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Thursday, April 17, 2014
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6:00 AM
1397728800
silent
6:00 AM
143 min
silent

In this silent film, a rebellious Israelite prince out for vengeance crosses paths with the Messiah.

DirFred Niblo CastRamon Novarro , Francis X. Bushman , May McAvoy .
143 min,
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D: Fred Niblo. Ramon Novarro, Francis X Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson, Claire McDowell, Carmel Myers, Nigel de Brulier. Biggest of all silent spectacles holds up quite well against talkie remake, particularly the exciting chariot race and sea battle (both directed by B. Reeves Eason); Novarro (as Judah) and Bushman (as Messala) give the performances of their careers. Trouble-plagued film was years in production, at a then-record cost of $4,000,000, but final result, despite a slow second half, is worth it. Some sequences filmed in two-color Technicolor. Filmed once before (in one reel!) in 1907.

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8:30 AM
1397737800
comedy
8:30 AM
111 min
comedy

A high-society dinner party masks a hotbed of scandal and intrigue.

DirGeorge Cukor CastMarie Dressler , John Barrymore , Wallace Beery .
111 min, , CC
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D: George Cukor. Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, Karen Morley, Phillips Holmes, May Robson. Vintage MGM constellation of stars portray various strata of society in N.Y.C., invited to dine and shine; Harlow in fine comedy form, but Dressler as dowager steals focus in filmization of George KaufmanEdna Ferber play. Scripted by three top writers: Herman Mankiewicz, Frances Marion, and Donald Ogden Stewart. Don't miss this one. Remade for cable TV in 1989 with Lauren Bacall.

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10:30 AM
1397745000
suspense
Thin Man, The (1934)
10:30 AM
91 min
suspense
Thin Man, The (1934)

A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.

DirW. S. Van Dyke CastWilliam Powell , Myrna Loy , Maureen O'Sullivan .
91 min, , CC
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D: W. S. Van Dyke. William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Cesar Romero, Natalie Moorhead, Edward Ellis, Porter Hall. Nick and Nora investigate the disappearance of an inventor in this classic blend of laughs and suspense which marked the first pairing of what was to become one of the movies' great romantic teams. Shot in just two weeks by director Woody "One-Shot'' Van Dyke and cinematographer James Wong Howe, this has gone on to become the sophisticated comedy-mystery par excellence, inspiring five sequels as well as countless imitations. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett adapted Dashiell Hammett's novel.

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12:04 PM
1397750665
short
12:04 PM
11 min
short

A wife challenges her husband's murderer to combat in this short film that introduces audiences to Chinese theater.

DirJacques Tourneur CastBessie Loo , Walter Soo Hoo , Chingwah Lee .
11 min,
 
 

12:15 PM
1397751300
epic
12:15 PM
138 min
epic

Epic adaptation of the Pearl Buck classic about Chinese farmers battling the elements.

DirSidney Franklin CastPaul Muni , Luise Rainer , Walter Connolly .
138 min, , CC
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D: Sidney Franklin. Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Charley Grapewin, Jessie Ralph, Tilly Losch, Keye Luke, Harold Huber. Mammoth Pearl Buck novel recreated in detail, telling story of greed ruining lives of simple Chinese farming couple. Rainer won Oscar as the ever-patient wife of Muni, as did Karl Freund for his cinematography. Screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Tess Slesinger, and Claudine West. The special effects are outstanding.

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2:45 PM
1397760300
drama
Boys Town (1938)
2:45 PM
93 min
drama
Boys Town (1938)

True story of Father Flanagan's fight to build a home for orphaned boys.

DirNorman Taurog CastSpencer Tracy , Mickey Rooney , Henry Hull .
93 min, , CC
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D: Norman Taurog. Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Gene Reynolds, Leslie Fenton, Addison Richards, Edward Norris, Sidney Miller, Bobs Watson, Frankie Thomas. Tracy won Oscar as Father Flanagan, who develops school for juvenile delinquents; Rooney is his toughest enrolee. Syrupy but well done; Eleanore Griffin and Dore Schary also earned Oscars for their original story. Sequel: MEN OF BOYS TOWN. Almost 60 years later, Rooney played Father Flanagan in the direct-to-video feature THE ROAD HOME. Also shown in computer-colored version.

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4:19 PM
1397765946
short
4:19 PM
10 min
short

This short film looks at a community in Illinois that is the home for orphaned children.

10 min,
 
 

4:30 PM
1397766600
drama
4:30 PM
114 min
drama

A cold-hearted teacher becomes the school favorite when he's thawed by a beautiful young woman.

DirSam Wood CastRobert Donat , Greer Garson , Terry Kilburn .
114 min, , CC
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D: Sam Wood. Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Paul von Hernreid (Henreid), Terry Kilburn, John Mills. Donat won well-deserved Oscar for memorable portrayal of shy schoolmaster who devotes his life to "his boys,'' only coming out of his shell when he meets Garson. Extreme length works against film's honest sentiment, but Donat makes it all worthwhile. Garson's film debut made her a star overnight. Based on James Hilton's novel; scripted by R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West, and Eric Maschwitz. Remade as a musical in 1969. Also shown in computer-colored version.

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6:30 PM
1397773800
adventure
6:30 PM
C- 89 min
adventure

A faithful collie undertakes an arduous journey to return to her lost family.

DirFred M. Wilcox CastRoddy McDowall , Donald Crisp , Dame May Whitty .
C- 89 min, , CC
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D: Fred M. Wilcox. Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Nigel Bruce, Elsa Lanchester, Elizabeth Taylor. Winning, wonderful film from Eric Knight's book about a poor family forced to sell their beloved dog, who undertakes several tortuous journeys to return to them. A tearjerker of the first order, and one of the all-time great family films. Lassie is played--quite remarkably--by a male collie named Pal. Sequel: SON OF LASSIE. Remade as GYPSY COLT and THE MAGIC OF LASSIE.

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8:00 PM
1397779200
silent
8:00 PM
113 min
silent

In this silent film, a femme fatale comes between childhood friends.

DirClarence Brown CastJohn Gilbert , Greta Garbo , Lars Hanson .
113 min,
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D: Clarence Brown. John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent, William Orlamond, George Fawcett, Eugenie Besserer. Garbo at her most seductive as temptress who comes between old friends Gilbert and Hanson. Pulsatingly romantic, beautifully filmed, probably the best Garbo-Gilbert love match. But talk about surprise endings!

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10:00 PM
1397786400
drama
10:00 PM
113 min
drama
Grand Hotel (1932)

Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache.

DirEdmund Goulding CastGreta Garbo , John Barrymore , Joan Crawford .
113 min, , CC
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D: Edmund Goulding. Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Tully Marshall, Mary Carlisle. Vicki Baum's novel and play of plush Berlin hotel where "nothing ever happens.'' Stars prove the contrary: Garbo as lonely ballerina, John B. her jewel-thief lover, Lionel B. a dying man, Crawford an ambitious stenographer, Beery a hardened businessman, Stone the observer. Scripted by William A. Drake. Best Picture Oscar winner; a must. Plot reworked many times (in HOTEL BERLIN, WEEK-END AT THE WALDORF, etc.). Later a Broadway musical.

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12:00 AM
1397793600
adventure
12:00 AM
133 min
adventure

Classic adventure about the sadistic Captain Bligh, who drove his men to revolt during a South Seas expedition.

DirFrank Lloyd CastCharles Laughton , Clark Gable , Franchot Tone .
133 min, , CC
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D: Frank Lloyd. Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp, Movita, Henry Stephenson, Spring Byington, Ian Wolfe, Mamo. Storytelling at its best, in this engrossing adaptation of the Nordhoff-Hall book about mutiny against tyrannical Captain Bligh (Laughton) on voyage to the South Seas. Whole cast is good, but Laughton is unforgettable. Scripted by three top writers: Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, and Carey Wilson. Oscar winner for Best Picture; leagues ahead of its 1962 remake and the 1984 film THE BOUNTY. Also shown in computer-colored version.

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2:15 AM
1397801700
comedy
2:15 AM
110 min
comedy
Ninotchka (1939)

A coldhearted Soviet agent is warmed up by a trip to Paris and a night of love.

DirErnst Lubitsch CastGreta Garbo , Melvyn Douglas , Ina Claire .
110 min, , CC
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D: Ernst Lubitsch. Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, Alexander Granach, Richard Carle. Amid much outdated sociological banter, a lighthearted Garbo still shines. Lubitsch's comedy pegged on tale of cold Russian agent Garbo coming to Paris, falling in love with gay-blade Douglas. Supporting cast shows fine comedy flair. Script by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and Walter Reisch was basis for Broadway musical and film SILK STOCKINGS.

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4:15 AM
1397808900
epic
4:15 AM
157 min
epic

Lavish biography of the French queen who "let them eat cake."

DirW. S. Van Dyke II CastNorma Shearer , Tyrone Power , John Barrymore .
157 min, , CC
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D: W. S. Van Dyke II. Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley, Gladys George, Anita Louise, Joseph Schildkraut. Opulent MGM production of life of 18th-century French queen lacks pace but has good acting, with great performance by Morley as Louis XVI. Shearer captures essence of title role as costumer retells her life from Austrian princess to doomed queen of crumbling empire.

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Her eyes shine as brightly as the diamonds at her slender throat and the countless candles that turn the Palace of Versailles into a light-drenched fantasy world. She is Marie... more

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