Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Jan 31, 2020
7:30pm

FORD VS. …
Ford vs. Capra Double Feature!
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON / YOUNG MR. LINCOLN
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
1939, Sony Repertory, 129 min, USA, Dir: Frank Capra

Naive, straight-shooting idealist Mr. Smith (James Stewart) is elected to Congress, then used and eventually framed by his corrupt mentor Claude Rains and fat cat Edward Arnold. Still an incredibly topical slice of Americana with unflinching insights into how easily a free-enterprise system can be debased and exploited by ruthless profiteers. Smith pleading his case before a cold-hearted, unbelieving Congress sends chills down the spine and remains one of the most moving sequences in the history of cinema. Jean Arthur is the worldly cynic who has her heart melted when she realizes Smith is the real thing. With Thomas Mitchell.


YOUNG MR. LINCOLN
1939, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

Director John Ford and actor Henry Fonda’s first collaboration produced this poignant, fascinating chronicle of Abraham Lincoln’s early life. The emphasis is on the simple joys and hardships that shaped the president-to-be’s youthful years, events that molded a shy country lawyer into one of the most distinguished of American leaders. We follow Lincoln as he clerks in a general store, studies law from second-hand books and endures heartbreak as his first love, Ann Rutledge (Pauline Moore), dies a tragic, premature death. Ford culminates his story as savvy Lincoln skillfully defends two brothers (Richard Cromwell, Eddie Quillan) wrongfully accused of murder. Marjorie Weaver plays future first lady Mary Todd. With Alice Brady, Donald Meek and Ward Bond.


Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Fri, Jan 31, 2020 • 7:30pm

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