Film Series

American Gagsters: Great Comedy Teams

 
 
Aug 8—Sep 17, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
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This mammoth 50-film series showcases some of the greatest actor-director partnerships in American comedy. Styles run the gamut from the deliriously paced screwball of Howard Hawks and Cary Grant, physical comedy à la Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis, all the way to the 80s buffoonery of Harold Ramis and Bill Murray. Forty-nine out of the 50 films screen in 35mm!


 
PAST EVENTS
Film
The Thin Man
 

A screwball mystery featuring the ne plus ultra of sophisticated screen couples.

Wed, Aug 8, 2012
 
 
Film
My Man Godfrey
 

The definitive screwball comedy, starring Carole Lombard as a scatterbrained socialite.

Thu, Aug 9, 2012
 
 
Film
Design for Living
 

Sex-kittenish Miriam Hopkins meets two Americans in Europe in this Ernst Lubitsch classic.

Fri, Aug 10, 2012
 
 
Film
Trouble in Paradise
 

The Lubitsch touch was never more resplendent than in this paean to sex, sin, and jewels.

Fri, Aug 10, 2012
 
 
Film
Monkey Business
 

The Marx Brothers star as stowaways on the high seas who get mixed up with gangsters.

Sat, Aug 11, 2012
 
 
Film
Horse Feathers
 

A university president enlists two dimwits for a big game against the rival school.

Sat, Aug 11, 2012
 
 
Film
The Awful Truth
 

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star as a husband and wife whose marriage is on the rocks.

Sun, Aug 12, 2012
 
 
Film
Million Dollar Legs + The Bank Dick
 

A pair of W.C. Fields classics that showcase his gift for curmudgeonly absurdism.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012
Double Bill
 
 
Film
Buck Privates + In the Navy
 

Two of the military comedies Abbott and Costello made before the US entered World War II.

Thu, Aug 16, 2012
Double Bill
 
 
Film
Sullivan's Travels
 

A satire of Hollywood that remains steadfastly faithful to the romance of the movies.

Fri, Aug 17, 2012
 
 
Film
The Palm Beach Story
 

A husband and wife face eviction, forcing the ever-pragmatic bride to nab a wealthier mate.

Fri, Aug 17, 2012
 
 
Film
Bringing Up Baby
 

A paleontologist, a socialite, and a domesticated cheetah collide in this screwball classic.

Sat, Aug 18, 2012
 
 
Film
His Girl Friday
 

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell exchange brilliant one-liners in this screwball masterpiece.

Sat, Aug 18, 2012
 
 
Film
Holiday
 

Cary Grant upends Katharine Hepburn’s upper-crust family in this hilarious classic.

Sun, Aug 19, 2012
 
 
Film
The Philadelphia Story
 

A trio of men jockey for the affections of an old-money socialite at a high-society wedding.

Sun, Aug 19, 2012
 
 
Film
Pat and Mike
 

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy spar in this classic battle of the sexes.

Wed, Aug 22, 2012
 
 
Film
Adam's Rib
 

A pair of married lawyers represent opposite sides in an attempted murder case.

Wed, Aug 22, 2012
 
 
Film
It Should Happen to You
 

Judy Holliday stars in one of the finest send-ups of the New York rat race.

Thu, Aug 23, 2012
 
 
Film
Born Yesterday
 

A gangster’s moll gets a wake-up call from a journalist hired to make her more “couth.”

Thu, Aug 23, 2012
 
 
Film
The Lemon Drop Kid
 

A bookie has until Christmas Eve to cough up the money he owes a gangster—or else.

Fri, Aug 24, 2012
 
 
Film
Son of Paleface
 

Bob Hope stars as a cowardly frontier son in search of his father’s hidden gold.

Fri, Aug 24, 2012
 
 
Film
Some Like it Hot
 

Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis crossdress and cozy up to Marilyn Monroe in this classic.

Sat, Aug 25, 2012
 
 
Film
The Apartment
 

In this classic corporate satire, Jack Lemmon stars as a lovesick clerk seeking a promotion.

Sun, Aug 26, 2012
 
 
Film
Artists and Models
 

This tale of love and comic books pairs Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis at their best.

Thu, Aug 30, 2012
 
 
Film
Hollywood or Bust
 

The swan song for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stars the two on a cross-country adventure.

Thu, Aug 30, 2012
Curator’s Choice
 
 
Film
Operation Mad Ball
 

A private’s chauvinism is put to the test when he falls for a beautiful army nurse.

Fri, Aug 31, 2012
 
 
Film
Bell, Book and Candle
 

Post-Vertigo, James Stewart and Kim Novak star in this tale of witchcraft and romance.

Fri, Aug 31, 2012
 
 
Film
A Shot in the Dark
 

Peter Sellers returns as Inspector Clouseau for the second chapter of The Pink Panther.

Sat, Sep 1, 2012
 
 
Film
The Return of the Pink Panther
 

Peter Sellers bumbles into a world of frame jobs in Blake Edwards' third Pink Panther film.

Sat, Sep 1, 2012
 
 
Film
The Producers
 

Mel Brooks takes Nazi lampoonery to unprecedented extremes in his directorial debut.

Sun, Sep 2, 2012
 
 
Film
The Party
 

Peter Sellers stars in this "feature-length celebration of the sight gag" (Dave Kehr).

Sun, Sep 2, 2012
 
 
Film
Blazing Saddles
 

Mel Brooks’ western spoof revels in political incorrectness and wacky anachronisms.

Mon, Sep 3, 2012
 
 
Film
Young Frankenstein
 

Mel Brooks’ parody hilariously and uncannily recreates the look and feel of 30s horror.

Mon, Sep 3, 2012
 
 
Film
The Jerk
 

In his first lead role, Steve Martin plays a white idiot adopted by black sharecroppers.

Wed, Sep 5, 2012
 
 
Film
All of Me
 

A millionaire spinster and her lawyer are forced to wrestle in the same body.

Fri, Sep 7, 2012
 
 
Film
The Man With Two Brains
 

Wackiness, scatological humor, and slapstick abound in this Carl Reiner comedy.

Fri, Sep 7, 2012
 
 
Film
Annie Hall
 

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton traverse the peaks and valleys of a love affair.

Sat, Sep 8, 2012
 
 
Film
Sleeper
 

Woody Allen stars as a wannabe jazz clarinetist who gets cryogenically frozen.

Sat, Sep 8, 2012
 
 
Film
Manhattan
 

This rhapsodic love letter to New York is undoubtedly Woody Allen's most romantic film.

Sun, Sep 9, 2012
 
 
Film
Love and Death
 

Woody Allen plays a sexually imbecilic pseudo-intellectual in this Russian-set spoof.

Sun, Sep 9, 2012
 
 
Film
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
 

This anti-buddy road-trip comedy is the finest of the John Candy-John Hughes partnership.

Mon, Sep 10, 2012
 
 
Film
Airplane!
 

Flight captains are stricken with food poisoning in this hilarious disaster movie spoof.

Fri, Sep 14, 2012
 
 
Film
The Naked Gun
 

An incompetent cop must foil the murder of Queen Elizabeth II at an LA Dodgers Game.

Fri, Sep 14, 2012
 
 
Film
Stripes
 

An irreverent slacker comedy about two single, unemployed friends who join the US Army.

Sat, Sep 15, 2012
 
 
Film
Ghostbusters
 

FX-laden, high-concept comedy has never been better than in Ivan Reitman's classic.

Sat, Sep 15, 2012
 
 
Film
Caddyshack
 

Bill Murray’s deranged groundskeeper mumbles and leers his way into our hearts.

Sun, Sep 16, 2012
 
 
Film
National Lampoon's Vacation
 

Chevy Chase stars as a bumbling fool determined to get his family to Walley World.

Sun, Sep 16, 2012
 
 
Film
Beverly Hills Cop III
 

Eddie Murphy plays a cop who uncovers a world of corruption at an amusement park.

Mon, Sep 17, 2012