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PROTOTYPES FOR THE ROM-COM

December at the Trylon

(Studio boss voice:) Bang out a crackling script chock-full of double-entendres (risqué but not too), witticisms (easily digested, however), and salt-of-the-earth sentiment (but not cloying). Stick (at minimum) two irresistible stars in front of the camera, and let the sparks fly.

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

(1940, DCP, 113m) dir George Cukor w/Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, John Howard. Fast-talking socialite Tracy Ward (Hepburn) contemplates fate and fortune while tangled between blueblood ex-hubby Dexter Haven (Grant), freewheeling scandal-sheet scribbler Mike Connor (Stewart), and populist nouveau-riche beau George Kittredge (Howard). FRI 7:00 SAT 9:00 SUN 3:00


Showings: Dec. 2 7:00, Dec. 3 9:00, Dec. 4 3:00

FATHER OF THE BRIDE

(1950, DCP, 92m) dir Vincente Minnelli w/Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor. Stanley Banks (Tracy) is in deep straits after his sprightly daughter, Kay (Taylor), announces she’s engaged. As the wedding day looms, everyone in town is out for a piece of the patriarchal pocketbook. FRI 9:15 SAT 7:00 SUN 5:15


Showings: Dec. 2 9:15, Dec. 3 7:00, Dec. 4 5:15

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

(1934, DCP, 105m) dir Frank Capra w/Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly. Fleeing daddy’s iron fist, spoiled upper-cruster Ellie Andrews (Colbert) sneaks onto a Florida-to-New-York Greyhound to join her new husband. But after meeting worldly-wise newspaperman Peter Warne (Gable), she gets more than she bargained for. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00


Showings: Dec. 9 7:00, 9:00, Dec. 10 7:00, 9:00, Dec. 11 3:00, 5:00

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS

(1941, 35mm, 91m) dir Preston Sturges w/Veronica Lake, Joel McCrea, Robert Warwick. Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (McCrea) takes to the countryside as a hobo to study the “real” America and glean ideas for his next movie. He winds up in a boxcar with a happy-go-lucky girl (Lake) — and more! FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN […]


Showings: Dec. 16 7:00, 9:00, Dec. 17 7:00, 9:00, Dec. 18 3:00, 5:00

BALL OF FIRE

(1941, 35mm, 111m) dir Howard Hawks w/Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka. Nightclub crooner Sugarpuss O’Shea (Stanwyck) comes bounding to the rescue when a gaggle of academics, led by bumbling Bertram Potts (Cooper), need a hand finishing the world’s most comprehensive encyclopedia. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:15 SUN 3:00 5:15


Showings: Dec. 30 7:00, 9:15, Dec. 31 7:00, 9:15, Jan. 1 3:00, 5:15

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