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1935, 20th Century Fox, 75 min, USA, Dir: Irving Cummings

Elizabeth (Shirley Temple) is a spunky orphan whose talent for singing catches the attention of Edward (John Boles), a wealthy young attorney who decides to adopt the young upstart. When her older sister Mary (Rochelle Hudson) explains that she promised her parents she and Elizabeth would never be separated, Edward arranges for both of them to move to his estate. Complications arise when he and another young man both fall for the older sister and Elizabeth steps in to play cupid. Musical highlights include Shirley singing “Animal Crackers In My Soup.”

1937, Westchester Films Inc., 109 min, USA, Dir: Irving Cummings

Gorgeously filmed and costumed, with first-rate performances and a sparkling script this romantic comedy --set in 1937's New York City-- has it all: high fashion, a winsome runaway bride, The Cotton Club's singers and dancers, snobs of all stripes laid low, hazardous rollerskating tricks, and Max Factor's makeup magic ... all in glowing color. Don't miss the chance to see this nearly forgotten film on the big screen!

Truly a feast for the eyes, this musical (an Oscar nominee for Best Art Direction) makes stunning use of Technicolor to show off some of the most beautiful costumes of the 1930s. Runaway bride Joan Bennett leaves wealthy Alan Mowbray at the altar to become a model, eventually falling for fashion designer Warner Baxter. As a rival designer, Mischa Auer is an absolute delight.

1939, 20th Century Fox, 97 min, USA, Dir: Irving Cummings, Malcolm St. Clair

In Daryl Zanuck’s pet project, 20th Century Fox Golden Girl Alice Fay is Molly Adair, a toiling New York stage actress who is lured into the fledgling motion picture business in 1913 by an ambitious young director (Don Ameche). Her career rises and his declines as the film takes us through the silent years, recreating productions of the slapstick comedies that defined the era - from Keystone Cops to pies in the face, bathing beauties and finally the first sound movie, THE JAZZ SINGER. It’s a treat to see the real Buster Keaton and Al Jolson play themselves re-creating elements of their own careers - in Technicolor! Renowned slapstick director Mack Sennett served as technical advisor and the scenario is said to be a thinly-veiled version of his love story with actress Mabel Normand. Also with silent cinema legend Rin Tin Tin.

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