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This Saturday: HILARITY ENSUES

Long before the dawn of the dreaded "romcom," the classic Hollywood comedies of the 1930s often used the battle of the sexes and/or the classes as their backdrop, and were characterized by witty, rapid-fire badinage, absurdist plots, visual puns and sight gags, overt sexism, and wildly overconfident (or just plain pompous) characters. Tonight's program highlights some of the best frothy entertainment from that (allegedly) more innocent era.


This Saturday's Movies - 12/14/2019
4:00 PM
8:45 PM
A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler named Godfrey, but there is more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

(USA, 1936, B&W, 93 mins, dir. Gregory La Cava, with William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alan Mowbray)
5:45 PM
10:20 PM
Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books them in London for the same period as the Royal Wedding.

(USA, 1951, Color, 91 mins, dir. Stanley Donen, with Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Sarah Churchill)
7:30 PM
Archer Coe has been found dead. The cops consider it suicide, but Ace Detective Philo Vance believes otherwise. Archer had a number of enemies, which would have been glad to knock him off, but which one, and how did the murder occur in a room looked from the inside. Only Philo can find out.

(USA, 1933, B&W, 73 mins, dir. Michael Curtiz, with William Powell & Mary Astor)


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