The most pleasant surprises among the first time classic movie watches were:
Hangman’s Knot (1952) written and directed by Roy Huggins. Randolph Scott is excellent as always. He's stolen a gold shipment but it's much more complicated than that.
Ernst Lubitsch's wild crazy visually flamboyant 1921 silent comedy/romance The Wildcat (Die Bergkatze) starring the one and only Pola Negri.
Of the re-watches the standouts were:
The Beast of the City (1932), an extraordinarily hard-hitting gangster movie with a cop hero who is as brutal as the worst gangster. Based on a story by W. R. Burnett and stars Walter Huston and Jean Harlow.
Raw Deal (1948), the most admired of Anthony Mann’s films noirs, and with good reason.