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Movie Series at the Centerville Historical Museum
February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 4, 2020
The Centerville Historical Museum’s first movie series of 2020 explores three different themes/periods: Courtroom Dramas, Makes/Remakes, and Films of the 1950s.
All shows are at 1:00 p.m., Saturdays. Admission, popcorn and candy are free. (Donations gladly accepted.) After-film discussion with Anthony Ambrogio, for anyone who cares to stay.
Courtroom dramas have been a staple of the cinema, especially once the movies learned to talk. You can find a lot of talking in the courtroom (and a lot of drama—especially in the movies, which leave out all the boring bits of a real trial). This sample of courtroom films gives us a pair of pre-Code examples, a couple of classic 1930s pictures, a courtroom drama that shows up in the middle of a medical movie series, and a couple of classic 1960s pictures on the subject.
Saturday, February 22, 1PM: The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932) 56 m. Released 05/01/32
Leonard Maltin and others have praised this movie for how fast it moves. Joan Bennett is the title character, on trial for the murder of her unfaithful fiancé. She is defended by her ex-beau (Donald Cook).
Saturday, February 22, 2PM: Ann Carver’s Profession (1933) 71 m. Released 06/09/33
Fresh-out-of-law-school Ann Carver (Fay Wray) weds Bill Graham (Gene Raymond) and begins their married life as a housewife. Circumstances allow her to become a high-powered attorney, making more money than her husband, which puts a strain on the marriage. When Bill is accused of murder, Ann defends him.
Saturday, February 29, 1PM: Fury (1936) 92 m. Released 06/06/36
Spencer Tracy is a drifter, wrongly accused of a crime. When a lynch mob burns down the jail in which he’s being held, he’s thought to be dead. A courtroom case against the vigilantes gives him his chance for revenge… Sylvia Sidney, Walter Brennan, and Bruce Cabot co-star in this first American feature film of the great German director Fritz Lang.
Saturday, March 7, 1PM: They Won’t Forget (1937) 95 m. Released 10/09/37
Lana Turner, as Mary Clay, makes a splash in her first feature-film role (this is why they called her “the sweater girl”). When she’s murdered, an ambitious attorney (Claude Rains) sees his chance to make a name for himself by railroading the
girl’s from-up-North teacher (Edward Norris) for the crime.
Saturday, March 14, 1PM: The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941) 78 m. Released 05/02/41
Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) saves the life of an ice skater (Bonita Granville), but, even though her leg heals, she still can’t walk and sues him for malpractice. This seventh entry in the popular MGM series also features series regulars Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie, Laraine Day as Nurse Mary Lamont, Alma Kruger as Nurse Molly Byrd, and Red Skelton as orderly Vernon Briggs.
March 21: No Movie
Saturday, March 28, 1PM: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 179 m. Released 12/19/61
1948: Spencer Tracy heads a three-judge panel considering the guilt of four Nazi judges (including Burt Lancaster). Richard Widmark is the prosecuting attorney; Maximillian Schell (who won an Oscar) is the defense attorney; Montgomery Clift and Judy Garland are two of the witnesses. The picture also won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.
Saturday, April 4, 1PM: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 129 m. Released 12/25/62
Alabama, 1932: Gregory Peck is small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, a widower raising two small children. (He won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance.) He is called upon to defend a black man (Brock Peters) accused of raping a white woman.