The Stanford Theatre

Summer 2014

Mickey Rooney plus 2nd Feature every Monday & Tuesday

Silent Film Wednesdays with Dennis James at the Wurlitzer

Charlie Chan, Superman Serials, and Sherlock Holmes every Thursday & Friday

Favorite Classics on Weekends

On Thursdays and Fridays we feature Charlie Chan, the fictional Chinese American detective who appeared n dozens of Hollywood movies, especially in the 1930's. These films are highly entertaining, and we are showing ten this summer, each on a double bill with Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. These double bills on Thursday and Friday will include at 7:30 an episode from the Superman serial released by Columbia in 1948.

There have been efforts, unwarranted in our view, to discredit the Charlie Chan movies as racial stereotypes. Here are some remarks by Keye Luke, the Chinese actor who often played Cahrlie's Number One Son: "I felt the Chan pictures were a credit to teh Chinese people. Before this only menacing pictures of Chinatown were shown — opium dens, slave girls, hatchet men, climaxed by the arch-villain Fu Manchu. Charlie Chan came along and erased that image and spread throughout the wolrd a much better picture of the Chinese… You can see that Charlie Chan was wise, sensitive, cautious, honest, gracious, courteous and compassionate. No one ever out-foxed him… He was the number one man from beginning to end."

On Mondays and Tuesdays we remember Mickey Rooney (1920–2014) with one of his films on a double bill with Tarzan, or Deanna Durbin, or another fun movie. The Saturday and Sunday double bills are mostly well-known titles, but we have included several that you may appreciate discovering.

Every Wednesday we devote to silent films, with Dennis James providing musical accompaniment at our Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Each program begins with a complete silent feature. The second part of the program will explore short subjects, episodes of silent serials, and other bits and pieces from our collection, which we are preserving in collaboration with the UCLA Film Archive.

The Stanford Theatre is dedicated to bringing back the movie-going experience of Hollywood's Golden Age. Great classic films were not made to be watched on a video screen in your living room. They depend on a larger-than-life image, and the shared reactions of a real audience.

The Stanford Theatre first opened in June of 1925. For decades nearly every important Hollywood picture played there on its first release. The people of Palo Alto saw them all for the very first time in this theatre.

In 1987 the Packard Foundation bought the theatre and restored it to its original condition. It quickly became America's most popular classic movie house. More people saw Casablanca there on its 50th anniverary in 1992 than at any other theatre in America.

The non-profit Stanford Theatre Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and public exhibition of films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. This means classic movies in a classic movie palace, complete with Wurlitzer organ rising from the orchestra pit.

Note: This is an unofficial posting of the Stanford Theatre schedules, from published information. This site is in no way connected with the Stanford Theatre nor the Stanford Theatre Foundation. Please check out the official site at in case this schedule isn't quite up-to-date! Programs are subject to change. For information, call (650) 324-3700.

August 4 – 5:
National Velvet (1944) 7:30
d Clarence Brown. w Theodore Reeves, Helen Deutsch, from the novel by Enid Bagnold. ph Leonard Smith. m Herbert Stothart. MGM. 125 min.

Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Revere, Donald Crisp, Angela Lansbury, Jackie Jenkins, Reginald Owen, Terry Kilburn, Norma Varden, Alec Craig, Arthur Shields, Dennis Hoey.

The perennial favorite in which Elizabeth Taylor became a star as the young girl determined to take her horse to the Grand National.

"One of the most likeable movies of all time. The 12-year old Elizabeth Taylor rings true on every line she speaks; she gives what is possibly her most dedicated performance as Velvet Brown, a little English girl who wins a horse in a village lottery and is obsessively determined to enter him in the Grand National. The film is a high-spirited childish dream: like The Wizard of Oz, it makes people smile when they recall it." Pauline Kael

first played at the Stanford Theatre May 20, 1945; last played Apr 2011

First Love (1939) 5:55, 9:45
d Henry Koster. w Bruce Manning, Lionel Houser, inspired by the fairy tale Cendrillon, ou la petite pantoufle de verre by Charles Perrault. ph Joseph Valentine. m Charles Previn. Universal. 84 min.

Deanna Durbin, Robert Stack, Eugene Pallette, Helen Parrish, Lewis Howard, Leatrice Joy, June Storey, Frank Jenks, Kathleen Howard, Thurston Hall, Marcia Mae Jones, Samuel S. Hinds, Doris Lloyd, Charles Coleman, Jack Mulhall, Mary Treen, Dorothy Vaughan.

The Cinderella story was adapted specially for Deanna, who also received her first screen kiss.

The New York Times called Deanna "… one of the first and most enchanting of cinema Cinderellas."

Songs: "Home, Sweet Home", from the opera Clari, or The Maid of Milan by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, libretto by John Howard Payne; "Amapola", music by Joseph M. Lacalle, new English lyrics (1910) by Albert Gamse; "Spring in My Heart", from Johann Strauss waltzes, music adaptation by H.J. Salter, lyrics by Ralph Freed; "One Fine Day (Un bel di)", from the opera Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 7, 1940; last played Sep 2013

August 6:
Romola (1924) 7:30
d Henry King. w Will M. Ritchey, based on the novel by George Eliot (London, 1862). ph Roy Overbaugh, William Schurr. Inspiration / MGM. 12 reels.

Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, William Powell, Ronald Colman, Charles Lane, Herbert Grimwood, Bonaventure Ibanez, Frank Puglia, Amelia Summerville.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

In Renaissance Italy, a Greek scholar, captured by pirates, asks his adopted son Tito (William Powell) to ransom him. Ignoring this request, Tito goes to Florence, marries Romola (Lillian Gish), the daughter of a blind scholar, and becomes chief magistrate. Through his corrupt actions (selling her father's books, condemning the priest Savonarola, seducing a peasant girl) he earns the hatred of the people and is killed by a mob. Eventually Romola marries the sculptor Carlo (Ronald Colman).

This film was made in Italy, at a studio near Florence. Lillian Gish and William Powell both held this film in high regard. Unfortunately, during their later years neither was able to obtain access to the sole surviving print (in private hands). The Stanford Theatre Foundation purchased the only known copy of this film, preserved it in cooperation with the UCLA film archive, and exhibited it to the public in 1995 for the first time in many years.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 26, 1995; last played Jun 2006

August 7 – 8:
Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) 7:30
d H. Bruce Humberstone. w Scott Darling, Charles S. Belden, based on a story by Bess Meredyth. ph Lucien Andriot. m Oscar Levant. 20th Century-Fox. 68 min.

Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, Charlotte Henry, Thomas Beck, Margaret Irving, Gregory Gaye, Nedda Harrington, Frank Conroy, Guy Usher, William Demarest.

Charlie investigates two murders in which the suspect is opera star Gravelle (Boris Karloff), a recent escapee from an insane asylum who is suffering from amnesia.

This may be the very best of the entire Charlie Chan series. Boris Karloff gives an especially effective performance, creating immense sympathy for his character.

The music for the opera Carnival was specially composed for the film by Oscar Levant.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 7, 1937; last played Nov 2010

"Elementary, my dear Watson."
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) 5:55, 9:05
d Alfred L. Werker. w Edwin Blum, from the play by William Gillette. ph Leon Shamroy. m Cyril Mockridge. 20th Century Fox. 85 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, George Zucco, Alan Marshal, Terry Kilburn, Henry Stephenson, Arthur Hohl.

Holmes must stop his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty from stealing the Crown Jewels.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 29, 1939; last played Aug 2009

August 9 – 10:
"Rome, by all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live."
Roman Holiday (1953) 3:30, 7:30
d William Wyler. w Ian McLellan Hunter (Dalton Trumbo), John Dighton. ph Franz Planer, Henri Alekan. Paramount. 118 min.

Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams.

A young princess on a European goodwill tour escapes her guardians for 24 hours of freedom in Rome with an American reporter (Gregory Peck).

The whole world fell in love with Audrey Hepburn in her first Hollywood role. The film received a total of ten Oscar nominations and Audrey was voted Best Actress.

"When she smiles, we're all goners." Pauline Kael

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 20, 1953; last played June 2013

Queen Christina (1933) 5:40, 9:40
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Salka Viertel, H. M. Harwood, S. N. Behrman. ph William Daniels. m Herbert Stothart. MGM. 99 min.

Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone, Elizabeth Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Owen.

Greta Garbo had her most radiant role as the 17th Century Swedish queen, under the inspired direction of Rouben Mamoulian. This film includes several of Garbo's most unforgettable scenes, including her night at the country inn with the Spanish ambassador, and her final sailing from Sweden. Indeed, it could be said that this film contains the greatest performance by the greatest star of the greatest art form of the 20th century. Do not miss it!

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 11, 1934; last played Apr 2012

August 11 – 12:
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) 7:30
d George B. Seitz. w William Ludwig. ph Lester White. MGM. 90 min.

Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden, Ann Rutherford, Betsy Ross Clark, Lana Turner, Gene Reynolds, Mary Howard, Don Castle, Marie Blake, George Breakston, Raymond Hatton.

Andy's life becomes crazy when he is pursued by two girls at the same time.

MGM used the Andy Hardy series to develop young talent, and the most important young talent at MGM belonged to Judy Garland, who appears three times in the series.

Songs include Meet the Beat of My Heart, It Never Rains but What It Pours, and In-Between.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 28, 1938; last played Jul 2006

Flying Hostess (1936) 6:10, 9:15
d Murray Roth. w Brown Holmes, Harvey Gates, Harry Clark, from the story Sky Fever by George Sayre. ph James Van Trees. m Charles Previn. Universal. 66 min.

William Gargan, Judith Barrett, William Hall, Astrid Allwyn, Ella Logan, Andy Devine.

A group of young women go through training to become flight attendants, capable of dealing with any in-flight emergencies.

This rare film is a very early example of the genre that would become the airplane disater movie. It has almost never been shown in theaters since its release, and Universal agreed to make a beautiful new print for our show.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 16, 1936; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

August 13:
That's My Daddy (1928) 7:30
d Fred Newmeyer. w Reginald Denny. ph Arthur Todd. Universal.

Reginald Denny, Barbara Kent, Lillian Rich, Tom O'Brien, Jane La Verne, Mathilde Brundage, Wilson Benge.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

When playboy Reginald is caught speeding, he fibs that he's on his way to the hospital to see his injured child. With a police escort, he arrives at the hospital to the delight of an orphan (the 4-year-old Jane La Verne) who adopts him on sight, causing difficulties with his stuffy fiancée.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 25, 1928; last played Aug 2007

August 14 – 15:
Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937) 7:30
d H. Bruce Humberstone. w Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, based on a story by Paul Burger. ph Daniel C. Clark. md Samuel Kaylin. 20th Century-Fox. 71 min.

Warner Oland, Katherine De Mille, Pauline Moore, Allan Lane, Keye Luke, Layne Tom.

Chan accompanies son Lee and his US Olympic teammates to Berlin for the 1936 Olympics. While onboard the ship, Charlie encounters spies, and Lee is kidnapped to ensure his silence.

Newsreel footage of Jesse Owens' triumph at the Olympics (while Lee and his teammates cheer him on) enhance this entry of the series.

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 6, 1937; last played Feb 2004

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) 6:00, 9:10
d Sidney Lanfield. w Ernest Pascall, from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. ph Peverell Marley. m Cyril Mockridge. 20th Century-Fox. 80 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene, Wendy Barrie, Lionel Atwill, Morton Lowry, John Carradine, Barlowe Borland, Beryl Mercer, Ralph Forbes.

On the moors a legendary hound is said to stalk the descendants of the Baskervilles. The latest heir engages Sherlock Holmes to investigate the mystery.

This picture first introduced Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Dr. Watson. It was a tremendous box office success, and Fox rushed out a sequel within six months. Between 1939 and 1946, Rathbone and Bruce played Holmes and Watson on the radio for 275 episodes, and they made a total of fourteen films in these roles.

Sherlock Holmes has been a familiar figure on the screen for nearly 100 years (he first appeared in a silent short around 1900). Many regard The Hound of the Baskervilles as the single best Holmes picture.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 26, 1939; last played Aug 2009

August 16 – 17:
The Four Feathers (1939) 3:50, 7:30
d Zoltan Korda. w R.C. Sherriff, Lajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis. ph George Périnal, Osmond Borradaile, Jack Cardiff. m Miklos Rozsa. Korda / London Films. 130 min.

John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez, Allan Jeayes, Jack Allen, Donald Gray, Henry Oscar, John Laurie.

The son of a distinguished military family resigns his commission. His friends send him the traditional white feather to show contempt for his assumed cowardice, but he proves his courage beyond all doubt.

Beautifully photographed on location in the Sudan, this is one more remarkable film made in the Golden Year of 1939.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 5, 1939; last played Nov 2005

One More River (1934) 5:55, 9:35
d James Whale. w R.C. Sherriff, from the novel by John Galsworthy. ph John J. Mescall. Universal. 85 min.

Diana Wynyard, Colin Clive, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Frank Lawton, Jane Wyatt, Lionel Atwill, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Henry Stepehenson, Alan Mowbray, Snub Pollard.

A woman flees her sadistic husband in Ceylon and returns to her family in England. On the ship a sympathetic young man falls in love with her. After they arrive in England, her husband hires a detective to prove infidelity.

John Galsworthy wrote the novel, which was also called Over the River. This beautiful film version was directed by James Whale, who is better known for his horror films.

"Classical Hollywood's finest and most convincing representation of contemporary Great Britain. Superb screen adaptation of John Galsworthy's last novel." Baseline Movie Guide

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 28, 2012; last played Sep 2012

August 18 – 19:
The Human Comedy (1943) 7:30
d Clarence Brown. w Howard Estabrook, from the novel by William Saroyan. ph Harry Stradling. m Herbert Stothart. MGM. 117 min.

Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Jackie Jenkins, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed.

Mickey Rooney gives one of his best performances (he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor) as a teenager who delivers telegrams in this story about life in a small town during WW II.

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 20, 1943; last played Sep 2006

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) 5:40, 9:40
d W.S. Van Dyke. w Cyril Hume, Ivor Novello, based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. ph Harold Rossen, Clyde De Vinna. MGM. 99 min.

Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, Maureen O'Sullivan, C. Aubrey Smith, Doris Lloyd, Forrester Harvey, Ivory Williams, Cheetah.

A young English woman on an African safari is kidnapped by a wild man. When her father and fiancé finally catch up with her, they find that she doesn't exactly want to be rescued.

MGM's early Tarzan pictures were made for adults, and are very romantic and sensuous. In the early Tarzan films, Tarzan was more interested in frolicking with Jane; it wasn't until the 1940's that Jane became tree-house bound, and Cheetah's exploits became more interesting than Tarzan's.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 27, 1932; last played Apr 2009

August 20:
The Bright Shawl (1922) 7:30
d John S. Robertson. ph George Folsey. Inspiration Pictures. 8 reels.

Richard Barthelemess, Andre Berenger, Dorothy Gish, Mary Astor, Edward G. Robinson, William Powell, Margaret Seddon, Luis Alberni, Jetta Goudal.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

Romance and intrigue in 19th century Cuba (filmed on location).

Restored in 1996 at the UCLA Film Archive, based on material in the Stanford Theatre collection.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 24, 1996; last played Sep 2000

August 21 – 22:
Charlie Chan in London (1934) 7:30
d Eugene Forde. w Philip MacDonald. ph L.W. O'Connell. md Samuel Kaylin. 20th Century-Fox. 79 min.

Warner Oland, Drue Layton, Douglas Walton, Alan Mowbray, Mona Barne, Ray Milland, E.E. Clive, Madge Bellamy.

Charlie is called to help out the horsey set in London when a Lady's brother is convicted of murder and sentenced to die within three days.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942) 6:10, 9:20
d Roy William Neill. w Edward T. Lowe, W. Scott Darling, Edmund T. Hartmann, from The Dancing Men by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ph Les White. m Frank Skinner. Universal. 68 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Dennis Hoey, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr., Mary Gordon, Holmes Herbert.

Holmes once again tangles with the Nazis, as well as his old nemesis Professor Moriarty.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 2, 2001; last played Nov 2001

August 23 – 24:
"Like everywhere else, most people in Paris get married, but not all. There are some who will not marry, and some who do not marry. But in Paris, those who will not marry are usually men, and those who do not marry are usually women."
Gigi (1958) 3:35, 7:30
d Vincente Minnelli. w Alan Jay Lerner, from the novel by Colette. ph Joseph Ruttenberg. m Frederick Loewe. des Cecil Beaton MGM. 116 min.

Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor, Isabel Jeans.

Colette's original story (about the education of a courtesan) was softened somewhat to stress the emotional development of a charming but mischievous girl on the verge of womanhood. Three of the principal creators of My Fair Lady (Lerner, Loewe, and Beaton) helped Minnelli make Gigi one of the most successful musicals in history. It won nine Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Director), which was at the time the largest number ever awarded to a single film.

In the past fifteen years 30,000 people have watched Gigi here at the Stanford Theatre. Gigi is a film that benefits enormously from being seen on the big screen and with the original magnetic stereophonic sound track.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 20, 1990; last played Jul 2012

"Marble Arch 5101"
The Reluctant Debutante (1958) 5:40, 9:35
d Vincente Minelli. w William Douglas Home, from his play. ph Joseph Ruttenberg. md Eddie Warner. MGM. 96 min.

Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, Sandra Dee, Peter Myers, Angela Lansbury, John Saxon, Diane Clare.

During the debutante season, the teen-aged American daughter (Sandra Dee) of an upper-class British father (Rex Harrison) comes to London to visit her now remarried father. Her new stepmother (Kay Kendall) insists on presenting her to society.

Vincente Minelli directed many Hollywood classics, including Meet Me in St Louis, An American in Paris, and Gigi. While virtually unknown to the public, The Reluctant Debutante has always been treasured by Minelli fans for its extraordinary humanity, style, and humor.

This great comic gem is practically unknown— except here at the Stanford Theatre! Regular patrons will recognize that we have already programmed this film as a second feature on eleven occasions, in an effort to introduce it to the public, which may be unaware of its existence. In fact, you might say that it is a cult favorite at the Stanford.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 20, 1990; last played May 2011

August 25 – 26:
Andy Hardy Meets A Debutante (1940) 7:30
d George B. Seitz. w Annalee Whitmore, Thomas Seller. MGM. 89 min.

Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker, Judy Garland, Sara Haden, Ann Rutherford, Tom Neal, Diana Lewis.

Silly Andy Hardy falls for a Manhattan debutante (while poor Judy Garland is spending the summer next door in Carvel). This typical episode in the Andy Hardy series is made memorable by Judy Garland's remarkable rendition of I'm Nobody's Baby, one of her greatest hit songs.

The debutante is played by Diana Lewis, who was soon to become Mrs. William Powell. On July 29, 1992, Diana (known as `Mousie') was a guest at the Stanford Theatre to celebrate the 100th anniversary of William Powell's birth.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jul 22, 1940; last played Dec 2010

The Jungle Princess (1936) 5:55, 9:10
d William Thiele. w Cyril Hume, Gerald Geraghty, Gouverneur Morris. ph Harry Fischbeck. Paramount. 84 min.

Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland, Akim Tamiroff, Lynne Overmann, Molly Lamont, Mala, Hugh Buckler, Sally Martin, Roberta Law.

Wearing the sarong that became her trademark, Dorothy Lamour plays a child of nature (living with her pet tiger) who encounters a visitor from Western "civilization".

Dorothy Lamour's first film, an unpretentious, low-budget programmer, was a surprise box office sensation and launched the career of one of Hollywood's most popular actresses. For many years The Jungle Princess had not been seen in theatres.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 3, 1990; last played Mar 2012

August 27:
What Happened to Jones (1926) 7:30
d William A. Seiter. ph Arthur Todd. Universal.

Reginald Denny, Marian Nixon, Melbourne MacDowell, Frances Raymond, Otis Harlan, Emily Fitzroy, Margaret Quimby.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

On the eve of his wedding, a conservative young man gets caught up in a raided poker party, hides out in a Turkish bath, and ends up getting married in the back of a speeding automobile while being pursued by the police!

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 5, 1926; last played Sep 2000

August 28 – 29:
Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935) 7:30
d Louis King. w Robert Ellis, Helen Logan. ph Daniel B. Clark. md Samuel Kaylin. 20th Century-Fox. 65 min.

Warner Oland, Pat Paterson, Thomas Beck, Rita Cansino [Hayworth], Jameson Thomas, Stepin Fetchit.

Using an X-ray machine, Charlie Chan discovers the body of a murdered archaeologist inside a sarcophagus.

Be warned that the popular African American comic acto Stepin Fetchit is give a very stereotyped role, which is an unfortunate blemish on this, and some other films of the period.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 10, 1935; last played Jun 1990

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) 6:10, 9:10
d Roy William Neill. w Bertram Millhauser, based on the novelette The Musgrave Ritual by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ph Charles Van Enger. m Hans Salter. Universal. 68 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Arthur Margetson, Hillary Brooke, Halliwell Hobbes, Minna Phillips, Milburn Stone, Gavin Muir, Gerald Hamer, Vernon Downing.

Holmes solves a series of murders by invoking a chess game with human players.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 9, 2001; last played Nov 2001

August 30 – 31:
"You may have come so near her— you may even have brushed by her on the street... You might even have met her, Charles, met her, and not known her. It might be someone you know— Charles— it might even be me."
Random Harvest (1942) 3:15, 7:30
d Mervyn LeRoy. w Claudine West, George Froeschel and Arthur Wimperis, based on the novel by James Hilton. ph Joseph Ruttenberg. m Herbert Stothart. MGM. 126 min.

Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters, Henry Travers, Reginald Owen, Margaret Wycherly, Bramwell Fletcher, Arthur Margetson.

One of Hollywood's great romances, about a WW I soldier suffering from amnesia. He marries a music hall dancer, but suddenly remembers his past life.

This film, based on a James Hilton novel which seems almost to have been written with Ronald Colman in mind, was enormously popular in its time.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 14, 1943; last played Aug 2013

Only Yesterday (1933) 5:35, 9:50
d John M. Stahl. w William Hurlbut, Arthur Richman, George O'Neill, based on the novel Briefe einer unbekannten by Stefan Zweig, and the English-language translation Letter from an Unknown Woman by Eden and Cedar Paul. ph Merritt Gerstad. m Constantine Bakaleinikoff. Universal. 105 min.

Margaret Sullavan, John Boles, Edna May Oliver, Billie Burke, Benita Hume, Reginald Denny, George Meeker, Jimmie Butler, Jane Darwell.

A man who has lost everything in the stock market contemplates taking his life, when he receives a letter from an unknown woman.

Margaret Sullavan shines in her first movie role, as a woman romanced by a soldier the night before he departs for the war. She thinks she has found love (and later bears his child), but he returns from the war having completely forgotten her.

There is also a wonderful, out-of-character, performance by Billie Burke.

The film is based on the same Stefan Zweig novel as the famous 1948 movie Letter from an Unknown Woman.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 12, 2012; last played Sep 2012

September 1 – 2:
Strike Up the Band (1940) 7:30
d Busby Berkeley. w Fred Finklehoff, John Monks, Jr. ph Ray June. m/lyRoger Edens & Arthur Freed. MGM. 120 min.

Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, June Preisser, William Tracy, Larry Nunn.

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were America's favorite teenagers in 1940. In this typical vehicle Mickey plays a high school band leader and drummer, with Judy as his singing girl friend. Paul Whiteman's band is also featured. Vincente Minelli (uncredited) suggested the idea for the musical fruit sequence.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 20, 1940; last played Aug 2006

His Butler's Sister (1943) 5:50, 9:40
d Frank Borzage. w Samuel Hoffenstein, Betty Reinhardt. ph Woody Bredell. m H.J. Salter. Universal. 87 min.

Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Pat O'Brien, Akim Tamiroff, Alan Mowbray, Walter Catlett, Elsa Janssen, Evelyn Ankers, Frank Jenks, Sig Arno, Hans Conried, Florence Bates, Roscoe Karns, Russell Hicks, Andrew Tombes.

In order to get the attention of a famous Broadway composer, an aspiring singer masquerades as a maid at his home — where her brother works as his butler.

Songs: "In the Spirit of the Moment," music by Bernie Grossman, lyrics by Walter Jurman; "When You're Away," music by Victor Herbert, lyrics by Henry Blorrom; "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?", words and music by Irving Caesar, Samuel Lerner and Gerald Marks; selections from the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni; medley of Russian songs arranged by Max Rabinowitz.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 21, 2012; last played Dec 2012

September 3:
The Goose Woman (1925) 7:30
d Clarence Brown. w Melville Browm, from the story by Rex Beach. ph Milton Moore. Universal. 90 min.

Louise Dresser, Jack Pickford, Constance Bennett, James O. Barrows, Spottiswoode Aitkin, George Cooper.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

After giving birth to a son, an opera diva loses her voice. Embittered, she becomes an alcoholic recluse, blaming her child for her downfall. Years later, she involves herself in a murder case, enjoying her new notoriety, never realizing that her involvement could convict her son.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 28, 1926; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

September 4 – 5:
Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) 7:30
d James Tinling. w Edward T. Lowe, Gerard Fairlie. ph Barney McGill. md Samuel Kaylin. 20th Century-Fox. 70 min.

Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Charles Locher [Jon Hall], Keye Luke, Russell Hicks, Halliwell Hobbes.

Charlie plans to vacation during a trip to Shanghai, but instead several attempts are made on his life. Fortunately Number One Son is there to help him out.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 10, 1935; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

The Spider Woman (1944) 6:15, 9:10
d Roy William Neill. w Bertram Millhauser, based on the short story The Adventures of the Dying Detective by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ph Charles Van Enger. m Hans Salter. Universal. 63 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Dennis Hoey, Vernon Downing, Alec Craig, Arthur Hohl, Mary Gordon.

Holmes is called in to investigate the Pajama Suicides, which he quickly deduces to be murders.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 16, 2001; last played Nov 2001

September 6 – 7:
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) 3:00, 7:30
d Michael Anderson. w S. J. Perelman, John Farrow, James Poe, from the novel by Jules Verne. ph Lionel Lindon. m Victor Young. Michael Todd. 175 min.

David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton, Charles Boyer, Joe E. Brown, Martine Carol, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Ronald Colman, Melville Cooper, Noel Coward, Finlay Currie, Reginald Denny, Andy Devine, Marlene Dietrich, Luis Miguel Dominguin, Fernandel, Sir John Gielgud, Hermione Gingold, Jose Greco, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Trevor Howard, Glynis Johns, Buster Keaton, Evelyn Keyes, Beatrice Lille, Peter Lorre, Edmund Lowe, Victor McLaglen, Colonel Tim McCoy, A. E. Matthews, Mike Mazurki, John Mills, Alan Mowbray, Robert Morley, Edward G. Murrow, Jack Oakie, George Raft, Gilbert Roland, Cesar Romero, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ronald Squire, Basil Sydney, Richard Watts, Harcourt Williams.

This wide-screen, all-star extravaganza won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1956. It has cameo roles for many stars from Hollywood's golden age. This is a film that must be seen in a real theatre.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 20, 1958; last played Oct 2009

September 8 – 9:
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) 7:30
d W.S. Van Dyke II. w Kay Van Riper. ph Lester White. MGM. 88 min.

Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Ann Rutherford, Fay Holden, Sara Haden.

Spring is in the air, so Andy falls in love with his drama teacher.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 20, 1939; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

Everybody Sing (1938) 5:45, 9:05
d Edwin L. Marin. w Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, Edwin B. Willis. ph Joseph L. Ruttenberg. MGM. 91 min.

Allan Jones, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland, Reginald Owen, Billie Burke, Lynne Carver, Monty Woolley, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Armetta, Helen Troy.

A family in desperate financial trouble is saved by the talent of a musical teen-ager.

Judy Garland was only 15 years old in this film, a year before The Wizard of Oz. Despite a bland last reel, the film has many bright moments and a good cast, especially Billie Burke as Judy's mother. Most remarkable is the chance to observe one of Hollywood's greatest singers at this early stage in her musical career.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 30, 1938; last played Aug 2006

September 10:
Eve's Leaves (1926) 7:30
d Paul Sloane. De Mille.

Leatrice Joy, William Boyd, Robert Edeson, Walter Long, Richard Carle, Arthur Hoyt, Sojin, Nambu.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

The tomboy daughter of a freighter captain learns about life and romance from dime novels. Then, she meets the man of her dreams and applies the lessons.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

September 11 – 12:
Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936) 7:30
d Harry Lachman. w Robert Ellis, Helen Logan. ph Daniel C. Clark. md Samuel Kaylin. 20th Century-Fox. 72 min.

Warner Oland, Keye Luke, George Brasno, Francis Ford, Olive Brasno, Shirley Deane, Maxine Reiner, John McGuire, Paul Stanton, J. Carrol Naish, Shia Jung.

Charlie gets involved in a murder investigation during a trip to the circus with his family. The lead suspect is a misbehaving ape, but Charlie (and Lee) know better.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 20, 1936; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

The Scarlet Claw (1944) 6:05, 9:10
d Roy William Neill. w Edmund L. Hartmann, Roy William Neill. ph George Robinson. m Hans Salter. Universal. 74 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Miles Mander, Gerald Hamer, Paul Cavanagh, Kay Harding, Arthur Hohl, David Clyde, Ian Wolfe, Victoria Horne.

Holmes and Watson arrive in a small village in Canada where a strange, glowing phantom seems to be on a murderous mission. This film is considered one of the best in the series.

first played at the Stanford Theatre August, 1998; last played Nov 2012

September 13 – 14:
The Black Cat (1934) 4:50, 7:30
d Edgar G. Ulmer. w Peter Ruric. ph John J. Mescall. md Heinz Roemheld. Universal. 65 min.

Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Jacqueline Wells, Lucille Lund, Egon Brecher, Harry Cording, Henry Armetta, Albert Conti.

A young couple find themselves trapped in a claustrophobic house of devil worshippers and human sacrifice (with gorgeous Art Deco sets).

This was the first (and best) pairing of Universal's star monsters, Lugosi and Karloff.

"Still one of the most affecting horrors the genre has ever produced." Baseline Movie Guide

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 11, 2000; last played Oct 2012

"That's the strength of the vampire, that the people will not believe in him."
Dracula (1931) 6:05, 8:45
d Tod Browning. w Garrett Fort, from the play by Hamilton Deane & John Balderston, from the novel by Bram Stoker. ph Karl Freund. Universal. 80 min.

Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Herbert Bunston, Frances Dade, Joan Standing.

A mysterious count is revealed to be a vampire.

"Lugosi's Dracula was an original that the cinema never attempted to match... he could be frightening in a way that other actors in horror never achieved: because he appeared to believe in the literal meaning of the films, and because it was possible to be persuaded that he was himself possessed." David Thomson

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 11, 1931; last played Sep 2012

September 15 – 16:
Girl Crazy (1943) 7:30
d Norman Taurog. w Fred W. Finklehoff, from the play by Guy Bolton & Jack McGowan. ph William Daniels, Robert Planck. m/ly George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin. MGM. 99 min.

Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Guy Kibbee, Gil Stratton, Robert E. Strickland, "Rags" Ragland, June Allyson, Nancy Walker, Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra.

When playboy Mickey is sent out west to college, he is smitten with popular cowgirl Judy. This delightful Gershwin show was Mickey and Judy's final film together.

Songs include Bidin' My Time, Embraceable You, But Not for Me, and I Got Rhythm.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 12, 1943; last played Aug 2006

Three Smart Girls (1936) 5:50, 9:20
d Henry Koster. w Adele Comandini. ph Joseph Valentine. Universal. 90 min.

Deanna Durbin, Nan Grey, Barbara Read, Binnie Barnes, Charles Winninger, Alice Brady, Ray Milland, Mischa Auer, Ernest Cossart, Lucile Watson, John King, Nella Walker, Hobart Cavanaugh.

14-year-old Deanna Durbin was billed as "Universal's New Discovery" in her very first film. She had previously appeared on Eddie Cantor's radio program and in a short film with Judy Garland. She quickly became one of Universal's top stars. Here she plays the youngest of three sisters plotting to bring their divorced parents back together.

Songs: "Il bacio", vocal waltz by Luigi Arditi; "My Heart Is Singing" and "Someone to Care for Me", words by Gus Kahn, music by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 12, 1937; last played Aug 2013

September 17:
Up the Road with Sallie (1918) 7:30
d William Desmond Tayor. Select Pictures. 5 reels.

Constance Talmadge, Norman Kerry, Kate Toncray, Thomas D. Persse, Karl Formes, M.B. Paanakker.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

Charming Constance Talmadge plays a madcap heiress who takes her auntie on a raucous road trip.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

September 18 – 19:
Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) 7:30
d H. Bruce Humberstone. w Charles Belden. ph Charles Clark. md Samuel Kaylin. 20th Century-Fox. 67 min.

Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Sen Yung, Eddie Collins, John King, Claire Dodd, George Zucco, Layne Tom, Jr., Philip Ahn.

While Charlie awaits the birth of his first grandson, #2 son Jimmy (encouraged and assisted by #3 son Tommy) takes a call to investigate a murder.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 22, 1939; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

The Pearl of Death (1944) 6:10, 9:05
d Roy William Neill. w Bertram Millhauser, based on the short story The Adventure of the Six Napoleons by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ph Virgil MIller. m Paul Sawtell. Universal. 69 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Evelyn Ankers, Miles Mander, Ian Wolfe, Charles Francis, Holmes Herbert, Richard Nugent, Mary Gordon, Rondo Hatton.

The disappearance of the Black Pearl of the Borgias is tied into a series of murders committed by the "Creeper."

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 30, 2001; last played Dec 2001

September 20 – 21:
"It's all right, Tracy. We all go a little haywire at times — and if we don't, maybe we ought to."
The Philadelphia Story (1940) 3:25, 7:30
d George Cukor. w Donald Ogden Stewart & Waldo Salt, from the play by Philip Barry. ph Joseph Ruttenberg. m Franz Waxman. MGM. 112 min.

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, John Halliday, Mary Nash, Virginia Weidler, John Howard, Henry Daniell.

The society marriage of Tracy Samantha Lord and C. K. Dexter Haven ended in divorce. Tracy is about to marry "man of the people" George Kittredge, when Spy Magazine sends a couple of reporters to cover the wedding.

Philip Barry wrote the play specially for Katharine Hepburn. After its successful Broadway run she sold the play to MGM, retaining the right to select the director and cast.

Jimmy Stewart won the Oscar as Best Actor of 1940 for his performance as reporter Macauley Connor.

This wonderful picture ranks as one of the supreme treasures of Hollywood's golden age. The Stanford Theatre usually brings it back at least once a year — always to enthusiastic crowds. It never grows old!

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 9, 1941; last played Aug 2012

Dinner at Eight (1933) 5:30, 9:35
d George Cukor. w Frances Marion & Herman J. Mankiewicz, from the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. ph William Daniels. m William Axt. MGM. 109 min.

Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Billie Burke, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, Karen Morley, Louise Closser Hale, Phillips Holmes, May Robson, Grant Mitchell, Elizabeth Patterson.

The wonderful Marie Dressler plays an irresistably charming old battle-axe whom Lionel Barrymore loved in his youth. Billie Burke (Barrymore's wife) is giving the eponymous dinner party. Among the guests are Jean Harlow, socially ambitious but more than a match for her bullying businessman husband Wallace Beery.

Archetypal all-star entertainment, with the Edna Ferber-George Kaufman play translated by expert and very funny screenwriters. Cukor runs the film like a host at a good party. The Barrymores are at their best, and the pace never flags (the film was shot in four weeks); but nothing surpasses the final droll encounter of Jean Harlow and Marie Dressler with their estimate of timeless professionalism.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 18, 1934; last played Aug 2013

September 22 – 23:
Love Is a Headache (1938) 7:30
d Richard Thorpe. w Marion Parsonnet, Harry Ruskin, William R. Lipman, Lou Heifetz, Herbert Klein. ph John Seitz. m Edward Ward. MGM. 73 min.

Franchot Tone, Mickey Rooney, Ralph Morgan, Jessie Ralph, Barnett Parker, Gladys George, Ted Healy, Frank Jenks, Virginia Weidler, Fay Holden.

An actress adopts two unruly children: Mickey Rooney and Virginia Weidler (Dinah from The Philadelphia Story).

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 23, 1938; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

Tarzan and his Mate (1934) 5:35, 8:55
d Cedric Gibbons. w Howard Emmett Rogers & Leon Gordon, based on the story by James Kevin McGuinness. ph Charles G. Clarke, Clyde DeVinna. MGM. 105 min.

Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Paul Cavanagh, Forrester Harvey, Nathan Curry.

In Tarzan and his Mate, Jane's ex-fiancé returns to the jungle with a group of ivory hunters; while he wants to bring Jane back to England, the hunters want Tarzan to lead them to the mysterious elephant burial ground so they can pilfer ivory.

An underwater swimming scene caused much consternation with the Hays Office. They rejected the film on the grounds that some shots showed Jane "completely in the nude." MGM production head Irving Thalberg defended the film, but the Hays Office insisted that all existing prints be changed. Apparently, however, the nude shots were still being shown in some territories that had no censor boards, which was a Code violation. MGM eventually released 3 different versions: one with Jane fully clothed, one where she is partially exposed, and one in which she is completely naked. When the PCA became aware of this, they forced the studio to remove the offending scene from the film's negative; the deleted scene survived only in the studio's vaults. The Stanford Theatre will be showing the completely restored print.

"Not the first [Tarzan movie] but the best and by far the sexiest." David Thomson

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 8, 1934; last played Mar 2012

September 24:
Parisian Love (1925) 7:30
d Louis Gasnier. B.P. Schulberg Productions. 7 reels.

Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Lillian Leighton, James Gordon Russell, Hazel Keener, Lou Tellegen, Jean De Briac.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

In a rather convoluted plot, Clara plays a Parisienne apache dancer who loves her partner, but marries another man.

Clara Bow was the most popular actress of the 1920's. In 1925 alone (the year of Parisian Love) she made 15 films. It should come as no surprise that the majority of her movies exploit her enormous appeal, but ultimately aren't very good. That said, her presence is a plus to any film, and Parisian Love is no exception.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo (1924)
d Louis J. Gasnier. w Waldemar Young, based on the novel by Robert W. Service . Universal. 7 reels. ph Karl Struss.

Clara Bow, Kenneth Harlan, Barbara Tennantt, Andre de Beranger, Carmel Myers, Raymond Griffith, Joseph Swickard, Michael Varconi.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

After losing her money in Monte Carlo, Clara Bow moves in with an artist whom she has tried to rob. They agree to live together as "brother and sister", but how long can that last?

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

September 25 – 26:
Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939) 7:30
d Norman Foster. w John Larkin. ph Virgil Miller. md Samuel Kaylin. 20th Century-Fox. 74 min.

Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore, Sen Yung, Douglas Fowley, June Gale, Douglas Dumbrille, Sally Blanc, Billie Sewart, Wally Venon, Donald MacBride.

Charlie searches through the sideshows and exhibits at San Francisco's 1939 Treasure Island Exposition for the truth behind the supposed suicide of a novelist friend

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 26, 1939; last played Apr 2004

The House of Fear (1945) 6:10, 9:15
d Roy William Neill. w Roy Chanslor, based on the short story The Five Orange Pips by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ph Virgil Miller. Universal. 68 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Aubrey Mather, Dennis Hoey, Paul Cavanagh, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Sally Shepherd, Gavin Muir.

When the members of a private club are murdered one by one, it is up to Holmes to find the killer.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 7, 2001; last played Dec 2001

September 27 – 28:
"Have a potato."
The Old Dark House (1932) 4:30, 7:30
d James Whale. w Benn W. Levy. ph Arthur Edeson. Universal. 71 min.

Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lillian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stewart, John Dudgeon, Brember Wills.

One dark and stormy night, a group of travelers become stranded in an old dark house with a family of lunatics.

This marvellous horror comedy was Charles Laughton's first American picture.

"Uniquely bizarre, wonderfully funny." Baseline Movie Guide

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 4, 2000; last played Sep 2012

"Okay, if it makes you feel better.''
Red Dust (1932) 5:55, 8:55
d Victor Fleming. w John Lee Mahin, from the play by Wilson Collison. ph Harold Rosson. MGM. 83 min.

Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor, Gene Raymond, Donald Crisp, Tully Marshall, Forrester Harvey, Willie Fung.

Clark Gable runs a rubber plantation in Indochina, with Jean Harlow as a kind of house guest. A new engineer arrives with his attractive wife (Mary Astor), and the inevitable happens.

Red Dust was Clark Gable's first big hit, and he played the same role 21 years later in Mogambo.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 8, 1932; last played Feb 2003

September 29 – 30:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) 7:30
d Richard Thorpe. w Hugo Butler, from the novel by Mark Twain. ph John Seitz. m Franz Waxman. MGM. 88 min.

Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly, William Frawley, Rex Ingram, Lynn Carver, Jo Ann Sayers, Minor Watson, Victor Killian, Clara Blandick.

While not exactly faithful to Mark Twain's novel, the role of Huck seemed to have been written with Mickey Rooney in mind. He and Rex Ingram, as the runaway slave Jim, are a perfect pair.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 29, 1939; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

Henry Aldrich, Editor (1942) 6:05, 9:15
d Hugh Bennett. w Muriel Roy Bolton, Val Burton. ph Henry Sharp. Paramount. 73 min.

Jimmy Lydon, Charles Smith, Rita Quigley, John Litel, Olive Blakeney, Vaughan Glaser, Charles Halton, Francis Pierlot, Maude Eburne.

Paramount's answer to MGM's Andy Hardy series was the Henry Aldrich series of films, featuring Jimmy Lydon. Here, Henry gets a little full of hmself after becoming the editor of his school paper, but his investigation into an arsonist brings him back to reality.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 31, 1942; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

October 1:
The Fast Worker (1924) 7:30
d William Seiter. Univeral. 7 reels.

Reginald Denny, Laura La Plante, Ethel Grey Terry, Muriel Frances Dana, Margaret Campbell.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

The usual mania ensues when Reginald Denny agrees to assume his married friend's identity to go on vacation in Catalina.

We are screening a fully restored, tinted print.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

October 2 – 3:
Charlie Chan in Rio (1941) 7:30
d Harry Lachman. w Samuel G, Engel, Lester Ziffren. ph Joseph P. MacDonald. m/ly Mack Gordon, Harry Warren. 20th Century-Fox. 60 min.

Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes, Cobina Wright, Jr., Ted North, Victor Jory, Harold Huber, Sen Yung, Truman Bradley, Iris Wong.

Charlie comes to Rio to arrest a nightclub singer for a murder committed in Honolulu.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 5, 1941; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

The Woman in Green (1945) 6:10, 9:00
d Roy William Neill. w Bertram Millhauser. ph Virgil Miller. Universal. 68 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke, Henry Daniell, Paul Cavanagh, Matthew Boulton, Eve Amber, Frederic Worlock, Tom Bryson, Sally Shepherd, Mary Gordon.

Several young women are murdered and Holmes deduces that the evil Professor Moriarty is behind it all.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 14, 2001; last played Dec 2001

October 4 – 5:
"You'll never get me out of your blood."
"Maybe not, but love has got to stop some place short of suicide."

Dodsworth (1938) 3:35, 7:30
d William Wyler. w Sidney Howard, from the novel by Sinclair Lewis. ph Rudolph Maté. m Alfred Newman. Goldwyn. 101 min.

Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Ruth Chatterton, David Niven, Paul Lukas, Gregory Gaye, Maria Ouspenskaya, Odette Myrtil, Spring Byington, John Payne.

A midwestern car manufacturer retires so that he can take his culture-mad wife on a long trip to Europe. She finds excitement in this new world, eventually demanding a divorce. He continues on the trip alone and starts a relationship with a widow who appreciates him (Mary Astor). Eventually his wife decides she wants to return to him.

"While other writers were turning out novels ridiculing American materialism and glorifying the expatriate existence, Sinclair Lewis conceived a businessman-hero and showed him to be a true dreamer." Pauline Kael

"A film of maturity, intelligence, and understanding." Baseline Movie Guide

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 6, 1936; last played Apr 2010

The Devil and Daniel Webster [All That Money Can Buy] (1941) 5:30, 9:25
d William Dieterle. w Dan Totheroh, based on the story by Stephen Vincent Benet. ph Joseph August. m Bernard Herrmann. RKO. 107 min.

Walter Huston, Simone Simon, Edward Arnold, Jane Darwell, Gene Lockhart, John Qualen, H. B. Warner, Frank Conlan, James Craig, Anne Shirley.

Superb fantasy inspired by the Faust legend. A New England farmer casually swears that he would sell his soul for better times, and suddenly the charming Mr. Scratch (played brilliantly by Walter Huston) appears and agrees to accept the deal. Daniel Webster uses all his eloquence to win back the farmer's soul.

Bernard Herrmann won the Oscar for his bold and fascinating musical score.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 19, 1941; last played June 2009

October 6 – 7:
Boys' Town (1938) 7:30
d Norman Taurog. w John Meehan, Dore Schary, from a story by Eleanor Griffin and Dore Schary. ph Sidney Wagner. m . MGM. 93 min.

Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Gene Reynolds, Sidney Miller, Frankie Thomas, Bobs Watson, Tommy Noonan.

Spencer Tracy won an Osca for is portrayal of Father Flanagan, with Mickey Rooney as the tough boy who tries to disprove his creed that there is no such thing as a bad boy.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 23, 1938; last played Apr. 1991

Tarzan Escapes (1936) 5:50, 9:15
d Richard Thorpe. w Cyril Hume. ph Leonard Smith. MGM. 95 min.

Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler, Benita Hume, William Henry, Herbert Mundin, E.E. Clive.

This time Jane's brother and sister brave the jungles to try to convince Jane to return to England. The hunter they hire to be their guide plans to capture Tarzan.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 9, 1936; last played Aug. 1994

October 8:
For Alimony Only (1926) 7:30
d William De Mille. De Mille Pictures. 7 reels.

Leatrice Joy, Clive Brook, Lilyan Tashman, Casson Ferguson.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

A man agrees to make large alimony payments to free himself from a bad marriage. He remarries, but then has problems making his payments, so his new wife takes a job, not knowing that her female boss is her husband's ex-wife.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

October 9 – 10:
Castle in the Desert (1942) 7:30
d Harry Lachman. w John Larkin. ph Virgil Miller. m Emil Newman. 20th Century-Fox. 51 min.

Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr, Douglass Dumbrille, Henry Daniell, Edmund MacDonald, Sen Yung, Lenita Lane, Ethel Griffies.

Charlie and Jimmy investigate murder at a millionaire's desert castle.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 24, 1942; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

Terror by Night (1946) 6:20, 9:00
d Roy William Neill. w Frank Gruber. ph Maury Gertsman. m Hans Salter. Universal. 60 min.

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Renee Godfrey, Frederic Worlock, Mary Forbes, Skelton Knaggs, Billy Bevan, Geoffrey Steele.

This murder mystery takes place aboard a train going from London to Scotland, as Holmes is hired to protect the Star of Rhodesia diamond.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 21, 2001; last played Dec 2001

October 11 – 12:
"He dislikes you. But his criticism of your talents wouldn't go that far — to imagine that you are married to an American agent. You are protected by the enormity of your stupidity."
Notorious (1946) 3:20, 7:30
d Alfred Hitchcock. w Ben Hecht. ph Ted Tetzlaff. m Roy Webb RKO. 101 min.

Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin, Reinhold Schunzel, Moroni Olsen, Ivan Triesault, Alexis Minotis.

U.S. agent Cary Grant enlists the help of notorious party girl Ingrid Bergman to infiltrate a ring of Nazis in South America.

Notorious is without doubt one of the supreme creations of Hollywood's golden age. Many persons (including Truffaut) regard it as Hitchcock's greatest film, and it is a leading candidate for top rank among the films of Ingrid Bergman and of Cary Grant. In any case, it is the third most popular film at the Stanford Theatre (topped only by Casablanca and Gone With the Wind).

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 5, 1947; last played Mar 2013

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) 5:15, 9:25
d Howard Hawks. w Jules Furthman. ph Joseph Walker, Elmer Dyer. m Dimitri Tiomkin. Columbia. 121 min.

Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Sig Rumann, Victor Kilian, John Carroll, Allyn Joslyn.

In this aviation classic, the arrival of a stranded showgirl disrupts the lives of a group of American flyers in South America. Rita Hayworth had her first major success in this film, and Cary Grant demonstrates once again why he is a candidate for the greatest actor in the brief history of the movies.

Here is a chance to see (and hear) Richard Barthelmess, one of the silent era's most popular stars, twenty years after his performance in Broken Blossoms.

"[Cary Grant] is uproarious in every way, except how he talks, and that's where the film is not just ecstatic, precise, and real, but modern, absurd, and exhilirating. Here we are in 1939 as a genius sees that the medium is flimflam, and all the better for that." David Thomson

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 22, 1939; last played May 2012