Tuesday through Thursday

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

An Englishman on vacation helps defeat a rebel plot by agreeing to impersonate the kidnapped king, who is his exact double.

“Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. … as Rupert of Hentzau is delicious and one of the most appealing villains in screen history.” David Thomson.

With Ronald Colman, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Madeleine Carroll, David Niven, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith, Byron Foulger, Montagu Love.

Directed by John Cromwell. Produced by David O. Selznick. Screenplay by John Balderston, Wills Root, Donald Ogden Stewart, from the novel by Anthony Hope. Photographed by James Wong Howe. Music by Alfred Newman. Selznick International Pictures. 101 minutes.

Plays Tuesday through Thursday (August 14-16) at 7:30.

If I Were King (1938)

Preston Sturges wrote the screenplay for this non-musical version of The Vagabond King, with Colman as the poet François Villon. Basil Rathbone is outstanding as the reptilian King Louis XI.

With Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee, Ellen Drew, C.V. France, Heather Thatcher, Henry Wilcoxon, Sidney Toler.

Directed by Frank Lloyd. Screenplay by Preston Sturges. Photographed by Theodor Sparkuhl. Music by Richard Hageman. Paramount. 101 minutes.

Plays Tuesday through Thursday (August 14-16) at 5:35 and 9:25.

 

Friday through Sunday

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) has one last mission to perform before returning to civilian life.

Many consider this the most beautifully photographed Western ever made. We are showing a gorgeous color print from the UCLA Film Archive.

With John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, George O’Brien, Arthur Shields.

Directed by John Ford. Written by Frank Nugent and Laurence Stallings, from a story by James Warner Bellah. Photographed by Winton C. Hoch. Music by Richard Hageman. RKO/ Argosy. 103 minutes.

Plays Friday through Sunday (August 17-19) at 7:30, with additional weekend matinee at 3:15.

The Quiet Man (1952)

John Wayne plays a retired American prizefighter who returns to his ancestral Ireland, falls in love with a proud and beautiful local girl, and gets involved in a dispute about the dowry with her violent brother.

The portrayal of Ireland and its traditions may appear idealized or even stereotyped, but there is no doubt that the film leaves a powerful impressions on viewers.

Much of The Quiet Man was shot on location in Connemara, Ireland, where director John Ford was surrounded by family and old friends. It gave Wayne a rare opportunity to demonstrate his often underestimated range as an actor.

With John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick, Francis Ford, Arthur Shields, Eileen Crowe, Sean McClory.

Directed by John Ford. Written by Frank S. Nugent, from a story by Maurice Walsh. Photographed by Winton C. Hoch and Archie Stout. Music by Victor Young. Republic/Argosy. 129 minutes.

Plays Friday through Sunday (August 17-19) at 5:10 and 9:25.