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A Look Back at Some of the Best (and Weirdest) Double Features From Our Youth


Today, pretty much any movie that we want is available at our fingertips for streaming by one service or another. But things were different in those ancient days before Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. Before Blu-rays, DVDs or even VHS. A time that would terrify millennials who just might not be able to cope with the idea of catching something at the time of its release or not get another chance until much later. That notion was certainly an important part of moviegoing years ago, when fans of popular films either had to wait for a straight re-release of a particular film, or, preferably, getting it back in the theater with a second film. Yes, we’re talking about the classic movie double features. And not the schlock that was frequently thrown on to Drive-In screens, but mainstream movies.

Maybe you’re a fan of Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, or James Bond films… whatever it might be, back in the day the odds were you would get the opportunity to see one of your favorites with a 50/50 shot of it being paired with something else you cared about. Sometimes you’d get a double that made absolutely no sense and you were left wondering who thought that was a good idea. In either case, we’ve gathered up this look at a number of double features with some quick commentary on each.

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