Friday through Sunday

Topper (1937)

A stuffy banker is haunted by the jovial ghosts of his recently deceased clients (Cary Grant and Constance Bennett).

“Much fun; a sophisticated fantasy ... they return as elegant ectoplasmic pranksters and drive banker Cosmo Topper to happy distraction…. For those who don’t know why Constance Bennett was a big movie star, her provocative, teasing Marion Kirby should provide the answer.” — Pauline Kael.

With Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Eugene Pallette, Arthur Lake, Hedda Hopper.

Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Produced by Hal Roach. Screenplay by Jack Jevne, Eric Hatch, Eddie Moran, from the novel The Jovial Ghosts by Thorne Smith. Photographed by Norbert Brodine. Music by Edward B. Powell. MGM. 96 minutes.

Friday through Sunday (April 17-19) at 7:30, plus 4:00 weekend matinee.

 

Madame Butterfly (1932)

The story of the famous opera, with Puccini’s music as background but no arias. Cho-Cho-San (Sylvia Sydney), destined for the life of a Geisha, meets American officer Pinkerton (Cary Grant), who “marries” her for his convenience. He returns to America and a new wife, while Cho-Cho-San waits faithfully for three years with their child.

With Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles, Irving Pichel, Helen Jerome Eddy, Edmund Breese, Louise Carter, Sandor Kallay, Judith Voselli, Sheila Terry, Dorothy Libaire, Berton Churchill, Philip Horomato.

Directed by Marion Gering. Written by Josephine Lovett and Joseph Moncure March, from the novel by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco. Photographed by David Abel. Music from the opera by Giacomo Puccini. Paramount. 86 minutes.

Friday through Sunday (April 17-19) at 5:50 and 9:20.

 

Wednesday and Thursday

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

A pair of jewel thieves (Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall) insinuate themselves into the household of wealthy Kay Francis.

This was Lubitsch’s own favorite among all his films.

“The masterpiece of American sophisticated cinema.” —Leslie Halliwell.

“A working definition of the term sophisticated comedy.” —Leonard Maltin.

With Herbert Marshall, Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Edward Everett Horton, Charles Ruggles, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Greig, Leonid Kinskey.

Directed and produced by Ernst Lubitsch. Written by Samson Raphaelson, Grover Jones. Photographed by Victor Milner. Music by W. Franke Harling. Paramount. 86 minutes.

Wednesday and Thursday (April 22-23) at 7:30.

 

We Live Again (1934)

A Russian prince’s romance with a peasant girl has tragic results in this film version of Tolstoy’s Resurrection.

With Fredric March, Anna Sten, Jane Baxter, C. Aubrey Smith, Ethel Griffies, Jessie Ralph, Sam Jaffe.

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Screenplay by Preston Sturges, Maxwell Anderson, Leonard Praskins, from the novel Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy. Photographed by Gregg Toland. Goldwyn. 85 minutes.

Wednesday and Thursday (April 22-23) at 5:55 and 9:05.