Classic Film Society 2013 Schedule

Posted Online: May 09, 2013, 1:18 pm
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Press release submitted by Robert King

The Classic Film Society invites you to attend our special screenings of rare classic films at The Marycrest Senior Campus, Upham Hall Auditorium, 1607 W 12th Street, Davenport. This year we are highlighting some of the least frequently seen classics of Hollywood's past. Most of these films are very hard to find, and the film society went to great lengths to obtain them.

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7pm
Under Two Flags (1936) 96 min. Ronald Colman, Claudette Colbert, Victor McLaglen, Rosalind Russell, Gregory Ratoff, Nigel Bruce, C. Henry Gordon, Herbert Mundin, John Carradine, Lumsden Hare, J. Edward Bromberg, Onslow Stevens, Fritz Leiber. Colman is seen here in one of his archetypal romantic hero roles as a wrongfully disgraced Englishman serving in the French Foreign Legion who romances a respectable English lady, but is also loved by "Cigarette" a fiery tavern girl, while his outpost is threatened by warlike Tauregs.

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 7pm
Tin Pan Alley (1940) 94 min. Alice Faye, Betty Grable, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Allen Jenkins, Esther Ralston, The Nicholas Brothers, Ben Carter, John Loder, Elisha Cook Jr., Fred Keating, Billy Gilbert, Lillian Porter. The creative whirl of the street where songs are made is the setting for this show biz saga of popular song writers and lovely singers during the Golden Age of popular music. The elaborate "Sheik of Araby" scene is one of the liveliest numbers in the history of the Hollywood musical.

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 7pm
Fair Warning (1937) 70 min. J. Edward Bromberg, Betty Furness, John Payne, Victor Kilian, Billy Burrud, Gavin Muir, Gloria Roy, Andrew Tombes, Ivan Lebedeff, John Eldredge, Julius Tannen, Paul McVey, Lelah Tyler. A handsome new swimming instructor arrives at the Paradise Inn in Death Valley and as he and the owner's daughter go for a walk to see the sun rise over the desert they hear a gunshot and a man is killed. A deceptively simple deputy arrives to solve the mystery, but no one thinks he is up to the job.

Saturday, August 10, 2013, 7pm
Clive of India (1934) 94 min. Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, Colin Clive, Francis Lister, C. Aubrey Smith, Cesar Romero, Montagu Love, Lumsden Hare, Ferdinand Munier, Gilbert Emery, Leo G. Carroll. Equal parts romance and history, this story of the famous empire builder contains a role Ronald Colman was born to play. With its fantastic action scenes and exotic settings, this film wowed audiences and was a big hit in its original release. Loretta Young, as Clive's wife, was a fashion plate in real life and here she's showcased in a number of lovely period gowns.

Saturday, September 14, 2013, 7pm
Laughing at Trouble (1936) 67 min. Jane Darwell, Brook Byron, Allan Lane, Sara Haden, Lois Wilson, Margaret Hamilton, Pert Kelton, John Carradine, James Burke, Russell Hicks, Eddie Acuff, Frank Reicher. A small town publisher risks her reputation, and her newspaper, by challenging the murder conviction of her daughter's boyfriend in this amusing look at both the good and bad sides of small town life.

In cooperation with Marycrest Senior Campus, The Classic Film Society will show its 2013 films at the Upham Hall Auditorium at 1607 W. 12th Street, Davenport. The beautiful Marycrest campus is a perfect setting for classic films, and the auditorium features more than 200 cushioned seats allowing patrons to enjoy the films in comfort.

The Classic Film Society is a non-profit organization, and all volunteers serve without pay. While we do not charge admission, we hope you will support our program by making a donation. Recommended donation for the entire season is $10. Recommended donation for a single film is $3. Donations can be made at the theater before the start of each film or can be mailed to Classic Film Society, Attn: Bob King, 820 W. 59th St., Davenport, IA 52806
For more information, phone 391-3502. Thank you for helping to bring back the magic of classic movies.

Beautiful Movies in a Beautiful Setting

Celebrating the Forgotten Gems of Hollywood History.

While films like the Maltese Falcon and Casablanca are great fun to watch, they are played over and over again in many venues from one end of the country to the other. We at the Classic Film Society have a bit different focus. We try to find the rarest films, the neglected classics you're not likely to see anywhere else. It's great fun to discover the forgotten films of the past. We hope you'll give these films a look a join us in a deeper and broader exploration of our film heritage.


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