Thursday and Friday

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.

Plays Thursday and Friday (February 23-24) at 7:30.

One Hour with You (1932)

In this sparkling Lubitsch musical, Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald are happily married until the arrival of her best friend.

Halliwell includes this among his hundred favorite films and terms it “unique entertainment of a kind which is, alas, no more.”

With Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin, Roland Young, Charlie Ruggles, George Barbier.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch and George Cukor. Produced by Ernst Lubitsch. Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson. From the play Only a Dream by Lothar Schmidt. Photographed by Victor Milner. Music by Oscar Straus, Richard Whiting, lyrics by Leo Robin. Paramount. 84 minutes.

Plays Thursday and Friday (February 23-24) at 6:00 and 9:05.

 

Saturday and Sunday

Murder She Said (1961)

Margaret Rutherford plays Agatha Christie’s beloved sleuth Miss Marple, who sees a murder in a passing train. She reports it to the police, but when there is no body to be found they send her on her way. Miss Marple is not the sort to be dissuaded, and decides to solve the mystery herself.

With Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice, Thorley Walters, Charles Tingwell, Conrad Phillips, Ronald Howard, Joan Hickson.

Directed by George Pollock. Produced by George H. Brown. Screenplay by David Pursall and Jack Seddon, based on the novel 4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie. Photographed by Geoffrey Faithfull. Music by Ron Goodwin. MGM. 87 minutes.

Plays Saturday and Sunday (February 25-26) at 4:10 and 7:30.

The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)

One of the gems of British comedy.

The students of St. Trinian’s School for Young Ladies have a well-earned reputation for their rowdy behavior, and their instructors are not your average schoolteachers. Alastair Sim plays the seemingly proper headmistress (he plays her ne’er-to-well brother as well.) What goes on at St. Trinian’s? Gambling, money laundering, bootlegging… As Miss Fritton says "In other schools girls are sent out quite unprepared into a merciless world, but when our girls leave here, it is the merciless world which has to be prepared."

With Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley, Betty Ann Davies, Renee Houston, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl, Mary Merrall, Joan Sims, Jane Henderson, Diana Day, Jill Braidwood, Annabelle Covey.

Directed by Frank Launder. Produced by Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder. Screenplay by Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Val Valentine, inspired by the drawings of Ronald Searle. Photographed by Stanley Pavey. Music by Malcolm Arnold. London Films. 91 minutes.

Plays Saturday and Sunday (February 25-16) at 5:50 and 9:10.