June's Thursday Afternoon Film Series salutes Father's Day with a trio of films featuring good old-fashioned traditional Dads. In addition, our 70th anniversary tribute to Hollywood's Golden Year of 1939 continues with "Goodbye, Mr. Chips."
The movies will be shown 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 or visit www.wrl.org for more information.
June 4 - The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)
Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell, Myrna Loy) are back for more sophisticated sleuthing in this fifth installment of the excellent Thin Man series. A visit to his hometown proves anything but relaxing for Nick whose father has long disapproved of his son's chosen profession. But then a body shows up on the family doorstep giving Nick a chance to impress the old man by solving the case and catching the killer.
June 11 - Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
This nostalgic family comedy is about an eccentric father raising twelve children in turn-of-the-century New England. Frank Gilbreth (Clifton Webb) is a renowned efficiency expert whose "efficient" attempts at child rearing routinely discombobulate his large brood. The film, which is based on a memoir by Frank Gilbreth Jr., costars Myrna Loy and Jeanne Crain.
June 18 - Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)
Frank Griffith (Jackie Gleason) is a genial man who works hard and drinks harder which often leaves him in a "delicate condition." But he dearly loves his younger daughter and will do just about anything to make her happy, much to the consternation of his prim wife. Gleason gives a great performance in this warm-hearted comedy based on the autobiography of Silent-Screen star Corrine Griffith.
June 25 - Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
This lovely, sentimental movie about life at a traditional English boarding school was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Novice teacher Mr. Chipping (Robert Donat) arrives at the Brookfield boarding academy in 1870. Over the next 50 years he profoundly influences several generations of students in this fine film from Hollywood's Golden year of 1939.