Rod Serling with Movie Projector

Rod Serling, acclaimed writer of suspense.

Our film schedule for 2018 is still being finalized. To get an idea of what we’ll be offering, please take a look at last year’s line-up below!

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This year, our 2017 Western New York Movie Expo will present the restored print of the greatest pie-fight comedy ever made – Laurel and Hardy and 5,000 pies in their 1927 epic silent short The Battle of the Century. For years, only brief snippets of the classic pie fight sequence existed, but in 2015, the entire second reel was discovered as originally edited by Stan Laurel in 1927.

The Battle of the Century is just one of the many classic silent-era movies, early talkies, animation, and short subjects we’ll be bringing you this year.

Movies will begin at 1 pm on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Take a look!

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Rod Serling program ~

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Mike Pipher hosts our Serling program. To view a larger image, click on the poster.

In the Zone with Rod Serling, Part 2 – Rod Serling’s Time Travel – Sponsored by The Rod Serling Archive Bundy Museum of History and Art, and hosted by Michael Pipher, archivist and historian.

Our Serling program includes the original hour-long pilot, “The Time Element”, with William Bendix and Martin Balsam. CBS rejected this pilot for The Twilight Zone, so Serling sold it to Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, where it aired on Nov. 24, 1958.

After receiving thousands of letters praising the episode, CBS ordered a new half-hour pilot, and on October 2, 1959, The Twilight Zone series began its five-year run with the episode “Where is Everybody?”

“Where is Everybody?” is also on our Serling program – but instead of the actual episode that aired October 2, 1959, we’ll be screening a very rare version broadcast live on the PBS Station WSKG in Rod Serling’s home town of Binghamton, New York. This program was broadcast in 2009 for the 50th anniversary of the premier of The Twilight Zone.

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Special guests and presentations ~

Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury Tribute – Life-long friends, these two men have left an indelible imprint on science-fiction and fantasy history!

Jeff Rapsis will accompany several silent movies on his electronic keyboard, including Hot Water (1924) and The Lost World (1925).

The Great Chase – Trace the development of “The Chase” through the earliest days of movies, beginning with the silent films of Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish, William S. Hart, and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

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Features from the Silent Era ~

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Burn ‘em Up Barnes (1921) – Johnny Hines in his first full-length comedy. It was one of the year’s hits. Young Barnes (Hines) is called “Burn ‘Em Up” because of his love for fast driving, both on the track and on the street – much to the annoyance of the local traffic cops.

Hot Water (1924) – Starring Harold Lloyd, with live music accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

The Juggernaut (1915) – Directed by Ralph Ince and starring Anita Stewert and Earle Williams in a train wreck drama.

Little Orphant Annie (1918) – Starring Colleen Moore as the title character, with Tom Santschi and Harry Lonsdale.

The Lost World (1925) – Willis O’Brien’s great dinosaur epic set the stage for the Fay Wray classic King Kong eight years later in 1933. Our print is from a Kodascope release! Musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

The Navigator (1924) – Starring Buster Keaton and Donald Crisp. A beautiful original with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917) – Starring John Barrymore, with live music accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

Zaza (1923) – Gloria Swanson stars in this newly-restored edition from Kino. Jeff Rapsis provides the live musical accompaniment.

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And features from the Talkies Era ~

All the King’s Horses (1935) – With Carl Brisson, Edward Everett Horton, Mary Ellis, Katherine DeMille, and Eugene Paulette.

Banjo on My Knee (1936) – Ernie Holley (Joel McCreae) runs away on his wedding night because he thinks he has killed a wedding guest. His father Newt (Walter Brennan) and bride Pearl (Barbara Stanwyck) find him in New Orleans and persuade him to come home.

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The Black Raven (1943) – A murder-comedy starring George Zucco, Glenn Strange, and Charles Middleton.

City Streets (1931) – Starring Gary Cooper (as a gangster!), Sylvia Sidney, Paul Lukas, Winne Gibson, and William Boyd.

Five Star Final (1931) – Starring Edward G. Robinson, Boris Karloff, Marion Marsh, and H.B. Warner.

Fog Island (1945) – American mystery-suspense film directed by Terry O. Morse and starring “B” movie horror film regulars George Zucco and Lionel Atwill.

Glamour for Sale (1940) – An American crime film directed by D. Ross Lederman, with Anita Louise, Roger Pryor, Paul Fix, and Frances Robinson.

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Green for Danger (1947) – A murder-mystery starring Alastair Sim as Inspector Cockrill, with Trevor Howard and Leo Genn.

Heavens Above! (1963) – The uncut original version starring Peter Sellers.

The Leather Pushers (1940) – A shifty boxing promoter places an amateur (Richard Arlen) in fixed fights, then hands his contract over to a suspicious female investigative reporter(Astrid Allwyn) as a raffle prize. He later regrets his actions.

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Mr. Moto’s Last Warning (1939) – An entry in the popular mystery series starring Peter Lorre as the globe-trotting Japanese detective Mr. Moto investigating international agents (Ricardo Cortez and George Sanders) in Port Said, Egypt. Also starring Virginia Field and John Carradine.

The Red Shoes (1948) – Starring Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, and Moira Shearer. A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

Too Many Crooks (1959) – Terry-Thomas, George Cole and Brenda DeBanzi in a hilarious black comedy crime caper from England.

The Trial (1962) – Directed by Orson Welles and starring Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, and Orson Welles.

We Go Fast (1941) – An American action film directed by William C. McGann and written by Thomas Lennon and Adrian Scott. The film stars Lynn Bari, Alan Curtis, and Minta Durfee.

You Never Can Tell (1951) – Dick Powell stars in a hilarious fantasy comedy! Powell plays a dog who is reincarnated as a man – a kibble-snacking detective named Rex Shepherd – to solve his own death. Peggy Dow is the girl he helps out; his “girl Friday” is Joyce Holden, whose character in an earlier life was a racehorse.

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Shorts and short subjects ~

Animation Specialities – A tribute to Max Fleischer, as well as restorations of many obscure cartoons.

Laurel and Hardy restorations and rarities.

Charley Chase Kodascope fest, plus rare Mack Sennett Kodascopes.

A Salute to the Ladies – Shorts featuring Anita Garvin, Polly Moran, Ethel Gibson, and Louise Fazenda.

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Music on Film ~

From jazz and Big Bands to country in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, and many more.

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Rare early television ~

The Rheingold Theatre, “The Awakening” (July 14, 1954) – Starring Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and James Hayter.