Friday through Sunday
David O. Selznick brought Hitchcock to Hollywood under contract to make four pictures. Both men were already masters of their trade, but their collaboration yielded this extraordinary film, which combines the distinct genius of both.
"A gorgeous Gothic woman's picture.” David Thomson.
With Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, Philip Winter, Edward Fielding, Florence Bates, Melville Cooper, Leo G. Carroll, Forrester Harvey, Lumsden Hare, Leonard Carey.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by David O. Selznick. Written by Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Photographed by George Barnes. Music by Franz Waxman. Selznick International. 130 minutes.
Plays Friday through Sunday (March 22-24) at 7:30, plus 3:20 matinee on Sat/Sun.
A woman suspects that her charming husband (Cary Grant) is plotting to kill her.
With Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame May Whitty, Isabel Jeans, Heather Angel, Auriol Lee, Reginald Sheffield, Leo G. Carroll.
Directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison, Alma Reville, based on the novel Before the Fact by Frances Iles. Photographed by Harry Stradling. Music by Franz Waxman. RKO. 99 minutes.
Plays Friday through Sunday (March 22-24) at 5:40 and 9:50.
Wednesday and Thursday
Secret Agent (1936)
A British agent is sent to Switzerland to eliminate a spy. Unfortunately, the identity of the spy is unknown, and any error might mean assassinating an innocent person.
With Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Robert Young, Percy Marmont, Florence Kahn, Lilli Palmer, Charles Carson.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by Michael Balcon. Written by Charles Bennett, Ian Hay, Jesse Lasky, Jr., Alma Reville, based on the play by Campbell Dixon, from the book Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham. Photographed by Bernard Knowles. Music by Louis Levy. Gaumont. 83 minutes.
Plays Wednesday and Thursday (March 27-28) at 7:30.
The 39 Steps (1935)
A Canadian vacationing in London becomes a police suspect when a woman is killed in his room. Seeking to prove his innocence, he travels to Scotland and becomes entangled with a spy ring and—even better--Madeleine Carroll.
This film, remarkable for its humor and suspense, captivated audiences everywhere. It even played briefly at the Stanford Theatre (on September 4, 1935).
"Simply one of the best films of its genre.” Baseline Movie Guide.
With Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Wylie Watson, Frank Cellier, Peggy Simpson.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by Michael Balcon. Written by Charles Bennett, Alma Reville, Ian Hay, based on the novel by John Buchan. Photographed by Bernard Knowles. Music by Louis Levy. Gaumont. 85 minutes.
Plays Wednesday and Thursday (March 27-28) at 5:55 and 9:10.