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.
First, Crime and Thrillers!
George M. Cohen's Seven Keys to Baldpate
The definitive film version of the comedy-mystery in which George Washington Magee accepts a challenge that he can finish a novel in 24 hours while staying in the deserted Baldpate Inn. Cohen's stage play was made into a film five times, several times as a silent film. This one's a talkie and a pretty fair presentation
The Gentleman From Nowhere
Warner Baxter plays a security guard, wounded in a robbery of furs, who arouses the suspicions of an insurance investigator. The guard may or may not be a chemist who's been missing for seven years, declared dead, and whose widow collected $200,000 on his insurance policy.
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:
Cyrano de Bergerac
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.
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
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.
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,
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 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."