Films: Old, Classic & Unknown on Saturdays

is the local classics film society which exhibits on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 

2648 North Hackett Avenue 

starting at 7:00 p.m.



The FOCUS Film Society Winter - Spring  2018 Schedule


Well, anyway, "Crime" ... after a fashion with The Bank Dick !



March 24th


The Bank Dick

Egbert Sousé (W.C. Fields) becomes an unexpected hero when a bank robber falls over a bench he's occupying. Now considered brave, Egbert is given a job as a bank guard. Soon, he is approached by charlatan J. Frothingham Waterbury (Russell Hicks) about buying shares in a mining company. Egbert persuades teller Og Oggilby (Grady Sutton) to lend him bank money, to be returned when the scheme pays off. Unfortunately, bank inspector Snoopington (Franklin Pangborn) then makes a surprise appearance.


Along with It's a Gift, this film is considered to be on of the Great Man's Best.


There is a Fields' classic moment when he enters the Black Pussy saloon and asks the bartender (Shemp Howard of Three Stooges renown), "Was I in here last night and did I spend a twenty dollar bill?" Howard replies, "Yeah."

Fields replies, "Phew, that's a relief; I thought I'd lost it!"


Fields wrote the screenplay (as he often did) with the assistance of Richard Carroll.



Then, on to French (Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand) and British (Joyce Cary, Sir Alec Guinness & William Shakespeare) Classics:


April 14th


Cyrano de Bergerac

The 1950 drama romance film based on the 1897 French Alexandrine verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.

 It uses poet Brian Hooker's 1923 English blank verse translation as the basis for its screenplay. 

The 1950 film was produced by Stanley Kramer and directed by Michael Gordon

José Ferrer received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring performance as Cyrano de Bergerac

Mala Powers played Roxane, and William Prince portrayed Christian de Neuvillette.



April 28th


The Horses' Mouth

1958 film directed by Ronald Neame and filmed in I.B. Technicolor. Alec Guinness wrote the screenplay from the 1944 novel The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary, and also played the lead role of Gulley Jimson, an extremely eccentric London artist ... totally dedicated to his art. This film has become a cult classic among the artistic set.    Sergei Prokifiev's "Lieutenant Kijé" provides a most appropriate and lively musical background and emphasis. 

May 12th


William Shakespeare's Hamlet

This  Hamlet is the 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, adapted and directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Academy Award: Best Picture. Also with Jean Simmons, Basil Sydney, Eileen Herlie

Believe it or not, it is also the first sound film of the play in English. A 1935 sound film adaptation, Khoon Ka Khoon, had been made in India and filmed in the Urdu language.



May 26th


William Shakespeare's Henry V

Special Academy Award to Olivier for his Outstanding Achievement as actor, producer and director. Olivier also helped in the development of the screen play along with Dallas Bower and Alan Dent. 

Laurence Olivier, Reneé Asherson, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks.  In IB Technicolor. Also nominated for Best Picture, Best Score (William Walton) and Best Actor.

All films begin at 7:00 pm and are shown at Church in the City, 2648 N Hackett Avenue. A donation of $3 each is requested. More information can be found at www.ficoa/biz/focus.htm, or by calling 414-258-6492.


" ... classic American films

distinguished foreign films,

films you've missed,

films you want to see again,

and films

you may never have had the opportunity to see."



The role of a film society has several elements:

to offer a large part of the literature of film;

to provide a venue for film study and discussion;

to educate; 

to revive well-known but little-seen classics;

to provide some historical background related to motion pictures;

to introduce a new audience to films that are little-known to most followers of films;

and, lastly, it ought to entertain!

Of course, a classic is "a work of acknowledged excellence."


Come join us!