Films on Friday: Stormy Weather (1943)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

This musical, starring Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Fats Waller, and Cab Calloway, showcases some of the leading African American performers of the day. It features the Nicholas Brothers in what may be the most bravura dance performance ever captured on film. FREE.

Films on Friday: Syncopation (1942)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

A melodrama with music, this film tells the story of the birth of jazz. It includes performances by some of the greatest musicians of the era, including Benny Goodman, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, and Joe Venuti. FREE. 

Films on Friday: Honkytonk Man (1982)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

Directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars with Kyle Eastwood and John McIntire, this film chronicles a country singer in the 1930s who aspires to appear on the Grand Ole Opry. FREE.  

Films on Friday: Night of the Hunter (1955)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

The only film directed by actor Charles Laughton stars Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Gish in a plot that involves a serial killer who poses as a preacher to get hold of $10,000 in stolen money. FREE. 

Films on Friday: Inherit the Wind (1960)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

A fictional treatment of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, which determined whether creationism or Darwinism was to be taught in Tennessee schools. Performances by Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, and a large supporting cast make this compelling viewing. FREE. 

Films on Friday: The Long Hot Summer (1958)

This melodrama, adapted from three short works by William Faulkner and starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Angela Lansbury, and Orson Welles, concerns the conflicts that erupt within the Varner family when an ambitious drifter arrives in their small Mississippi town. FREE.