Spring 2019 Classic Film Series

a photo of Dr. Joan McGettigan, associate professor of Film, Television and Digital Media

Dr. Joan McGettigan, associate professor of Film, Television and Digital Media

Hosted by Dr. Joan McGettigan, the Spring Class Film Series is held in 164 Moudy Building South (2805 S. University Drive) on the TCU campus and is open to the public. Admission is free and the screenings begin at 7 p.m. For more information, please call the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at 817-257-7630.


1/31           “THE THREE MUSKETEERS” (1948)
D’Artagnan (Gene Kelly) and his musketeer friends (Van Heflin, Gig Young, and Robert Coote) defend France from the evil plotting of Lana Turner and Vincent Price in this Technicolor adventure. June Allyson, Angela Lansbury and Frank Morgan also star.

2/7             “NOW, VOYAGER” (1942)
Bette Davis gives one of her greatest performances as a young woman struggling to break away from her domineering mother (Gladys Cooper). Claude Rains plays the psychiatrist who helps her find the courage to face her problems and Paul Henreid is the sensitive but flawed man she falls in love with.                 

2/14           “HUD” (1963)
Filmed in Texas and inspired by Larry McMurtry’s book, this movie depicts the conflict between generations and the loss of the old West. Paul Newman plays Hud, a brawler and ladies’ man who wants to sell the family ranch, while his father (Melvyn Douglas) tries to retain his ranch and his principles in the face of changing times. Brandon deWilde (Hud’s young nephew) and Patricia Neal (the family’s housekeeper) watch the family drama unfold.

2/21           “THE 39 STEPS” (1935)
Tourist Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) finds himself accused of murder and pursuing spies across Scotland to uncover the meaning of the “39 Steps.” Madeleine Carroll is the woman who must be persuaded he’s telling the truth before they can crack the case. This thriller made Alfred Hitchcock the most sought-after director in Great Britain.  

2/28           “GUYS AND DOLLS” (1955)
Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye, and fantastic dance numbers make this musical about New York gamblers a joy. Behind the scenes, Sinatra mocked Brando’s Method Acting and his singing; for his part, Brando demanded multiple takes of a scene in which Sinatra had to eat serving after serving of cheesecake.

3/7             “DARK PASSAGE” (1947)
Humphrey Bogart stars as an escaped prisoner who will go to any lengths (including some crude plastic surgery) to find the man who really killed his wife, and Lauren Bacall is the woman who helps him seek justice and start a new life.

3/21           “THE OX-BOW INCIDENT” (1943)
Three drifters (Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn and Francis Ford) find themselves accused of cattle rustling and murder, but the lynching party isn’t entirely sure it has the right men. Henry Fonda and Henry Morgan also star.

3/28           “DESK SET” (1957)
A reference librarian (Katharine Hepburn) tries to prevent her department from being replaced by a computer and she also has to choose between a rising young executive (Gig Young) and the efficiency expert who may be eliminating her job (Spencer Tracy).

4/4             “ORDINARY PEOPLE” (1980)
A family tragedy threatens to destroy the relationships of a young man (Timothy Hutton) and his parents (Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore). This movie, the first directed by Robert Redford, won the 1980 Best Film Academy Award.          

4/11           “TALK OF THE TOWN” (1942)
A political activist (Cary Grant) hides out in the home of a schoolteacher (Jean Arthur) just as she takes in a boarder — an esteemed lawyer (Ronald Colman) seeking peace and quiet to write a book.