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Celebrating the Classics Winter/Spring, 2010, Schedule

December 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Celebrationing the Classics Winter/Spring 2010 Schedule


Jan. 5 & 7

“All About Eve” (1950) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, with Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. A ruthless young woman does whatever she can to be a star of the theater no matter who is hurt by her actions.

Jan. 12 & 14

“Cool Hand Luke” (1967) Directed by Stuart Rosenberg, with Paul Newman and George Kennedy. A man tries to keep his individuality while incarcerated in a chain gang. 126 min.

Jan. 19 & 21

“Sullivan’s Travels” (1941) Directed by Preston Sturges, with Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake. In this comedy/drama a movie director takes on the disguise of a hobo in order to discover the real America during the depression. 90 min.

Jan. 26 & 28

“A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) Directed by Sergio Leone, with Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte. An Italian western in which a gunfighter manipulates two warring factions for his own profit. Based on the Japanese film “Yojimbo.” 99 min.

Feb. 2 & 4

“The Cocoanuts” (1929) Directed by Robert Florey and Joseph Santley, with the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont. The Marx Brothers bring their Broadway show to the movies and do anything for a laugh in a story set in a failing Florida resort hotel. 96 min.

Feb. 9 & 11

“Key Largo” (1948) Directed by John Huston, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. A group of gangsters take over a small hotel as a place to ride out an oncoming hurricane. The cast also includes Edward G. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. 100 min.

Feb. 16 & 18

“The Apartment” (1960) Directed by Billy Wilder, with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. By renting his apartment to philandering executives, a man tries to rise within his company in this comedy/drama. 125 min.

Feb. 23 & 25

“The Letter” (1940) Directed by William Wyler, with Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall. Intrigue abounds on a rubber plantation when the wife of the manager is accused of murder and she says she is innocent. 95 min

Mar. 2 & 4

“West Side Story” (1955) Directed by Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, with Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. Based on “Romeo and Juliet,” this musical is about love that develops a boy and girl who are attached to different street gangs. 114 min.

Mar. 9 & 11

“Million Dollar Mermaid” (1952) Directed by Mervyn Leroy, with Esther Williams and Victor Mature. The swimming star of MGM was a perfect choice to play Annette Kellerman, the lady who introduced America to the one piece bathing suit. 115 min.

Mar. 16 & 18

“Twelve O’Clock High” (1949) Directed by Henry King, with Gregory Peck and Hugh Marlowe. When morale gets low in a bomber squadron during World War II, a tough officer is sent in to set things right. 132 min.

Mar. 23 & 25

“Going My Way” (1944) Directed by Leo McCarey, with Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. An older priest and a young priest must learn each other’s ways in this heartwarming film that also contains wonderful music. 126 min

Mar. 30 & Apr. 1

“Seven Days in May” (1964) Directed by John Frankenheimer, with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. A group of military men plan to overthrow the government of the United States. 118 min.

Apr. 6 & 8

“Lonely Art the Brave” (1962) Directed by David Miller, with Kirk Douglas and Gena Rowlands. A modern day cowboy who can’t stand to be confined becomes the object of a manhunt in the mountains of New Mexico. 107 min.

Apr. 13 & 15

“In the Heat of the Night” (1967) Directed by Norman Jewison, with Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. A racist southern sheriff gets a hand in a murder case from an urban cop who is black. 109 min.

Apr. 20 & 22

The Searchers” (1956) Directed by John Ford, with John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter. When Indians kidnap a man’s niece, he devotes his life to the search for her no matter where it takes him. 119 min

Apr. 27 & 29

“Gone With the Wind” (1939) Directed by Victor Fleming, with Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. A classic tale of the Civil War in which a woman does what she can to survive the war. 238 min.


All movies in the Celebrating the Classics film series are shown at Celebration Cinema North located on the East Beltline and Knapp in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prices are just $3.00 per show. Each showing will be introduced by film reviewer John Douglas.


3 Comments so far ↓

  • Pat

    John, sure wish you weren’t showing King Kong…that’s one of the few movies true animal lovers will never watch…and I’m one of them. It’s a dreadful movie. Sure you can’t switch that out for something good?

  • John Douglas

    Dear Pat,
    “King Kong” is one of my favorite movies so there’s not much chance of me replacing it. And anyway, there are no animals in “King Kong” – only representations of animals like the drawings of Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny.
    Aside from that the animals in “King Kong” are rather noble. Of course they have lapses in judgement from time to time but they are animals after all.
    I am probably on your side in terms of the treatment of animals. I always fees sorry for pets that are required to behave like morons in order to get some table scraps.
    But the fact of the matter is that if I followed your lead, I would have to give up too many good movies to protest the roles given to animals – films like westerns, cartoons, knights of the round table films and giant ape films and I am not prepared to do that.
    John Douglas

  • Kathleen

    Dear John,

    I am 33 years old and following in my father’s footsteps, I love a good classic fim. Most recently I have watched Road to Morraco, Twentieth Century, and Laura as ones I had never seen.

    My personal collection is growing, and I am so excited at the prospect of seeing The Maltese Falcon, Roman Holiday, the Wizard of Oz, and Christmas in Connecticut on the big screen. It is also a wonderful opportunity to get my grandmother to the movies.

    Being in her mid 80′s it isn’t always easy to find a movie to take her to that she’ll be able to follow and understand. Bringing back movies from her generation bridges the gap, and also gets her out of the house. Thank you so much for bringing the classics alive for me, and reopening a world for her. Kudos!


    Ps…How about bringing My Man Godfrey, the Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, Bringing Up Baby, or the Palm Beach Story back to the big screen? I would be there every week for that!

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