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January 2020

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Films on Friday: The Palm Beach Story (1942)

A romantic comedy with a kind of ironic overlay, this film stars Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, and Rudy Vallee. They are supported by the Preston Sturges “stock company” of zany character actors, who do their best to be disruptive—and often succeed. The screening is followed by a discussion. Admission and refreshments are free.

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January 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

February 2020

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Films on Friday: The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

Directed by Preston Sturges, this screwball comedy stars Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton. The story tells of a small-town girl who, after attending an all-night sendoff party for the troops, wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband’s identity. This riotously funny film was nominated for a 1945 Academy Award for best original screenplay. The…

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February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

March 2020

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Films on Friday: Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

A frantically funny, satirical comedy-drama, this film was directed by Preston Sturges and stars Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, and William Demarest. Sturges was nominated for a 1945 Academy Award for his screenplay. The screening is followed by a discussion. Admission and refreshments are free.

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March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

April 2020

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Films on Friday: The Great Moment (1944)

Directed by Preston Sturges, this biographical film is based on the book Triumph over Pain, by René Fülöp-Miller, and tells the story of Dr. William Thomas Green Morton, a nineteenth-century Boston dentist who discovered the use of ether for general anesthesia. Filmed in 1942 but not released until two years later, it marked the end of a remarkable string of critical…

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April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

May 2020

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Films on Friday: Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

Written and directed by Preston Sturges, this dark screwball comedy stars Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallée, and Barbara Lawrence. The film concerns a famed symphony orchestra conductor’s failed attempt to murder his wife, who he believes has been unfaithful to him. It is generally considered Sturges’s last great film. The screening is followed by a discussion. Admission and refreshments are…

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May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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