Bandon Library Friends and Foundation, Inc.

BLFF presents Classic Film Night

on the 2nd Monday of the month

in the Sprague Community Room

at 7:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public


Classic Film Series Schedule in 2015


January 12

Dr. No
Sean Connery, Ursula Andress. Director Terence Young
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Color, 111 minutes, 1962
James Bond, resourceful government agent, seeks answers in a case involving a missing colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

February 9

What’s Up Doc
Barbara Streisand, Ryan O'Neal. Director Peter Bogdanovich
Warner Bros.
Color, 94 minutes, 1972
The accidental mix up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

March 9

The Postman Always Rings Twice
Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway. Director Tay Garnett
Warner Bros.
Bl/Wh, 113 minutes, 1946
The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

April 13

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
Robert Morse, Michele Lee. Director David Swift
Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
Color, 125 minutes, 1967
Armed with a "How to..." manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.

May 11

Ninotchka
Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi. Director Ernst Lubitsch
Warner Bros.
110 minutes, 1939
A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

June 8

Rope
James Stewert, Farley Granger. Director Alfred Hitchcock
Universal Pictures
Color, 80 minutes, 1948
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.


July 13

Million Dollar Mermaid
Ester Williams, Victor Mature. Director Mervyn LeRoy
Warner Bros.
Color, 115 minutes, 1952
Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

August 10

Moby Dick
Gregory Peck, Orson Welles. Director John Huston
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Color, 116 minutes, 1956
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

September 14

Mr. Imperium
Lana Turner, Ezio Pinka. Director Don Hartman
Warner Bros.
Color, 87 minutes, 1951
A prince who falls for nightclub singer, when the two meet on vacation in Italy. After more than a decade, they reunite, only now she is a Hollywood superstar and Imperium has ascended to the throne of king.

October 12

Blithe Spirit
Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings. Director David Lean
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
96 minutes, 1945
Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

November 9

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt. Director John Huston
Warner Bros.
Bl/Wh, 126 minutes, 1948
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

December 14

Top Hat
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball. Director Mark Sandrich
Warner Bros.
Bl/Wh, 94 minutes, 1935
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.



Classic Film Series Schedule in 2014


Jan 13
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935
Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady, MGM/UA. Directed by Busby Berkeley, Bl/Wh 98 min., 1935.
One of the best and most famous of the Busby Berkeley musicals. A great standard in popular musical literature. "Lullaby of Broadway" won an Academy Award.

Feb 10
ADAM’S RIB
Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday. Turner/MGM; Directed by George Cukor. Black and White; Not Rated; 101 minutes; 1949, 35MM, VHS.
Prosecutor Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) is up against his defense attorney wife Amanda (Katharine Hepburn) in this witty and sophisticated courtroom comedy. Amanda is defending Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) who is on trial for the attempted murder of her cheating husband. The legal battle carries outside the courtroom as the two lawyers come to new terms in their own marriage.


March 10
CHISUM
John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Ben Johnson. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Rated G; 111 minutes; 1970.
Legendary screen actor John Wayne stars as a cattle-baron who must defend his peaceful territory against a band of corrupt officials intent on disrupting his way of life. Called the best of the John Wayne Westerns by many critics, this sprawling epic centers around the revenge sought by Billy The Kid after his mentor is murdered by greedy bad guys.

April 14
ON THE WATERFRONT
Marlon Brando, Karl Malden. Columbia Pictures; Directed by Elia Kazan. Black and White; Not Rated; 108 minutes; 1954.
A priest sets out to smash mob control over the New York waterfront in this film classic. Meanwhile, an inarticulate longshoreman realizes what he could have amounted to in the world. Elia Kazan's direction combined with Marlon Brando's acting skill created this intelligent, superior piece of entertainment that was the winner of eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture.

May 12
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor. Turner/MGM; Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Not Rated; 113 minutes; 1944.
Vincente Minnelli’s first color film and is a captivating evocation of family life in St. Louis at the time of the 1904 World's Fair. "The Boy Next Door," "Trolley Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" are a few of the songs featured in this lovely musical.

June 9
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Turner/Warner Bros.; Directed by Howard Hawks. Black and White; Not Rated; 100 minutes; 1944.
This Howard Hawks masterpiece is the film that provided Lauren Bacall with her first featured role. Adapted from Hemingway's daring story about a cynical Caribbean seaman who becomes deeply involved in a mission for the French resistance. William Faulkner and Jules Furthman wrote a brilliantly moody and compelling screenplay spiced with Bogart-Bacall wit at its best.

July 14
FUNNY LADY
Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Ben Vereen, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall, Larry Gates, Columbia Pictures; Directed by Herbert Ross. Rated PG; 138 minutes; 1975.
A continuation of "FUNNY GIRL", recounts Fanny Brice’s tumultuous marriage to showman Billy Rose in the 1930s and her lingering affection for first husband Nick Amstein. This is one of the rare sequels that are just as good, or at least almost, as the original.

Aug 11
THE DEFIANT ONES
Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel. MGM/UA; Directed by Stanley Kramer. Black and White; Not Rated; 96 minutes; 1958.
A provocative, honest racial drama as timely today as when it was made. This engrossing story focuses on the plight of two escaped convicts (Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis) who are shackled together in chains and in racial hatred and fleeing across the South from the police. Their dilemma is reduced to something very basic, each must risk his life for the other if they are to succeed.

Sept 8
EAST OF EDEN
James Dean, Raymond Massey. Warner Brothers; Directed by Elia Kazan. Not Rated; 115 minutes; 1955.
One of the finest films of James Dean's career, this contemporary portrayal of the Cain and Abel theme, places the characters in a pre-World War I setting in the role of a truck farming family.

Oct 13
KING KONG
Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot. RKO; Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Black and White/Colorized; Not Rated; 109 minutes; 1933.
The original and the best! Skull Island natives capture blonde bombshell and aspiring movie star Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and offer her as a sacrifice to their god, King Kong. But Ann’s movie crew rescues Ann, captures King Kong, and brings him to New York. This ape of epic proportions, of course, escapes and terrorizes the city.

Nov 10
MOGAMBO
Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly. MGM/UA; Directed by John Ford. Not Rated; 116 minutes; 1953.
A romantic triangle forms during an African safari, with Clark Gable at its center. In this color remake of the 1932 classic RED DUST, Gable plays the role of a safari leader, and Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner play the women who love him.

Dec 8
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart. Turner/MGM; Directed by George Cukor. Black and White; Not Rated; 112 minutes; 1940.
The Philadelphia Story is a classic upper-crust comedy. A brilliant adaptation of the Philip Barry play set in the high society of the Philadelphia "Mainline." Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is a wealthy heiress in search of romance. Cary Grant plays her ex-husband, and James Stewart won an Academy Award® for his role as the reporter who falls in love with her.



MOVIE SCHEDULE FOR 2013

 

 

January 14

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - James Stewart, John Wayne, Paramount Pictures. Directed by John Ford, Bl/Wh 122 min., 1962.

 

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is the modern-day Western to beat all Westerns. Jimmy Stewart plays the bungling but charming big-city lawyer determined to rid the fair village of Shinbone of its number one nuisance and Bad Man, Liberty Valance, Lee Marvin. And as if all that weren't enough, the biggest star that ever aimed a six-shooter plays the "Man" of the title, John Wayne. Super-sincere Stewart and rugged rancher Wayne share the same love interest, Vera Miles.

 

 

February 11-

WE APOLOGIZE BUT DUE TO A ROOM SCHEDULING CONFLICT, FEBRUARY'S MOVIE NIGHT IS CANCELLED.


GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 - Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady, MGM/UA. Directed by Busby Berkeley, Bl/Wh 98 min., 1935.

 

One of the best and most famous of the Busby Berkeley musicals. A great standard in popular musical literature. "Lullaby of Broadway" won an Academy Award.

 

 

March 11

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF - Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Burl Ives, MGM/UA. Directed by Richard Brooks, color, 108 min., 1958.

 

Tennessee Williams' searing account of greed and sexual frustration and its effect on a prominent Southern family. Burl Ives recreates his Broadway role as "Big Daddy." Elizabeth Taylor gives a smoldering performance as Maggie, the rejected wife.

 

 

April 8

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA - Kirk Douglas, James Mason. Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Richard Fleischer, color 127 min., 1954.

 

In Jules Verne's high seas underwater tale, Captain Nemo is a scientific genius who offers his technological secrets to humanity . . . but at a price. Journey under the sea in a futuristic submarine in this exciting science fiction classic.

 

 

May 13

FUNNY FACE - Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Paramount Pictures. Directed by Stanley Donen, color, 103 min., 1957.

 

The dancing of Fred Astaire, the charm of Audrey Hepburn, and the direction of Stanley Donen are combined in this stylish musical about Paris, the world of high fashion photographers, models, beatniks, and love. Filmed on location, with dance sequences at the Eiffel Tower and the Left Bank, this delightful film includes songs by Ira and George Gershwin.

 

 

June 10

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT - Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant, United Artists. Directed by Norman Jewiso, 109 min., 1967.

 

A fascinating look at the strained relationship between a racist Southern cop (Rod Steiger) and a black detective (Sidney Poitier) from Philadelphia, who are involved in the same murder case. Norman Jewison’s film was one of the first to explore the sensitive issue of the color line in the South. But, first and foremost, In The Heat Of The Night is a tense, taut, entertaining thriller.

 

WINNER OF FIVE ACADEMY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE

 

 

July 8

FLOWER DRUM SONG - Nancy Kwan, Jack Soo, James Shigeta, Miyoshi Umeki. Directed by Henry Koster, color 133 min., 1961.

 

FLOWER DRUM SONG tells the story of a young girl (Umeki) that arrives in San Francisco from Hong Kong for an arranged marriage. Her husband-to-be is a nightclub owner already falling in love with a singer (Kwan). The girl (Umeki) falls for someone herself and everything falls into place.

 

 

August 12

TO CATCH A THIEF - Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, John Williams, Paramount Pictures. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, color, 106 min., 1955.

 

Based on the novel by David Dodge, TO CATCH A THIEF tells the story of a retired jewel thief, John Robie, living a blameless life on the French Riviera. When a series of jewel robberies begin to take place on the Riviera, Robie is the natural suspect. 

 

 

September 9

PLAY MISTY FOR ME - Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Universal Pictures. Directed by Clint Eastwood, color, 102 min., 1971.

 

Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut is an expert thriller that evokes its terror by shrewdly drawing on the two-faced coin of male narcissism and paranoia. A disc jockey working the night shift at a small Monterey radio station has a persistent female caller who every night requests Erroll Garner’s recording of "Misty." He begins dating the woman, but he soon finds he's uncovered a nightmare incarnation of the clinging, possessive female. Attempts to disentangle himself lead to bloody, psychotic acts, and the film's atmosphere of creeping menace is relieved only after a horrifying seaside climax.

 

 

October 14

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE - Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Turner/MGM. Directed by Victor Fleming, Bl/Wh, 113 min., 1941.

 

An all-star cast is featured in this lavish 1941 film version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. Spencer Tracy is Dr. Jekyll, the earnest, well-intentioned scientist who experimented on himself in order to separate man’s dual nature into its good and evil components.

 

 

November 11

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman, Anthony Bushell, MGM/UA. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, Bl/Wh, 123 min., 1958.

 

This is the film version of Walter Lords’ documentary on the sinking of the Titanic.  Historical characters and first-hand accounts are used to tell the tragic tale of the maiden voyage of the British liner Titanic.  Almost every line of dialogue is taken from the actual night that an iceberg created a 300 foot gash in the hull of this great ship and the “unsinkable” Titanic sank quietly into the ocean leaving only a few survivors to tell the tale.

 

 

December 9

GOING MY WAY - Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald Universal. Directed by Leo McCarey

Bl/Wh, 126 min., 1944.

 

Going My Way is the nostalgic and heartwarming story of young Father O'Malley who is sent by his bishop to help out Father Fitzgibbon at mortgage-ridden St. Dominic's parish. At first, the younger priest's unconventional methods antagonize his gruff superior. But eventually Father O'malley wins over the elderly priest, organizes a gang of unruly kids into a choir, and gets the parish out of debt. Bing Crosby sings three songs: "Going My Way", "Swinging on a Star" and "Too-ra-Loo-ra-Loo-ra."