SITTING DUCKS
1980, Rainbow Releasing, 87 min, USA, Dir: Henry Jaglom

Small-time thieves Simon and Sidney (Michael Emil and Zack Norman) embark on a wacky road trip out of Miami in a limousine stuffed with cash stolen from the mob. Their ultimate destination? Costa Rica. On the road they pick up a crew of unlikely passengers, including a singing chauffeur and two women they meet at a Holiday Inn. A zany, hilarious, screwball road comedy about sex, money and vitamins.


BALL OF FIRE
1941, 111 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

Barbara Stanwyck is sassy, saucy Sugarpuss O’Shea, a wisecracking nightclub singer on the run from mob kingpins. Gary Cooper is good egg Professor Bertram Potts, a naive scholar who meets the crooner while researching slang. Two worlds collide as Sugarpuss hides out with Potts and his nerdy crew of lexicographers in Howard Hawks’ wonderfully hilarious romantic comedy, which garnered four Oscar nominations, including Stanwyck for Best Actress and Billy Wilder and Thomas Monroe for Best Original Screenplay.


THEODORA GOES WILD
1936, Sony Repertory, 94 min, USA, Dir: Richard Boleslawski

Irene Dunne’s first big comedy role casts her as a small-town gal with a dark secret: She writes racy best-sellers! When enamored publisher Melvyn Douglas figures it out, he shows up on her doorstep and threatens to, uh, expose her if she doesn’t give him a tumble! With Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall and Spring Byington, based on a story by Mary McCarthy (Kevin’s sister).


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