Acadia Parish Library announces 'Monday Night at the Movies' lineup

CROWLEY - There must have been something in the water in Hollywood in 1939 because many of the great movies of that year are among the most enduring classics in film history.

Dr. Richard Bier has chosen five classic movies from 1939 for the Acadia Parish Library’s Monday Night at the Movies Summer Movie Series.

• July 29: “Ninotchka,” 110 minutes, black and white. Greta Garbo laughs in this charming romantic comedy which is director Ernst Lubitsch’s witty, sophisticated take on a capitalist guy romancing a communist gal in Paris. The legendary Garbo is gorgeous and delightfully funny as a chilly, tough-minded Russian spy seduced by Melvyn Douglas.

• August 5: “Of Mice and Men,” 107 minutes, black and white. A mentally retarded young man (Lon Chaney Jr.) and his level-headed guardian (Burgess Meredith) find work at a sadistic cowboy’s ranch in Depression-era America.

• August 12: “Stagecoach,” 96 minutes, black and white. This classic American western features a young John Wayne as the falsely accused Ringo Kid, Claire Trevor as a lady of the evening and a sterling cast of characters including Andy Devine and Thomas Mitchell riding the stage through dangerous Apache territory. It was the first film that director John Ford shot in Utah’s Monument Valley.

• August 19: “Drums Along the Mohawk,” 130 minutes, color. Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin (Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert) try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the American Revolutionary War begins. This is director John Ford’s first movie in color.

• August 26: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” 125 minutes, black and white. A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down. Directed by Frank Capra, this movie features Jimmy Stewart as the patriotic senator with Jean Arthur as his wise-cracking secretary, and Claude Rains as the veteran politician who has been corrupted by both power and political bosses.

For more information contact the Acadia Parish Public Library at 788-1880.

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