2014 Library Schedule

March 6, 2014: West of Zanzibar (1928) 65 min.
With piano accompaniment by David Drazin.
Lon Chaney, Sr., stars as a stage magician who loses everything in this strange tale of revenge and African juju. With Mary Nolan, Lionel Barrymore, and Warner Baxter. Directed by Tod Browning.

March 13: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 129 min.
Co-sponsored by the Park Ridge Public Library.
Screened as part of the “Films of 1939” series at the Pickwick Theatre.
James Stewart stars as Jefferson Smith, an idealistic senator who confronts the corruption of Washington, D.C. Claude Rains is the machine politician who shows Jefferson how things work. This is an American classic directed by Frank Capra.

March 20: Abraham Lincoln (1930) 93 min.
Early screen depiction of Lincoln told by a master storyteller, D.W. Griffith. Walter Huston is outstanding in the title role. This was one of the first major historical films of the sound era.

March 27: Jewel Robbery (1932) 70 min.
William Powell is a Viennese jewel thief who steals Kay Francis’ heart in this delightful pre-Code confection. Directed by William Dieterle.

April 3: Gallant Lady (1933) 82 min.
Ann Harding plays a young woman who gives up her baby for adoption and then tries to get him back years later by marrying the adoptive father. A tear-jerker melodrama buoyed by the performances of Harding and Clive Brook as her itinerant admirer. Directed by Gregory La Cava.

April 10: Night Flight (1933) 85 min.
The Grand Hotel of the air features an all-star cast in this story of pilots braving the South American climate in order to transport a polio serum. With John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery, and Myrna Loy. Directed by Clarence Brown.

April 17: Black Moon (1934) 68 min.
A story of a young woman haunted by the spell of voodoo drums from a distant island. Jack Holt, Fay Wray, and Dorothy Burgess star. Directed by Roy William Neill.

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NOTE: No classic films will be screened at the Library for two weeks, but don’t miss Scarface (1932) at the Pickwick Theatre on April 24 and the Tyrone Power Centennial double feature on May 1: In Old Chicago (1938) and Jesse James (1939). Visit www.parkridgeclassicfilm for more details.

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May 8: The Key (1934) 71 min.
Love, duty, and sacrifice are at the heart of this atmospheric story set in 1920 during Ireland’s rebellion against the British. William Powell, Edna Best, and Colin Clive make up the love triangle. Directed by Michael Curtiz.

May 15: The Unsuspected (1947) 103 min.
Rarely seen film noir features Claude Rains as a radio mystery host who may or may not be guilty of murder off the air. With Audrey Totter. Directed by Michael Curtiz. NOTE: Originally scheduled for May 29, this screening has been moved up a couple weeks.

May 22: The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) 96 min.
The story of the doctor who unknowingly treated the man who killed President Lincoln and was subsequently sent to a penitentiary. Warner Baxter stars as Dr. Mudd with Gloria Stuart and John Carradine. Directed by John Ford.

May 29: Theodora Goes Wild (1936) 94 min.
Scheduled Guest: Ann-Marie Streibich, granddaughter of Irene Dunne.
Screwball comedy stars Irene Dunne as a small-town girl who secretly writes a scandalous romance novel. With Melvyn Douglas. Directed by Richard Boleslawski.

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