In addition to its feature films, Warners was famous for cartoons such as Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Sylvester the Cat. Most of our programs will include a cartoon at 7:30 and before weekend matinees.
We are grateful to Warners for their cooperation in preparing this calendar. More than half of our prints come from film archives. In particular, the Library of Congress made several new 35mm prints especially for our program.
Everything we show is film, not digital. The Stanford Theatre is one of the few places where you can still watch movies in their original 35mm format. We even use the original carbon arc lamps. In the future, very few people will ever have the chance to see these films the way you can see them this summer at the Stanford Theatre.
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 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.)
Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, Warren Williams, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks, Clarence Nordstrom.
Three out-of-work showgirls (Keeler, Blondell, MacMahon) live next door to a young composer (Powell). Their collaboration results in a sensational show (with delirious production numbers created by Busby Berkeley).
Ginger Rogers introduces We're in the Money, which public radio still plays (on the program Marketplace) each day the stock market rises.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 17, 1933; last played Nov 2010
Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Una Merkel, Guy Kibbee, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, Ned Sparks, George E. Stone, Allen Jenkins, Edward J. Nugent, Robert McWade.
The definitive, backstage musical that first established all the clichés: the leading lady who sprains her ankle on opening night, the unknown, spunky young girl (Ruby Keeler) who takes her place, the dim-witted sugar-daddy who backs the show, the wise-cracking chorus girls. The typical Warners relentless pace is combined with Busby Berkeley's choreographic genius; the musical numbers are an amazing kaleidoscope of spectacle and pattern.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 27, 1933; last played June 2011
Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis, Preston Foster, Allen Jenkins, Berton Churchill, Edward Ellis, David Landau, Hale Hamilton, Sally Blane.
A WW I veteran gets sentenced to ten years in a brutal southern chain gang for a crime he did not commit. He manages to escape and tries to rebuild his life.
This widely praised social protest film was also a big commercial success for Warners. The author, Robert Burns, was still an escaped convict when Warners smuggled him into Hollywood to help with the film.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 23, 1932; last played Sep. 1994
Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Dudley Digges, Leslie Fenton, Edmund Breese, Tully Marshall, J. Carrol Naish, Noel Madison, Blanche Federici.
In this adaptation of a David Belasco play, Edward G. Robinson, the great Rumanian Yiddish theater actor, plays Wong Low Get, a Tong gangster and a deadly exponent of hatchet technique. Loretta Young plays the woman the hatchet marries. A pre-Code sensation and rarity, with adultery and drugs, proof that Robinson may be the forgotten man in modern estimates of Warners tough guys.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 13, 1932; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Warner Oland, Estelle Taylor, Myrna Loy, Phyllis Haver, Willard Louis, Montagu Love.
A stepping stone in Warners' advance on sound, with music and sound effects more or less in synch thanks to the Vitaphone project.
first played at the Stanford Theatre May 16, 1927; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Grant Withers, James Cagney, Mary Astor, Joan Blondell, Regis Toomey.
Grant Withers plays a rough guy who moves in with man and wife Regis Toomey and Mary Astor and falls for the wife. Joan Blondell and James Cagney are featured in smaller parts, on their way to stardom.
first played at the Stanford Theatre June 7, 1931; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
James Gagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Mae Clarke, Joan Blondell, Donald Cook, Leslie Fenton, Beryl Mercer, Robert O'Connor, Murray Kinnell.
A tough kid from the Chicago slums grows up to become a ruthless gangster during Prohibition.
His stark, vivid portrayal made Cagney an instant star. He later said that the famous grapefruit was originally (according to the script) not intended for Mae Clarke's face.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 15, 1994; last played Oct. 1994
Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier, Jr., Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Ince, Thomas Jackson, Stanley Fields.
The gangster granddaddy of them all, with Edward G. Robinson's star-making incarnation of an Al Capone type's rise and fall.
Little Caesar was one of the most successful and influential films Warners ever made. According to Robinson, Rico is "a man who sets a goal more important than himself — that's what makes him a highly moral character in his perverted way. He is a man who defies society, and in the end is mowed down by the gods and society, and doesn't even know what happened. If Rico had expended his energies in another way, he would have been a great, great fellow... I think that the picture has sustained itself throughout these years because it was constructed as a Greek tragedy."
first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 15, 1931; last played Sep. 1994
Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot, Grant Mitchell, Louis Calhern, Warren Hymer.
Intense prison melodrama about a gangster and his self-sacrificing girlfriend. After killing the man responsible for his being in prison and for the death of the girlfriend, Tracy returns to prison to face his punishment.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 26, 1933; last played Apr 2008
Frankie Darro, Rochelle Hudson, Edwin Philips, Arthur Hohl, Minna Gombell, Ward Bond.
Edwin Philips and Frankie Darro are kids desperate for some hope who take to the road in Depression America.
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James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Ruth Donnelly, Hugh Herbert, Claire Dodd, Herman Bing, Gordon Wescott.
Jimmy Cagney's rare film appearances as a dancer (rather than as a gangster) reveal him as second only to Astaire in the 1930's. In this story he produces live musical prologues to be shown in movie theatres before the picture. Joan Blondell is his wisecracking (and loving) secretary.
Busby Berkeley's sensational aquatic choreography of By a Waterfall provides several of the most gloriously extravagant moments in the history of the Hollywood musical.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 18, 1933; last played Aug 2013
James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis, Alice White, Ralf Harolde, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Robert Barrat.
As "Danny Kean", Cagney is a reformed mobster just out of prison who has taken up the job of "picture snatcher," grabbing intimate photos to run in tabloid newspapers.
An exercise in action, wisecracks and impudence, but also a vehicle for Jimmy's insouciance and the studio's delight in just what was happening in the world. In truth, Cagney was stealing every picture he made.
first played at the Stanford Theatre May 26, 1933; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Rin Tin Tin, Nanette, Charles Farrell, June Marlowe, Heinie Conklin.
Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer.
Rin Tin Tin plays Lobo, leader of a wolf pack who has to prove himself to a pal (Charles Farrell) and then to the community as man's best friend.
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Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer.
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Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran, Humphrey Bogart, Joseph Sawyer, Porter Hall, Charley Grapewin, Paul Harvey.
At a roadside diner in the Arizona desert, a poetic drifter (Leslie Howard) falls in love with a young waitress (Bette Davis), who dreams of studying in Paris. Suddenly the peaceful scene is interrupted: "This is Duke Mantee, the world famous killer."
Humphrey Bogart had played Mantee in the original Broadway hit play with Leslie Howard. Warners intended to cast Edward G. Robinson in the role, but Howard sent a firm telegram to Jack Warner: "NO BOGART, NO DEAL." It was Bogie's big break, but he was so convincing as a ruthless gangster that he became typecast for the next five years.
This engaging film was the major turning point in Bogart's career.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 8, 1936; last played Mar 2011
Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon, Loretta Young, Berton Churchill, Robert Barrat.
Richard Barthelmess plays a war hero who ends up on the skids. The film ends with a rousing celebration of the Roosevelt spirit that was new in 1933, but along the way it is a tough, unsentimental portrair of a society on the edge of despair.
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Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Crisp, Fay Bainter, Spring Byington, Richard Cromwell, Henry O'Neill.
A defiantly willful Southern belle is engaged to a New Orleans banker (Henry Fonda), who has his own ideas about proper behavior for a lady.
Bette won her second Oscar for Jezebel.
"A dazzling romantic melodrama... sumptuous moss-hung evocation of pre-Civil War New Orleans." Pauline Kael
"A lurid Deep South woman's picture that allows Davis first to scheme, then repent; it is lit up by her little girl's conviction -- a trash heap glowing with fire at twilight." David Thomson
first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 24, 1938; last played Mar 2011
Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay, Alison Skipworth, John Eldredge, Dick Foran, Walter Walker, Richard Carle, George Irving, Pierre Watkin, Douglas Wood.
An architect meets an actress whose performances have greatly affected him. She has become an alcoholic and — according to her — a dangerous woman. He takes her to his home with the hope of rehabilitating her, but there may be something to what she says.
Bette Davis received her first Oscar for this film. Some thoguht it was really an award for Of Human Bondage the previous year.
"She gives the curious feeling of being charged with power which can find no ordinary outlet." Picture Post
first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 30, 1936; last played Jan 2011
James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Rosemary de Camp, Richard Whorf, George Tobias, Jeanne Cagney, Irene Manning, S. Z. Sakall, George Barbier, Frances Langford, Walter Catlett, Eddie Foy, Jr.
The life and music of George M. Cohan, portrayed by Jimmy Cagney in his greatest role. Upon seeing Cagney's performance in this film, Cohan himself exclaimed: "My God, what an act to follow!"
This was Jimmy Cagney's favorite of all his films. He was often typecast as a gangster, but his rare appearances as a dancer reveal him as second only to Astaire in the 1930s.
"He is so cocky and sure a dancer that you feel yourself grinning with pleasure at his movements. It's quite possible that he has more electricity than Cohan himself had." Pauline Kael
Yankee Doodle Dandy has been the eighty-first most widely attended
film at the Stanford Theatre — 13,535 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 1, 1943; last played July 2011
Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale, Hobart Cavanaugh, Dick Powell, Ross Alexander, Olivia de Havilland, Jean Muir, Grant Mitchell, Frank McHugh, Dewey Robinson, James Cagney, Joe E. Brown, Hugh Herbert, Otis Harlan, Arthur Treacher, Anita Louise, Victor Jory, Mickey Rooney.
Max Reinhardt was a major figure in German theater in the early 20th century. In 1934 he staged A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Hollywood Bowl, and Warner Bros. — regarded by many as the working class studio — hired him to make this very artistic film.
Beautiful cinematography by Hal Mohr with unexpectedly charming performances from some of Warners' top stars, plus a radiant Olivia de Havilland in her very first movie.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 6, 1935; last played Aug 2016
Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis, Warren William, Lyle Talbot, Humphrey Bogart, Allen Jenkins, Edward Arnold, Patricia Ellis, Sheila Terry, Grant Mitchell, Glenda Farrell, Frankie Darro, Clara Blandick, Virginia Davis, Dawn O'Day.
Three schoolgirl pals (steno Bette Davis, socialite Ann Dvorak and showgirl Blondell) meet for lunch ten years later and light up. They laugh off the superstition that the third person to light a cigarette with the same match is doomed.
This was the first of Bogart's many gangster roles. He received good notices, but returned to New York.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct. 26, 1994; last played May 2008
Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner, Anthony Bushell, George E. Stone, Frances Starr, Ona Munson, Boris Karloff, Aline MacMahon.
Pressured by the publisher to boost circulation, the editor of The New York Evening Gazette (Robinson) turns to tabloid sensationalism, against his better judgement.
Boris Karloff is outstanding as an unscrupulous reporter posing as a clergyman.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 18, 1931; last played Feb 2003
Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor, James Stephenson, Gilbert Roland, William Lundigan, Julien Mitchell, Montagu Love, J. M. Kerrigan, David Bruce.
King Philip II of Spain hopes to conquer England, but his ambassador is captured by a dashing British "Sea Hawk."
A supreme example of the Hollywood adventure film, with Errol Flynn at the peak of his popularity, top production values, and a classic Korngold score.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep. 22, 1940; last played July 2002
Edward G. Robinson, Alexander Knox, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Gene Lockhart, Barry Fitzgerlad.
In this powerful Jack London thriller, an intellectual but emotionally unbalanced sea captain holds prisoners on his boat in the fog off San Francisco.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr. 20, 1941; last played Nov. 1991
Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Olivia de Havilland, Alan Hale, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Ian Hunter, Melville Cooper, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin, Montagu Love, Howard Hill.
This is (as everyone knows) one of the truly great adventure films of all time. From time to time they try to improve on the original, but there is still no substitute for the genuine article. The dashing Errol Flynn in his greatest role as Robin Hood, speaking treason "fluently", with Olivia de Havilland as the lovely Maid Marian is one of the most indelible images from old Hollywood.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score (Academy Award) is a major reason for the film's unending popularity.
"Life and the movies have their compensations, and such a film as this is payment in full for many dull hours of picture-going." The New York Times
The Adventures of Robin Hood has been the twenty-sixth most widely
attended film at the Stanford Theatre — 29,593 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre May 22, 1938; last played May 2016
Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas, Aline MacMahon, Frank Allenby, Nicka Cravat.
Burt Lancaster is Dardo, the outlaw acting in the name of threatened liberty in Lombardy, and Virginia Mayo his aristocratic lady-love.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 13, 1950; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
James Cagney, Ruth Donnelly, Mary Brian, Allen Jenkins, Claire Dodd.
Cagney is a cheerful con-man who puts on marathon dance contests (and promotes grapefruit).
first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 24, 1933; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone, Guy Kibbee, David Landau, Leila Bennett, Matt McHugh.
Cagney plays a hot-headed cabby in a union turf war. His wife (Loretta Young) disapproves of his tactics. It takes a good woman to civilize some men!
first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 15, 1932; last played July 2009
Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Gladys George, Faye Emerson, Paul Cavanagh, Roman Bohnen.
A women's picture (if you like) that is really a masterpiece on sibling rivalry and emotional pressure in a family. Ida Lupino (who won the New York critics' award for best actress) is at the center of the film — ambiguous, tortured, and tricky.
first played at the Stanford Theatre May 2, 1943; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Claude Rains, Gloria Dickson, Edward Norris, Otto Kruger, Allyn Joslyn, Linda Perry, Elisha Cook, Jr., Lana Turner, Cy Kendall, Elizabeth Risdon.
A pretty girl is murdered in a Southern town on Confederate Memorial Day. Based on the Leo Frank / Mary Phagan lynching in Atlanta in 1913, a melodromatic but nevertheless jaundiced portrait of small-town bigotry.
Don't overlook the murdered girl: she's 16-year-old Lana Turner in her film debut.
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Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Gale Sondergaard, Sen Yung, Frieda Inescort, Bruce Lester, Elizabeth Earl, Cecil Kellaway, Doris Lloyd, Willia Fung, Tetsu Komai.
The wife of a rubber plantation owner kills a man and becomes involved in blackmail. This superior melodrama (from a story by Somerset Maugham) gave Bette Davis one of her very best roles.
To match the Malayan setting, Steiner added an Oriental flavor to his lush symphonic style. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "The musical background of Max Steiner is truly his masterpiece, and a great contributing factor to the success of the show."
first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 2, 1941; last played June 2015
Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Veda Ann Borg, Jo Ann Marlowe.
Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her portrayal, in this soap-opera deluxe, of an impoverished ex-housewife and waitress who works her way up to success in business and gives her selfish daughter everything her heart desires, until they both fall for the same man. Ann Blyth is excellent as the ruthless, amoral daughter.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 4, 1945; last played Nov 2010
Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, James Robertson Justice, Terence Morgan, Moultrie Kelsall, Richard Hearne, Denis O'Dea.
An adventure film, taken from the novels of C.S. Forester, about an English sea captain fighting Napoleon. Gregory Peck makes an intriguing introvert out of Hornblower, and the love story, with Virginia Mayo as an aristocrat, is touching.
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William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh, Aline MacMahon, Warren Hymer, Frederick Burton, Douglas Gerrard, Herbert Mundin, Wilson Mizner, Mike Donlin, Roscoe Karns, Dewey Robinson, Willie Fung, Stanley Fields.
This film was the biggest success of William Powell's early career. He plays a condemned man who has a poignant romance with a dying playgirl (Kay Francis) on the boat bringing them home to the U.S. from Hong Kong, not knowing the truth about one another.
first played at the Stanford Theatre July 10, 1992; last played Apr 2003
Robert Mitchum, Diana Lynn, Beulah Bondi, Teresa Wright, Tab Hunter, Philip Tonge, William Hopper, Carl Switzer.
In the winter mountains of northern California, a grim family is haunted by the legend of a ferocious panther.
Shot in CinemaScope and color, this unique film goes for claustrophobia and a control of the color process so that it often seems like black-and-white.
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Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Judith Anderson, Dean Jagger, Alan Hale, Harry Carey, Jr..
A story of family, vengeance and obscure memories that have to be settled.
first played at the Stanford Theatre May 15, 1947; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Henry Hull, Henry Travers, Jerome Cowan, Minna Gombell, Barton MacLane, Elisabeth Risdon, Cornel Wilde, Donald MacBride, Paul Harvey, Isabel Jewell.
A gangster decides to do one last job but cannot escape his fate.
Bogart endowed his tough hero with genuine humanity, and this film was a major turning point in his career.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 27, 1941; last played Dec 2008
George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Alan Hale, Roscoe Karns, John Litell, George Tobias, Henry O'Neill, Charles Halton, Paul Hurst, John Ridgely, George Lloyd, Joyce Compton, Charles Wilson.
A pair of truck-driving brothers (Bogart and Raft) find trouble with the boss's wife (Ida Lupino).
"This cult classic is one of the best road movies to emerge from a major studio." Baseline Movie Guide
first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 29, 1940; last played Dec 1997
Errol Flynn, Alan Hale, Alexis Smith, John Loder, Jack Carson, Ward Bond, William Frawley, Rhys Williams, Arthur Shields.
Errol Flynn plays Jim Corbett, supposedly the man who taught bare-knuckles fighters to wear good gloves and be fit for society.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 27, 1942; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan, Harry Carey, William Haade, Soledad Jimenez, Joe Cunningham, Ben Welden, Joseph Crehan.
A promoter (Robinson) turns a bellhop into a fighter, with dreams of making him a champion; but he gets mixed up with gangsters (Bogart). Bette Davis plays Robinson's girlfriend Fluff.
first played at the Stanford Theatre June 6, 1937; last played Mar 2011
Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish, Craig Stevens, Tom D'Andrea, Peggy Knudsen, Paul Cavanagh..
Wealthy patroness of the arts Joan Crawford becomes tragically involved with an ambitious young violinist (John Garfield). The violin solos are dubbed by Isaac Stern.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 16, 1947; last played Aug 2009
Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers, Cora Witherspoon, Dorothy Peterson.
In this three-handkerchief Bette Davis classic, a Long Island society belle meets an early death "beautifully and finely."
Bogart plays her amorous Irish horse trainer in a role redolent of Lady Chatterly's Lover. Reagan's role as an oft-drunk playboy gained him positive critical notice.
first played at the Stanford Theatre May 17, 1939; last played June 2008
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Konrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S. Z. Sakall, Madeline Le Beau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page, John Qualen, Leonid Kinsky, Helmut Dantine, Curt Bois, Marcel Dalio, Corinna Mura, Ludwig Stossel, Ilka Gruning, Charles La Torre, Frank Puglia, Dan Seymour.
Everybody comes to Rick's café — exiles from the Nazis, corrupt officials, and Ilsa Lund, the great lost love of Rick's life.
We can debate whether Casablanca is the best movie ever made. It may be. Certainly few other movies are so universally recognized as expressing the deepest truths about human life — and are also so much fun.
As time goes by, it becomes increasingly unlikely that anyone will ever make a movie better than Casablanca. On its 50th anniversary in 1992, more people saw Casablanca at the Stanford Theatre than anywhere else in the world.
"Of all the movie theatres in all the towns in all the world, they walk into ours."
Casablanca has been the most widely attended film at the
Stanford Theatre — 109,595 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 24, 1943; last played Jan 2017
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLaine, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook, Jr., James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton, Emory Parnell, Walter Huston.
Sam Spade joins in the quest for that priceless black statue — the stuff that dreams are made of.
Widely regarded as the archetype of the film noir genre, this film established Bogart as a star of the first rank.
"Humphrey Bogart's most exciting role was Sam Spade, that ambiguous mixture of avarice and honor, sexuality and fear, who gave new dimensions to the detective genre." Pauline Kael
The Maltese Falcon has been the fourteenth most widely attended
film at the Stanford Theatre — 43,878 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 29, 1942; last played Sep 2013
Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Eduardo Cianelli, Rosalind Marquis, Mayo Methot, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins.
A brutal gangster takes over a club where Bette and her roommates work, and turns it into a "clip joint" with "hostesses". The district attorney, Bogart, hopes Bette will testify against the gang, but at first she refuses on the witness stand. When she changes her mind, she is branded (marked) by the gang.
The story is based on the prosecution of notorious gangster Lucky Luciano by Thomas E. Dewey, with the testimony of the prostitutes working for him.
This was the first film Bette Davis made after she had lost her famous court battle with Warners over the quality of her scripts. This time, at least, she had no reason to complain.
Mayo Methot, who plays one of the hostesses ("kind of old, aren't you?"), soon became the third Mrs. Humphrey Bogart.
"Bette Davis is the embodiment of the sensational side of the 30s movies... coarsely there, swinging her hips in her beaded-fringe dress." Pauline Kael
Notorious has been the fourth most widely attended
film at the Stanford Theatre — 67,577 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 22, 1937; last played Feb 2011
Humphrey Bogart, Dick Foran, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Ann Sheridan, Robert Barrat, Helen Flint, Joseph Sawyer, Addison Richards, Eddie Acuff, Clifford Soubier, Paul Harvey, Samuel S. Hinds, John Litel, Alonzo Price, Dickie Jones, Dorothy Vaughan, Henry Brandon, Charles Halton, Pat C. Flick, Francis Sayles, Paul Stanton, Harry Hayden, Egon Brecher.
Bogart plays a factory worker who joins a secret organization (modeled on the Ku Klux Klan) when a "foreigner" gets the job he wanted. Caught up in their violence, he kills his best friend but eventually confesses and exposes the group.
The Klan actually sued Warner Bros. for infringement of their patented symbols.
"Cinema at its best... quasi documentary." The New York Times
"A sermon on American ideals." New York Herald-Tribune
"An intelligent and exciting, if rather earnest film." Graham Greene
first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 19, 1937; last played Oct 2011
Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, John Loder, Bonita Granville, Ilka Chase, Franklin Pangborn.
The awkward daughter of a dominating Boston society matron eventually finds happiness.
One of Hollywood's most shamelessly romantic pictures won the Academy Award for best musical score. According to Bette Davis, "Max understood more about drama than any of us."
first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 13, 1943; last played Dec 2011
Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier, Henry Kolker, Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Hohl, John Wayne, Doglass Dumbrille.
Beautiful young Lily Powers (Stanwyck) works as a barmaid for her father, who cynically exploits her sex appeal to his customers. Having learned her lesson well, she moves to the big city and has a brilliant career at the bank, seducing her way up the corporate ladder. John Wayne has an early role as one of her conquests.
The New York Post called Baby Face a "lurid and unhealthy tale," and the Hays Office recommended that it be withdrawn from theatres (the Production Code was not yet enforceable). The moralistic ending was a partial concession to this reaction.
Newly restored, uncensored version.
first played at the Stanford Theatre July 21, 1933; last played Mar 2014
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgley, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele, Elisha Cook, Jr, Louis Jean Heydt, Sonia Darrin, James Flavin, Thomas Jackson, Dan Wallace, Theodore Von Eltz, Joy Barlowe, Tom Fadden, Ben Welden.
In this film noir masterpiece, detective Philip Marlowe (Bogart) is hired to discover why a woman is being blackmailed. The plot is much too complex to summarize (or even follow), but nobody doubts that The Big Sleep is one of the greatest detective films ever made.
Max Steiner's brilliant score perfectly captures the film noir mood, at times dark and explosive, at times ironic, at times strongly romantic.
The Big Sleep has been the twenty-eighth most widely
attended film at the Stanford Theatre — 28,866 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 27, 1946; last played Oct 2014
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Walter Molnar, Sheldon Leonard, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour, Aldo Nadi, Paul Marion, Patricia Shay, Emmett Smith, Sir Lancelot.
Bogart plays a fishing boat skipper-for-hire on the island of Martinique, who normally rents his boat out to wealthy sportsmen. He reluctantly becomes involved with the Nazis, the French Resistance — and with a stranded and very persistent young Lauren Bacall.
This enormously enjoyable film was Bacall's first. She and Bogie made a total of four films together.
To Have and Have Not has been the sixty-third most widely
attended film at the Stanford Theatre — 17,835 tickets since 1989.
< first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 11, 1945; last played Oct 2014
James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth, Alan Hale, George Tobias, Jack Carson, Una O'Connor.
In this musical set in New York during the Gay Nineties, a dentist (Cagney) marries his sweetheart (Olivia de Havilland), but is almost ruined by his infatuation with the self-centered Strawberry Blonde (Rita Hayworth), who captured his heart in his youth.
first played at the Stanford Theatre March 20, 1941; last played May 2016
James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, Paul Kelly, Elizabeth Risdon, Edward Keane, Joseph Sawyer, Joseph Crehan, George Meeker, John Hamilton, Robert Elliott, Eddie Chandler, Abner Biberman, Vera Lewis, Elliott Sullivan, Bert Hanlon, Murray Alper, Dick Wessel, George Humbert, Ben Weldon.
Three World War I soldiers return to find that their world has changed, and they get involved in bootlegging.
The dynamic film is overflowing with energy. The colorful underworld characters and 1920's music suggest the mood of The Great Gatsby.
Bogart is utterly convincing as a truly evil man, while Cagney injects hints of humanity into his character.
Gladys George delivers the celebrated final line over the dying Cagney: "He used to be a big shot."
first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 19, 1939; last played Apr 2012
James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherley, Steve Cochran.
Brutal gangster Cagney (who does love his mother) has his final moment of glory consumed by flames atop a huge gas storage tank: "Top of the World, Ma."
first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 16, 1949; last played Mar 2007
Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, John Rodney, Marc Lawrence, Dan Seymour, Monte Blue, William Haade, Jay Silverheels, Rodric Redwing.
Robinson, a notorious racketeer, has taken over a Florida hotel owned by Lionel Barrymore and his widowed daughter-in-law, Lauren Bacall. Ex-army major Bogart arrives and minds his own business — at first.
"A suspenseful and entertaining minor classic." Baseline Movie Guide
first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 29, 1948; last played Oct 2014
John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, John Qualen, Henry Brandon, Antonio Moreno.
When a young girl is kidnapped by Indians, her uncle (Wayne) and adopted brother are determined to find her, no matter how long it takes. As the search stretches into years, it becomes apparent to her brother that Wayne intends to kill the girl when he finds her because she has become a squaw.
"A deeply emotional experience that is also grand entertainment" Baseline Movie Guide
first played at the Stanford Theatre June 6, 1956; last played May 2009
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane, Alfonso Bedoya, A. Soto Rangel, Manuel Donde, Jose Torvay, Margarito Luna, Jacqueline Dalya, Bobby Blake, John Huston, Jack Holt.
Three prospectors seek gold in Mexico (shot mostly on location) but are doomed by greed and distrust of each other.
At this stage in his career Bogart was an established romantic star, but he was eager to make this picture with no love story and no happy ending. It turned out to be one of his very best.
"One of the strongest of all American movies." Pauline Kael
first played at the Stanford Theatre Mar 1, 1948; last played Oct 2013
John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernandez, Wallace Ford, Edmon Ryan, William Campbell.
John Garfield is Harry Morgan, with a boat for hire.
As if realizing that the 1944 masterpiece by Howard Hawks had not really bothered with Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, Warners tried a more responsible version that really captures the novel's somber tone. The result is a film noir worthy of the book.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 23, 1950; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Claude Rains, Priscilla, Lola and Rosemary Lane, Gale Page, Jeffrey Lynn, John Garfield, Frank McHugh, May Robson, Dick Foran, Vera Lewis, Tom Dugan.
A music professor and his four musical daughters share a happy home in a small town. Over time, the girls' lives lead them in different directions, but it is the youngest daughter who has the most trouble.
John Garfield became a star with his portrayal of a troubled loser with a talent at the piano. He said he based his portrayal on Oscar Levant.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 9, 1938; last played Apr 2012
Raymond Massey, James Dean, Julie Harris, Dick Davalos, Jo Van Fleet, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker.
Steinbeck's classic novel is beautifully rendered in this emotionally charged film.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 14, 1955; last played July 2012
Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith, Robert Douglas, Henry Hull, Ray Collins, Moroni Olsen.
An idealistic architect destroys his own building when its design is compromised.
"It's an extravaganza of romantic, right-wing camp." Pauline Kael
first played at the Stanford Theatre July 10, 1949; last played July 1997
Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Britt, Theodore Bikel, Isobel Elson, Mona Washbourne, Walter Burke.
The film version of My Fair Lady (Best Picture of 1964) came nearly a decade after the Broadway musical. In the meantime, Lerner and Loewe created the music for Gigi. Although Audrey Hepburn had played Gigi on Broadway in 1952, she turned down the role in the 1958 film. Many people in 1964 thought that Julie Andrews should have played Eliza (as she did on Broadway). It may be a little hard to accept Audrey as a guttersnipe in the early scenes, but future generations will surely be grateful to rediscover in this film the most authentic fair lady of our age. The world will be grateful that Cukor's film preserves Rex Harrison in one of the great performances of the twentieth century.
My Fair Lady has been the twelfth most widely attended
film at the Stanford Theatre — 45,937 tickets since 1989.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Sep 8, 1990; last played May 2017
Joan Crawford, Raymond Massey, Van Heflin, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges, John Ridgely, Moroni Olsen.
This is a film genuinely interested in psychological breakdown, and influenced by Hollywood's new fascination with psychoanalysis. Joan Crawford plays a woman who is found wandering, the victim of a failed love affair. Her character is truly disturbed, and the actress said she had never worked harder.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 24, 1947; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman, Minor Watson, Dona Drake, Regis Toomey, Sarah Selby.
Bette Davis utters the famous line "What a dump!" in this lurid melodrama about a woman willing to do anything to escape the boredom of her small-town life.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 20, 1949; last played Mar 2003
Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn McLerie, Phil Carey, Dick Wesson, Paul Harvey.
One of Doris' best-loved roles (she sings Secret Love) is this highly fictitious account of the circuitous romance of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 2, 2001; last played June 2013
Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Ethel Barrymore, Gig Young, Dorothy Malone, Robert Keith, Elizabeth Fraser, Alan Hale, Jr..
A remake of the 1938 film Four Daughters, this is a very melancholy story where Frank Sinatra seems at the end of his rope, with Doris Day trying to save him. It is the one time Day worked with Sinatra.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 21, 1955; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Michael J. Pollard, Dub Taylor, Denver Pyle, Gene Wilder.
first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation
Edward G. Robinson, Vivienne Osborne, Guy Kibbee, Preston Foster, J. Carroll Naish, Frederick Burton, Harry Beresford, Dorothea Wolbert, Berton Churchill, William Janney, Edward McWade, Gladys Lloyd.
While strapped in the electric chair awaiting execution (supposedly it takes two seconds to die), a man sees in flashbacks the history that led him there.
first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 16, 2003; last played Apr 2003