Films: Old, Classic & Unknown on Saturdays

is the local classics film society which exhibits on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month* at 

2648 North Hackett Avenue 

starting at 7:00 p.m.



September 12, 2015



When classic British films are discussed the famous Ealing Comedies are sure to get mentioned. These delightfully quirky glimpses of British foibles and genial defiance were a mainstay in cinemas during the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The first Ealing comedy that took the world byu storm was PASSPORT TO PIMLICO in 1949.  The screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke tells the story of how a previously unexploded bomb in the London suburb of Pimlico reveals a hidden underground cavern and in that cavern are ancient documents - still legally binding - that this parcel of land actually belongs to Burgundy.  When the Pimlico locals defy Whitehall and assume their new nationality as Frenchmen all hell breaks loose.


This brilliant and riotous farce is graced with a superb cast: Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, Raymond Huntley and Barbara Murray.  Don't miss this little gem.
Original Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.  Music by Georges Auric.  Produced by Michael Balcon. Directed by Henry Cornelius.


September 26, 2015


Calling Philo Vance!  The great film historian William K Everson calls this film one of the very best detective thrillers in all cinema.  How did a man in a locked room with no access get murdered? Suave detective Philo Vance, beautifully played by William Powell, has to find out.  A whodunit that will leave you wondering how it was done - until Vance shows us how.
Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette and Etienne Giradot provide sterling support.

Screenplay by Robert Lee, Peter Milne and Robert Presnell, Sr, from the novel by S.S. Van Dine. Directed by Michael Curtiz.




October 10, 2015
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Kenosha born Orson Welles, The FOCUS Film Society presents Welles' last important film, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT, his take on Shakespeare's Falstaff stories.  Plagued by money problems and filming logistics in Spain Welles nevertheless created something extraordinary and, we might add, entertaining.  Supporting Welles are such artists as Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, Fernando Rey and Sir John Gielgud.  Great visuals, beautifully-spoken dialog and an exciting battle scene (filmed on a shoestring though you wouldn't know it) highlight this forgotten masterpiece. 

Screenplay and Direction by Orson Welles.  Music by Angelo Lavagnino.  Photographed by Edmund Richard.




" ... classic American films

distinguished foreign films,

films you've missed,

films you want to see again,

and films

you may never have had the opportunity to see."



The role of a film society has several elements:

to offer a large part of the literature of film;

to provide a venue for film study and discussion;

to educate; 

to revive well-known but little-seen classics;

to provide some historical background related to motion pictures;

to introduce a new audience to films that are little-known to most followers of films;


July 22, 2015