THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
1962, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, George Pal

This family fantasy favorite interweaves a fictional narrative about the storytelling brothers (played by Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm) with a trio of their fairy tales: “The Dancing Princess,” “The Cobbler and the Elves” and “The Singing Bone.” The star-studded cast includes Claire Bloom, Barbara Eden, Jim Backus and Russ Tamblyn (who reprises his TOM THUMB role). Originally presented in Cinerama, this feast for the eyes and ears was an Oscar nominee for Best Cinematography, Music and Art Direction, and a winner for Best Costume Design.


M (1951)
1951, Superior Pictures, 91 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Losey

The American version of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic about a child murderer being simultaneously hunted by the police and the underworld receives renewed impetus in the setting of Bunker Hill locations under the direction of Joe Losey. David Wayne turns in a bravura performance as the killer and is supported by a veritable character actor’s Hall of Fame: Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Norman Lloyd, Walter Burke and Jim Backus. NOT ON DVD!


"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol"
1962, NBC, 52 min,

Join us for a screening of the first animated Christmas special, which premiered on NBC in 1962. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and the voices of Jim Backus, Jack Cassidy, Jane Kean and Morey Amsterdam, this 52-minute adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale - cleverly presented as a play within a play (with the nearsighted Magoo playing Scrooge on Broadway) - paved the way for a slew of animated holiday specials.


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