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Library to host film series

Dr. Jack Rhodes introduces four classic movies

The Waupaca Area Public Library will resume its series of classic First Thursday Films at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, with a “Three Little Words.”

This 1950 MGM biomusical is about the 1920s songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.

Directed by Richard Thorpe, Fred Astaire plays Kalmar to Red Skelton’s Harry Ruby. Also in the cast are Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl and Debbie Reynolds.

Dr. Jack Rhodes will provide introductory comments for this and all films in the series.

“Three Little Words,” according to Rhodes, “should provide an enjoyable follow-up to the more recent film musicals which the library has been providing in its series this summer.”

All movies begin at 1:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

The October entry is the 1935 Universal horror classic, “Bride Of Frankenstein.”

Directed by James Whale, Rhodes said he chose this film because of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel. This much-admired film will be shown on Oct. 4 and stars Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson and Ernest Thesiger. It was the first movie sequel to the original “Frankenstein,” also directed by James Whale and released in 1931.

“Run Silent, Run Deep” (United Artists, 1958), starring Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable, will be shown on Nov. 1.

This 1958 World War II submarine picture will serve as a salute to area veterans during the month of Veterans Day. The taut underwater drama, directed by Robert Wise, also features strong performances by Jack Warden, Brad Dexter and Don Rickles.

The holiday movie classic, “A Christmas Carol,” will conclude the fall series on Dec. 6.

A 1951 British production that closely parallels the famous Charles Dickens story, it stars Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge in this durable tale about the meaning of Christmas,

Directed by Brian Desmond-Hurst, the film features Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, George Cole and Carol Marsh as a strong supporting cast of British character actors.

Free popcorn, sodas and theater treats will be provided.

For more information on the series, call the library at 715-258-4414.

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