An old story, if it follows the natural principles of drama, it will never be forgotten. It will entertain like any movie of today.
Look how simple, funny, and alive this story is. Discard the black and white, music, and acting. Look deep in to the golden theme (that thing that makes all movie the same). A man wants something, can’t get it, tries again, can’t get it, tries again, and until finally he does.
We laugh because of two things: 1) We’re happy it not us in this dangerous situation 2) We know we’ll go this crazy if it was us in this dangerous situation. This is what makes story natural and original. It’s a common story. We identify with the character and cheer for him or her when they finally get what they want. In this case, safety.