On January 10th we will show the wonderful Frank Capra film from 1934 It Happened One Night starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The winner of 5 academy awards including best picture, this romantic comedy is equal parts screwball comedy and a picture of depression-era America. This was one of the most popular films of its time and it’s still fun today. (Interesting bit of trivia found on imdb.com: While shooting the scene where he undresses, Clark Gable had trouble removing his undershirt while keeping his humorous flow going and took too long. As a result the undershirt was abandoned altogether. It then became cool to not wear an undershirt which resulted in a large drop in undershirt sales around the country. Legend has it that in response, some underwear manufacturers tried to sue Columbia.)
January 17th we can fall in love again with the magnificent Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains star in this most memorable film. The story takes place during WWII in Morocco where refugees wait hoping to obtain exit visas to Lisbon and on to freedom. When nightclub owner Rick is asked to help Ilsa, with whom he is in love, and Laszlo, a resistance leader, to escape from the Nazis, he must choose between his country and his former love. Full of familiar lines, romantic music, Bogart and Bergman, this old favorite never fails to please.
January 24th brings us to the classic western High Noon starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. Marshall Will Kane is ready to leave on his honeymoon with his new Quaker wife when the Miller gang comes to town looking for revenge. Kane must take them on alone in one of the greatest cinematic showdowns of all time. Sometimes described as "a western for people who don't like westerns" this film is a brilliant portrait of one man’s courage in a world of bullies and cowards.
January 31st will find us singing and dancing in the rain (weather permitting of course.) Singin’ in the Rain with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor celebrates sound in a picture about the move from silent film to talkies. This movie is guaranteed to make you smile with its joyous song and dance numbers and is the best musical film according to many critics. All I know is it’s a heckuva lot of fun!
All films are on Thursday afternoon’s beginning at 1:30 so please come, have some popcorn on us, and enjoy these wonderful films with your fellow movie lovers. And stay tuned for more great movies coming in February!Julie Stump
See you at the movies!
See you at the movies!