Thursday and Friday

The Big Broadcast (1932)

First played at the Stanford Theatre on November 6-7, 1932.

Adventures at a beleaguered radio station provide an excuse for all the top radio stars of the day to appear in this lively and amusing film.

With Stuart Erwin, Bing Crosby, Leila Hyams, Sharon Lynne, George Burns, Gracie Allen, George Barbier, Ralph Robertson, Spec O’Donnell, Kate Smith, Boswell Sisters, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Mills Brothers, Arthur Tracy.

Directed by Frank Tuttle. Written by George Marion, Jr., based on the play Wild Waves by William Ford Manley. Photographed by George Folsey. Paramount. 80 minutes.

Plays Thursday and Friday (March 22-23) at 7:30.

Too Much Harmony (1933)

First played at the Stanford Theatre on October 15-16, 1933.

Another backstage musical. Crooner Bing falls for a good girl, but can’t escape the clutches of the bad girl.

With Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Richard ‘Skeets’ Gallagher, Harry Green, Judith Allen, Lilyan Tashman, Ned Sparks.

Directed by Edward Sutherland. Written by Harry Ruskin, Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Songs by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow. Photographed by Theodor Sparkuhl. Paramount. 75 minutes.

Plays Thursday and Friday (March 22-23) at 6:05 and 9:00.


Saturday and Sunday

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

First played at the Stanford Theatre on December 3, 1932 (with vaudeville program).

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 Kinsky.

Directed and produced by Ernst Lubitsch. Written by Samson Raphaelson and Grover Jones. Photographed by Victor Milner. Music by W. Franke Harling. Paramount. 86 minutes.

Plays Saturday and Sunday (March 24-25) at 4:10 and 7:30.

Tabu: A Tale of the South Seas (1931, silent with soundtrack)

First played at the Stanford Theatre on September 1-2, 1931.

On Bora Bora, a pair of star-crossed lovers have their plans disturbed when the local religious leader announces that the girl has been chosen as successor to the island’s sacred virgin.

The film was shot with an all native Polynesian cast on Bora Bora and Takapota islands in Tahiti. Visually, Tabu offers a uniquely intense poetic experience.

This silent film was released during the sound period, so we are showing it with its original musical sound track (no live organ).

With Matahi, Reri (Anna Chevalier), Hitu, Jean, Jules, Kong Ah.

Directed by F.W. Murnau. Written by Murnau and Roberty J. Flaherty. Photographed by Floyd Crosby. Paramount. 81 minutes.

Plays Saturday and Sunday (March 24-25) at 5:55 and 9:15.