JOIN US AGAIN IN SUMMER OF 2011 FOR ANOTHER GREAT FILM
Mondays at 6:30 pm * FREE admission * Tickets
required: first come-first seated.
Tickets are distributed 1/2 hour prior to screening: One ticket
per person in line.
and drink are not allowed.
The National Theatre * 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW * Washington,
Information: (202) 783-3372
June 21, 2010
Catch a Thief
chic, picture postcard caper is full of witty dialogue and sparkling
subtext. Paul Robie (Grant) was “The Cat,” the most
notorious jewel thief in Europe before he retired and joined the
resistance in World War II. But now impossible heists—made
in Robie’s unique style—are popping up all over Cannes,
and he is the immediate suspect. Working undercover to clear his
name, Robie masquerades as an American tourist and becomes romantically
involved with pretty oil heiress Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly) and
her nouveau riche, big-hearted mother. When their jewels are stolen,
Frances gets an inkling of Robie’s true identity. It takes
a thief to catch a thief, but who is catching whom here? Grace
Kelly, Jesse Royce Landis. Paramount; directed by Alfred Hitchcock;
screenplay by John Michael Hayes. Not rated, 106 minutes, color,
1955. This screening is made possible by a generous donation from
Baldwin Graphics, www.baldwingraphics.com.
My Favorite Wife
||Seven years after his
wife Ellen (Irene Dunne) was lost in a shipwreck and declared legally
dead, Nick (Grant) marries venomous socialite Bianca only to discover
on his honeymoon that #1 wife Ellen has returned alive and kicking
after surviving on a deserted tropical island. Naturally, Ellen
wants to pick up the pieces of her life, while a dazed and confused
Nick makes the situation worse by his reluctance to break the shattering
news to Bianca. Adding to the marital mix-up, Nick discovers the
marooned Ellen’s sole island companion was a strapping Adonis
she affectionately calls Adam who is determined to pursue his Eve.
Grant and Dunne are hilarious in this snappy screwball comedy! Irene
Dunne, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott. RKO Radio Pictures; directed
by Garson Kanin; screenplay by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack, and Leo
McCarey. Not rated, 88 minutes, B&W, 1940.
An Affair to Remember
playboy Nickie Ferrante (Grant) and comely nightclub singer Terry
McKay (Deborah Kerr) meet aboard the transatlantic ocean liner,
SS Constitution, steaming to New York. Although engaged to other
people, the two are drawn together by an undeniable chemistry and
fall deeply in love. Pursued by personal doubts and the gossip of
other passengers, they agree to meet six months later at the top
of the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about
each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and
the lovers’ future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.
Witty, romantic and sophisticated, Grant and Kerr illuminate the
screen with an unrivaled intensity sure to touch your heart.
Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt. 20th Century Fox; directed by Leo
McCarey; screenplay by Delmar Daves, David Ogden Stewart and Leo
McCarey. Not rated, 119 minutes, color, 1957.
His Girl Friday
editor Walter Burns (Grant) is trying to keep his ace reporter and
ex-wife Hildy (Rosalind Russell) from quitting and getting married.
Walter bamboozles her into carrying out one last assignment—an
interview with a dreary little man convicted of killing a policeman.
It sounds like a snap, but before you can say screwball comedy,
the press room of the Criminal Courts Building has become ground
zero for the lunacy created by a jailbreak, a shooting, a
corrupt city administration, and the most Machiavellian “hero”
ever produced by Hollywood. Howard Hawks’ snappy romantic
comedy, full of verve and aplomb, is certain to tickle your funny
bone! Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy. Columbia Pictures; directed
by Howard Hawks; screenplay by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht, Charles
MacArthur. Not rated, 92 minutes, B&W, 1940.
||Alicia Hermann (Ingrid
Bergman), the daughter of a disgraced man convicted of treason against
the United States during World War II, is loyal to her country but
notorious for her heavy drinking and torrid love affairs. Contacted
by handsome government agent T. R. Devlin (Grant), she is recruited
into renewing an old acquaintance of her father’s—a
Nazi sympathizer suspected of leading a spy ring operating out of
Brazil. Her assignment: marry the leader and get the goods on everyone
involved. Danger, deceit, betrayal and romance combine into a perfect
and surprising climax in this classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller.
Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains. RKO Radio Pictures, directed by
Alfred Hitchcock; screenplay by Ben Hecht; additional dialogue by
Clifford Odets. Not rated, 101 minutes, B&W, 1946.
Bringing Up Baby
David Huxley (Grant) is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a brontosaurus
bone for his museum when he becomes mired in the madcap escapades
of Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn), a free spirited eccentric with
a pet leopard named Baby. Susan just happens to be the niece of
an elderly philanthropist David has been courting for a generous
donation. Toss in a yappy terrier with a penchant for burying things
in the garden, a jealous fiancé, a pompous big game hunter,
a traveling circus, a suspicious psychiatrist and a dim-witted constable
and you have all the ingredients for a breathless screwball comedy
guaranteed to leave you weak with laughter! Katharine Hepburn.
RKO Radio Pictures, directed by Howard Hawks; screenplay by David
Ogden Stewart. Not rated, 102 minutes, B&W, 1938.
|| After her husband’s
body is found abandoned by a French railroad track, Regina Lampert
(Audrey Hepburn) finds herself the center of considerable attention.
Apparently he hid $250,000 that others claim belongs to them. Now
three sinister thugs and an all-too-suspicious government official
are convinced that Regina holds the clue to the whereabouts of the
missing loot and are determined to wrestle the information from
her any way they can. Smooth talking Peter Joshua (Grant) offers
to assist Regina unravel the mystery, but is he really who he claims
to be? Grant and Hepburn have chemistry to burn in this suave romantic
thriller with an evocative Henry Mancini score. Audrey Hepburn,
Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, James Coburn. Universal Pictures,
directed by Stanley Donen; screenplay by Peter Stone. Not rated,
114 minutes, color, 1963.
John Henry Loomis. Todd Clark is the M.C.
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provided by Chuck Fazio Media.
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