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Movies with Holiday Spirit, Screwball Comedies & Big Screen Classics

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Portions of this series also take place at the Egyptian Theatre Hollywood!



Friday, December 18 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: A CHRISTMAS STORY, 1983, Warner Bros., 94 min. Dir. Bob Clark. This nostalgic cult Christmas comedy, told from the perspective of Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), focuses on his overwhelming desire to get "an official Red Ryder, carbine-action, 200-shot range model air rifle," despite the fact that all the adults around him tell him that he’ll "shoot his eye out"! Trailer

REMEMBER THE NIGHT, 1940, Universal, 94 min. Dir. Mitchell Leisen. In this romantic holiday classic, Barbara Stanwyck is arrested for shoplifting during the Christmas season. District Attorney Fred MacMurray is assigned to prosecute her, but instead falls in love. Preston Sturges (SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS) wrote the witty and surprisingly nostalgic script just before he turned to directing.

 

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Saturday, December 19 - 4:00 PM

Family Matinee! "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol," 1962, NBC, 52 min. Join us for a screening of the first animated Christmas special, which premiered on NBC in 1962. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and the voices of Jim Backus, Jack Cassidy, Jane Kean and Morey Amsterdam, this 52-minute adaptation of Dickens - cleverly presented as a play within a play (with the nearsighted Magoo playing Scrooge on Broadway) - paved the way for a slew of animated holiday specials. The first people to arrive will get a dvd of "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" to take home. Following the screening, a panel including animator Darrell Van Citters, author of the new book "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, the Making of the First Animated Christmas Special" from Oxberry Press and Key Layout Artist Bob Singer, actors Marie Mathews (Young Scrooge) and Jane Kern (Belle) will examine the making of the program and its place in television history. Clip

 

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Saturday, December 19 - 7:30 PM

70 mm! LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. This sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism is as timely as ever, and as beautiful. In his first feature, Peter O'Toole stars in director David Lean's masterpiece, lensed to perfection by Freddie Young, set to Maurice Jarre's majestic score. The amazing cast includes Omar Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness. Made to be seen on the big screen! Trailer

 

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Sunday, December 20 - 4:00 PM

Family Matinee! IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, 1946, Paramount, 130 min. Director Frank Capra’s inspiring tale balances pathos and joy in the tale of distraught. George Bailey (James Stewart at his finest), who is about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve – that is, until the helpful, elderly angel Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him what that would mean to those around him. Featuring Donna Reed as the love of George’s life, in the role that launched her to stardom, and a young, charming Gloria Grahame. If you’ve only seen it on TV, see it on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen. Trailer

 

 

Sunday, December 20 -7:30 PM

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, 1946, Paramount, 130 min. Director Frank Capra’s inspiring tale balances pathos and joy in the tale of distraught. George Bailey (James Stewart at his finest), who is about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve – that is, until the helpful, elderly angel Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him what that would mean to those around him. Featuring Donna Reed as the love of George’s life, in the role that launched her to stardom, and a young, charming Gloria Grahame. If you’ve only seen it on TV, see it on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen. Trailer

 

 

 

Saturday, December 26 - 7:30 PM SCREWBALL COMEDIES

Double Feature: THE MORE THE MERRIER, 1943, Sony Repertory, 104 min. Dir. George Stevens. Jean Arthur reluctantly sublets half her apartment to retired millionaire Charles Coburn - who promptly sublets half of his half to dreamy soldier Joel McCrea! Coburn won an Oscar for his inspired performance in this captivating film, which also was nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actress, Story and Screenplay.

IF ONLY YOU COULD COOK, 1935, Sony Repertory, 72 min. Dir. William A. Seitzer. Jean Arthur plays a homeless woman who persuades Herbert Marshall to pose as her husband so they can get maid-and-butler jobs. (Natch, she doesn’t know that he’s really a millionaire.) Clip

 

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Sunday, December 27 - 7:30 PM SCREWBALL COMEDIES

Double Feature: THE WOMEN, 1939, Warner Bros., 133 min. Dir. George Cukor. When Norma Shearer discovers her husband is cheating on her, an all-star parade of MGM leading ladies convenes to gossip and commiserate: Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Marjorie Main, and Joan Fontaine lead the all-female cast. Filmed in black and white, it features a dazzling ten-minute fashion parade filmed in Technicolor, with wonderful gowns by Adrian (THE WIZARD OF OZ, THE GREAT ZIEGFELD). Trailer

THE GOOD FAIRY, 1935, Universal, 98 min. Dir. William Wyler. Before he became one of the world’s greatest comedy directors, Preston Sturges scripted this gem about a well-meaning but na´ve cinema usherette (Margaret Sullavan) who inadvertently spreads chaos. Adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s farce, the comedy follows Sullavan as she juggles men including Herbert Marshall and Frank Morgan, piling up comic misunderstandings along the way. Trailer

 

 

Friday, January 1 - 5:00 PM

SCREWBALL COMEDIES
Marx Bros. Double Feature: HORSE FEATHERS, 1932, Universal, 68 min. Dir. Norman Z. McLeod. The Marx Brothers’ zaniest film finds Groucho as the new president of Huxley College, where his son (Zeppo!) is romancing Thelma Todd and Harpo and Chico have to kidnap the star football players from rival Darwin. Trailer

DUCK SOUP, 1933, Universal, 68 min. Dir. Leo McCarey. Margaret Dumont appoints Groucho (Rufus T. Firefly) as Prime Minister of Freedonia, and he promptly declares war on a neighboring country for no particular reason. With the legendary mirror sequence and Harpo and Chico’s mercurial harassing of the lemonade vendor. Trailer

 

 

Saturday, January 2 - 7:30 PM SCREWBALL COMEDIES

Double Feature: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, 1934, Sony Repertory, 105 min. Dir. Frank Capra. The first film to win all five major Oscars remains a jewel of timing and charm, as runaway bride Claudette Colbert finds herself saddled with pushy reporter Clark Gable, who smells the story of his career. Trailer

PLATINUM BLONDE, 1931, Sony Repertory, 90 min. Dir. Frank Capra. Reporter Bobby Williams marries heiress Jean Harlow and quickly starts to realize he’s woefully out of place in this, Frank Capra’s first successful stab at screwball romantic comedy. Capra’s satire of the rich and celebration of the working man were tailor-made for Depression-era audiences, and seem strangely timely now as well…

 

 

Sunday, January 3 - 7:30 PM

SCREWBALL COMEDIES

W.C. Fields Double Feature: NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK, 1941, Universal, 71 min. Dir. Edward F. Cline. W.C. Fields hopes to sell a script to Esoteric Studios. Which includes Fields falling out of an airplane trying to retrieve a bottle and finding himself in the home of Mrs. Hemogloben (Margaret Dumont) and a teenage girl (Gloria Jean) who immediately falls in love with him. Also features Leon Errol and Franklin Pangborn. Clip

New Print! MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE, 1935, Universal, 65 min. Dir. Clyde Bruckman. Henpecked husband Ambrose Wolfinger (W.C. Fields) concocts a scheme to leave work early so he can catch the exploits of his favorite wrestler, but is sabotaged at every turn by his oddball family, especially his domineering wife (Kathleen Howard) and mooching brother-in-law, Grady Sutton (THE BANK DICK).