Sunday Matinee Film Screenings
Fenimore Auditorium, 2 pm. Every first and third Sunday of the month from April through December, the Fenimore Art Museum will be screening a film in the Auditorium.
The films were selected this year by a museum member, and all are public domain gems. To view the film, you must pay museum admission (free for members!), but there is no additional cost.
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 120 min. --- Jimmy Stewart learns that indeed a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing when he and his wife (Doris Day) get caught up in an assassination plot while vacationing in Morocco. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller is a remake of his own 1934 British film of the same name. "Que Sera, Sera," sung by Day, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. (April 2)
- Invaders From Mars (1953) 78 min. --- 10-year-old David McClean (Jimmy Hunt) sees a spaceship land behind his house and soon suspects aliens are taking over the minds of his small-town's residents. But who's going to believe the kid? William Cameron Menzies, who won an Academy Award for the production design of "Gone With the Wind," directed this '50s sci-fi classic that neatly taps into the age of McCarthyism and nuclear paranoia. (April 16)
- Beat the Devil (1953) 89 min. --- Director John Huston ("The Maltese Falcon") reunites Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in this offbeat comedy about a group of eccentric misfits stranded in Italy on their way to Africa. Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida and Robert Morley head the rest of the motley crew. Truman Capote collaborated with Huston on the screenplay. (May 7)
- Father's Little Dividend (1951) 82 min. --- This sequel to the previous year's hit comedy "Father of the Bride" brings back stars Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as director Vincent Minnelli. This time Tracy tries to come to terms with impending grandfatherhood, and is none too pleased about the prospect. Billie Burke (the good witch in "The Wizard of Oz") is on hand as Taylor's ditzy mother-in-law. (May 21) - canceled
- D.O.A. (1950) 83 min. -- While vacationing in San Francisco, accountant Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) wakes up after a night on the town to discover that someone has poisoned him. Doctors tell him that he has no more than a week to live, and Frank sets off on a desperate quest to find out who poisoned him and why. Directed by Rudolph Mate and shot by award-winning cinematographer Ernest Laszlo on location in San Francisco and L.A. (June 4)
- Macbeth (1948) 89 min. -- Orson Welles directs and stars in this adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. Ever the cinematic innovator, Welles put his creative stamp on the film with starkly impressionistic sets and moody lighting to relate Macbeth's treacherous ascendancy to the Scottish throne. (June 18)
- The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 168 min. -- Winner of eight Academy Awards, this powerful portrayal of three veterans returning to small-town America after World War II captures the struggles of those who sacrificed for their country to readjust to family life, the workplace, and a forever-changed society. Directed by William Wyler ("Wuthering Heights," "Ben Hur") and starring Frederic March, Dana Andrews, and Myrna Loy. (July 2)
- The Stranger (1946) 95 min. -- An escaped Nazi war criminal (Orson Welles) seeks refuge under an assumed name in a Connecticut town, where he becomes engaged to the unsuspecting daughter of a Supreme Court justice. Hot on his trail is a war crimes investigator (Edward G. Robinson), who works relentlessly to unmask his identity. Directed by Welles, and co-starring Loretta Young. (July 16)
- The Southerner (1945) 91 min. -- Farm hand Sam Tucker (Zachary Scott) decides to try running his own operation, fighting against all odds in the face of the forces of nature, ornery neighbors, and "spring sickness." Director Jean Renoir, seven years after his masterpiece "Grand Illusion," earned an Oscar nomination for his heartfelt look at a family struggling to live off the land. (Aug 6)
- The Woman in Green (1945) 68 min. -- The game's afoot as Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are called in to solve a series of murders, with a dose of hypnotism and blackmail thrown in. Directed by Roy William Neil, with British character actor Henry Daniell as the nefarious Professor Moriarty. (Aug 20)
- This Is the Army (1943) 121 min. -- A year after directing "Casablanca," Michael Curtiz teamed up with Warner Brothers again for this "Let's put on a show!" wartime extravaganza. With songs by Irving Berlin and a lengthy roll call of a cast that includes two Californians who ended up in Washington: Ronald Reagan and George Murphy. (Sept 3)
- His Girl Friday (1940) 92 min. -- Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in Howard Hawks' remake of "The Front Page" as, respectively, a jaded newspaper editor and reporter who happen to be ex-spouses. The machine-gun dialogue dishes out one-liners at a breakneck pace in this hilarious mashup of screwball comedy and political satire. (Sept 17)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 129 min. -- Frank Capra's classic story of a naive newcomer who endeavors to shake up the Washington establishment stars James Stewart as the rookie senator and Jean Arthur as his loyal and steadfast assistant. The film won an Oscar for Best Original Story and was nominated for 10 others. (Oct 1)
- The Flying Deuces (1939) Laurel and Hardy end up in the French Foreign Legion after Ollie decides he needs to escape from his despair over having learned that the woman he fell in love with is already married. Mayhem and hi jinx ensue, including a madcap escapade in a stolen airplane. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. (Oct 15)
- Things to Come (1936) 92 min. -- Based on H.G. Wells' 1933 futuristic novel. After a seemingly endless world war brings a plague and the breakdown of civilization, John Cabal (Raymond Massey) emerges as the leader of a group of progressive-minded scientists bent on saving the planet from total destruction. The stunning sets include fantastic aerodromes that would be at home in a "Star Wars" movie and gadgets that look a lot like Segways and iPads. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. (Nov 5)
- My Man Godfrey (1936) 95 min. -- This Depression-era screwball comedy directed by Gregory La Cava stars Carole Lombard as a socialite who hires a vagrant (William Powell) to be her butler, thinking she and her daffy family will be saving him from abject poverty. But it turns out Godfrey is the one who has the most wisdom to impart about life, love, and money. Nominated for six Academy Awards. (Nov 19)
- Scrooge (1935) 78 min. -- An atmospheric British-made adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," starring Seymour Hicks in the title role (reprising his turn as Ebenezer in the 1912 film "Old Scrooge"). The New York Times called it "a faithful, tender and mellow edition of [Dickens'] timeless Yuletide fable ... superbly played." Directed by Henry Edwards. (Dec 3)
- Animal Crackers (1930) 98 min. -- Hooray for Captain Spaulding! Groucho and his sibs team up with Margaret Dumont for this early Marx Brothers romp, directed by Victor Herman and based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Morris Ryskind. Find out how explorer Groucho shot that elephant. (Dec 10)
*December film screenings will be the first two Sundays in December.