Wednesday and Thurday

Written on the Wind (1956)

Douglas Sirk’s overwrought melodramas, with (mostly) overripe performances and lush Technicolor, were very popular in the 1950s. Here, Bacall marries an alcoholic wastrel and falls in love with his honorable best friend (Rock Hudson), who is being pursued by the wastrel’s troubled sister.

Director Sirk said: “…there is a very short distance between high art and trash, and trash that contains an element of craziness is by this very quality nearer to art.” Decide for yourself!

With Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson, Robert Keith.

Directed by Douglas Sirk. Produced by Albert Sugsmith. Screenplay by George Zuckerman, from the novel by Robert Wilder. Music by Frank Skinner. Universal. 99 min.

Wednesday and Thursday (October 29-30) at 7:30.


The Cobweb (1955)

A kind of Grand Hotel set in a psychiatric clinic, where the most pressing crisis is the (seemingly) trivial choice of new drapes, which brings out all manner of personality disorders.

With Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Lillian Gish, Gloria Grahame, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Oscar Levant, Tommy Rettig, Adele Jergens.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Produced by John Houseman. Screenplay by John Paxton, from the novel by William Gibson. Music by Leonard Rosenman. MGM. 123 minutes.

Wednesday and Thursday (October 29-30) at 5:15 and 9:35.


Friday through Sunday

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Three women pool their resources to rent a posh New York penthouse and trap millionaire husbands.

With Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, William Powell, Cameron Mitchell, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Alex D’Arcy.

Directed by Jean Negulesco. Produced by Nunnally Johnson. Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson. Music by Cyril J. Mockridge. 96 min.

Friday through Sunday (October 31-November 2) at 7:30, plus 3:20 matinee on Sat/Sun.


Designing Woman (1957)

A sportswriter (Peck) and a dress designer (Bacall) marry in haste and repent at leisure.

A surprisingly pleasant attempt to revive the great sophisticated comedies of an earlier era, with two stars not normally known for comedy, rising to the occasion.

With Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray, Sam Levene, Tom Helmore, Mickey Shaughnessy, Jesse White, Chuck Connors.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Produced by Dore Schary. Written by George Wells. Music by Andre Previn. MGM. 118 min.

Friday through Sunday (October 31-November 2) at 5:20 and 9:30.