Just Imagine (1930)

A man is struck by lightening in 1930 and then revived in New York in 1980.

Just Imagine takes a satiric (and silly) look at how things have changed 50 years into the future (1980), interspersed with musical numbers by DeSylva, Brown and Henderson.

“Go down and take a look at that crazy picture!” Variety.

With El Brendel, Maureen O’Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White, Frank Albertson, Hobart Bosworth, Kenneth Thomson, Wilfred Lucas, Mischa Auer, Joyzelle.

Directed by David Butler. Story, dialogue and songs by DeSylva, Brown and Henderson. Photographed by Ernest Palmer. Fox. 113 minutes.

First played at the Stanford Theatre on December 7, 1930.

Wednesday and Thursday (November 25-26) at 7:30.

Up the River (1930)

A comedy about two raucous convicts who escape from prison to save their ex-con friends from being falsely charged with a crime. Their real challenge comes when they have to break back into prison, without being discovered, in time to play in the annual baseball game between prisoners and guards.

The only movie to feature both Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart (who plays the “juvenile” lead here).

With Spencer Tracy, Warren Hymer, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Luce, Joan Lawes, Sharon Lynn, George MacFarlane, Gaylord Pendleton.

Directed by John Ford. Written by Maurine Watkins. Photographed by Joseph August. Music by Joseph McCarthy, James F. Hanley. Fox. 92 minutes.

Wednesday and Thursday (November 25-26) at 5:45 and 9:30.



Cavalcade (1933)

Adapted from the celebrated play by Noël Coward, Calvacade follows the members of two connected families from different social classes and how they are affected by the major events in British history, from the death of Queen Victoria in 1899 through New Year’s Eve of 1932.

Winner of Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Interior Decoration.

With Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O’Connor, Herbert Mundin, Beryl Mercer, Irene Browne, Tempe Pigott, Merle Tottenham, Frank Lawton, Ursula Jeans, Margaret Lindsay, Billy Bevan.

Directed by Frank Lloyd. Produced by Frank Lloyd. Screenplay by Reginald Berkeley, from the play by Noël Coward. Fox. 112 minutes.

First played at the Stanford Theatre on April 23, 1933.

Friday and Saturday (November 27-28) at 7:30, plus 4:00 matinee on Saturday.

The Power and the Glory (1933)

A retrospective narrative, told by the protagonist’s sympathetic lifelong friend, about the life of a man who rose from the lowly job of track inspector to the head of a major railroad, and who became feared and hated along the way.

This film helped establish Spencer Tracy as one of the most popular film actors of his generation. Produced from Preston Sturges’ first screenplay, its influence on Citizen Kane (made seven years later) is undeniable.

With Spencer Tracy, Colleen Moore, Ralph Morgan, Helen Vinson, Clifford Jones, Henry Kolker, Sarah Padden, J. Farrell McDonald.

Directed by William K. Howard. Produced by Jesse L. Lasky. Screenplay by Preston Sturges. Photographed by James Wong Howe. Fox. 76 minutes. First played at the Stanford Theatre on October 17, 1933.

Friday and Saturday (November 27-28) at 6:00 and 9:30.

Silent Sunday

Shown with their original Movietone recorded scores

Four Sons (silent 1928)

A story about the effect of WW I on the lives of fours sons of a Bavarian widow. Three sons join the German Army and the fourth emigrates to America to avoid the war. He eventually joins the American Army in 1917 and returns to Germany to fight.

A very powerful film from the late silent era (with music and sound effects sound track) that shows the stylistic influence of Ford’s Fox Studio colleague F.W. Murnau.

Four Sons was filmed on the village sets from Sunrise.

With James Hall, Margaret Mann, Earle Foxe, Charles Morton, Francis X. Bushman, Jr., George Meeker, Albert Gran, June Collyer.

Directed by John Ford. Produced by William Fox. Adaptation by Philip Klein. Photographed by George Schneiderman, Charles G. Clarke. Original score by Carli Elinor. Song “Little Mother” by Erno Rapee, Lee Pollack. Fox. 100 minutes (approx.) MovieTone musical score and sound effects.

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

First played at the Stanford Theatre on October 28, 1928.

Sunday (November 29) at 2:00.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (silent 1927)

F.W. Murnau came to Hollywood from Germany at the invitation of William Fox in 1926 and directed this expressionist masterwork, one of the first Hollywood films released with a synchronized music and sound effects soundtrack but without dialogue.

The New York Times called Sunrise a masterpiece, and it often appears on lists of the 10 best movies ever made.

Academy Awards for Best Unique and Artistic Production, to Janet Gaynor for Best Actress, and to Charles Rosher and Karl Struss for Best Cinematography.

With George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ralph Sipperly, Jane Winton, Sally Eilers, Gibson Gowland.

Directed by F.W. Murnau. Produced by William Fox. Scenario by Carl Mayer. Photographed by Karl Struss, Charles Rosher. Fox. 94 minutes. Synchronized score by Hugo Risenfeld.

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

First played at the Stanford Theatre on October 21, 1928.

Sunday (November 29) at approximately 3:50.