Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Friday, October 4th @ 7:00 PM
Free Admission – Bring your own refreshments.
Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra’s spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don’t advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with smiles on their faces–by serving said bachelors elderberry wine spiked with arsenic. When the sisters’ drama-critic nephew Mortimer (Cary Grant) stumbles onto their secret, he is understandably put out–especially since he has just married the lovely Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane). Given the homicidal tendencies of his aunts, the sinister activities of his escaped-convict older brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) and the disruptive behavior of younger brother Teddy (John Alexander)–who is convinced that he’s really Theodore Roosevelt, and runs around the house yelling “CHAAAAARGGGE”–Mortimer isn’t keen on starting a family with his new bride. “Insanity runs in my family,” he explains. “It practically gallops.” Further complications ensue when the murderous Jonathan Brewster arrives home, with his snivelling accomplice Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre) in tow. When Jonathan learns that his darling aunts have killed twelve men, he is incensed–they’re challenging his own record of murders. Though the movie rights for Arsenic and Old Lace were set up so that the film could not be released until 1944, director Capra shot the film quickly and inexpensively in 1941, so that his family could subsist on his $100,000 salary while he was serving in World War II. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Friday, September 6th @ 7:00 PM
Based on the play by William Inge, the story covers one Labor Day weekend in a small Kansas town, and tells about the impact a virile drifter has on the lives of several women in the town. Starring William Holden and Kim Novak, the film also features Rosalind Russell, Susan Strasburg and Cliff Robertson. According to one reviewer, the movie contains one of the sexiest scenes in all of filmdom. Running time: 115 minutes.
Bring your own refreshments.
The Musical Comedy 1776
Friday, July 12th @ 7:00 PM
1776 is a delightful musical celebration of the founding of The United States of America. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence from Mother England. All events lead up to that most significant date, July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Friday, June 7th @ 7:00 PM
June 6th, 1944 is universally known as D-Day, when the allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from the Nazis. The library would like to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this historic event by showing The Americanization of Emily, a 1964 film starring James Garner and Julie Andrews that takes place in England in the days leading up to and during the invasion. It’s really an anti-war movie masquerading as a war picture. Bring your own snacks and drinks.
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) (Not Rated)
Friday, May 3rd @ 7:00 PM
After the Community Supper from 5 – 7 PM, stay right where you are in the Community Room and we’ll continue our dinner-themed movie series with this classic starring Sydney Poitier and Spencer Tracy in his last film role, and also featuring Katharine Hepburn who won the best actress Oscar for her work in the film.
Julie & Julia (2009) (PG-13) Friday, 3/29 @ 7:00 PM
After the Community Supper from 5 – 7 PM, stay right where you are in the Community Room and we’ll show this entertaining culinary comedy on the big screen.
Decoding the Driftless Sunday, January 20 @ 2 PM
The 2018 movie, Decoding the Driftless will be shown free of charge in the Community Room of the Community Commerce Center at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 20th. There will be a Q & A with one of the producers of the film, George Howe, following the hour-long movie. DVDs will be available for purchase.
Movie Day, Friday, December 21st
We’ll be showing two movies free of charge in the Community Room of the Community Commerce Building (CCC). Snacks will be provided.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) PG-13