Films

Rod Serling with Movie Projector

Rod Serling, acclaimed writer of suspense.

Our film schedule for 2018 is now available on our “Schedule 2018” page.

This year we’ll be bringing you many classic silent-era movies, early talkies, animation, and short subjects.

Comedy classics from Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Buster Keaton, and Hal Roach. A variety of films – both silent and sound – including dramas, comedies, and musicals. Television classics from Jack Benny, Danny Thomas, Edgar Bergen, and more.

Movies will begin at 12 noon on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Take a look!

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Rod Serling Festival ~

Mike Pipher, Serling biographer, returns for a third year to host our annual Serling festival, In the Zone with Rod Serling.

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Special guests and presentations ~

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The Haunted World of Edward Wood Jr (1995) – A documentary on the making of director Ed Wood’s 1959 masterpiece, Plan 9 from Outer Space, with Bela Lugosi (in archival footage), Bela Lugosi Jr, and many others.

Jeff Rapsis returns for a third year to accompany several silent movies on his electronic keyboard, including The Coming of Amos (1925) and Battling Butler (1926), as well as several Silent Comedy Fests throughout the weekend.

An auction will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2, 2018.

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Features from the Silent Era ~

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Braveheart (1925) – Rod La Rocque and Lillian Rich – La Rocque plays the title character, a Native American who studies law to help his tribe retain their fishing rights.

Sadie Thompson (1928) – Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Friderici, and Charles Lane – Swanson plays the title character, a prostitute who attempts to make a fresh start.

Special Delivery (1927) – Eddie Cantor plays an inept Secret Service agent who goes undercover as a mailman in this silent comedy directed by Roscoe Arbuckle.

Sunshine Dad (1916) – DeWolf Hopper and Fay Tincher – A comedy involving a band of mystics, missing jewels, and a lion on the loose.

The Coming of Amos (1925) – Rod La Rocque as an Australian sheep rancher who falls in love with a Russian princess.

The Kid Brother (1927) – Harold Lloyd – A sheriff’s timid son has a chance to prove himself when con artists running a medicine show comes to town.

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And features from the Talkies Era ~

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Before Dawn (1933) – Warner Oland, Stuart Irwin, Dorothy Wilson, and Dudley Digges in an “old house” thriller involving a million dollars in gold.

Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) – Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, and Marie Windsor – Astronauts travel to the moon and find it inhabited by attractive women in black tights.

Corridors of Blood (1958) – Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee – Karloff as a doctor who fights to use anesthetic in surgery, but winds up addicted.

Genevieve (1953) – Dinah Sheridan, Kenneth More, and Kay Kendall in an antique auto race from London to Brighton. An I.B. Technicolor print!

Hi, Good Lookin’ (1944) – Harriet Hilliard, Jack Teagarden, and Eddie Quillian – An usher at a radio station studio poses as an executive at the studio to help a pretty girl get a job as a singer.

Horror Island (1941) – Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, and Peggy Moran – A mystery-comedy involving a treasure hunt on an island, a mysterious phantom, and murder.

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Island of Doomed Men (1940) – Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, and Don Beddoe – Peter Lorre stars as the owner of a private island with a diamond mine, where paroled convicts work as slave labor.

Love Thy Neighbor (1940) – Jack Benny and Fred Allen carry their ongoing radio “feud” to the big screen in this musical comedy.

On the Avenue (1937) – Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye, the Ritz Brothers, and Stepin Fetchit – A musical comedy in which a Broadway producer satirizes an important New York family, while their daughter falls in love with him.

Once a Lady (1931) – Ruth Chatterton and Ivor Novello in a pre-code drama.

Secrets of an Actress (1938) – Kay Francis, George Brent, and Ian Hunter – Two architects become rivals for romance with a beautiful actress.

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South of Tahiti (1941) – Maria Montez, Brian Donlevy, and Broderick Crawford – An action-adventure involving an airplane crashing on an uncharted, but not uninhabited, island in the South Pacific and a hunt for native gold.

Spaceways (1953) – Howard Duff and Eva Bartok – Terence Fisher directs this science-fiction thriller about British scientists and rockets.

Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) – Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and an all-star cast – A Paramount Studio security guard who pretends to run the studio is forced to carry on the charade when his sailor son arrives on shore leave.

The Bishop Misbehaves (1935) – Edmund Gwenn and Maureen O’Sullivan in a comedy-mystery involving robbery in England.

The Crooked Circle (1932) – James Gleason, Zasu Pitts, and Ben Lyons – A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

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The French Key (1946) – Albert Dekker, Mike Mazurki, Evelyn Ankers – A mystery thriller involving valuable coins and gold smugglers.

The Golden Age of Comedy (1957) – Laurel and Hardy, Will Rogers, and Mack Sennett – A documentary featuring some of the best-known comics from the silent era.

The House on Haunted Hill (1959) – Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Elisha Cook, Jr – Vincent Price plays a millionaire who offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

The Loudspeaker (1934) – Ray Walker, Julie Bishop, and Charlie Grapewin – A young man from a small town heads to New York to become a radio star. Print courtesy of the Dennis Carey collection.

The Phantom of Crestwood (1932) – Ricardo Cortez, Karen Morley, and Anita Louise – The shore-front estate of Crestwood is the setting for blackmail in this mystery thriller.

Three Strangers (1946) – Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Geraldine Fitzgerald – Lorre, Greenstreet, and Fitzgerald play the title characters, who become partners on a sweepstakes ticket with tragic results.

Tillie and Gus (1933) – W.C. Fields, Alison Skipworth, and Baby LeRoy – The classic W.C. Fields comedy!

Time Out for Rhythm (1941) – Rudy Vallee, Ann Miller, Rosemary Lane, and the Three Stooges – A musical comedy about a maid who gets a Hollywood contract.

Tomorrow at Seven (1933) – Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins, Vivienne Osborne, and Frank McHugh – A comedy-mystery involving an old dark house and a maniac called “The Black Ace”.

Whispering Smith Speaks (1935) – George O’Brien and Irene Ware in a western train adventure. Print courtesy of the Millen collection.

X . . . the Unknown (1956) – Dean Jagger, Leo McKern, and Michael Ripper – A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a village in Scotland.

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Shorts and short subjects ~

Animation Fests – A selection of cartoon classics, including the work of Ladislas Starevich, Tex Avery, Max Fleischer, and others.

Any Day in Hollywood – Starring Billy Bevan and an all-star Sennett cast.

Bacon Grabbers (1929) – In this French version with music, Laurel and Hardy find work as debt collectors, with comic results.

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Battling Butler (1926) – Buster Keaton as a love-struck weakling who pretends to be a boxer to impress his girlfriend’s family.

Big Hearted (1930) – Ray Hughes, Dorothy Gulliver, Harry Gribbon, and Vivian Oakland – A couple (Hughes and Gulliver) find themselves taken advantage of by their new neighbors.

Blotto (1930) – Laurel and Hardy in a comedy short, restored to the 35-minute version. Stan fakes receiving a telegram so he can go to a club with Ollie and a bottle of liquor, but his wife overhears his plans.

Bride and Gloom (1947) – Shemp Howard finds himself in a love nest with the wrong woman, while his unhappy bride-to-be is waiting at the church.

Bus Pests (1945) – Dave O’Brien plays one of the “pests” in this Pete Smith comedy short about bus passengers who make a nuisance of themselves.

Close Relations (1933) – In this early talkie, Roscoe Arbuckle plays Wilbur Wart, who may be the heir to his rich uncle’s fortune.

Cutie on Duty (1943) – Leon Errol, Claire Carleton, Dorothy Christy, and Tom Kennedy. A husband (Errol) buys a set of cooking utensils as an anniversary present for his wife (Christy), then finds himself in hot water when the store sends over an employee (Carleton) to cook a demonstration dinner.

Disorder in the Court (1936) – Larry, Curly, and Moe. The Three Stooges are witnesses at a murder trial, but manage to disrupt the proceedings – and discover the identity of the real murderer.

Dummy Ache (1936) – Edgar Kennedy, Florence Lake, and Lucille Ball. A dummy is mistaken for a murder victim in this comedy short nominated for an Oscar as “Best Short Subject of 1936”.

Flat Feat (1948) – Sterling Holloway. A rookie cop (Holloway) finds it hard to live up to the reputation of his police officer father (also played by Holloway).

Four Parts (1934) – Charley Chase plays “Charley”, one of four identical brothers who drives his girlfriend crazy.

Helpmates (1932) – Laurel and Hardy in a classic short involving a wild party, a house in disarray, and an unsuspecting wife due home at noon.

Here We Go Again, aka Hard Knocks and Love Taps (1921) – Charles Murray, James Finlayson, Charlotte Minau. A rich city man arrives in a small town to woo a wealthy widow.

Hey, Pop (1932) – Roscoe Arbuckle in his first talkie, as a man who tries to keep an orphaned child out of the Orphan Asylum, then ends up in the Asylum himself.

Hollywood Runaround (1932) – Monte Collins, Gertrude Messinger, and Matthew Betz.

Honest John (1934) – W.C. Fields in his classic pool table skit.

Husbands’ Reunion (1933) – Walter Catlett, Grady Sutton, and Richard Cramer in a Mack Sennett comedy.

Meet Mr. Mischief (1947) – Harry von Zell as a radio sponsor who encounters a practical joker at a radio station and ends up thinking someone is trying to kill him.

Noisy Neighbors (1946) – Edgar Kennedy, Florence Lake, and Jack Rice.

Should Husbands Marry? (1947) – Hugh Herbert, Christine McIntyre. Hoping for a raise in salary, Hugh Herbert invites his boss and his wife to dinner – with disastrous results.

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Slap Happy (1982) – Ben Turpin and Mack Sennett comedy greats.

Tars and Stripes (1935) – Buster Keaton, Dorothea Kent, and Vernon Dent in a Navy comedy involving an apprentice seaman (Keaton) constantly in trouble or the brig – as well as romantic entanglements with the Gunners Mate’s (Dent) girlfriend (Kent).

The Nickel Hopper (1926) – Mabel Normand, Michael Viseroff, and Theodore von Eltz in a beautiful tinted print directed by S. Laurel. Mabel Normand plays the title character – a nickle-a-dance “taxi dancer” – whose life is complicated by an irresponsible father and dance-hall Romeos.

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Music on Film ~

Musical Soundies and Shorts Programs with Will Bradley, Cootie Williams, Fats Waller, Wingy Manone, Maurice Rocco, Spike Jones, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Harry Roy, Louis Armstrong, Dooley Wilson, and others.

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Rare early television ~

Carson’s Cellar (1953-54) – Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with celebrity guests in this episode of the first show he hosted after moving to Los Angeles, California.

Do You Trust Your Wife? (1956) – Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy host this TV game show, with married couples competing for money and prizes.

The Danny Thomas Show (1953-65), aka Make Room for Daddy – Guest starring Bob Hope. Danny Thomas played nightclub singer Danny Williams in this situation comedy.

The Jack Benny Show (1950-65).

The Jimmy Durante Show, “The Awakening” (1954) – With Barbara Whiting as “Suzy, the Hatcheck Girl”.

The Lucy Show, “Lucy Dates Dean Martin” (1966) – Guest-starring Dean Martin. In the episode she considered her favorite, Lucy is set up for a date with Dean Martin’s movie double Eddie Feldman – not realizing she’s out with the real Dean Martin when Feldman can’t make the date.

The Sammy Davis, Jr, Show (1966).

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