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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 20-22, 2014)

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The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus.

Thursday, November 20 (7:30 p.m.)
A Night of Electric Blues: Great Blues Performances on TV (1955-1989)
Selected from the Library’s video collections and digitally restored by Video Preservation Specialists at the Packard Campus, this memorable evening features legendary blues artists in rare performances, most of which  have not been seen since their original airings. Included on the program are Bo Diddley on The Ed Sullivan Show,  The Rolling Stones on Hollywood Palace, Muddy Waters on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Howlin’ Wolf on the BBC, Freddie King and Lightnin’ Hopkins on the PBS series Boboquivari, Albert King and Van Morrison on the PBS Series Fanfare, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter on Soundstage, Etta James on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and John Lee Hooker from the Lomax Collection, which has never been broadcast.

Shirley Temple

Friday, November 21 (7:30 p.m.)
So This is Paris (Warner Bros., 1926)
Ernst Lubitsch directed this charming and sophisticated romantic comedy starring Monte Blue as the dull Dr. Giraud and Patsy Ruth Miller as his restless but faithful wife. Their humdrum lives are shaken when they become involved in a flirtation with a husband and wife dance team. All manner of craziness follows, culminating in a Charleston contest set in montage of a Parisienne jazz clubs. Andre Beranger and Lilyan Tashman co-star with Myrna Loy in a supporting role. The New York Times voted So This is Paris as one of the ten best films of 1926. Live musical accompaniment for this new print from the Packard Campus film preservation lab will be provided by London-based Stephen Horne.

Saturday, November 22 (2:00 p.m.)
Susannah of the Mounties (20th Century Fox, 1939)
Iconic child star Shirley Temple stars as Susannah Sheldon, the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train crossing the Canadian frontier. Befriended by Canadian Mountie Angus Montague (Randolph Scott) and his friend, Pat O’Hannegan (J. Farrell MacDonald) who take Susannah under their wing, the orphan makes friends with a chief’s son and helps to negotiate peace when the Indian attacks resume after horses are stolen from the railroad camp. William A. Seiter and Walter Lang directed the family drama which also stars Margaret Lockwood and Victor Jory.

Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart in Dark Victory (Warner Bros., 1939)

Saturday, November 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Dark Victory (Warner Bros., 1939)
Bette Davis was Oscar-nominated for her portrayal of Judith Traherne, a wealthy Long Island heiress whose pleasure-seeking lifestyle is put on hold when she begins suffering from headaches and dizzy spells. Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) informs Judith that she has a brain tumor that could threaten her life if not treated immediately.  Edmund Goulding directed this romantic drama that also features Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Ronald Reagan. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best original score for Max Steiner,who was also nominated for scoring Gone With the Wind the same year.

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