Library Programs: Jack Favorite presents...
First Mondays in the Moorestown Library Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m.
England, 1955, 91 minutes
Directed by Peter Glenville. With Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, and Wilfred Lawson. Riveting account of a Catholic cardinal undergoing a grueling interrogation in an iron curtain country. Superb performances highlight this unforgettable film.
U.S., 1937, 132 minutes
Directed by Frank Capra. With Ronald Coleman, Jane Wyatt, Thomas Mitchell, Sam Jaffe, and H.B. Warner. James Hilton's classic novel about Shang ri-La, a strange land where health, peace, and longevity reign is a rare, haunting film experience and a warm memory of the glory of Hollywood in the 1930s.
U.S., 1956, color, 105 minutes
Directed by Anatole Litvak. With Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, and Helen Hayes. Exceptional film about an amnesiac refugee who is selected by an opportunist to impersonate the surviving daughter of Russia's last czar. Bergman won the Best Actress Oscar for her inspired performance.
Samson and Delilah
U.S., 1949, technicolor, 128 minutes
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. With Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, and Angela Lansbury. Epic rendering of the Old Testament tale results in a tremendously entertaining film. One of DeMille's best biblical adaptations.
Adventures of Robin Hood
U.S., 1938, technicolor, 106 minutes
Directed by William Keighley and Michael Curtiz. With Errol Flynn, Olivia de Haviland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude Rains. The film that epitomized Warner Brothers' supremacy in the production of rousing, elaborately staged, immaculately costumed adventure films. Flynn, at his peak, is the very image of Robin Hood.
The admirable Crichton
U.S., 1938, technicolor, 106 minutes
Directed by Lewis Gilbert. With Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Cecil Parker, and Sally Ann Howes. Based on a play by J.M. Barrie, this film is a delightful and devilishly clever exploration of class distinction and its effect on love and social order.
On the Avenue
U.S., 1937, 89 minutes
Directed by Roy Del Ruth. With Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye, Alan Mowbray, and the Ritz Bros. Tuneful, intelligent musical of a socialite getting involved with a stage star and featuring one good Irving Berlin song after another.
Heaven can wait
U.S., 1943, technicolor, 113 minutes
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. With Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, and Charles Coburn. Upon arriving in Hades, an elderly playboy describes his exploits to the Devil and asks permission to remain. A delightful panorama of turn-of-the-century American manners and morals.
U.S., 1939, 103 minutes
Directed by William Wyler. With Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, and David Niven. Stirring adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel about a doomed love in pre-Victorian England is illuminated by sensitive direction and sweeping performances.
The picture of Dorian Gray
U.S., 1945, 111 minutes
Directed by Albert Lewin. With Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, George Sanders, and Angela Lansbury. Compelling adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel about a Victorian gentleman whose portrait shows his years and wear-and-tear, while he remains eternally young. A stylish, moody, and elegant work.
The Santa Fe Trail
U.S., 1940, 110 minutes
Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Errol Flynn, Olivia de Haviland, Ronald Reagan, Raymond Massey, Van Heflin, Alan Hale, and Ward Bond. Lavish, spectacular pre-Civil War historical drama centered around John Brown's activities and the Abolitionist movement.
Going my way
U.S., 1944, 126 minutes
Directed by Leo McCarey. With Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens, and Frank McHugh. This heartwarming, sentimental story of a down-to-earth priest winning over his aging superior won five Academy Awards including Best Picture.