Spring 2020 Classic Film Series Underway

***Out of an abundance of caution, the TCU Classic Film Series has been canceled for the remainder of the semester due to coronavirus concerns.***

The annual TCU Classic Film Series, hosted by Associate Professor Joan McGettigan, has kicked off for Spring 2020. Admission is free. Each screening begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in room 164 of the Moudy South building on the TCU Campus (2805 S. University Drive). For additional information, please call the Film, Television and Digital Media department at 817-257-7630 or 817-257-6690.

1/30           IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

Claudette Colbert is an unhappy heiress on the run from her domineering father, and Clark Gable plays the newspaperman who wants her story. Of course they fall in love!

2/6             THE TRAIN (1964) 

The French Resistance tries to prevent the Nazis from moving a major collection of French paintings and sculpture out of France. Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield star.                    

2/13           CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)

Leonardo DiCaprio plays con man Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, posed successfully as a pilot, and a lawyer, and a doctor, while writing millions of dollars worth of forged checks. Tom Hanks plays the FBI agent assigned to find and arrest him.

2/20           SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)                                 

In the days before the internet offered everyone a chance to be a critic, Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) can make or break careers, while agents like Sidney Falco struggle to get their clients a few lines in his column.                                                                                                           

2/27           AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

Gene Kelly is a painter who has finally been discovered—by a cool, confident and wealthy woman (Nina Foch) who may be more interested in Kelly than in his work. At this most inconvenient time, Kelly falls in love—with a sweet, naïve Frenchwoman (Leslie Caron). Oscar Levant provides comic relief, and the movie ends with a 17-minute “ballet” in which Kelly and Caron pay tribute to the history of French art and culture.

3/5             IN THIS OUR LIFE (1942)                                  

Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland play sisters competing for what appear to be the only eligible men in town–George Brent and Dennis Morgan. Terrific performances by Charles Coburn as the uncle who has always spoiled Davis; and by Ernest Anderson and Hattie McDaniel as the vulnerable African-American family Davis almost destroys.

3/12           SPRING BREAK

3/19           SUSPICION (1941)

In this Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Joan Fontaine plays Lina, a shy young woman who can hardly believe she’s been lucky enough to marry the charming and attractive Johnny Aysgarth (played by Cary Grant). But their marriage is not the conventional one she would have preferred, as his gambling and dishonesty become more troubling. Is she right that he seems to be planning to harm her?

3/26           RED RIVER (1948) 

On a desperate cattle drive from Texas to Missouri, Tom Dunson (played by John Wayne) and his adopted son Matt (Montgomery Clift) becoming increasingly competitive and suspicious of each other. When Matt takes over, Tom swears to find him and kill him. Matt knows that no matter how successful the drive is, Tom is waiting to shoot it out with him.

4/2             THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)

John Garfield and Lana Turner play a couple scheming to murder her husband and take his money. But their plans go wrong and they are soon bound less by passion and more by greed and mistrust.           

4/9             TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME (1949)

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are baseball players who spend their off-season as vaudevillians. When they learn that their team has been bought by a woman, they decide to chase her out of the sport, but end up competing for her attentions. Esther Williams plays the interfering owner, Betty Garrett an overly enthusiastic fan, and Jules Munshin rounds out the infield.