The Stanford Theatre

Cary Grant

Plus Ernst Lubitsch and Rouben Mamoulian

Cary Grant was undoubtedly the greatest romantic star of Hollywood's Golden Age, but he was much more than a matinee idol. His magnetism was linked with a most exquisite sense of comedy, supported by unparalleled technical skill as an actor.

Film critic David Thomson calls Cary Grant "the best and most important actor in the history of the cinema." It is a very plausible claim. And yet a whole generation is growing up without even recognizing his name, certainly without seeing him on the big screen (except perhaps in Palo Alto).

Arriving in Hollywood in 1932, Grant made more than 25 pictures in his first five years, mostly at Paramount. The huge success of Topper in 1937 showed what Cary Grant could do with really good material, and a remarkable series of masterpieces followed in quick order. Every weekend our double bill pairs a famous Cary Grant picture with one of his less well known but interesting early films.

On Wednesday and Thursday we offer one film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and one by Rouben Mamoulian, two of the most imaginative directors working in the early years of sound films.


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 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 http://www.stanfordtheatre.org 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.)


March 9 – 12: closed

March 13 – 15:
"I can't give you anything but love, baby!"
Bringing Up Baby (1938) (4:05), 7:30
d Howard Hawks. w Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde. ph Russell Metty. m Roy Webb. RKO Radio. 102 min.

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, Barry Fitzgerald, May Robson, Fritz Feld, Jonathan Hale, Asta.

Classic screwball comedy, with dizzy socialite Hepburn and perplexed paleontologist Grant in pursuit of his dinosaur bone and her escaped pet leopard.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 10, 1938; last played Apr 2012

"Madame has lost her dress!"
This is the Night (1932) 6:00, 9:25
d Frank Tuttle. w George Marion, Jr. & Benjamin, Glazer, based upon the plays Naughty Cinderella by Avery Hopwood and Pouche by Rene Peter and Henry Falk. ph Victor Milner. Paramount. 80 min.

Lily Damita, Charles Ruggles, Roland Young, Thelma Todd, Cary Grant, Irving Bacon, Claire Dodd.

This is the Night was Cary Grant's feature film debut, giving him the opportunity of singing his opening lines in a role as the javelin-thrower husband of Thelma Todd. Roland Young plays an unmarried philanderer who hires Lily Damita to pose as his wife while he flirts with Todd. The film shows the influence of Rene Clair, particularly in its use of rhyming and singing dialogue. Especially delightful is the number "Madame has lost her dress" which is broadcast from the Eiffel Tower and sung by the Paris populace after Todd loses her dress in a car door. This marital comedy, set in Paris and Venice, is reminiscent of Lubitsch and his approach to the battle of the sexes.

Our print reproduces the lavender blue tinted night sequences of the original prints. Preserved from a tinted nitrate print and master positive. Funding by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 5, 1990; last played Jan 2002


March 16 – 17: closed

March 18 – 19:
The Love Parade (1929) 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 May 2011

Applause (1929) 6:00, 9:30
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Garrett Fort, from the novel by Beth Brown. ph George Folsey. m/ly Irving Berlin. Paramount. 78 min.

Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Henry Wadsworth, Fuller Mellish, Jr.. <

With its evocative soundtrack and surprisingly mobile camera, this landmark film by first-time director Rouben Mamoulian offers a remarkable demonstration of the imaginative potential of the film musical. P> The great torch singer Helen Morgan appeared in only a few films, including this story of an alcoholic singer and the sacrifices she makes for her convent-bred daughter.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 15, 2001; last played May 2011


March 20 – 22:
"I wasn't always rich. There was a time when I didn't know where my next husband was coming from."
She Done Him Wrong (1933) (5:05), 7:30
d Lowell Sherman. w Harvey Thew & John Bright, from the play Diamond Lil by Mae West. ph Charles Lang. m/ly Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin. Paramount. 66 min.

Mae West, Cary Grant, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery, Sr., Rafaela Ottiano, David Landau, Rochelle Hudson, Owen Moore, Dewey Robinson, Tammany Young, Fuzzy Knight, Grace La Rue, Robert E. Homans, Louise Beavers.

In his first major role Cary Grant plays an undercover cop, who inspires Mae West to deliver her immortal line: "Why don't you come up sometime 'n see me?" Grant said he learned more about acting from her than anyone else he ever worked with.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 5, 1933; last played Apr 2010

Born to Be Bad (1934) 6:20, 8:45
d Lowell Sherman. w Ralph Graves. ph Barney McGill. m Alfred Newman. 20th Century-Fox. 70 min.

Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Jackie Kelk, Marion Burns, Henry Travers, Paul Harvey, Russell Hopton, Harry Green.

Loretta Young sets out to frame Cary Grant (the owner of a dairy company) but her deception is unmasked in the courtroom. Nevertheless, honorable Cary adopts her wayward son, but she continues to corrupt him.

If you've never seen Loretta Young play a bad girl, this film will be a treat! It was rejected twice by the Hays Office because of its "low moral tone."

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 9, 2002; last played Feb 2002


March 23 – 24: closed

March 25 – 26:
Monte Carlo (1930) 7:30
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 May 2011

City Streets (1931) 5:55, 9:10
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Max Marcin, Oliver H.P. Garrett, from the story Ladies of the Mob by Ernest Booth. ph Lee Garmes. Paramount. 83 min.

Sylvia Sidney, Gary Cooper, Paul Lukas, Guy Kibbee, William (Stage) Boyd, Stanley Fields, Wynne Gibson.

Gary Cooper plays a carnival worker who is drawn into the criminal world by a racketeer's daughter, in the only story written specifically for the screen by Dashiell Hammett. In addition to director Mamoulian's innovative and dazzling presentation, this was the screen debut of Sylvia Sidney.

"The film is important and still worth seeing because of two things: the way in which Mamoulian explores the possibilities of sound, and the wonderful chemistry he has achieved with cameraman Lee Garmes." David Thomson

first played at the Stanford Theatre May 3, 1931; last played July 2010


March 27 – 29:
"You haven't any idea yet of how exciting business can be. Oh Johnny, see it through — you'll love it, I know you will. There's no such thrill in the world as making money."
Holiday (1938) (4:20), 7:30
d George Cukor. w Donald Ogden Stewart & Sidney Buchman, from the play by Philip Barry. ph Franz Planer. m Sidney Cutner. Columbia. 94 min.

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, Edward Everett Horton, Henry Kolker, Binnie Barnes, Jean Dixon, Ruth Donnelly, Henry Daniell.

A conventional New York socialite (Doris Nolan) brings her unconventional fiancé (Cary Grant) home to meet her wealthy New York family, only to have him fall for her free-spirited sister, played by Katharine Hepburn, in what Pauline Kael calls "her archetypal role." Hepburn was understudy for this role on Broadway in 1928, and she chose it for her initial Hollywood screen test.

"Katherine Hepburn's wit and nonconformity made ordinary heroines seem mushy." Pauline Kael

This classic comedy was recently restored by the UCLA Film Archive.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jul 10, 1938; last played Oct 2009

Kiss and Make Up (1934) 6:05, 9:15
d Harlan Thompson. w Harlan Thompson & George Marion, Jr., based on the play Kozmetika by Istvan Befeffi. ph Leon Shamroy. m/ly Ralph Rainger & Leo Robin. Paramount. 73 min.

Cary Grant, Genevieve Tobin, Helen Mack, Edward Everett Horton, Lucien Littlefield, Mona Maris, Rafael Storm, Toby Wing, Dorothy Christy.

Cary plays cosmetician Dr. Maurice Lamar, whose Temple of Beauty in Paris attracts women from around the world. He marries one of his beautiful creations (Genevieve Tobin), but it's his secretary whom he really loves.

Songs: "Corn Beef and Cabbage I Love You," "The Mirror Song," and "Love Divided by Two."

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 9, 2002; last played Feb 2002


March 30 – 31: closed

April 1 – 2:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) 7:30
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Samuel Hoffenstein, Percy Heath, from the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. ph Karl Struss. Paramount. 98 min.

Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes, Edgar Norton, Tempe Piggott.

Mamoulian directed the most exciting and cinematic version by far of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic about a scientist whose misguided research turns him into a monster (Fredric March won the Oscar). This film is famous for its sound, for its use of first-person camera, and for the transformation of Jekyll into Hyde without any cuts or dissolves.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 10, 1988; last played Feb 1988

"Girls who start with breakfast don't usually stay for supper."
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) 5:45, 9:20
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 May 2011


April 3 – 5:
"They have no bananas?
Yes, they have no bananas."

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) (3:50), 7:30
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 Oct 2014

Gambling Ship (1933) 6:05, 9:45
d Louis Gasnier, Max Marcin. w Max Marcin, Seton I. Miller. ph Charles Lang. Paramount. 72 min.

Cary Grant, Benita Hume, Jack LaRue, Glenda Farrell, Roscoe Karns, Arthur Vinton, Charles Williams, Edwin Maxwell, Spencer Charters, Kate Campbell, Edward Gargan.

In his first top-billed role, Cary Grant plays a gangster who decides to go straight and takes the train to California. On the train he falls in love with a fine lady, who is actually another gangster's moll.

At the time this film was made, gambling in California was legal as long as the casinos were operated off the coast outside a 3-mile radius from shore.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 2, 2002; last played Feb 2002


April 6 – 7: closed

April 8 – 9:
"Your heart and my heart were made to meet,
Don't make them wait;"

Love Me Tonight (1932) 7:30
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Samuel Hoffenstein, Waldemar Young, George Marion, Jr., from the play Tailor in the Chateau by Leopold Marchand & Paul Armont. ph Victor Milner. m/ly Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart. Paramount. 86 min.

Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Butterworth, Charles Ruggles, Myrna Loy, C. Aubrey Smith, Elizabeth Patterson, Ethel Griffies, Blanche Frederici, Robert Greig.

In one of the greatest film musicals in the entire history of the genre, Parisian tailor Chevalier comes to the chateau to get paid and eventually goes home with Princess Jeanette MacDonald. Myrna Loy has her first major role.

In the early 1930's Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette Macdonald made a series of sophisticated musicals, often directed by Lubitsch. The apotheosis of the series was this exquisite film directed by Mamoulian. Songs by Rodgers and Hart include Mimi and Isn't It Romantic?, the official theme song of the Stanford Theatre, which made its Palo Alto debut when this film opened at the Stanford Theatre.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 18, 1932; last played May 2010

The Man I Killed [Broken Lullaby] (1931) 6:05, 9:05
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 Feb 15, 1992; last played Feb. 1992


April 10 – 12:
The Talk of the Town (1942) (3:35), 7:30
d George Stevens. w Irwin Shaw & Sidney Buchman, based on a story by Sidney Harmon. ph Ted Tetzlaff. m Frederick Hollander. Columbia. 118 min.

Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan, Glenda Farrell, Charles Dingle, Emma Dunn, Rex Ingram, Leonid Kinskey, Tom Tyler, Don Beddoe.

In one of Hollywood's great romantic comedies, Ronald Colman plays a mild-mannered law professor who rents a house from a school teacher (Jean Arthur) who is harboring a suspected murderer (Cary Grant).

"One of the most genial casts in history." Baseline Movie Guide

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 11, 1942; last played Apr 2010

Sylvia Scarlett (1936) 5:45, 9:40
d George Cukor. w Gladys Unger, John Collier, & Mortimer Offner, from the novel by Compton MacKenzie. ph Joseph August. m Roy Webb. RKO. 94 min.

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Edmund Gwenn, Brian Aherne, Lennox Pawle.

When young Sylvia Scarlett's father commits larceny, she flees the country with him, dressed as a boy to avoid detection. Cary Grant had his first real opportunity to show his acting ability, as the engaging Cockney rake they hook up with.

"Cary Grant plays a brashly likable product of the British slums-- this was the picture in which his boisterous energy first broke through." Pauline Kael

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 8, 1936; last played Feb 2002


April 13 – 14: closed

April 15 – 16:
One Hour With You (1932) 7:30
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 Mar 2012

The Song of Songs (1933) 5:50, 9:00
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Leo Birinski, Samuel Hoffenstein, from the play by Edward Sheldon and the novel Das hohe Lied by Herman Sudermann. ph Victor Milner. m Karl Hajos, Milien Rodern. Paramount. 90 min.

Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne, Lionel Atwill, Alison Skipworth, Hardie Albright, Helen Freeman.

This film, set in 19th century Germany, features Dietrich as a peasant girl who falls in love with a sculptor, becomes a cafe singer, and marries a villainous baron.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 5, 1933; last played Oct. 1990


April 17 – 19:
Topper (1937) (4:00), 7:30
d Norman Z. McLeod. w Jack Jevne, Eric Hatch, Eddie Moran, from the novel The Jovial Ghosts by Thorne Smith. ph Norbert Brodine. MGM. 96 min.

Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Eugene Pallette, Arthur Lake, Hedda Hopper, Virginia Sale, Theodore Von Eltz, J. Farrell McDonald, Elaine Shepard.

In this delightful fantasy, Topper, a stuffy banker, is haunted by the jovial ghosts of his recently deceased clients (Grant and Bennett).

"Much fun; a sophisticated fantasy... they return as elegant ectoplasmic pranksters and drive banker Cosmo Topper to happy distraction." Pauline Kael

"For those who don't know why Constance Bennett was a big movie star, her provocative, teasing Marion Kirby should provide the answer." Pauline Kael
first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 9, 1937; last played Nov 2010

Madame Butterfly (1932) 5:50, 9:20
d Marion Gering. w Josephine Lovett & Joseph Moncure March. from the novel by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco. ph David Abel. m Giacomo Puccini. Paramount. 86 min.

Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles, Irving Pichel, Helen Jerome Eddy, Edmund Breese, Louise Carter, Sandor Kallay, Judith Voselli, Sheila Terry, Dorothy Libaire, Berton Churchill, Philip Horomato.

Cho-Cho-San (Sylvia Sidney), destined for the life of a geisha, meets American officer Pinkerton (Cary Grant), who "marries" her for his convenience. He returns to America and a new wife, while Cho-Cho-San waits faithfully for three years with their child.

The story of the famous opera, with Puccini's music as background but no arias.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 15, 1933; last played May 2007


April 20 – 21: closed

April 22 – 23
"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."

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 3, 1932; last played Mar 2012

"Revolution in Russia? — don't be ridiculous!"
We Live Again (1934) 5:55, 9:05
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Preston Sturges, Maxwell Anderson, Leonard Praskins, from the novel Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy. ph Gregg Toland. m Alfred Newman. Goldwyn. 85 min.

Fredric March, Anna Sten, Jane Baxter, C. Aubrey Smith, Ethel Griffies, Jessie Ralph, Sam Jaffe.

A Russian prince's romance with a peasant girl has tragic results in this film version of Tolstoy's Resurrection.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 9, 1934; last played Sep 2010


April 24 – 26
"Tho' I've belted you and flayed you,
By the livin' Gawd that made you,
You're a better man than I am,"

Gunga Din (1939) (3:50), 7:30
d George Stevens. w Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur. ph Joseph H. August. m Alfred Newman. RKO. 116 min.

Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Sam Jaffe, Eduardo Ciannelli, Joan Fontaine, Montague Love, Robert Coote, Cecil Kellaway, Abner Biberman, Lumsden Hare.

The definitive action-adventure film, inspired by the poem of Rudyard Kipling. Three unruly, carousing British soldiers fight a murderous sect in 19th-century India.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 26, 1939; last played May 2010

"Oh dear, there goes my billiard cue."
The Devil and the Deep (1932) 6:00, 9:40
d Marion Gering. w Benn W. Levy. ph Charles Lang. Paramount. 78 min.

Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, Cary Grant, Paul Porcasi, Juliette Crompton, Henry Kolker, Dorothy Christy.

In a magnificent demonic performance, Charles Laughton plays a submarine commander insanely jealous with suspicion that his wife is having affairs with Gary Cooper and Cary Grant.

The Cary Grant role is quite small. The opening credits boast: "And introducing Charles Laughton — the eminent British character actor in the role of The Commander."

first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 1, 1932; last played Jan 2002


April 27 – 28: closed

April 29 – 30:
Becky Sharp (1935) 7:30
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Francis Edward Faragoh, based on a play by Langdon Mitchell and Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. ph Ray Rennehan. m Roy Webb. RKO. 84 min.

Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Cedric Hardwicke, Billie Burke, Alison Skipworth, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, G.P. Huntley, Jr., William Stack.

The story of Becky Sharp, a self-centered careerist in Victorian England who falls from prosperity, is based on Thackeray's Vanity Fair.

This was the first feature-length film in three-strip Technicolor.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 21, 1935; last played Feb 1988

Design for Living (1933) 5:50, 9:05
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. 1994


May 1 – 3:
"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) (4:00), 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 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 2014

Thirty Day Princess (1934) 6:05, 9:35
d Marion Gering. w Preston Sturges & Frank Partos, based on the story by Clarence Budington Kelland. ph Leon Shamroy. m John Leipold. Paramount. 75 min.

Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Henry Stephenson, Vince Barnett, Edgar Norton, Ray Walker, Lucien Littlefield, Robert McWade, George Baxter, Marguerite Namara.

When the real princess gets sick they find a New York actress to impersonate her for an American tour to promote a bond offering for her country. Reporter Cary Grant (initially hostile) is charmed.

Kind of silly, but enjoyable. After all, Preston Sturges worked on the script!

"Sylvia Sidney—in one of her rare light-hearted performances—is such a skillful technician that you can't distinguish between her technique and her personal charm. (She operates in that area where acting and witchcraft come together.)" Pauline Kael

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 6, 1934; last played Feb 2002


May 4 – 5: closed

May 6 – 7:
The Merry Widow (1934) 7:30
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 Mar 2011

The Gay Desperado (1936) 5:55, 9:20
United Artists. 85 min.

Nino Martini, Ida Lupino, Leo Carrillo, Harold Huber, James Blakely, Stanley Fields, Mischa Auer, Adrian Rosley.

Heiress Ida Lupino is held for ransom by a romantic bandit in this entertaining and beautifully photographed musical satire, shot in the Arizona desert on the Papago Indian Reservation near Tucson.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 22, 1988; last played Feb 1988


May 8 – 10:
"Now get this, you double-crossing chimpanzee! There ain't gonna be any interview and there ain't gonna be any story-- and that certified check of yours is leaving with me in twenty minutes. I wouldn't cover the burning of Rome for you if they were just lighting it up!"
His Girl Friday (1940) (4:15), 7:30
d Howard Hawks. w Charles Lederer, from the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. ph Joseph Walker. m M. W. Stoloff. Columbia. 92 min.

Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Helen Mack, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Clarence Kolb, Roscoe Karns, Frank Jenks, Abner Biberman, Frank Orth, John Qualen, Billy Gilbert, Alma Kruger.

Top speed comedy with Cary Grant as newspaper editor and Rosalind Russell as his ex-wife and star reporter. Watch for the only on-screen mention of Cary Grant's real name (Archie Leach).

Jean Arthur was put on suspension for refusing the part of Hildy Johnson.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 28, 1940; last played May 2012

Wedding Present (1936) 6:00, 9:15
d Richard Wallace. w Joseph Anthony, based on the short story by Paul Gallico. ph Leon Shamroy. m Marlin Skiles. Paramount. 80 min.

Joan Bennett, Cary Grant, George Bancroft, Conrad Nagel, Gene Lockhart, William Demarest, Inez Courtney, Edward Brophy, Purnell Pratt, Douyglas Wood, George Meeker, Damon Ford, Lois Wilson, Mary Forbes, George Offerman, Jr.

This early screwball prototype, about two battling reporters, offers a glimpse of comic greatness to come. Wedding Present completed Cary's contract with Paramount. He became one of the very first movie stars to successfully represent himself in Hollywood, and the best was yet to come.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 23, 2002; last played Feb 2002


May 11 – 12: closed

May 13 – 14:
" Spoils... glory... flags and trumpets... What is behind these high sounding words? Death and destruction! Triumphals of crippled men! Sweden victorious in a ravaged Europe — an island in a dead sea. I tell you, I want no more of it! I want for my people, security and happiness. I want to cultivate the arts of peace. The arts of life! I want peace — and peace I will have!"
Queen Christina (1933) 7:30
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Salka Viertel, H. M. Harwood, S. N. Behrman. ph William Daniels. m Herbert Stothart. MGM. 100 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 Aug 2014

Angel (1937) 5:50, 9:20
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 Jan. 1992


May 15 – 17:
My Favorite Wife (1940) (4:10), 7:30
d Garson Kanin. w Sam and Bella Spewack, Leo McCarey. ph Rudolph Maté. m Roy Webb. RKO. 88 min.

Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick, Ann Shoemaker, Scotty Beckett, Mary Lou Harrington, Donald MacBride, Hugh O'Connell.

On the very day of his remarriage, Cary Grant is stunned when his supposedly dead first wife (Irene Dunne) reappears after having spent seven years shipwrecked on a desert island.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 3, 1940; last played Apr 2002

"Don't forget honey. Never let one man worry your mind. Find 'em, fool 'em and forget 'em"
I'm No Angel (1933) 5:50, 9:10
d Wesley Ruggles. w Mae West. ph Leo Tover. m/ly Harvey Brooks, Gladys duBois & Ben Ellison. Paramount. 87 min.

Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff, Edward Arnold, Ralf Harolde Russell Hopton, Gertrude Michael, Kent Taylor, Dorothy Peterson, William B. Davidson, Gertrude Howard, Libby Taylor.

Mae West is in top form playing a social-climbing carnival entertainer (she tames lions) who falls for Cary Grant. Many of Mae's famous lines occur in this film.

Songs: "I Want You—I Need You"; "They Call Me Sister Honky-Tonk"; "That Dallas Man"; "I Found a New Way to Go to Town"; "I'm No Angel"

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 25, 1933; last played July 2010


May 18 – 19: closed

May 20 – 21:
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) 7:30
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 Mar. 1994

High, Wide and Handsome (1937) 5:30, 9:05
d Rouben Mamoulian. w Oscar Hammerstein II. ph Victor Milner, Theodor Sparkuhl. m Jerome Kern. Paramount. 110 min.

Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Dorothy Lamour, Elizabeth Patterson, Raymond Walburn, Charles Bickford, Akim Tamiroff, Ben Blue, William Frawley, Alan Hale, Irving Pichel, Stanley Andrews.

Western musical about an oil prospector whose dream of building a pipeline is threatened by crooked railroad executives. Irene Dunne is his long-suffering wife who saves the day in the end.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 27, 1937; last played Apr 2001


May 22 – 24:
The Awful Truth (1937) (4:20), 7:30
d Leo McCarey. w Vina Delmar, from a play by Arthur Richman. ph Joseph Walker. Columbia. 92 min.

Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy, Ceci Cunningham, Marguerite Churchill, Esther Dale, Joyce Compton, Robert Allen, Molly Lamont.

In one of Hollywood's supreme crazy sophisticated comedies, Grant and Dunne battle over their divorce settlement and especially the custody of their pet terrier Mr. Smith (played by The Thin Man's Asta).

"The epitome of 1930s screwball comedy." Baseline Movie Guide

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 15, 1992; last played Nov 2004

Hot Saturday (1932) 6:05, 9:15
d William Seiter. w Seton I. Miller, adapted by Josephine Lovett & Joseph Moncure Marsh, from the novel by Harvey Ferguson. ph Arthur L. Todd. Paramount. 73 min.

Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods, Lilian Bond, William Collier, Sr., Jane Darwell, Rita LaRoy, Rose Coughlan, Oscar Appel, Jessie Arnold, Grady Sutton.

Small town gossip costs a girl her reputation and job after she appears to have spent the night with big-city playboy Cary Grant.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 4, 2002; last played Dec 2007


May 25 – 26: closed

May 27 – 31:
"A toast, señores: To California, where a man can only marry, raise fat children, and watch his vineyards grow."
The Mark of Zorro (1940) (3:45), 7:30
d Rouben Mamoulian. w John Taintor Foote, Garrett Fort, Bess Meredith. ph Arthur Miller. m Alfred Newman. 20th Century-Fox. 94 min.

Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone, Gail Sondergaard, J. Edward Bromberg, Linda Darnell, Eugene Pallette, Montagu Love, Janet Beecher, Robert Lowery.

In this very successful sound version of the Fairbanks silent film, Tyrone Power, the consummate romantic swashbuckler, is a perfect Diego de Vega, cowardly fop by day, but dashing sword-fighting avenger by night.

Director Rouben Mamoulian showed that it is possible to create a remake of a great classic worthy of the original. This feat is remarkably rare.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 27, 1940; last played Apr 2012

"That was restful."
Ninotchka (1939) 5:30, 9:15
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.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 17, 1939; last played Nov 2011