This year’s CAPA Summer Movie Series runs from June 15 – August 12. Here is part of what will be playing in July:
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), showing June 30 and July 1, not rated (predates modern rating system): Few people are aware that much of James Cagney’s early stage career, and to a lesser extent his early small film roles as well, were mostly in musicals. By the mid-1930s, however, he had graduated into major dramatic film roles, most famously in gangster films.
His old skills came roaring back, however, when Cagney played the lead in Yankee Doodle Dandy, a 1942 film biopic of George M. Cohen, then a famous Broadway writer/producer. While in hindsight, the plot of Dandy appears typical of such films of the period, the film did win three Academy Awards, including best actor for Cagney.
Adam’s Rib (1949), showing July 5 only, not rated (predates modern rating system): A film from back when romantic-comedies were made for full-blown adults, not just for twenty-somethings. Sparks fly when Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, in what is widely considered the best of their nine pairings, are husband and wife lawyers who find themselves on opposite sides of the same case.
Fright Nite Friday with Fritz! double feature event, showing July 6 only, both films are not rated and both predate the modern rating system: Once upon a time, when such things were still common on television, Fritz the Nite Owl hosted Nite Owl Theater, an Emmy winning local late night movie show on WBNS-TV 10 of Columbus, OH. Later he hosted Nite Owl Jazz: What’s New in Jazz for the 21st Century for many years on radio stations WJZA 103.5 and WJZK 104.3, also of Columbus. Now he’s back doing what he does best – he’s recording new Nite Owl Theater episodes! You can catch these monthly at the Studio 35 movie theater, or watch the most recent episode as streaming video at http://niteowltheatre.com. Or you can catch him at the Ohio theater when he introduces CAPA Summer Movie Series’ Dracula’s Daughter (1936) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) double feature live!
These two films are from the Universal Monsters versions of the characters. In Dracula’s Daughter, the direct sequel to the original Bela Lugosi vehicle, the great Count is dead. But then who is the mysterious woman seen taking victims that are later found dead and drained of blood? In Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Larry Talbot, the man famously cursed with Werewolf-ism, tries to use Dr. Frankenstein’s now abandoned technology to free himself from the curse.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), showing July 7 and July 8, not rated (predates modern rating system): In this contemporary romance, Audrey Hepburn stars as naïve society girl Holly Golightly and George Pappard is Paul Varjak, a new neighbor who Golightly gets involved with. This film is primarily known for three things – Hepburn’s performance as the lead; Hepburn’s ‘little black dress’ fashion statement; and the hit song ‘Moon River’.
High Anxiety (1977), showing July 11 only, rated PG: Generally considered one of Mel Brooks’ less successful parodies. In this send up of everything Alfred Hitchcock, Dr. Richard H Thorndyke, new director of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, is subject to a series of increasing mysteriously and bizarre happenings which threaten to drive him batty.