Wednesday through Friday

The Cat and the Canary (1939)

When the heirs to a spooky Bayou mansion gather for a midnight willreading, it’s up to Bob Hope to protect heiress Paulette Goddard from the sinister goings-on.

With Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Gale Sondergaard, Douglass Montgomery, John Beal, George Zucco, Nydia Westman, Elizabeth Patterson, John Wray.

Directed by Walter de Leon. Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr. Written by Walter de Leon, Lynn Starling. Photographed by Charles Lang. Music by Ernst Toch. Paramount. 72 minutes.

Wednesday through Friday (August 24-26) at 7:30.

The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Bob Hope inadvertently stows away on an ocean liner where he meets an heiress on her way to take possession of her family’s haunted ancestral castle.

This comic haunted house thriller is a worthy sequel to Bob and Paulette Goddard’s big hit of 1939, The Cat and the Canary.

With Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas, Willie Best, Pedro De Cordoba, Virginia Brissac, Noble Johnson, Anthony Quinn, Tom Dugan, Lloyd Corrigan, Paul Fix.

Directed by George Marshall. Produced by Arthur Hornblow, Jr. Written by Walter DeLeon, based on the play The Ghost Breaker by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard. Photographed by Charles Lang. Music by Ernst Toch. Paramount. 84 minutes.

Wednesday through Friday (August 24-26) at 5:55 and 8:55.

 

Saturday through Tuesday

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

The society marriage of Tracy Samantha Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven ended in divorce, and Tracy is about to marry “man of the people” George Kittridge when Spy Magazine sends a couple of reporters to cover the wedding.

One of the most golden treasures of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

With Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, Roland Young, John Halliday, Mary Nash, Virginia Weidler, John Howard, Henry Daniell.

Directed by George Cukor. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Written by Donald Ogden Stewart, from the play by Philip Barry. Photographed by Joseph Ruttenberg. Music by Franz Waxman. MGM. 112 minutes.

Saturday through Tuesday (August 27-30) at 7:30, plus 3:45 matinee on Sat/Sun.

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

In one of the best screwball comedies ever made, Claudette Colbert abandons husband Joel McCrea and heads for a Palm Beach divorce.

Rudy Vallee was a surprise sensation as the timid millionaire Hackensacker.

“This is a very funny film. The dialogue sparkles … The train journey south is an opportunity to introduce the Ale and Quail Club, the best-ever excuse for his team of supporting players.” David Thomson.

With Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee, Sig Arno, Robert Warwick, Arthur Stuart Hull, Torben Meyer, Jimmy Conlin, Victor Potel, William Demarest, Jack Norton, Chester Conklin, Robert Dudley, Franklin Pangborn.

Directed and written by Preston Sturges. Produced by B.G. DeSylva. Photographed by Victor Milner. Music by Victor Young. Paramount. 88 minutes.

Saturday through Tuesday (August 27-30) at 5:50 and 9:35.