Winter 2013 Film Series
January 10, 2013
The 2013 Winter Film Series is sure to be enjoyable. Don’t miss seeing Laurel and Hardy, Bogart and Bacall, Stewart and Wayne, Heston and Parker as well as many many more all performing at their best. And be sure not to miss the continuing saga of Dick Tracy’s G-Men.
Films are shown in the Library Auditorium – level one
Doors open at 6:30 pm (seating is limited)
“Bogie & Bacall”
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor.
Former big-time gangster Robinson, attempting a return to the country, takes over a Florida Keys hotel, trapping disillusioned ex-soldier Bogart and owners Barrymore and Bacall during a hurricane. Director-screenwriter John Huston presents a compellingly fascinating character study of courage, heroism, and cowardice.
Warner Bros. 1948. 1 hr. 40 mins. Director: John Huston.
Dick Tracy’s G-Men: Flames of Jeopardy, 17 mins.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
“Print the Legend”
Starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O’Brien.
Stewart is a respected senator who returns home to bury an old friend who was more responsible than anyone knew for the senator’s rise to power and who embodied the qualities of an old West that had vanished. This is one
of the top films of of John Ford’s career, as well asone of John Wayne’s best. Lee Marvin’s portrayal of the dastardly villain Valance is delicious.
Paramount. 1962. 2 hrs. 3 mins. Director: John Ford.
Dick Tracy’s G-Men: Crackling Fury, 17 mins.
“Cecil B. DeMille Presents“
Starring Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut.
The intrigue surrounding the alluring Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and Roman generals Julius Caesar and Marc Antony is presented in lavish visual and musical style in DeMille’s spectacle of love and power. Cleopatra secured DeMille’s reputation for epic moviemaking that combined history and box office gold.
Paramount. 1934. 1 hr. 40 mins. Director: Cecil B. DeMille.
Dick Tracy’s G-Men: Caverns of Peril, 17 mins.
“Music by Max Steiner”
Starring Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Brandon de Wilde, Walter Brennan.
The story of a Vermont family’s efforts to create a bird sanctuary in opposition to the schemes of wily developers is presented in the unique Disney manner described as a tribute to “the simple life for humans and conservation of wild life.” Future TV star Linda Evans’ motion picture debut makes for a fine film that also features one of the last lush film scores by Max Steiner.
Walt Disney. 1964. 2 hrs. 11 mins. Director: Norman Tokar.
Dick Tracy’s G-Men: Fight in the Sky, 17 mins.
The Naked Jungle
“Love and Danger in the Amazon”
Starring Eleanor Parker, Charlton Heston, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad.
Charlton Heston is a plantation owner in South America who sends for a mail-order bride. Not only does the independent woman present a challenge, but the two are both faced by a natural enemy that is “twenty miles long and two miles wide…forty square miles of agonizing death” that threatens to destroy all that he has.
Paramount. 1954. 1 hr. 35 mins. Technicolor. Director: Byron Haskin.
Dick Tracy’s G-Men: The Fatal Ride, 17 mins.
A Man for All Seasons
“Conscience and Character”
Starring Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles.
Robert Bolt wrote adapted his own hit play about the courage of Sir Thomas More in opposing King Henry VIII’s plans to abrogate Catholic doctrine in order to divorce and remarry. Seasons garnered six Academy Awards, including Picture, Director, and Paul Scofield’s well-deserved Oscar for Best Actor. A memorable film in every respect.
Columbia. 1966. 2 hrs. Director: Fred Zinnemann.
Dick Tracy’s G-Men: Getaway, 17 mins.
Saps at Sea
“An Evening with Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy”
Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Richard Cramer.
Stan and Ollie take to the seas after Ollie is diagnosed with “hornophobia,” only to find themselves in another “nice mess” with an escaped convict. Classic verbal and visual gags prove the enduring quality of Laurel & Hardy as the greatest comedy team ever. In Towed in a Hole , they try to go in to commercial fishing, but don’t quite make it when the boat they buy proves to be something less than seaworthy..
Hal Roach/United Artists. 1940. 57 mins. Director: Gordon Douglas.
Towed in A Hole. Hal Roach/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 1932. 21 mins.
Director: George Marshall.
Dick Tracy’s G-Men: The Last Stand, 17 mins.
“Memorial Day Tribute”
Starring John Garfield, John Ridgley, Harry Carey, Gig Young, George Tobias, Arthur Kennedy.
A lone B-17 unwittingly flies into the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Director Howard Hawks turns what could have been a standard WWII propaganda film into a harrowing story of how the diverse individuals who make up the plane’s crew unite under fire and how one rebellious member is eventually wedded to the cause.
Warner Bros. 1943. 2 hrs. 4 mins. Director: Howard Hawks.
Dick Tracy’s G-Men. A serial in 15 chapters
Starring Ralph Byrd, Irving Pichel, Ted Pearson, Phylis Isley [Jennifer Jones].
Chester Gould’s hit comic strip of ace detective Dick Tracy received its third adaptation to the ever-popular Saturday afternoon serials by Republic Pictures. In 15 cliffhanging chapters, Tracy works with the FBI in convicting “the most hated man on earth,” international spy and criminal Zarnoff, only to have him escape execution. Zarnoff’s nefarious plans include bombing a vital canal. Look for a future Academy Award-winning actress before her name-change by David O. Selznick to Jennifer Jones. One episode accompanies each of the season’s feature film showings.
Republic. 1939. 15 chapters. Chapter 1, 30 mins. All other chapters, 17 mins. each. Directors: William Witney and John English.