The Stanford Theatre

Classic British

Plus Ernst Lubitsch

For the next seven week our calendar has two themes: classic British films, and films directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

The Stanford Theatre is dedicated to bringing back the movie-going experience of Hollywood's Golden Age. It is one of the few places where you can still watch movies on a big screen projected the way they were intended — in 35mm prints. 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 every night before and after the 7:30 show, or providing the accompaniment to “silent” films.

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.

(Showtimes in parentheses are for the Saturday and Sunday screenings.)

January 21:
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Hans Kraly, from the play Old Heidelberg by W. Meyerforster and the operetta by Dorothy Donelly and Sigmund Romberg. ph John Mescall. MGM. 10 reels.

Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, Jean Hersholt, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Philippe De Lacy, Edgar Norton, Bobby Mack, Edward Connelly, Otis Harlan.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

In this eloquent, bittersweet film, the young prince leaves his sheltered life to attend the university and falls in love. Duty calls, however, and he must accept his crown.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 19, 1992; last played Aug 2001

January 22:
Passion [Madame DuBarry] (1919) 3:00
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Fred Orbing [Norbert Falk], Hanns Kraly. ph Theodor Sparkuhl, Kurt Waschneck. Union-UFA. 85 m.

Pola Negri, Emil Jannings, Harry Liedtke, Eduard von Winterstein, Reinhold Schünzel, Else Berna, Fred Immler.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

Madame DuBarry rises from impoverished daughter of a seamstress to the mistress of King Louis XV, but the Revolution is looming.

This early drama by Lubitsch has lavish sets and stars his early muse Pola Negri, plus Emil Jannings as the King.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

Jan 23 – 26: closed

Jan 27 – 29:
The Wicked Lady (1945) (3:50), 7:30
w/d Leslie Arliss, from the novel The Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall. ph Jack Cox. md Louis Levy. Gainsborough. 104 min.

Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Patricia Roc, Griffith Jones, Michael Rennie, Felix Aylmer, Enid Stamp Taylor, Jean Kent, Martita Hunt, Frances Lister.

A bride makes the mistake of inviting her cousin (Margaret Lockwood) up from London before the wedding. Stealing the groom is only the beginning of her deliciously wicked career, which includes masquerading as a highwayman and meeting the genuine article in James Mason.

We discovered this picture during our Fall 2008 British Festival. This one deserves to be much better known. Author David Thomsen suggests that Margaret Lockwood could have been Scarlett O'Hara. In this film she's twice as wicked.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 27, 2008; last played Aug 2013

"I don't see how a thing like cricket can make you forget seeing people."
"Don't you? If that's your attitude, there's nothing more to be said!"

The Lady Vanishes (1938) 5:45, 9:25
d Alfred Hitchcock. w Alma Reville, Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder, based on the novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. ph Jack Cox. m Louis Levy. Gaumont. 97 min.

Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Naunton Wayne, Basil Radford, Emile Boreo, Philip Leaver.

A lady mysteriously vanishes from a train. The other passengers deny that she ever existed, but a young woman is determined to find her. Hitchcock's last great British film is one of the most consistently engaging films anyone ever made.

"The quintessence of screen suspense." Pauline Kael

The Lady Vanishes has been the fifty-fourth most widely attended film at the Stanford Theatre — 19,481 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 22, 1990; last played Apr 2016

Jan 30 – Feb 3: closed

February 4:
So This is Paris (1926) 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Hanns Kraly, from the play by Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy. ph John J. Mescall. Warner Bros. 7 reels.

Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, Lilyan Tashman, George Beranger, Myrna Loy, Sidney D'Albrook, Max Barwyn.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

Two couples living in Paris suffer from ennui; they find the excitement they think they crave when they become entangled with one another. One of Lubitsch's best silent comedies. Myrna Loy has a small part as a maid.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 6, 1926; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

Meyer aus Berlin (1919) 9:30
dErnst Lubitsch . wHanns Kräly, Erich Schönfelder . ph Alfred Hansen, Theodor Sparkuhl. mAljoscha Zimmermann. PAGU. 3 reels.

Ernst Lubitsch, Ossi Oswalda, Ethel Orff, Heinz Landsmann, Trude Troll.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

February 5:
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) 3:00
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Julian Josephson, based on the play by Oscar Wilde. ph Charles Van Enger. Warner Bros. 8 reels (~80 min); 16 mm print.

May McAvoy, Ronald Colman, Irene Rich, Bert Lytell, Edward Martindel, Belle Bennett, Carrie Daumery, Helen Dunbar.

Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.

Making a successful silent film out of an Oscar Wilde comedy famous for its dialogue and epigrams is ample evidence for the genius of Ernst Lubitsch.

Ronald Colman plays a perfectly charming rogue.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 5, 1926; last played May 2006

Eternal Love (1929) 5:15
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Hanns Kraly, from the novel by Jakob Christoph Heer. ph Oliver T. Marsh, Charles Rosher.. m Hugo Riesenfeld. United Artists. 71 min.

John Barrymore, Camilla Horn, Victor Varconi, Hobart Bosworth.

A young couple in the Swiss Alps fall in love, but there are obstacles that lead to tragedy.

Beautifully filmed by Lubitsch. His next film, The Love Parade, was his very first sound film, and it is clear that he made the transition to sound without losing any of his talent for gorgeous visuals.

Silent film with original soundtrack, restored by the UCLA Film Archive.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 22, 1929; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

Feb 6 – 8: closed

Feb 9 – 10:
"Let's take all the happiness we can.. while we can."
Love Story [A Lady Surrenders] (1944) 7:30
d Leslie Arliss. w Leslie Arliss, Doreen Montgomery, Rodney Ackland, from the novel by J.W. Drawbell. ph Bernard Knowles. m Hubert Bath. Gainsborough. 108 min.

Margaret Lockwood, Stewart Granger, Patricia Roc, Tom Wells, Reginald Purdell, Moira Lister, Dorothy Bramhall, Vincent Holman, Joan Rees.

Margaret Lockwood is a young concert pianist who has been told she has only one year to live. Stewart Granger is a mining engineer who is slowly going blind. They meet in Cornwall and fall in love, but neither wants the other to know their secrets.

Lockwood is inspired to compose The Cornish Rhapsody, which she performs in Albert Hall. This piece (composed by Hubert Bath) became enormously popular because of the film.

The wonderful Patricia Roc has a worthy role as Granger's childhood pal, who will not easily give up her love for him.

"This flimsy nonsense was one of the great hits of the war. With its tale of doomed love and its message about living life for the moment it was exactly what people wanted-- an affirmation of the need to fight wrapped up in a gorgeous, romantic package."

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 17, 2008; last played Oct 2008

I'll Be Your Sweetheart (1945) 5:35, 9:30
d Val Guest. w Val Guest, Val Valentine. ph Phil Grindrod. md Louis Levy. Gainsborough. 104 min.

Margaret Lockwood, Vic Oliver, Michael Rennie, Peter Graves, Moore Marriott, Frederick Burtwell.

Two rival music publishers want to give the public songs at a fair price, but the lack of music copyright laws in England makes it difficult.

This charming period musical reminds one of Tin Pan Alley.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 27, 2008; last played Sep 2008

Feb 11 – 12:
The Love Parade (1929) 3:50, 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Ernest Vajda & Guy Bolton, from the play The Prince Consort by Leon Xanrof and Jules Chancel. ph Victor Milner. Paramount. 107 min.

Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth, Edgar Norton, Lionel Belmore, Eugene Pallette.

Chevalier marries MacDonald, ruler of the feminist queendom of Sylvania, and discovers his true position when the wedding ceremony pronounces them "Wife and Man".

Lubitsch's first sound film established him and Maurice Chevalier as Paramount's two most celebrated artists, as well as making a star out of newcomer Jeanette MacDonald.

"The first truly cinematic screen musical in America" - Theodore Huff

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 5, 1988; last played Mar 2015

Monte Carlo (1930) 5:50, 9:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Ernest Vajda, from the play The Blue Coast by Hans Muller, based on the novel Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington. ph Victor Milner. m W. Franke Harling. Paramount. 90 min.

Jeanette MacDonald, Jack Buchanan, ZaSu Pitts, Tyler Brooke, Claude Allister, Lionel Belmore.

Lubitsch's second musical, best remembered for the song Beyond the Blue Horizon, is full of charming Lubitsch touches. Jack Buchanan (who twenty years later gave such a remarkable performance as Jeffrey Cordova in The Band Wagon) in his talking picture debut here plays a count impersonating a hairdresser.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 5, 1930; last played Mar 2015

Feb 13 – 15: closed

Feb 16 – 17:
"Girls who start with breakfast don't usually stay for supper."
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Ernest Vajda & Samson Raphaelson, from the operetta Ein Walzertraum by Leopold Jacobson & Felix Doermann, and the novel Nux, der Prinzgemahl by Hans Muller. m Oscar Strauss. ph George Folsey. Paramount. 93 min.

Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, George Barbier, Charles Ruggles, Hugh O'Connell.

During a parade, Lieutenant Niki (Chevalier) winks at his sweetheart Franzi (Colbert) across the street; but Princess Anna (Hopkins) thinks the wink was meant for her. The scandal leads to a royal marriage for Niki. Lubitsch's third musical film is a unique blend of the developing tradition of American musical comedy with the conventions of Viennese operetta.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 24, 1931; last played Apr 2015

The Man I Killed [Broken Lullaby] (1931) 6:00, 9:15
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson,from the play L'Homme que j'ai tué by Maurice Rostand. ph Victor Milner. m . Paramount. 76 min.

Lionel Barrymore, Phillips Holmes, Nancy Carroll, Tom Douglas, Zasu Pitts, Lucien Littlefield, Lois Carver, Emma Dunn.

At the end of WW I, a young Frenchman, filled with remorse, sets out to beg forgiveness from the parents of a German soldier he killed; but he falls in love with the soldier's sweetheart.

This pacifist story,the only "serious" sound film Lubitsch ever made, was not a commercial success but received extravagant praise from many critics at the time: "a film that in its humanity, quiet comprehension and sympathy... has never been equaled for effectiveness on the screen" (New York Post); "the closest approach that has been made to the true cinematic ideal" (Robert Sherwood).

This important film was restored by the UCLA Film Archive with funding from the Stanford Theatre Foundation.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 21, 1932; last played Apr 2015

Feb 18 – 19:
The Innocents (1961) 3:40, 7:30
d Jack Clayton. w William Archibald, Truman Capote. ph Freddie Francis. m Georges Auric. 20th Century-Fox. 100 min.

Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin.

In this elegant and suspenseful Gothic chiller (based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James) Deborah Kerr is hired as a governess by Michael Redgrave to look after his niece and nephew, since he is frequently absent. The house is dark and spooky, the children's behavior becomes increasingly unsettling, and then there are the rumors about the now-deceased groundskeeper and the previous governess.

"The best ghost movie I've ever seen..." Pauline Kael

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 12, 1997; last played July 2009

The Chalk Garden (1964) 5:30, 9:20
d Ronald Neame. w John Michael Hayes, from the novel by Enid Bagnold. ph Arthur Ibbetson. m Malcolm Arnold. Univ-Intl. 106 min.

Edith Evans, Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills, Felix Aylmer, Elizabeth Sellars, Lally Bowers, Toke Townley.

A governess with a mysterious past is hired to care for a troubled young girl, who is determined to find out her secrets.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 29, 2012; last played Aug 2012

Feb 20 – 22: closed

Feb 23 – 24:
"You are a crook. I want you as a crook. I love you as a crook. I worship you as a crook. Steal, swindle, rob — but don't become one of those useless, good-for-nothing gigolos."
Trouble in Paradise (1932) 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Samson Raphaelson & Grover Jones, from the play The Honest Finder by Laszlo Aladar. ph Victor Milner. m W. Franke Harling. Paramount. 86 min.

Herbert Marshall, Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Edward Everett Horton, Charles Ruggles, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Greig, Leonid Kinsky.

A pair of jewel thieves (Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall) insinuate themselves into the household of wealthy Kay Francis. Director Lubitsch's own favorite among all his films. Halliwell calls it "the masterpiece of American sophisticated cinema." Leonard Maltin says it is "a working definition of the term sophisticated comedy."

"The masterpiece of American sophisticated cinema." Leslie Halliwell

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 3, 1932; last played Apr 2015

One Hour With You (1932) 6:00, 9:05
d Ernst Lubitsch, assisted by George Cukor. w Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Only a Dream by Lothar Schmidt. ph Victor Milner. m Oscar Strauss & Richard Whiting. Paramount. 80 min.

Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin, Roland Young, Charles Ruggles, George Barbier.

In this sparkling Lubitsch musical, a remake of his own silent film The Marriage Circle, Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald are happily married sweethearts — until the arrival of her best friend (oh, that Mitzi!).

In Singin' in the Rain, an unsuccessful silent film is rescued by turning it into a musical. In this case a great silent comedy was remade as a great musical.

Halliwell includes this among his hundred favorite films and terms it "unique entertaiment of a kind which is, alas, no more." The film originally had amber and blue tints for night interiors and exteriors. This print faithfully reproduces this effect.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 20, 1932; last played Sep 2016

Feb 25 – 26:
Murder She Said (1961) 4:10, 7:30
d George Pollock. w David Pusall, Jack Seddon, from the novel 4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie. ph Geoffrey Faithfull. m Ron Goodwin. MGM. 87 min.

Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice, Thorley Walters, Gerald Cross, Charles Tingwell, Conrad Phillips, Ronald Howard, Joan Hickson.

Margaret Rutherford plays Agatha Christie's beloved sleuth Miss Marple, who sees a murder in a passing train. She reports it to the police, but when there is no body to be found they send her on her way. Miss Marple is not the sort to be dissuaded, and decides to solve the mystery herself.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954) 5:50, 9:10
d Frank Launder. w Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Val Valentine. ph Stan Pavey. m Malcolm Arnold. London Films. 91 min.

Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley, Betty Ann Davies, Renée Houston, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl, Mary Merrall, Joan Sims, Jane Henderson, Diana Day, Jill Braidwood, Annabelle Covey.

The students of St. Trinian's School for Young Ladies have a well-earned reputation for their rowdy behavior, and their instructors are not your average schoolteachers. Alastair Sim plays the seemingly proper headmistress (and ne'er-do-well brother as well). What goes on at St. Trinian's? Gambling, money laundering, bootlegging... As Miss Fritton says, "In other schools girls are sent out quite unprepared into a merciless world, but when our girls leave here, it is the merciless world which has to be prepared."

One of the gems of British comedy.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

Feb 27 – Mar 1: closed

Mar 2 – 3:
They Met in the Dark (1943) 7:30
d Karel Lamac, Basil Sydney. w Anatole de Grunwald, Miles Malleson, Basil Bartlett, Victor McClure, James Seymour, from the novel The Vanishing Corpse by Anthony Gilbert. IP/Excelsior. 104 min.

James Mason, Joyce Howard, Tom Walls, Phyllis Stanley, Edward Rigby, Ronald Ward, David Farrar, Karel Stepanek, Betty Warren, Walter Crisham.

This is a WW II spy story. James Mason is a navy officer who is wrongly convicted of neglecting his duty. When Joyce Howard finds a body in an old dark house, she sees him leaving the scene. Suspecting him of murder, she is determined to turn him in, but he is on the trail of Nazi spies, and most of this excellent movie consists of him tracking down the German agents.

They Met in the Dark is an enjoyable mystery with appealing lead actors.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 2, 2008; last played Oct 2008

Take My Life (1947) 6:00, 9:15
d Ronald Neame. w Winston Graham, Valerie Taylor. ph Guy Green. m William Alwyn. Cineguild. 80 min.

Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Marius Goring, Francis L. Sullivan, Henry Edwards, Rosalie Crutchley, Marjorie Mars, David Walbridge, Ronald Adam.

When an opera singer's husband is arrested for murder, it's a race against time (and a trip to Scotland) as she tries to prove his innocence before it's too late. The murderer is revealed early on, but the revelation only adds to the suspense.

This little-known thriller is highly praised.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

Mar 4 – 5:
Design for Living (1933) 4:00, 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Ben Hecht, from the play bu Noel Coward. ph Victor Milner. m Nathaniel Finston. Paramount. 90 min.

Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn, Isabel Jewell.

Some of Noel Coward's play about a romantic menage a trois gets lost in the adaptation by Ben Hecht, but there is still much wit and innuendo left in this story of "three people who love each other very much." Gary Cooper tries his hand at sophisticated comedy, with Fredric March adroitly handling the role as the other starving artist who shares Miriam Hopkins' love.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 7, 1934; last played Apr 2015

"Have you ever had diplomatic relations with a woman?"
The Merry Widow (1934) 5:40, 9:10
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Samson Raphaelson & Ernest Vajda. ph Olivier T. Marsh. m Franz Lehár. MGM. 98 min.

Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Edward Everett Horton, Una Merkel, George Barbier, Donald Meek, Sterling Holloway, Shirley Ross.

In the mythical kingdom of Marshovia, Count Danilo (Maurice Chevalier) must marry the country's wealthiest widow (Jeanette Macdonald, in perhaps her most delightful role) in order to keep her money in the country.

The celebrated Franz Lehár operetta is given new lyrics (by Lorenz Hart and Gus Kahn) and the famous Lubitsch touch.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 25, 1934; last played Sep 2016

Mar 6 – 8: closed

Mar 9 – 10:
Angel (1937) 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Samson Raphaelson, from the play by Melchior Lengyel. ph Charles Lang. m Frederick Hollander. Paramount. 90 min.

Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Melvyn Douglas, Edward Everett Horton, Laura Hope Crews, Ernest Cossart.

The neglected wife of an English diplomat falls in love while on vacation in Paris.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 30, 1937; last played May 2015

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) 5:55, 9:15
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, from the play by Alfred Savoir. ph Leo Tover. m Werner Heymann, Frederick Hollander. Paramount. 84 min.

Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, David Niven, Edward Everett Horton, Elizabeth Patterson,Herman Bing, Warren Hymer, Franklin Pangborn.

In this seldom seen Lubitsch comedy, impoverished French aristocrat Claudette Colbert finally tames millionaire Gary Cooper (who had seven previous wives).

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 7, 1938; last played May 2015

Mar 11 – 12:
A Night to Remember (1958) 3:35, 7:30
d Roy Baker. w Eric Ambler, from the book by Walter Lord. ph Geoffrey Unsworth. m William Alwyn. Rank. 123 min.

Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman, Michael Goodliffe, Jill Dixon, Jane Downs, James Dyrenforth, David McCallum, George Rose, Anthony Bushell, Ralph Michael, John Cairney, Kenneth Griffith, Frank Lawton.

Superb account of the Titanic tragedy, with minute-by-minute storytelling that keeps us in suspense, despite (or perhaps because of) our knowing the outcome.

The most expensive British film production of the 1950s, and the most expensive made by the Rank Organization.

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 7, 1959; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

The Clouded Yellow (1950) 5:50, 9:45
d Ralph Thomas. w Janet Green, Eric Ambler. ph Geoffrey Unsworth. m Benjamin Frankel. Carillon. 96 min.

Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel, Barry Jones, Maxwell Reed, Kenneth More, Geofrey Keen, André Morell.

Thriller inspired by Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. A disgraced Secret Service agent retires cataloguing butterflies (including the Clouded Yellow) on a quiet country estate. When his employer's niece is framed for murder, he helps her escape in order to prove her innocence, with an exciting chase around England.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

Mar 13 – 15: closed

Mar 16 – 17:
The Kidnappers (1953) 7:30
d Philip Leacock. w Neil Patterson. ph Eric Cross. m Bruce Montgomery. Group Film Prod. 95 min.

Duncan MacRae, Adrienne Corri, Jon Whiteley, Vincent Winter, Jean Anderson, Theodore Bikel, Francis de Wolff, James Sutherland, John Rae, Jack Stewart.

Two orphaned young boys go to live with their grandparents in very rural Nova Scotia. Life is hard, and Grandpa is very strict, maintaining a feud with the local Dutch Canadians because of the Boer War, which killed his son. Since they are not allowed a dog, the boys "kidnap" a baby that was left untended by its young babysitter.

The Dutch doctor is nicely played by Theodore Bikel (Professor Karpathy in My Fair Lady). The kids are especially good, but the whole film is very well made.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 9, 2008; last played Oct 2008

Lost [Tears for Simon] (1956) 5:50, 9:15
d Guy Green. w Janet Green. ph Harry Waxman. m Benjamin Frankel. Rank. 89 min.

David Farrar, David Knight, Julia Arnall, Anthony Oliver, Thora Hird, Eleanor Sommerfield, Anne Paige, Marjorie Rhodes, Meredith Edwards, Joan Sims.

A baby is kidnapped on a London street. The detective in charge and the frantic parents race to find the kidnapper. Filmed on location in London.

first showing at the Stanford Theatre

Mar 18 – 19:
"That was restful."
Ninotchka (1939) 3:40, 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, from a story by Melchior Lengyel. ph William Daniels. m Werner Heymann. MGM. 110 min.

Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Sig Rumann, Alexander Granach, Felix Bressart, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi.

A Bolshevik special envoy (Greta Garbo) is sent to Paris to bring back three wayward comrades, who have become charmed by the freedom of the decadent west.

Ninotchka has been the seventy-sixth most widely attended film at the Stanford Theatre — 14,647 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 17, 1939; last played May 2015

"I want your opinion, your honest opinion."
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 5:40, 9:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Samuel Raphaelson, from the play by Nikolaus Laszlo. ph William Daniels. m Werner Heymann. MGM. 97 min.

James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, William Tracy.

In the days before Christmas. a new sales clerk (Margaret Sullavan) is hired by a Budapest shop. She and the manager (Jimmy Stewart) have a stressful relationship on the job, unaware that they have been conducting a romance as pen pals who have never met in person.

"Among the greatest of films... The cafe conversation may be the best meeting in American Film." David Thomson
"One of the most beautifully acted and paced romantic comedies ever made." Pauline Kael
"Never did I make a picture in which the atmosphere and the characters were truer than in this picture." Ernst Lubitsch

The Shop Around the Corner has been the seventeenth most widely attended film at the Stanford Theatre — 38,040 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 4, 1940; last played Dec 2016

Mar 20 – 22: closed

Mar 23 – 24:
The Brothers (1947) 7:30
d David MacDonald. w Muriel and Sydney Box, from the novel by L.A.G. Strong. ph Stephen Dade. m Cedric Thorpe Davie. Triton. 98 min.

Patricia Roc, Duncan Macrae, Maxwell Reed, Finlay Currie, Will Fyffe, Andrew Crawford.

An orphan girl (Patricia Roc) is sent to be housekeeper for a fishing family on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. She excites the passions not only of the two sons but also of a member of a rival clan.

This is an extraordinary film, beautifully acted and photographed on the Isle of Skye, with its mysterious traditions.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 11, 2008; last played July 2013

Madonna of the Seven Moons (1946) 5:30, 9:10
d Arthur Crabtree. w Roland Pertwee, from the novel by Margery Lawrence. ph Jack E. Cox. m Hans May. Gainsborough. 109 min.

Phyllis Calvert, Stewart Granger, Patricia Roc, Peter Glenville, John Stuart, Jean Kent, Nancy Price, Peter Murray Hill, Reginald Tate.

A respectable married woman, living in Florence, has a secret life as a gypsy dancer. Her mysterious split personality is somehow related to a childhood trauma.

Many consider this the very best of the wild Gainsborough melodramas.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 4, 2008; last played July 2013

Mar 25 – 26:
Heaven Can Wait (1943) 3:35, 7:30
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Samson Raphaelson, from the play Birthdays by Lazlo Bus-Fekete. ph Edward Cronjager. m Alfred Newman. 20th Century-Fox. 112 min.

Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, Laird Cregar, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Eugene Pallette, Allyn Joslyn, Spring Byington, Signe Hasso, Louis Calhern.

On his death, Henry van Cleve, at heart a good and generous man, assumes that his philandering has destined him to Hell; but the remarkably urbane Devil insists on reviewing his entire life.

"Witty Samuel Raphaelson script helps make this a delight." Leonard Maltin

This film has absolutely no connection with the 1978 film of the same title, which is a remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 5, 1943; last played Dec 2014

Cluny Brown (1946) 5:40, 9:35
d Ernst Lubitsch. w Samuel Hoffenstein, Elizabeth Reinhardt, from the novel by Margery Sharp. ph Joseph La Shelle. m Cyril Mockridge. 20th Century-Fox. 100 min.

Jennifer Jones, Charles Boyer, Richard Haydn, Una O'Connor, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner, Reginald Owen, C. Aubrey Smith, Sara Allgood, Ernest Cossart, Florence Bates, Billy Bevan.

An English maid and plumber's niece who doesn't know her place meets a charming Czech political refugee writer.

This delightful story pairs Jennifer Jones and Charles Boyer (and various silly but loveable British characters). This was the last complete film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and it has the simplicity and gentle humanity of a mature artist.

"A lovely, easy-going comedy, full of small surprising touches." Pauline Kael

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 27, 1946; last played Jan 2010