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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 23-25, 2014)

Humphrey Bogart (it seems) and Laurel Bacall in Dark Passage (Warner Bros., 1947)

Thursday, October 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Dark Passage (Warner Bros., 1947)
In their third movie together, Humphrey Bogart plays an escaped convict, wrongly accused of his wife’s murder, who takes refuge in the apartment of a mysterious woman (Lauren Bacall) he has just met. Delmar Daves directed this film noir that is notable for the use of a first-person point-of-view camera from the perspective of the accused man for the first third of the movie. The film also features Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett and Houseley Stevenson in the cast.




Friday, October 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Thriller (ITV, 1974)
Produced in the U.K. between 1973 and 1976, Thriller was a series of 43 short made-for-TV films, each written by prolific film and TV scribe Brian Clemens. Similar to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the films were later imported into the U.S. for showing as part of ABC’s late-night offering ABC Wide World of Entertainment.  Since its original airing, the series has developed a loyal cult following because of its inventive plots, clever twists and colorful casting. Two episodes will be shown–”In the Steps of a Dead Man” and “I’m the Girl He Wants to Kill.”

Saturday, October 25 (2 p.m.)
Casper (Universal, 1995)
Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented “ghost story” stars Bill Pullman as ghost psychiatrist James Harvey who is hired by the cranky Ms. Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) to rid the rickety old house she inherited of spirits so she can find a treasure trove rumored to be hidden there. Her plan backfires when James’s daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) befriends Casper, the friendly phantom who inhabits the place along with The Ghostly Trio. Directed by Brad Silberling, the family fantasy-comedy was praised for its visual elements, which bring Casper to computer-generated life with impressive special effects and an enchanting production design.

Michael Brandon in Four Flies on Gray Velvet (Paramount, 1971)

Saturday, October 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Paramount, 1971, R-rated *)
A rock musician confronts a stranger he believes is stalking him and accidentally stabs the man to death. The following day, he receives an envelope containing photographs of the shocking murder and an apparent blackmail begins. Italian horror master Dario Argento directed this chilling tale of terror, which stars Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer and Jean-Pierre Marielle. The film is in Italian with English subtitles.

* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 16-18, 2014)

Thursday, October 16 (7:30 p.m.) Murphy’s Romance (Columbia, 1986) James Garner received his only Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the title character Murphy Jones, a widowed druggist in a small Arizona town. He develops a cautious friendship with Emma (Sally Field), who moves to town with her son Jake (Corey Haim) to start a […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 9, 2014)

Thursday, October 9 (7:30 p.m.) James Garner on Television Maverick (ABC, 1957-1962) Although he had already appeared in several movies, Maverick is generally credited with launching James Garner’s career. He starred as Bret Maverick, a cardsharp from Texas who traveled across the Old West and on Mississippi riverboats, regularly getting in and out of trouble. […]

Film of the Washington Senators Winning the 1924 World Series Found!

Like any right-minded individual, I rejoiced in the return of baseball to the Nation’s Capital in 2005 and have certainly reveled in the Washington Nationals’ fabulous 2014 season. Exciting as it has been (the post All-Star Game surge, Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter on the last day of the season, the eager anticipation of post-season glory), I […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 2-4, 2014)

Thursday, October 2 (7:30 p.m.) National Newspaper Week Double Feature Five Star Final (Warner Bros., 1931) Edward G. Robinson stars as a corrupt newspaper editor who uses exploitation to bolster the paper’s circulation. Nominated for an Oscar as the year’s best film, Five Star Final was a condemnation of yellow journalism. This archetypal newspaper movie […]

A Yankee Spangled Banner in the Old Town Tonight

   Earlier this month we celebrated the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s writing the  “The Star Spangled Banner” in 1814.  For much of our nation’s history since then, “The Star Spangled Banner” was not officially designated as the national anthem, but shared its position with a handful of other popular patriotic songs. In fact, as reported […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (September 25-27, 2014)

Thursday, September 25 (7:30 p.m.) Gattaca (Columbia, 1997) Set in a future where the wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants, the genetically perfect “Valids” dominate the natural born “In-Valids.”  Vincent Freeman, who was conceived outside the eugenics program, struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space. Andrew […]

78 RPM Records, Internet Radio, Phonofilms, and a Blog: Now That’s Media Convergence!

This guest post was written by Dan Streible, Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University, and James Irsay, host of “Morning Irsay” on WBAI-FM in New York City. Dan Streible: While chopping down trees in Kentucky recently, I was enjoying the benefits of twenty-first century living, listening to music […]