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Classic Film: A Night at the Opera (1935, 96 min)
September 01, 2015
7:00 pm
Mayhem ensues when the Marx brothers enter the world of opera. Otis B. Driftwood is helping Mrs. Claypool enter society and gets her to make a major donation the an opera company. Opera company Managing Director Mr. Gottlieb signs a leading tenor, Rodolfo Lasspari, to sing in New York and he in turn convinces his current co-star Rosa to come with him. She however is in love with Ricardo, also a tenor but unknown and only a member of the chorus. Ricardo and his manager stow away aboard the ship carrying everyone to New York. When none of their plans work out, they ensure that the opera company's presentation of Il Trovatore is one the audience will never forget.-Internet Movie Database
Classic Film: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, 75 min)
September 08, 2015
7:00 pm
After a hard winter on the range, cowboys Gil Carter (Henry Fonda) and Art Croft (Harry Morgan) ride into a fleabitten small town for a drink. Within minutes, they get mixed up in a barroom brawl, which earns them the animosity of the locals. By and by, word reaches town that a local rancher has been killed by rustlers. With the sheriff out of town, a lynch mob is formed under the leadership of Major Tetley (Frank Conroy), a former Confederate officer who hopes to recapture past glories.—All Movie
Classic Film: The Shop Around the Corner (1940, 107 min)
September 15, 2015
7:00 pm
The Shop around the Corner was adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus Laszlo. Gift shop clerk Alfred Kralik (played by Jimmy Stewart) and newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other almost at first sight. Kralik would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Novak likewise carries a torch for her male pen pal, whom she also has never seen. The Shop Around the Corner is one of the screen's best romantic comedies, and an excellent example of the subtle humor and wry character interplay that marked the films of director Lubitsch. Stewart and Sullavan are terrific, the supporting performances are first-rate, and the film has the classy look that was a hallmark of MGM films of this era. Funny, timeless, and enduring—All Movie
Foreign Film: The Dinner Game (France, 1998, 78 minutes)
September 21, 2015
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Comedies that rely on persons of limited intelligence to generate laughs range from the sublime (the work of Laurel and Hardy) to the questionable ("Dumb and Dumber"). In the case of Francis Veber's "The Dinner Game," the laughs are on the allegedly intelligent and cultured Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte), and not at the expense of the dimwitted Francois Pignon (Jacques Villeret). Francois is the innocent victim of an elaborate joke Pierre and his friends play, but when Pierre finds himself in need of a true friend, the ever-trusting Francois is his man. In Veber's skilled hands, this is a comedy with neither malice nor mush, just a witty examination of bourgeois pretensions.—All Movie
Classic Film: The Narrow Margin (1952, 75 min)
September 22, 2015
7:00 pm
This gem of a B-picture from RKO is the kind of trim, beautifully paced movie people have in mind when asking, "Why don't they make 'em like that anymore?" Two cops have to guard a gangster's widow against assassination as she rides the Golden West Limited sleeper train from Chicago to L.A. to testify against his evil deeds, but the mob is on their trial. Soon there's only one cop, and he's finding the sharp-tongued widow as obnoxious as she is endangered. Nothing goes quite as you'd expect in this exemplary train thriller, which rattles and rocks toward its destination without a music track or a wasted moment.--All Movie
Classic Film: The Thirteenth Guest (1932, 70 min)
September 29, 2015
7:00 pm
Thirteen years after a dinner party where the wealthy host dropped, the thirteen guests are invited to reassemble at the dinner table. First to arrive is Ginger Rogers--who is promptly killed. It turns out that the dead woman was an impostor, hired to impersonate a real guest (Ginger Rogers again). Playboy detective Lyle Talbot is called in to investigate. It seems that the man who died 13 years ago was just about to announce the heir to his fortune, thus all the guests fall under suspicion. The culprit's true identity is hidden by a hood; the culprit's method of murder is a complex device. Thirteenth Guest is a marvelous "old house" mystery, with Ginger Rogers giving her all as the damsel in distress.—All Movie
Classic Film : The Horror of Dracula (1958, 82 min)
October 06, 2015
7:00 pm
This Hammer Studios classic is far closer to the letter (and spirit) of the Bram Stoker novel than the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. The premise finds the infamous count journeying from his native Transylvania to England, where he takes a headfirst plunge into the London nightlife, and begins to rack up victim after victim. In the process, Dracula also runs into his arch-nemesis, Van Helsing, which ignites a battle of wills between the two. With so many mediocre vampire films, the few which are truly excellent often get lost in the static. Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster's condenses Bram Stoker's novel, shifting most events to Dracula's castle and sharpening the material's dialogue and pacing.--All Movie
Classic Film: House on Haunted Hill (1958, 75 min
October 13, 2015
7:00 pm
House on Haunted Hill stars Vincent Price as sinister gent Frederick Loren, who resides in a sinister mansion on a sinister hill, where seven murders have occurred. He makes a proposal to several strangers, offering $10,000 to anyone who can last the entire night. Loren festively gives each of his guests a tiny coffin containing a loaded handgun, designed to protect them from the spooks that emerge in the house over the course of the night. The film hinges on its surprise ending, which packs in several twists.—All Movie
Classic Film: The Mummy (1959, 88 min)
October 20, 2015
7:00 pm

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Above Films will be shown in the Audio-Visual Room at the Cranford Community Center (220 Walnut Avenue). Free admission. All are welcome. Wheel-chair accessible. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

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