The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus.
Our final week celebrating the work of the Packard Campus Film Preservation Laboratory.
Thursday, January 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Mary of Scotland (RKO, 1936)
John Ford directed this historical drama, which stars Katharine Hepburn as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, whom England’s Queen Elizabeth I (Florence Eldridge) considers a royal threat. Confined to her quarters after a palace coup, Mary eventually escapes and flees to England where she receives a less-than-warm reception. Fredric March and Douglas Walton co-star as the ill-fated monarch’s love interests. The film was based on Maxwell Anderson’s blank-verse play and adapted for the screen by Dudley Nichols. Preserved in 1995 from original picture and sound negatives in the AFI/RKO Collection.
Friday, January 30 (7:30 p.m.) Thriller Double Feature
I Wake Up Screaming (20th Century-Fox, 1941)
When model and would-be actress Vicky Lynn is murdered, police interrogate Vicky’s manager, Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature) and her sister Jill (Betty Grable). Though both are released and other suspects are questioned, a particularly tenacious detective continues to go after Frankie and piles up circumstantial evidence against him. Frankie turns to the distrustful Jill, who may have information that will clear him. H. Bruce Humberstone directed this entertaining film noir, which also stars Carole Landis and Laird Cregar. Preserved in 2014 from a duplicate negative in the AFI/NFSA-Australia Collection.
The Human Monster (Monogram, 1939)
Béla Lugosi stars as Dr. Orloff, a mysterious physician and insurance-agency proprietor who becomes the primary suspect in a series of grisly London murders. Released as “The Dark Eyes of London” in Britain, the movie became the first British film to receive the “H” rating for “Horrific.” Walter Summers directed this adaptation of the 1924 novel by Edgar Wallace. Preserved in 2014 from duplicate picture and sound negatives in the Kino International Corporation Collection of the Library of Congress.
Saturday, January 31 (7:30 p.m.)
Darling (Embassy, 1965)
Julie Christie won the Academy Award for best actress in her first leading role as up-and-coming fashion model Diana Scott, who sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Dirk Bogarde portrays a television news reporter and Laurence Harvey a public relations mogul, both of whom Scott uses to further her ambitions. The biting social satire also won Oscars for best original screenplay and best costumes, while both the film and its director, John Schlesinger, scored Oscar nominations. Preserved in 2013 from duplicate picture and sound negatives that were received as a gift from the DuArt Lab.
For more information on our programs, please visit the web site at www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.