The Three Stooges® Big Screen Event! – 11/30/19

Three Stooges Big Screen Event!

Fresh Pandemonium for 2019! Three Stooges fans expect to see comedic pandemonium on the big Alex screen, and for the twenty-second edition of The Three Stooges® Big Screen Event! we've dug deep into the vaults to present six shorts that we've never shown before. While not exactly premieres — Pardon My Scotch was first released in 1935 — it's safe to say that this is the first time that this particular lineup has screened theatrically anywhere. So for those of you that make this an annual holiday tradition, you can look forward to not a single repeat at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Saturday, November 30th, with shows at 2:00 and 8:00 PM. As always, the shows are presented in association with C3 Entertainment. The program will include gorgeous 35mm prints of classic Stooges shorts, courtesy of Sony Pictures. Pardon My Scotch (1935) Directed by Del Lord. With Nat Carr, Al Thompson, Symona Boniface and Billy Gilbert. The Boys mix up a concoction they pass off as Scotch to a liquor salesman who then wants to pass off the Stooges as Scotsmen to convince his boss to order the booze… Pardon My Scotch So Long Mr. Chumps (1941) Directed by Jules White. With Dorothy Appleby, John Tyrrell, Eddie Laughton and Vernon Dent. The boys are street sweepers who find an envelope full of valuable oil stocks which they return to the owner who asks them to search for an honest man to manage the funds. The Boys are having a hard time finding a virtuous man until they hatch a plan to break

Classic Universal Studios Horror Double Feature for Halloween – 10/27/19

The Old Dark House / The Raven

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM Universal Studios was the undisputed master of horror and the macabre during the 1930s and 40s. The Alex Film Society celebrates the Halloween season with a pair films featuring two of the studio's most popular stars. The Raven (1935) teams Boris Karloff with his frequent onscreen nemesis, Bela Lugosi. The picture highlights Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem and features Lugosi as a Poe-obsessed mad surgeon who just happens to have a torture chamber in his basement. Karloff is a fugitive murderer on the lam who falls victim to Lugosi’s mad schemes. Both actors were at the height of their fame, making this fast paced thriller one of Universal’s best offerings. Universal is providing an excellent 35mm print for the occasion. (Running time: 61 mins.) The Old Dark House (1932) was assumed to be a lost classic until a film negative was discovered in the Universal vaults in 1968. It has since assumed cult-like status among fans of director James Whale, who helmed Frankenstein (1931), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Whale packed his offbeat take on horror with star talent including Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart and of course Karloff. The film is now considered to be the inspiration for many notable haunted house movies that have followed, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Director Joe Dante (Gremlins) names The Old Dark House as one of his Five Favorite Horror Films. AFS will be screening a glorious new 4K digital restoration courtesy of the Cohen Media Group. (Running time: 72 mins.) Live

Thanks for the Memories! – 7/13/19

Thanks for the Memories!

Presented by THE ALEX FILM SOCIETY and THE GLENDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY in association with GLENDALE ARTS SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019 Doors at 6:30 P.M. A SPECIAL EVENT FUNDRAISER to benefit AFS and TGHS, their programs and outreach. The Alex Film Society, The Glendale Historical Society, and Glendale Arts join forces to celebrate the Jewel City's unique contribution to Hollywood, its studios, and the stars that called Glendale their home, featuring vintage film clips, newsreels, silent film classics, comedy shorts, and classic cartoons. Hosted by radio personality, actor, and humorist Adam Felber, the show will also screen Chuck Workman's Oscar®-winning salute to the movies, feature special guests, and highlight the many movie theatres on Brand Boulevard during its heyday. Celebrating Film, People, and Glendale History Line Up Cocktail Hour: The irresistible Kenton Youngstrom Trio plays the Great American Songbook Laurel and Hardy's Academy Award® nominated comedy short, Tit for Tat (1935) Don Donald (1937) starring the dashing Donald Duck Precious Images: Chuck Workman's Oscar® -winning salute to the movies The Silent Spot: The great stars, the thrills, the laughter and the heartbreak of Hollywood's silent era. Film accompanist, Cliff Retallick, demonstrates the musical cues that thrilled audiences before sound was invented. Relive the best moments from Valentino's The Son of the Sheik (1926), Fairbank's Robin Hood (1922) and Clara Bow in Wings (1927). The Sound Era: Vintage newsreels, travelogues, a visit with the stars "at home", and short subjects that provide a backdrop for Glendale-centric history and personalities: Marion "Duke" Morrison, the Glendale High grad who found fame as John Wayne, and Clarence "Ducky" Nash, who immortalized the voice

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – 4/25/19

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Screening Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was released in 1975 to critical and popular acclaim. It garnered the top five Academy Awards®: Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. Only two other films have accomplished that: It Happened One Night (1934) and Silence of the Lambs (1991). The story of a "free spirit" clashing with a "control freak" is a classic sixties theme of man against the system. Ken Kesey, author of the 1962 best-selling novel, became the godfather of the hippie movement after he and his Merry Pranksters were profiled in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. That non-fiction book chronicles a group of hippies as they follow The Grateful Dead around, spiking Kool-Aid with LSD and serving it to concert-goers. Kesey wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest while working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Menlo Park, California. "Yes, McMurphy is fictional," Kesey said, speaking of the novels protoganist, "inspired by the tragic longing of the real men I worked with on the ward, the sketches of whom, both visual and verbal, came more easily to my hand than anything before or since, and those sketches gradually enclosed for me the outline of the hero they wanted. And yes, I did write the book both on the ward and on drugs, double checking my material so to speak." Director Milos Forman (Ragtime, Amadeus), said that he directed the film in a naturalistic style. "I was fascinated just to see real faces

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