July brings the return of Request Month for the Williamsburg Regional Library’s Thursday Afternoon Film Series, with movies specifically requested by library users. The movies will be shown beginning at 2 p.m. in the Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street. They are free of charge and tickets or reservations are not required. Call the Adult Services Department at (757) 259-4050 for more information.
July 1 – Sergeant York (1941)
Gary Cooper won an Oscar for his portrayal of Alvin C. York, the deeply religious, sharpshooting Tennessee farm boy who won a Medal of Honor in the First World War. This superb film, directed by Howard Hawks and co-staring Walter Brennan and Margaret Wycherly is thoughtful, patriotic and heartwarming.
July 8 – The Road to Zanzibar (1941)
In their second “Road” picture, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour go on safari in Africa in search of a lost diamond mine. The usual song-infused comedic chaos ensues. Una Merkel and Eric Blore costar under the direction of Victor Schertzinger.
July 15 – Notorious (1946)
In one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films, An American agent (Cary Grant) recruits a disgraced party girl (Ingrid Bergman) to infiltrate a spy ring in Brazil. Ben Hecht wrote the taut script with Claude Rains and Leopoldine Konstantin doing stellar work in supporting roles.
July 22 – Random Harvest (1942)
This romantic tearjerker about a shell-shocked World War I vet who is separated from his true love by amnesia was nominated for seven Academy Awards. The film based, on a novel by James Hilton, stars Ronald Colman and Greer Garson with Mervyn LeRoy directing.
July 29 – The Caine Mutiny (1954)
This engrossing drama about mutiny on board a U.S. Navy ship during World War II and the resulting court martial is based on Herman Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Director Edward Dmytryk and the cast, Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray, all do fine work.