When my friend Richard Facebooked “Salt of the Earth (1954)” over the weekend, I almost lost it. For one thing, here was one of the best labor movies ever made entirely online. For another thing, the ENTIRE thing was on YouTube. I had never seen that before.
Then I went to the channel where the movie was posted, and lost it again. Cinevault’s Openflix is an absolute treasure trove of old movies in their entirety. Sure, some of them probably stink, but I’ve seen enough excellent ones there to know there’s a lot of gems too like the best Frank Capra film ever made, “Meet John Doe (1942). Then there’s this piece of great timing, “Royal Wedding (1951).” and more Charlie Chaplin films than I’ve ever seen for free in one place. Mostly it’s shorts, but they also have “The Kid (1921).”
Lord, I’m going to have to stop sleeping now in order to get anything done.