast collection of full-length movies and grabbed links to any films from the 1920s to the 1960s. I created a guide to the Classic Films on Hulu (see below). I tried to organize them by categories so it's more user friendly.

This list is only temporary as a lot of films on Hulu have expiration dates. In fact, Pleasure Seekers expired today! (boo). So if there any films on here you are interested in, watch them now.

Creme de la Creme

Charade (1963) (with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn)
His Girl Friday (1940) (with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell)
Captain Kidd (1945)
Dillinger (1945)
The Stranger (1946) (with Orson Welles, Loretta Young and Edward G. Robinson)
Inherit the Wind (1960) (with Spencer Tracy)

Alfred Hitchcock
The 39 Steps (1935)
Sabotage (1937)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Hidden Gems

Blackmail (1929)
Dead End (1937) (with Humphrey Bogart)
Moon Over Miami (1941) (with Betty Grable and Don Ameche)
Rings on Her Fingers (1942) (with Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney
Thunder Birds (1942) (with Gene Tierney)
Woman's World (1954) (with Fred MacMurray and Lauren Bacall)
Big Noise (1944) (with Laurel & Hardy)
Man in the Middle (1964) (with Robert Mitchum!)
The Train (1965) (with Burt Lancaster)
The Chairman (1969) (with Gregory Peck)
A Hole in the Head (1959) (with Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson)
Bachelor Flat (1961)

Film Noir

99 River Street (1953)
Crime Against Joe (1956)
Cop Hater (1958)


Cynara (1932) (with Ronald Colman and Kay Francis)
The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
Secret Agent (1936)
The Little Princess (1939) (with Shirley Temple)
Earthbound (1940)
Happy Land (1943)
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943)
Love From a Stranger (1947)
The Noose Hangs High (1948) (Abbott & Costello)
Africa Screams (1949)
Prince of Foxes (1949)
Anne of the Indies (1951)
Fixed Bayonets (1952)
Night People (1954) (with Gregory Peck)
Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954)
Big House, U.S.A (1955)
Untamed (1955) (with Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward)
Dance with me, Henry (1956) (Abbott & Costello)
Time Limit (1957) (with Richard Widmark)
Counterplot (1959)
The Son of Robin Hood (1959)
Circle of Deception (1960)
Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)
Boy Who Caught A Crook (1961)
Sniper's Ridge (1961)
Hero's Island (1962)
Incident in an Alley (1962)
Mr. Arkadin (1962) (Orson Welles)
California (1963)
Sergeant Deadhead (1965)
The Knack, and How To Get It (1965)


Angel and the Bad Man (1947) (with John Wayne)
Blue Steel (1934) (with John Wayne)
'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934)
The Desert Trail (1935)
The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952)
Duel at Diablo (1960) (with Sidney Poitier and James Garner)
Zane Grey Westerns:

Horror Flicks

Terror in the Haunted House (1958) The Devil's Hand (1962)
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
Atom Age Vampire (1960)
Black Sunday (1961)
The Brain that Wouldn't Die (1962)
The Devil's Hand (1962)
The Crawling Hand (1963)
The Terror (1963)
Taste of Terror (1963)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
House on Haunted Hill (1965)


Reefer Madness (1936)
The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955)
It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)
Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
Frankenstein's Daughter (1958)
The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)
The Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Frankie & Annette Movies

Beach Party (1963)
Muscle Beach Party (1964)
Pajama Party (1964)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
How To Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)


  1. Cool - Thanks for taking the time to do the research for us! Now have to pick one to view - probably Crime Against Joe - can't not see a film where Julie London plays Frances 'Slacks' Bennett.

  2. Wow! How good for you! I tried to enter the page, but they only stream within the United States :(

  3. Operator 99 - Let me know what you think of that movie when you see it.

    MrJeffrey - My pleasure. I'm glad you found it useful.

    Lolita - Oh yes. Jonas had that same problem. :-(

  4. Wow!!!! Thanks for doing this Raquelle -- I never even knew that Hulu had classic films :D Now I need to hurry up and decide which ones take high priority to watch right away before they expire!

  5. Thanks for posting this list. I'd been tracking down stuff I wanted to see based on actor (I recently watched "Big House, USA" and "The Stranger" on Hulu, but this handy list is even better! Thanks!

  6. This list is great! Though I've watched a lot of classics on Hulu, I've never weeded through the whole list to see what was in there. I'm very impressed by and appreciative of your effort! I'm so bummed I missed Pleasure Seekers; I've been wanting to see that :-P

  7. Cool, can I get you a bag of popcorn?

  8. This is great! I had no idea Hulu streamed classic films! Thanks so much for putting all of this together.

  9. Holy wow this is extensive! Definitely bookmarking this post. and YAY Frankie & Annette!! :D

  10. Raquelle,
    You are so neat and helpful! Yes it's too bad we who happens to be outside the US can't watch it. But on the other hand, we have Spotify! Ha!

  11. Thanks for sharing that, Raquelle! For Jonas and others outside the States, I might point out that there are some classic films on places like YouTube and elsewhere (including Spotify). And I'd like to point out for those who love classic TV shows as well as classic films, both NBC and CBS have been pretty good about putting up some of their classic shows on their websites (Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Twilight Zone)!

  12. Thanks for the links. I appreciate the effort that went into this.

  13. What a great resource. I'm quite familiar with Hulu, but I have to admit even I haven't really taken advantage of it. Thanks for gathering the links!

  14. I've been wanting to check out Hulu for a while. Now I have no reason not to. Thanks. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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