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
Sean Connery, Ursula Andress. Director Terence Young
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.
What’s Up Doc
Barbara Streisand, Ryan O'Neal. Director Peter Bogdanovich
Color, 94 minutes, 1972
The accidental mix up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway. Director Tay Garnett
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.
How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
Robert Morse, Michele Lee. Director David Swift
Color, 125 minutes, 1967
Armed with a "How to..." manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.
Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi. Director Ernst Lubitsch
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.
James Stewert, Farley Granger. Director Alfred Hitchcock
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.
Million Dollar Mermaid
Ester Williams, Victor Mature. Director Mervyn LeRoy
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.
Gregory Peck, Orson Welles. Director John Huston
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.
Lana Turner, Ezio Pinka. Director Don Hartman
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.
Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings. Director David Lean
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.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt. Director John Huston
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.
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball. Director Mark Sandrich
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.