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


First, Crime and Thrillers!


January 27th


Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938) with Margaret Lockwood, Paul Likas, Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty, Googie Withers, Basil Radford, Cecil Parker.

Along with The 39 Steps, this film is considered an early Hitchcock classic.



February 10th

Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)  with Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Nova Pilbeam. Hitchcock's first international thriller which is rated by some critics as better than the 1956 remake with Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart (which was also very good).



February 24th


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



March 10th


The Gentleman From Nowhere



March 24th


The Bank Dick



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


April 14th


Cyrano de Bergerac



April 28th


The Horses' Mouth

1958 film directed by Ronald Neame and filmed in 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!



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, or by calling 414-258-6492.
Come join us!