Every other Wednesday
Doors open @ 6:30
Movie begins at 7:30 p.m.
$7/Adults, $5/Seniors & Students, Free/museum member.
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Milwaukee film historian Dale Kuntz presents selections from his rare collection of classic films from the 30s and 40's. Films are shown on 16mm, reel-to-reel film. Most of these cinematic treasures are not available on DVD so don't miss this opportunity to see these films in their original glory on the big screen. Prior to each screening, Dale fascinates the audience with his knowledge of film history, giving the inside scoop on each film, including bizarre details about the stars and clues to help the audience spot little oddities that ended up in the film instead of on the cutting room floor.
Classic Comedy Films
Charles Allis Art Museum – and Dale – are taking on a lot, when we call these Comedy Films classic! For... comedy is the most personal of all film genres! What one person think sis funny – the other thinks it is stupid. So, we hope that you find all of these films funny – or at least some “tickle your funny bone.” Comedy is so broad. It goes from slapstick (The Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin) to visual (Jack Benney, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby) to sophisticated (Claudette Colbert, William Powell) to just being funny. Comedy has always been a major part of motion picture history. From the early silents with super stars like Chaplin, Buster Keaton to Harold Lloyd. When “talkies” came in – a whole new vista of comedy opened up. First, there were the famous stand-up comedians from Broadway who brought their talents to the silver screen. Then Al Jolson added music and musical comedies became all the rage. Even many of the serious musical films added comedy/comedians to the plot. In the 1930’s, came the “screwball” comedies. Was there ever anyone better than Irene Dunne? Especially when she was paired with Cary Grant! In the 40’s-50’s, comedy became more sophisticated – and we lost a little bit of the fun. Whatever the choice, here are some we hope you will enjoy!
Wednesday, October 5
1941/ 88 mins
Jack Benny, Kay Francis, Anne Baxter, Edmund Gwenn
The Road to Rio
Wednesday, October 19
Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorthy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard
A Letter to Three Wives
Wednesday, November 2
Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas and Thelma Ritter
Classic Comedy Clips
Wednesday, November 16
William Bowell, The Marx Brothers, Gracie Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Tracy and Hepburn, Marie Dressler
I'll Be Seeing You
Wednesday, December 7
1944/ 85 mins
Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotton, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington
from The Road to Rio