Schedule 2019

~ Schedule updated – July 31, 2019 ~

Our schedule for the 2019 Western New York Film Expo is available below.

We’re featuring three screening rooms, bringing a wide variety of classic films and vintage TV shows.

The schedules below are divided between these three rooms. Click on any of these links and be taken to that screening room’s schedule – or just scroll down the entire page ~

Lunch and dinner breaks are indicated, too.

Screening Room “C” will be used for requests and repeats. Check the board postings also for Super-8 screenings. Bring your own Super-8mm films to share with friends. We will also hold the auction in Screening Room “C”. Times will be announced.

Take a look – and then makes plans to join us in August!


Main Screening Room Schedule ~

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 ~

5 pm – The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) – Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, and directed by John Ford – In this comedy-drama, a meek clerk (Robinson) is mistaken for a criminal (also played by Robinson) – From the Grant Golden Collection – 93 minutes

7 pm – So Dear to My Heart (1948) – Burl Ives, Beulah Bondi, Bobby Driscoll – Walt Disney classic about a country boy who adopts a mischievous lamb – I.B. Tech – From the John Millen Collection – 80 minutes

8:30 pm – Helpmates (1932) – Laurel and Hardy – With his house in shambles after a wild party and his wife due home at noon, Oliver calls Stan to help him clean up, with the usual catastrophic results – 20 minutes

Poster - Jet Pilot

8:45 pm – If I had a Million (1932) – Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, George Raft, W.C. Fields, Allison Skipworth – A dying tycoon gives one million dollars to each of eight people picked from the city directory – 90 minutes

10:30 pm – Jet Pilot (1957) – John Wayne and Janet Leigh in this Howard Hughes aviator adventure, directed by Joseph von Sternberg – I.B. Tech – 1 hour, 53 minutes

Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 ~

10 am – Pennies from Heaven (1936) – Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Louis Armstrong – In prison on false charges, a self-described troubadour (Crosby) promises a condemned criminal (John Gallaudet) he will deliver a message to the family of the man Gallaudet murdered – From the John Millen Collection – 81 minutes

11:30 am – It’s the Old Army Game (1926) – W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks – Druggist Elmer Prettywillie (Fields) finds it hard to get to sleep with constant interruptions – Musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis – 77 minutes

1 pm – Lunch Break

2:45 pm – Chickens Come Home (1931) – Laurel and Hardy –
Ollie’s campaign for mayor hits a snag when an old flame (Mae Busch) shows up and tries to blackmail Ollie with an old photo – 25 minutes

3 pm – Mum’s the Word (1926) – Charley Chase with Oliver Hardy – A widow (Virginia Pearson) worries that her new husband, the rich but hot-tempered Gilroy (Anders Randolph), will not accept her son Charley (Charley Chase), so she introduces Charley as Gilroy’s new valet when Charley visits for Christmas, and comedic problems ensue – Musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis – 22 minutes

3:15 pm – Limousine Love (1928) – Charley Chase silent classic – On the way to his wedding, a groom finds a nude, married woman in his car. – Musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis – 20 minutes

Poster - The Lavender Hill Mob

3:46 pm – The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) – Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway – Overseeing the shipment of bullion, a meek bank clerk joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers – From the Dave Barnes Collection – 78 minutes

5:30 pm – The Paleface (1922) – Buster Keaton – Musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis – Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons – 20 minutes

6 pm – Dinner Break

7:15 pm – Laurel and Hardy; The Real “Stan and Ollie” – Musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis ~

  • The Battle of the Century (1927) – Back by requests from two years ago is this classic pie fight to end all pie fights! Including the complete second reel not seen in 90 years!
  • Why Girls Love Sailors (1927) – Laurel and Hardy rare early silent with restored English titles – From the Ottinger Collection
  • The Sleuth (1925) – Stan Laurel complete 2-reel version – From the Ottinger Collection
  • Married to Order (1920) – Chase and Oliver Hardy in an early appearance – From the Ottinger collection

8:45 pm – The Lodger (1944) – Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood – In Victorian London, a landlady (Allgood) suspects her lodger (Cregar) is Jack the Ripper. – 90 minutes

10:30 pm – Doctor Blood’s Coffin (1961) – Directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Kleron Moore, Hazel Court – People near a village in Cornwall, England, begin to disappear when a scientist experiments with reviving the dead – I.B. Tech – 92 minutes

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 ~

Poster - Modern Times

10 am – Modern Times (1936) – Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard – The Tramp (Chaplin) struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman (Paulette Goddard) – From the Dave Barnes Collection – 90 minutes

11:45 am – Way Out West (1937) – Laurel and Hardy, James Finlayson – Stan and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine to the daughter of a dead prospector, but run into problems when the deed is stolen – 67 minutes

12:45 pm – Lunch Break

1:45 pm – I Love a Mystery – First movie in the series, with Jim Bannon, George Macready, and Nina Foch – Jack (Jim Bannon) and Doc (Barton Yarborough) become involved with a man (George Macready) who tells them he will die in three days and hires the pair as his bodyguards – 75 minutes

Lobby card - The Gang's All Here

3 pm – The Gang’s All Here (1943) – Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Benny Goodman, Sheila Ryan – A soldier falls for a chorus girl and runs into problems when he is posted to the Pacific – I.B. Tech – 1 hour, 43 minutes

5 pm – The Errand Boy (1961) – Jerry Lewis, Brian Donlevy, Benny Rubin, Joe Besser, Fritz Feld – When Paramutual Pictures executives decide to find out where all the money is going, they hire the bumbling Morty (Lewis) to be their spy, with comedic results – 90 minutes

6:30 pm – Dinner Break

7:30 pm – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre; directed by Frank Capra – A drama critic (Grant) learns his maiden aunts (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair) have been murdering lonely old men and burying them in their cellar. – 1 hour, 50 minutes

9:30 pm – The Cameraman (1928) – Buster Keaton and Madeleine Day – In love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man (Keaton) attempts to become a cameraman – Musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis – 70 minutes

10:45 pm – A Killer Walks (1952) – Lawrence Harvey, Susan Shaw, Laurence Naismith star in a psychological thriller about an odd family with an older domineering son who resents both his overbearing grandmother and his younger brother – 60 minutes

12 midnight – The Old Dark House (1932) – Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lillian Bond, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart – Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate. – 1 hour, 12 minutes

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 ~

1 pm – Western NY Movie Expo concludes – See you next year!


Screening Room “B” Schedule ~

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 ~

7 pm – Chicago Deadline (1949) – Alan Ladd, Donna Reed, June Havoc in a film noir classic, about a Chicago newspaper reporter (Ladd) who finds a dead woman and an address book full of men who are afraid of the woman but claim they don’t know her – 89 minutes

10:45 pm – Charley Chase Talking Comedy Fest ~

  • Mr. Bride (1932) – Charley’s boss “rehearses” for his honeymoon with Charley – 19 minutes
  • Others to be announced

11:45 pm – Chuck Chan Theater, Part 1 – Dark Alibi (1946), starring Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan – A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate his client, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days – 61 minutes

Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 ~

1:50 pm – Lunch Break

2:30 pm – The Great Radio Comedians (1972) – Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Edgar Bergen, many more – Color documentary about radio comedies, primarily focused on Burns & Allen, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, The Jack Benny Program, Fibber McGee & Molly, The Bob Hope Show, and The Fred Allen Show – 1 hour, 28 minutes

4 pm – Here We Go Again (1942) – Fibber McGee & Molly, Edgar Bergen, Harold Peary – Jim and Marian Jordan (Fibber and Molly) want to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a party, but when no one can accept their invitation, they decide to go on a second honeymoon instead. Problems ensue when they run into all their friends at an expensive lodge – 76 minutes

Poster - The Crime Smasher

5:15 pm – The Crime Smasher (1943) – Frank Graham, Edgar Kennedy, Gale Storm, Mantan Moreland – Playing amateur detective, Prof. Cosmo Jones (Graham) teams up with a janitor to find a kidnapped heiress – 60 minutes

6:15 pm – Dinner Break

7:15 pm – Nancy Steele is Missing! (1937) – Victor McLaglen, Peter Lorre, Walter Connolly, June Lang – After kidnapping the child of a munitions magnate (Connolly), a pacifist (McLaglen) finds his blackmail scheme put on hold when he lands in prison with a 17-year term; once out of prison, he intends to complete the blackmail, but meets the girl, now an adult (Lang), who assumes he is her father and wants a father-daughter relationship with him – From the Dave Domagala Collection – 90 minutes

8:45 pm – Chuck Chan Theater, Part 2 – Warner Oland in the rarely seen Charlie Chan in Paris (1935) – Hired to investigate forged bonds, Charlie is thwarted by the murder of his undercover agent, but the arrival of son Lee (Keye Luke) helps him uncover the true culprits – 70 minutes

Poster - I Dream Too Much

10 pm – I Dream Too Much (1935) – A musical comedy starring Lily Pons, Henry Fonda, Eric Blore – Struggling composer Johnny Street (Fonda) meets and marries Annette Monard (Pons) while he’s drunk, but complications arise when Johnny sobers up and realizes he doesn’t want to be married – From the Grant Golden Collection – 97 minutes

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 ~

10 am – Hitchcock: The Early Years (1999) – Documentary with highlights of Hitchcock’s British period, 1920s to 1930s, up to his move to Hollywood in 1940 – 24 minutes

10:30 am – The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock (1973) – Cliff Robertson narrates this look at Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense, who is interviewed extensively about his career and film-making techniques, including clips from North by Northwest, Shadow of a Doubt, The Birds, and Psycho – From the Ray Faiola Collection – 57 minutes

11:30 am – Lunch Break

1 pm – Where’s Bunter? – Very rare Sidney Howard science-fiction comedy short

Poster - Little Big Shot

1:20 pm – Little Big Shot (1952) – Ronald Shiner, Victor Baring, Danny Green – In this British comedy, a boy tries to get himself a police record to impress the gang of criminals headed by his father – 90 minutes

3 pm – Seven Days in May (1964) – Rod Serling wrote the screenplay, adapted from the novel Seven Days in May, by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. Directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Frederic March, and Ava Gardner – Provided the guest author is confirmed; shown in conjunction with Rod Serling biographers’ forum – 2 hours

5 pm – Dinner Break

7 pm – Rod Serling: Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary – Hosted by Mike Pipher, with guest authors – 2 hours

9 pm – The Movie Crazy Years (1971) – Michael Tolan narrates this look at the movies of the 1930s, with emphasis on the Warner Bros. studio, including Bette Davis, Edward G. Robinson, director Busby Berkeley, and many more – 1 hour, 25 minutes

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 ~

Poster - She Gets Her Man

10 am – Seven Days Leave (1930) – Gary Cooper, Beryl Mercer – In this World War I drama, based on the J.M. Barrie play The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, a Canadian soldier (Cooper) on medical leave in London learns that a Scottish widow (Mercer) believes she is his mother, and he agrees to pose as her son – 80 minutes

11:30 am – She Gets Her Man (1945) – Joan Davis, William Gargan, Leon Errol, and Milburn Stone in a comedy-mystery involving murders by blow-gun darts – 74 minutes

1 pm – Western NY Movie Expo concludes – See you next year!


Screening Room “C” Schedule ~

Screening Room “C” is for requests and repeats. Check board postings also for the Super-8 screenings. Bring your own Super-8mm films to share with friends!

The auction will be held in this room – times to be announced.

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 ~

7 pm – Animation Specialties, Session #1 – approximately 60 minutes

8:15 pm – Music on Film Marathon, Session #1 – 60 minutes

9:30 pm – The Shorty Caruso Super 8mm Follies, Session #1

11 pm – Stufink’s Rock ‘n’ Roll on Film Festival

Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 ~

10 am – The Jimmy Durante Show (1954-56) – 30 minutes

10:30 am – The Danny Thomas Show, “Terry’s Crush” (Feb. 24, 1958) – with guest star Dean Martin – 30 minutes

11 am – Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look at, “The Marx Brothers” (1965) – 60 minutes

12 noon – Lunch Break

1 pm – Music on Film Marathon, Session #2 – 60 minutes

2 pm – The Donna Reed Show – two episodes with Buster Keaton – “A Very Merry Christmas” (Dec. 24, 1958) and “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” (Feb. 11, 1965) – 60 minutes

2:55 pm – Leon Errol Comedies ~

  • Sweet Cheat (1949) – Leon’s trips to Buffalo are under suspicion by his wife, Dorothy Granger! – 17 minutes
  • Crime Rave (1939) – When a crime wave hits town, bank robbers find haven in Leon Errol’s home – 18 minutes
  • Cutie on Duty (1943) – Leon Errol buys a set of cooking utensils for his wife (Dorothy Christy) for their wedding anniversary, but when the store sends Maizie (Claire Carleton) to his home to prepare a demonstration dinner, complications result – 18 minutes

4 pm – Shantytown (1943) – Mary Lee, John Archer, Marjorie Lord, Billy Gilbert, Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer – The dramatic lives of a group of people who live in a ramshackle boarding house on the wrong side of the tracks – 66 minutes

5:15 pm – Dinner Break

7 pm – Edgar Kennedy Comedies ~

  • Dummy Ache (1936) – with Lucille Ball – 18 minutes
  • Hold Your Temper (1943) – When his wife (Irene Ryan) threatens to leave because of his notoriously bad temper, Edgar promises not to throw any more tantrums – 17 minutes
  • A Merchant of Menace (1933) – Edgar talks his way into becoming the new owner of a department store, but when he hires his family to work at the store and gets a number of colorful customers, comedic results ensue – 19 minutes

8:15 pm – Seeing Red (1939) – Red Skelton and A. Robins “the Banana Man” – Fired from his job, Red puts a hex on his boss, who then goes to a nightclub and finds out the hex worked – 19 minutes

8:35 pm – Keystone Hotel (1935) – Ben Turpin, Ford Sterling, Vivian Oakland, The Keystone Cops – When a cross-eyed beauty contest judge mistakenly awards first prize to an elderly cleaning woman, a custard pie fight breaks out – 20 minutes

Poster - The Day the Bookies Wept

9 pm – The Day the Bookies Wept (1939) – Joe Penner, Betty Grable, and Richard Lane – A group of taxi drivers pool their money and buy a beer-loving racehorse – From the Jack Roth Collection – 65 minutes

10:15 pm – The Red Skelton Hour – with Terry-Thomas and musical guest Dusty Springfield

11:10 pm – Jack Benny Comedy Hour Special – Dick Van Dyke, Bob Hope, Señor Wences, The Marquis Chimps

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 ~

10 am – Columbia Comedies ~

  • A Miner Affair (1945) – Andy Clyde, Charley Rogers, Mel Blanc – Two failed prospectors (Andy Clyde, Charley Rogers) buy a map to a gold mine and dig their way into a bank vault – 18 minutes
  • Git Along Little Zombie (1946) – Hugh Herbert, Dudley Dickerson – A bumbling real estate agent (Hugh Herbert) gets involved in a compromising situation with Millie Mulligan (Christine McIntyre) – 17 minutes
  • Mr. Noisy (1946) – Shemp Howard’s remake of Charley Chase’s The Heckler (1940) – Two gamblers hire noise-maker and heckler Shemp Howard to rattle a ball team while the gamblers bet on the opponents, with comedic results – 17 minutes

11:15 am – Emaciated comedian Tom Howard in a pair of short comedies ~

  • Grooms in Gloom (1935) – Tom Howard and George Shelton in a comedy short involving matrimonial mix-ups – 18 minutes
  • The Wrong Bottle (1934) – Tom Howard, George Shelton

12:10 pm – Lunch Break

1 pm – The Shorty Caruso Super 8mm Follies, Session #2

5 pm – Dinner Break

7 pm – Auction Results Posted on all silent bids

7:30 pm – This is the Army (1943) – George Murphy, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Alan Hale, and Ronald Reagan – The restored version of the Warner Bros. classic about a dancer (Murphy) who stages an all-soldier show on Broadway – color – 2 hours

9:30 pm – This’ll Make You Whistle (1936) – Jack Buchanon, Elsie Randolph, Jean Gillie, Marjorie Brooks – In this screwball comedy, a London gent (Buchanon) finds himself engaged to two different women (Gillie, Brooks) – 78 minutes

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 ~

1 pm – Western NY Movie Expo concludes – See you next year!


Schedules from our past festivals ~

WNY Movie Expo Schedule – 2018
WNY Movie Expo Schedule – 2017
WNY Movie Expo Schedule – 2016