~ Page Updated July 28, 2021 ~
Our film schedule for 2021 is now posted on this website.
This year we’ll be bringing you many classic silent-era movies, early talkies, animation, and short subjects.
Comedy classics from Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Buster Keaton, and Hal Roach. A variety of films – both silent and sound – including dramas, comedies, and musicals. Television classics from Jack Benny, Danny Thomas, Edgar Bergen, and more.
Movies will begin in the evening on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Take a look at our list of movies! And to find out more, click on the title’s link, and the IMDB.com entry will open.
Features from the Silent Era ~
These films are our “silents with music”.
Forbidden Fruit (1921) – Agnes Ayers, Clarence Burton, Theodore Roberts – In this feature written and directed by DeMille, a woman becomes a seamstress after her husband wastes their money on alcohol. Soon she becomes involved with a millionaire.
Paths to Paradise (1925) – Betty Compson, Raymond Griffith, Tom Santschi – A con-woman fleeces gullible tourists who want a genuine “underworld” experience, but the tables are turned when one of her victims is less innocent than he looks!
Riley the Cop (1928) – J. Farrell MacDonald, Nancy Drexel, David Rollins – John Ford directs this comedy about a young bakery worker who proposes to a woman from a wealthy family, then pursues her to Europe.
So This is Paris? (1920) – Full Weine version, starring Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, Lilyan Tashman – Two couples living across from each other in Paris begin affairs with each other’s spouses.
Street Angel (1928) – Frank Borzage feature, with Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell – A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness.
Classic Silent Era Shorts ~
Bad Boy (1925) – Charley Chase, Martha Sleeper, Evelyn Burns – Charley Chase as Jimmie Jump, a young man who wants to please both his parents, but they disagree about everything.
Conquest of the Pole (À la conquête du pole, 1912) – Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany – Complete 2-reel version of George Méliès’ fantasy about an expedition to the North Pole, based on the novel by Jules Verne.
Frankenstein (1910) – Augustus Phillips, Mary Fuller, Charles Ogle – From Edison Studios, a rare tinted version of the famous Mary Shelley, with Phillips as Dr. Frankenstein and Ogle as his creation, The Monster.
A Regular Pal (1920) – Rare Hal Roach comedy with Beatrice LaPlante and Noah Young
And Feature Films from the Talkies Era ~
Most are confirmed – few are pending.
All Through the Night (1942) – Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers – A New York City gambler (Bogart) and his buddies get involved in uncovering a nest of Nazi saboteurs (Veidt, Lorre).
The Bamboo Prison (1954) – Brian Keith, E.G. Marshall, Robert Francis, Dianne Foster, Keye Luke – American prisoners delivered to a Korean POW camp encounter the cruelty of the communist guards, the treachery of a collaborator Master Sergeant (Robert Francis), and spies placed among them by the communists to observe and manipulate them.
Bedtime Story (1941) – Frederick March, Loretta Young, Eve Arden, Robert Benchley – Alexander Hall directs this comedy-romance about a playwright who attempts to stop his wife from retiring so she can star in his next play.
Behind Locked Doors (1948) – Richard Carlson, Lucille Bremer, Douglas Fowley, Tor Johnson – A well-known judge becomes a fugitive and hides out in a sanitarium in this noir crime-drama.
Breakfast in Hollywood (1946) – Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville, Beulah Bondi, and as themselves, Spike Jones and Nat “King” Cole – In this musical comedy, a girl from Minnesota gets a ticket to a Hollywood radio show and meets a sailor.
A Dangerous Game (1941) – Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Jean Brooks, Edward Brophy – In this murder-comedy, detectives Dick Williams (Arlen) and Andy McAllister (Devine) investigate a series of crimes at an isolated mentally-ill hospital, where one of the patients has inherited a fortune and a gang is out to steal it.
Circle of Danger (1951) – Ray Milland, Patricia Roc, Marius Goring – A post-war noir thriller, directed by Jacques Tourneur. In the 1950s, an American comes to Britain to investigate the murky circumstances of his brother’s death that occurred during a WW2 commando raid in Nazi-occupied France.
College Humor (1933) – Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Richard Arlen, Burns & Allen – A college professor (Crosby) and the school’s star football player are both rivals for the same beautiful coed.
The Crawling Eye (1958) – Forrest Tucker, Jennifer Jayne, Lawrence Payne – In this sci-fi thriller, a series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appears to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.
5 Against the House (1955) – Kim Novak, Guy Madison, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore, Kerwin Matthews – In this early example of a “heist” film, a cabaret singer (Novak) and four vets (Keith, Madison, Moore, and Matthews) attending college on the GI Bill try to rob the Reno casino Harold’s Club and pull off the perfect crime.
Lady of Secrets (1936) – Ruth Chatterton, Otto Kruger, Lionel Atwill, Lloyd Nolan, Marion Marsh – Because of a very unhappy affair she had earlier in her life, a woman shuts herself off from the rest of the world.
Laughter in Paradise (1951) – – Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, George Cole – When a millionaire practical joker (Hugh Griffith) dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.
Law and Disorder (1958) – Michael Redgrave, Robert Morley, Ronald Squire – In this British crime comedy, a British petty criminal (Redgrave) lies to his son (Jeremy Burnham) about his frequent prison terms by inventing plausible explanations for his absences from home, but things get complicated when his son becomes a judge’s assistant.
A Man’s Game (1934) – Tim McCoy in a rare non-western adventure, with Ward Bond and Evelyn Knapp – A pair of firemen (McCoy and Bond) are both attracted to a court stenographer (Knapp) after a rescue from a fire.
Nightmare (1942) – Brian Donlevy, Diana Barrymore, Henry Daniell – An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.
Night of Terror (1933) – Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Sally Blane – The heirs to a family fortune are required to attend a séance at the spooky old family mansion, but throughout the night, members of the family are killed off one by one.
On Approval (1944) – Clive Brook, Beatrice Lillie, Googie Withers – In this British drawing room comedy, two wealthy Victorian widows are courted tentatively by two impoverished British aristocrats. When one of the dowagers suggests that her beau go away with her for a month to see if they are compatible, the fireworks begin.
Port Sinister (1953) – James Warren, Lynne Roberts, Paul Cavanagh – When the 17th-century Caribbean pirate port of Port Royal rises from the ocean floor, a scientist studying the city confronts thugs in search of hidden treasure.
The Pied Piper (1942) – Monty Woolley, Anne Baxter, Roddy McDowell, Otto Preminger, Peggy Ann Garner – While traveling in France during the Nazi invasion of 1940, an Englishman is entrusted with the care of a group of refugee children.
Postman’s Knock (1962) – Spike Milligan, Barbara Shelley, Archie Duncan, Miles Malleson, Bob Todd – Likeable country postman Harold Petts (Milligan) is transferred from his village to London, where he thwarts both robbers and the post office’s new mechanization.
6 Hours to Live (1932) – Warner Baxter, Miriam Jordan, John Boles – Brought back to life by a scientific experiment, a murder victim has just six hours to find his killer before the effects wear off.
Supernatural (1933) – Carole Lombard, Randolph Scott, Alan Dinehart – A serial black widow murderess returns to life in the body of a young woman to exact revenge on a former lover, a phony spiritualist who betrayed her.
This Day and Age (1933) – Charles Bickford, Judith Allen, Richard Cromwell – Cecil B. DeMille directs this crime drama in which high school students band together to dispense vigilante justice against a vicious gangland boss.
To the Ends of the Earth (1948) – Dick Powell, Signe Hasso, Maylia – After witnessing an incident on a foreign ship off the California coast, a U.S. Treasury agent aboard a Coast Guard vessel decides to further investigate the matter by following a crime trail leading to China, Egypt, Lebanon and Cuba.
The Undying Monster (1942) – James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard – Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.
Woman in Hiding (1950) – Ida Lupino, Stephen McNally, Howard Duff – In this thriller, mill heiress Deborah Chandler (Lupino) marries the plant manager (McNally) after her father is killed in an accident, but she soon finds out the plant manager’s motives are suspicious.
Shorts and Short Subjects ~
Animation festival – Early Harman-Ising Melodies, including ~
- Postman’s Knock
- Buddy of the Apes (1934) – Buddy must battle a group of natives who have kidnapped his girlfriend.
- Red-Headed Baby (1931) – In a toy shop, a villainous spider threatens the happiness of a red-headed baby doll and her sweetheart, a toy soldier named Napoleon.
- Bosko’s Mechanical Man (1933) – Bosko creates a robot, but his creation goes mad and wreaks havoc.
Tex Avery Fest – including ~
- Swing Shift Cinderella (1945) – Bored with chasing Red Riding Hood, the Wolf decides to go after Cinderella, but her fairy godmother takes a shine to him instead – and has an arsenal of magical powers to help achieve her ends.
- Crazy Mixed-Up Pup (1954) – After a traffic accident, a man is treated with dog plasma while his dog is treated with human plasma.
- Ventriloquist Cat (1950) – A cat learns the art of ventriloquism in order to play practical jokes on a slow-witted bulldog.
- Lucky Ducky (1948) – It’s hunting season, and while the other ducks are staying undercover, a freshly-hatched little duckling turns out to be more than a match for two inept would-be hunters.
Science-Fiction cartoon fest, including ~
- Up to Mars (1930) – Directed by Dave Fleischer – Shot into space on a fireworks rocket, Bimbo lands on Mars and meets the inhabitants, with comedic results.
- Stratos-Fear (1933) – Directed by Ub Iwerks – Willie Whopper dreams he has been lifted like a toy balloon into outer space.
- Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½ Century (1953) – Directed by Chuck Jones – Duck Dodgers and Marvin the Martian wage war over Planet X.
Swing Symphonies including ~
- Goldilocks and the Jivin’ Bears (1944) – Directed by Friz Freleng, voice talents of Mel Blanc – The stories of “Goldilocks” and “Little Red Riding Hood” collide with the world of jazz, resulting in three jiving bears and a jitterbugging Big Bad Wolf.
- Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company “B” – Directed by Walter Lantz – Hot Breath Harry soon learns to blow “Reveille” with a swinging wake-up that no soldier minds waking up to!
- Sliphorn King of Polaroo (1945) – Directed by Dick Lundy, voice talents of Hans Conreid, Jack Teagarden – Shipwrecked in the icy wastes of the far north, a trombone-playing merchant-marine sailor is crowned the Sliphorn King of Polaroo when his jive and jazz keep the native seals and penguins steppin’ and truckin’.
- Boogie Woogie Man Will Get You If You Don’t Watch Out (1943)
- Fractured Fairy Tales
Warner Style ~
- Ali Baba Bunny (1957) – Directed by Chuck Jones, voice talents of Mel Blanc – Bugs and Daffy tunnel to Baghdad, where they find caves full of treasure and a guard named Hassan, who wants only to “chop” them.
- Paying the Piper (1949) – Directed by Robert McKimson, voice talents of Mel Blanc – Pied Piper Porky Pig vows to rid the town of Hamelin of all its rats, and the cats of Hamelin are furious at Porky for usurping their rat-catching job.
- Three Little Bops (1957) – Directed by Friz Freleng – Three pigs’ career as a jazz band is complicated by a wolf they rejected for membership.
- A-Lad-In His Lamp (1948) – Directed by Robert McKimson, voice talents of Mel Blanc, Jim Backus – Bugs Bunny finds and rubs Aladdin’s lamp and decides to follow the genie to Baghdad, where they battle Mad Man Hassan.
Goldilocks Festival, including ~
- A Bear’s Tale (1940) – Directed by Tex Avery – Little Red Riding-Hood meets Goldilocks and the three bears.
- Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (1944) – Directed by Chuck Jones, voice talents of Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet – The three bears set a trap to catch Goldilocks, but their carrot soup attracts Bugs Bunny early on, and he grows wise to their plans.
- Goldimouse and the Three Cats (1960) – Directed by Fritz Freleng, voice talents of Mel Blanc, June Foray – Sylvester the Cat and his spoiled-brat son Junior try to catch “Goldimouse”, who came from the forest into their house to sample their porridge.
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1939) – Directed by Hugh Harman – In this version of the classic fable, Papa Bear is accident-prone and cowardly.
Classic Era Short Comedies ~
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940) – Radio show newsreel of Jack Benny and World War II troops.
Captain Henry’s Radio Show (1933) – Annette Hanshaw, Don Vorhees – This recreation of the popular radio show The Maxwell House Show Boat features blusey singer Annette Hanshaw, in her only known onscreen performance.
Corn on the Cop (1933) – Shemp Howard, Eddie Gribbon – Two hobos try to make a dishonest buck by selling axle grease named, “Happy Feet Salve,” a corn remover.
Grand Slam Opera (1936) – Buster Keaton, Diana Lewis, Harold Goodwin – Elmer Butts (Keaton) is a contestant in a radio amateur hour show hoping to win First Prize . . . by dancing and juggling.
Husbands’ Reunion (1933) – Walter Catlett, Grady Sutton, Richard Cramer – A newlywed couple find their marital bliss interrupted by an ex-husband (Catlett).
Love Nest on Wheels (1937) – Buster Keaton and his real-life family (mother Myra, sister Louise, and brother Harry) – Elmer (Buster), the eldest son in a family of hillbillies who manage a hotel, attempts to raise money to save the hotel from foreclosure.
One Run Elmer (1935) – Buster Keaton, Lona Andre, Harold Goodwin, Dewey Robinson – Rival gas station owners Elmer (Keaton) and Jim (Goodwin) vie for the attention of a pretty baseball fan (Andre) by participating in a local baseball game.
“Honest John” sketch from Six of a Kind (1934) – W.C. Fields in his classic pool table routine!
Their First Mistake (1932) – Laurel and Hardy, Mae Busch, Billy Gilbert – In this classic, Ollie adopts a baby to occupy his wife so he and Stanley can continue their carousing, with comedic results.
There Ain’t No Santa Claus (1926) – Charley Chase, Eugenia Gilbert, Noah Young – It’s Christmas, and Charley (Charley Chase) has several dilemmas facing him, all posed by his greedy, heartless landlord Noah Stout (Noah Young) and his family.
Three Stooges Festival – Curly, Larry, and Moe in a slapstick fest
Vaudeville Gambols – Featuring Chaz Chase plus other Vaudeville shorts
Music on Film ~
Classic era soundies Jazz, R&B Blues, and more, including ~
- Cab Calloway
- Slim Gaillard
- Duke Ellington
- Spike Jones
- Judy Garland
- June Allison
- Louis Jordan
- Count Basie
- Jimmy Rushing
- Nat “King” Cole
- Fats Waller
- Harry Roy
- Delta Rhythm Boys
- Wingy Manone
- Cotie Williams
- Eddie “Cleahead” Vinson
- Betty Hutton
- Les Hite & and His Orchestra
- Firehouse Five + 2
- Harry James
- Betty Grable
- Frank Sinatra
- Bing Crosby
- Maurice Rocco
- Mabel Lee
- Jimmie Lunceford
- Dewy Brown
And other “bring your own” films to be shown!
TV Shows from the 1950s and 1960s ~
Rod Serling Rarities – Our 5th annual presentation!
On Stage with Monty Woolley, “Doctor Heidegger’s Experiment”(1953) – Monty Woolley in a TV adaptation of the famous Nathanial Hawthorne story.
The Red Skelton Show – Rare early 1950s shows
Wayne & Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At, “Jack Benny” (1965) – Canadian comedians Frank Shuster and Johnny Wayne take a look at the career of Jack Benny.
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers (1962) – This television special from the early 1960s stars Buster Keaton, Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, with guests Rosemary Clooney, Jack Lemon, Dan Blocker, Lorne Greene, Ralph Edwards, Fritz Feld, David Janssen, Jackie Cooper, Eartha Kitt, and many others.