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Cat People (1944) / I Walked with a Zombie (1943) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>


Creature Double Feature!

Cat People (1944)
Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon), a fashion designer in New York City who hails from Serbia, begins a romance with marine engineer Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). After the couple is wed, Oliver becomes concerned about Irena's notion that she is cursed and may transform into a large cat in the heat of passion. Airing his marital concerns to his assistant, Oliver unpurposefully triggers Irena's curse, and their relationship starts getting hairy.

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Canadian nurse Betsy Connell (Frances Dee) is hired to care for Jessica Holland (Christine Gordon), a woman on a Caribbean sugar plantation, who has a bizarre condition. The mysterious affliction baffles Betsy, but Betsy isn’t unsure about falling in love with Jessica's husband, Paul (Tom Conway). She makes good on that affection by moving heaven and earth to cure his wife; however, her quest rings more hellish as Betsy is drawn into the local zombie world and begins to uncover island secrets.

Free for ND, SMC and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.
Wed 10/25/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>
 

A giant commercial success that netted nine Academy Awards, this epic addressed veterans’ difficulties reentering civilian life just three years after World War II ended. Fred (Dana Andrews), Al (Fredric March), and Homer (Harold Russell) return home to the U.S.A. after serving abroad. Although a war hero, Fred is unable to compete with more highly skilled workers and has to return to his low-wage soda jerk job. Bank executive Al tries to assist veterans with favorable loans but faces pushback for his efforts. After losing both hands in the war, Homer returns to his loving fiancée but struggles to adjust. Particularly noteworthy is Harold Rusell’s performance, as he lost both hands while working as an Army instructor prior to the role and remains the only person to have won two Oscars for the same performance.

Free for ND, SMC, and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

Wed 11/1/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


Stromboli (1950) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>
 

Ingrid Bergman wrote to Roberto Rossellini, letting him know she admired his films and hoped to work with him. Soon, they created a production company together, found funding for Stromboli through Howard Hughes at RKO, and ultimately were married. Lithuanian Karin (Ingrid Bergman) flees her war-ravaged home country and winds up in Italy where she's sent to an internment camp. There, she meets Antonio (Mario Vitale), a POW who's just been freed. They enjoy a brief romance, punctuated by Antonio's marriage proposal, and Karin, seeing her chance to escape the camp, accepts. But Antonio takes her back to Stromboli, the volcanic island he lives on, and Karin struggles with a language barrier, brutal living conditions, and her outsider status.

Free for ND, SMC, and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

Wed 11/8/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


The Thing from Another World (1951) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>
 

This beloved science-fiction film of the 1950s has Cold War panic all over it, influencing generations of B-movies. Some might recognize it as sharing the same source material as John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982 (and the remake of that in 2011). When scientist Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) reports a UFO near his North Pole research base, the Air Force sends in a team under Capt. Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) to investigate. What they find is a wrecked spaceship and a humanoid creature frozen in the ice. They bring their discovery back to the base, but Carrington and Hendry disagree over what to do with it. Meanwhile, the creature is accidentally thawed and begins wreaking havoc.

Free for ND, SMC, and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

Wed 11/15/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) <h4>RKO Classics</h4>
 

Kennedy Center Honoree and national treasure Dolly Parton stars in this Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the Broadway musical. Miss Mona (Ms. Parton) runs the Chicken Ranch, a brothel with a long and rambunctious history in little old Gilbert, Texas. The locals have a perfectly fine relationship with the institution, and Mona is well respected in the community. Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (Burt Reynolds) also looks out for the Chicken Ranch due to his past with Miss Mona. When the pious reporter Melvin Thorpe (Dom DeLuise) exposes the brothel it becomes a political lightning rod. As outside interests light their torches, the governor (Charles Durning) finds himself in a sticky situation as Miss Mona hopes he can keep affairs fine and dandy at the Chicken Ranch.

Free for ND, SMC and HC students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.

Wed 11/29/17 8:00PM Browning Cinema