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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 18-20, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.

Thursday, May 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Best in Show (Warner Bros., 2000)
This satirical look at the world of championship dog breeding and competition tracks several canine contestants and their handlers as they prepare for the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Among the challengers vying for top honors are Harlan Pepper (director Christopher Guest) and his Bloodhound Hubert,;Gerry and Cookie Fleck (Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara), with their Norwich Terrier Winky; and Meg and Hamilton Swan (Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock), with their Weimaraner Beatrice. This semi-improvised comedy mockumentary won American, British, and Canadian Comedy Awards as well as Special Recognition from the National Board of Review for excellence in filmmaking.

Honky Tonk (MGM, 1941)

Friday, May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Honky Tonk (MGM, 1941)
Clark Gable stars as frontier con artist Candy Johnson who, along with his pal Sniper (Chill Wills), sneak onto a train bound for gold rush country in Nevada to avoid being tarred and feathered for recent misdeeds. Aboard, he meets and falls for the beautiful Boston-bred Elizabeth Cotton (Lana Turner) and soon discovers that she is the daughter his old acquaintance and former crook, “Judge” Cotton (Frank Morgan). Honky Tonk was such a hit that MGM immediately paired Gable and Turner again, in Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942), and they went on to make two more films together. Also on the program is the 1941 Warner Bros. cartoon Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt.

The Last Edition (FBO, 1925)

Saturday, May 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Silent Movie Double Feature
The Last Edition (FBO, 1925)
With a plot involving gangsters, corruption and a massive fire at a newspaper office, The Last Edition, filmed on location at the San Francisco Chronicle, is one of the few journalism-themed movies to cover the newspaper production process –from commissioning desk to printing press. Ralph Lewis stars in the pivotal role as a pressman running one of the big machines that churn out a seemingly endless line of finished newsprint.  Directed by Emory Johnson, the cast includes Lila Leslie, Ray Hallor, and Frances Teague. A reviewer for the New York Morning Telegraph summed up the general opinion best, saying that it “has the merit, uncommon in most newspaper pictures, of being accurate in every detail.” The 35 mm film print being shown is a recent restoration funded by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival from the only known surviving print of the film, discovered at the EYE Film Instituut Netherlands.

The Final Extra (Lumas, 1927)
Aspiring young newspaper columnist Pat Riley (Grant Withers) investigates the death of the paper’s ace reporter Tom Collins (Frank Beal), who is killed while working on a bootlegging story. Assisting Pat is the victim’s daughter, Ruth (Marguerite De La Motte), a showgirl in a new musical revue being produced by a shady impresario (John Miljan). James P. Hogan directed this mystery that combines backstage drama, romance and the power of the press. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment for both features.

For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 10-13, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, May 10 (7:30 p.m.) Marty Stuart Presents Roger McGuinn – Live — SOLD OUT! Multiple Grammy-Award -Winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart will be joined by Roger McGuinn, frontman of the rock group The Byrds, for an evening of music and […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 4-6, 2017)

The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 4 (7:30 p.m.) For Your Consideration (Warner Independent, 2006) The camera follows a trio of actors during production of Home for Purim, a low-budget drama set in the mid-1940s American South, as rumors circulate that their performances are generating Oscar buzz […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 27-29, 2017)

The following post is by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.) My Man Godfrey (Universal, 1936) In one of her greatest roles, Carole Lombard sparkles as a dizzy but good-hearted heiress in Gregory LaCava’s comedic take and sometimes caustic commentary on the Great Depression. William Powell portrays Godfrey with knife-edged […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 20-22, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 20 (7:30 p.m.) The Ninth Configuration (Warner Bros., 1980, R-rated *) William Peter Blatty (“The Exorcist”) wrote, produced, and directed this comedy-horror thriller based on his novel Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane. A new commanding officer (Stacy Keach) arrives at a […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 13, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 13 (7:30 p.m.) Ruby in Paradise (October Films, 1993, R-rated *) Ashley Judd made her big-screen debut as Ruby Lee Gissing, a despondent young Tennessee housewife who escapes to Panama City, Florida, in search of freedom, independence, and a better […]

Packard Campus Welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in May!–SOLD OUT!

Library’s Packard Campus Welcomes Rock And Roll Hall of Famer Legendary Rocker Roger McGuinn and Country Music Star Marty Stuart The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of music and dialogue featuring Rock and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and frontman of rock group “The Byrds,” Roger McGuinn, […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 6-8, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 6 (7:30 pm) The Fighting 69th (Warner Bros., 1940) Two years after they appeared together in “Angels with Dirty Faces” (1938), James Cagney and Pat O’Brien were again cast, respectively, as a cocky troublemaker and the clergyman who tries to […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 30 – April 1, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 30 (7:30 p.m.) Pay it Forward (Warner Bros., 2000) Emmy Award-winning director and producer (for E.R.) Mimi Leder helmed this drama based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. When given a class assignment to “make the […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 24-25, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, March 24 (7:30 pm) The Student Nurses (New World, 1970, R-rated *) Roger Corman, renowned producer of low budget independent films, hired the wife and husband team of Stephanie Rothman and Charles S. Swart, for what he envisioned as “a contemporary […]