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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series programmed by: Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger.

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Special Thanks to: Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS.; Emily Horn & Barry Allen/PARAMOUNT; Jared Sapolin, Helena Brissenden & Grover Crisp/SONY REPERTORY


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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

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Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
(Aero by series)
(Aero Film Calendar)
(Egyptian by series)
(Egyptian by date)
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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< December 26, 2008 - January 1, 2009 >>>

Screwball Comedy Holidays


This Series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!


Our annual holiday comedy festival offers up another platter of delicious treats from the days when Hollywood could make folks laugh without the use of dangerous animals or sharp objects. From suave sophistication to comic anarchy, we have a wealth of mirth-making classics to perk you up after a brutal day of shopping…or looking for a parking space…or getting stuck in traffic...or reading the newspaper… There are the well known (HIS GIRL FRIDAY) as well as the rarely-screened (an essential W.C. Fields double feature of THE OLD FASHIONED WAY and YOU'RE TELLING ME) classics here featuring a mob of phenomenally talented people, including such legendary performers as Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck and everyone's favorite, The Marx Brothers!


Friday, December 26 – 7:30 PM

W.C. Fields Double Feature:

THE OLD FASHIONED WAY, 1934, Universal, 70 min. Dir. William Beaudine. W.C. Fields and his ramshackle theatrical troupe travel the backwaters of America in this typically subversive Fields romp. As "The Great McGonigle," Fields pulls a series of successful cons on the small-town citizens with whom he comes into contact, and gives a hilarious performance as the lead in his troupe’s staging of, appropriately enough, "The Drunkard." Trailer

YOU'RE TELLING ME! 1934, Universal, 64 min. Dir. Erle C. Kenton. W.C. Fields plays Sam Bisbee, a failed inventor who is the laughing stock of his neighbors due to his drunkenness and general ineptitude. Everything changes when he befriends a foreign princess whose appearance in town forces the upper crust to accept Sam as one of their own.



Saturday, December 27 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

MY MAN GODFREY, 1936, Universal, 94 min. Dir. Gregory La Cava. "You people have confused me with the U.S. Treasury!" barks Eugene Pallette to his spoiled, filthy-rich family, including daughter Carole Lombard, who acquires tramp William Powell during a scavenger hunt and makes him her butler, whereupon he teaches her a few lessons about being human. Comeuppance for the wealthy was sure-fire material during the Depression, and no film ever did it better than this one. With Alice Brady, Mischa Auer, Gail Patrick and Alan Mowbray. Trailer

HIS GIRL FRIDAY, 1940, Sony Repertory, 92 min. Dir. Howard Hawks. The fastest comedy ever made, this frenzied remake of Hecht and MacArthur’s THE FRONT PAGE switches ace newsman Hildy Johnson to a woman (Rosalind Russell at her peak), while Cary Grant does a complete 180 from BABY as cynical editor Walter Burns. If you were teaching film comedy, this would be Lesson #1. The unparalleled cast includes Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Roscoe Karns, Cliff Edwards, John Qualen, Billy Gilbert and tons more. Trailer



Sunday, December 28 – 7:30 PM

Preston Sturges Double Feature:

THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK, 1944, Paramount, 98 min. Betty Hutton plays a World War II-era party girl who has a little too much fun while out with a soldier one night; when morning comes, she’s pregnant with only a vague memory of what happened. Writer-director Preston Sturges’ cheerfully eccentric riff on the Nativity story is as hilarious and inventive as anything he ever did, and astonishingly risqué for a production code-era film. Sturges regulars Eddie Bracken and William Demarest join Hutton in this comedy classic. Trailer

THE LADY EVE, 1941, Universal, 97 min. Dir. Preston Sturges. Henry Fonda is dim-witted ale heir "Hopsy" Pike ("Snakes are my life."); Barbara Stanwyck is Eve, card sharp and con artist par excellence. Can this relationship work? Savage but never mean-spirited, this is Sturges at his best, blending violent slapstick, zesty dialogue and genuine romance into a peerless masterwork. With Charles Coburn, William Demarest, Eugene Pallette and Eric Blore. Trailer



Thursday, January 1 – 5:30 PM

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, 1935, Warner Bros, 92 min. Dir. Sam Wood. The Marx Brothers’ first film for MGM, first without Zeppo, and their biggest box office hit, has them weigh in on behalf of a couple of beleaguered opera singer pals who are having career trouble. Heck, you know the plot, so just enjoy the stateroom scene, the contract routine and tons of great one-liners. And remember: There ain’t no sanity clause! Numerous writers (many uncredited) include George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Al Boasberg and even Buster Keaton. With Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Sig Ruman, Walter Woolf King and, of course, Margaret Dumont. Trailer

ANIMAL CRACKERS, 1930, Universal, 97 min. Dir. Victor Heerman. The Marx Brothers’ second film finds them running amuck at a swanky Long Island estate where a priceless painting has been stolen. This invaluable record of their last Broadway show features Groucho’s immortal theme song, "Hooray for Captain Spaulding," as well as the classic bridge game and dictating-a-letter routines, and delightful support from the legendary Lillian Roth, plus Louis Sorin, Robert Greig and, of course, Margaret Dumont. Trailer