Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Frida Logo Primary Orange
His Girl Friday

Classic Movie Nights – 2023 – 2024

Have this article read to you, listen to it like a podcast

Come on out for Classic Movie Nights, happening once a month! Featuring five old favorites, this series highlights Universal horror classics, gritty film noirs, and screwball romantic comedies that encapsulate the timeless style of classic Hollywood. If that wasn’t exciting enough, each screening will be preceded by a thirty-minute lecture by screenwriter, researcher, and television professional Theo Siegel about the film. Grab your tickets today and get ready to relive the Golden Age of Hollywood on the big screen!

Touch of Evil – Sep 13
Directed by Orson Welles | 1958

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan (Welles). When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies (Joseph Calleia), are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie (Janet Leigh), in jeopardy.

Frankenstein + Bride of Frankenstein – Oct 11
Directed by James Whale | 1931 & 1935

Frankenstein: Obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz (John Boles), Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster (Boris Karloff), but it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

Bride of Frankenstein: After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control.

Rear Window – Nov 8
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 1954

Confined to a wheelchair after an accident, L. B. “Jeff” Jefferies (James Stewart) spends his time watching the occupants of neighbouring apartments through a telephoto lens and binoculars and. Becoming convinced that a murder has taken place in the apartment across from him, he enlists his girlfriend Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) to help him uncover the disturbing secrets hidden just down the block.

His Girl Friday – Dec 13
Directed by Howard Hawks | 1940

Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is an irresistibly conniving newspaper publisher desperate to woo back his paper’s star reporter, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) who also happens to be his estranged wife. She’s threatening to quit and settle down with a new beau, but, as Walter knows, she has a weakness: she can’t resist a juicy scoop.

Double Indemnity – Jan 10
Directed by Billy Wilder | 1940

A rich woman (Barbara Stanwyck) and a calculating insurance agent (Fred MacMurray) plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.

The Birds – Feb 28
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 1963

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

The Lady Eve – Mar 13
Directed by Preston Sturges | 1941

It’s no accident when wealthy Charles (Henry Fonda) falls for Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles’ fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles’ life. With love and payback on her mind, she re-introduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.

12 Angry Men – Apr 10
Directed by Sidney Lumet | 1957

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

Chinatown – May 22
Directed by Roman Polanski | 1974

Private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Some Like It Hot – Jun 19
Directed by Billy Wilder | 1959

Two musicians (Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon) witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl band as they leave on a tour. To make their getaway they must first disguise themselves as women, then keep their identities secret and deal with the problems this brings – such as an attractive bandmate (Marilyn Monroe) and a very determined suitor (Joe E. Brown).

Strangers on a Train – Jul 24
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 1951

Two strangers meet on a train. They’ve never met before. Both of whom have someone they’d like to murder. So, they swap murders. A psychopath (Robert Walker) shares this concept with tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger), whose wife refuses to get a divorce. He agrees, thinking it is a joke. But now his wife is dead, Haines finds himself a prime suspect and the man wants Guy to kill his father.

Roman Holiday – Aug 21
Directed by William Wyler | 1953

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann’s regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

More to explore