Classic & Unknown
local classics film society which exhibits on the second and fourth Saturdays of
each month* at
North Hackett Avenue
at 7:00 p.m.
December 14, 2013: TALES OF
This strange film is, if nothing
else, a feast for the eyes. The wonderful Technicolor process is very
well used here in this ballet extravaganza with the music of Jacques Offenbach.
Lovely MOIRA SHEARER stars with an eclectic cast taken from the London and
French stages. A miracle of design and color it is a film made by
artists...and very entertainingly so.
Starring Moira Shearer, Leonid
Massine, Ludmilla Tcherina, Robert Helpman and Pamela Brown. Sir Thomas
Beecham conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Photographed by
Christopher Challis. Production Designed by Hein Heckroth. Written,
Produced and Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
January 11, 2014:
THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1939)
There is murder afoot in a strange old mansion on the bayou!
Due to legal wrangles that have lasted for decades the public was deprived of
seeing this wonderfully creepy comedy thriller starring BOB HOPE, PAULETTE
GODDARD, GALE SONDERGAARD and GEORGE ZUCCO. But we have located a print
of this long unseen classic film. It is a remake of the silent movie of
the same name and vastly superior to it. It was the movie that made Bob
Hope a star and the chemistry between Hope and co-star Paulette Goddard was so
strong that they were subsequently reunited in other fine comedy thrillers.
Don't miss this superlative entertainment!
Directed by Elliot Nugent. Photographed by Charles Lang.
Screenplay by Walter de Leon and Lynn Starling, from the play by John Willard.
January 25, 2014:
THE BIG SLEEP (1946)
Very little need be said about this one. It was Bogart and Bacall and
was directed by Howard Hawks. What more do you want than that??
Here is the impudent Bogart/Bacall partnership at its impudent best.
Fast, funny, violent and extremely confusing (but who cares?) it remains the
classic film noir masterwork.
Directed by Howard Hawks. Music by Max Steiner. Screenplay by
Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett, from the novel by Raymond Chandler.
February 8, 2014:
MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940)
Cary Grant, Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott star in this delight, the best by
far version of the Enoch Arden plot ever done. Irene Dunne is presumed
lost at sea so after seven years her husband Cary Grant remarries. But
on his second honeymoon trip guess who shows up! Extremely witty,
elegant and very well crafted.
Screenplay by Sam and Bella Spewak, from the story by Leo McCarey.
Directed by Garson Kanin. Photographed by Rudolph Mate. Music by
Jack Webb, as star and director, takes a close look at a tense 9 hours in the
newsroom of a big city paper, trying desperately to cover urgent stories and
get the paper out on time. It's a movie loaded with suspense, lots of
wry humor, good performances and much drama. A fine evening's
entertainment from a very underrated movie maker. Whitney Blake, David
Nelson and Bill Conrad co-star.
Screenplay by William Bowers. Photographed by Edward Colman.
Directed by Jack Webb
MURDER SHE SAID (1961)
It is with the greatest of pleasure that we bring to you the first of the
famous MISS MARPLE movies starring Margaret Rutherford as the intrepid lady
detective who gets to the bottom of a series of grisly murders at Ackenthorpe
Hall. Marvelous in every way, from writing, direction, acting,
cinematography and music the movie puts no foot wrong. An outstanding
supporting cast includes Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson
Justice and Charles Tingwell. There have been other incarnations of Miss
Marple but none as fine as those starring Margaret Rutherford.
Screenplay by David Pursall and Jack Seddon, from "the 4:50 from
Paddington" by Agatha Christie. Music by Ron Goodwin.
Photographed by Geoffrey Faithfull. Directed by George Pollock
IT'S ONLY MONEY (1963)
Back by popular demand is perhaps Jerry Lewis' best film. A fine black
comedy directed by Frank Tashlin, it tells the story of a nondescript TV
repairman who discovers himself to be the long-lost heir to a tremendous
fortune. But his other relatives have other plans for him...like murder.
A fine supporting cast includes cigar-chomping Jesse White, with Joan O'Brien
and Jack Weston.
Screenplay by John Fenton Murray. Photographed by W. Wallace Kelley.
Directed by Frank Tashlin.
... classic American films,
you want to see again,
may never have had the opportunity to see."
deathless words of Lena Lamont (played by Jean Hagen in Singing in the Rain),
"If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel our
hard work ain't been in vain for nothing."
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 revive well-known but
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;