Chestnut Hill Film Group

Margaret Brunton, David & Judith Buten, Rosemary Collins, Marianne & Paul Dodge, John & Carolyn Friedman, Jace Gaffney
Natalie & Ralph Hirshorn, Judith Mallery, Andrew Repasky McElhinney & Nicole Cook, Steven Rea, Martha Repman, Carrie Rickey
Jay Schwartz & Silvia Hortelano Peláez, Harold & Emmy Starr, Ella Torrey, George & Diana Woodward

presents the 41st season of


Sponsored by The Chestnut Hill Local

at our new home
9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118, 215-247-0476


FREE screenings Tuesday Nights at 7.30 P.M. – Doors open 6.30 P.M.



FALL 2014

September 30—HIGH NOON (1952 / 85 minutes)
Marshal Gary Cooper is about to retire and go on his Honeymoon with Quaker bride Grace Kelly when his conscience forces him to confront his returning enemies, the Miller gang, alone. Co-stars Thomas Mitchell, Lee Van Cleef, Otto Kruger and Henry Morgan.
Screening introduced by Philadelphia Inquirer movie critic Steven Rea who will reveal secrets about “High Noon.”
October 7—SUDDENLY (1954 / 75 minutes)
Disgruntled war vet Frank Sinatra comes to the town of Suddenly, takes a family hostage, and waits in their home to kill the President on his whistle-stop visit in this tense thriller.
October 14—NOBODY’S FOOL (1994 / 100 minutes)
In director Robert Benton’s overlooked gem, Paul Newman is at his best as an emotionally immature man who comes to terms with aging and adult responsibility in this nuanced dramaedy. Co-stars Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

October 21—IL SORPASSO (1962 / 105 minutes)
In this world-wise comedy, Law student Jean-Louis Trintignant falls under the spell of roué Vittorio Gassman as they drive through the Roman and Tuscany countryside one lush summer. In Italian with English Subtitles.

October 28—SORRY WRONG NUMBER (1948 / 89 minutes)
Barbara Stanwyck is an invalid who overhears a telephone conversation plotting her own murder in this tense thriller based on Lucille Fletcher’s iconic radio play. Co-stars Burt Lancaster.

November 4—THE MERRY WIDOW (1934 / 99 minutes)
Ernst Lubitsch adapts Franz Lehar’s 1907 operetta staring Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier, wherein romance blooms between a womanizing Count and a rich widow. Also featuring Edward Everett Horton and Una Merkel.

November 11—THE UNHOLY THREE (1925 / 86 minutes)
A sideshow ventriloquist (Lon Chaney), a little person (Harry Earles), and strongman (Victor McLaglen) flee the carny life and form a perverse crime family operating out of a pet shop. Silent with live musical accompaniment by Don Kinnier. Projected on an Archival 16mm print by THE SECRET CINEMA (with surprise short subjects preceding the feature).

November 18—STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951 / 101 minutes)
The titular characters in Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense classic meet randomly on mass transportation and swap murders in an attempt to commit two perfect crimes. Co-adapted by Raymond Chandler from a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carrol and Pat Hitchcock.

November 25—EASY LIVING (1937 / 86 minutes)
Witty screwball comedy scripted by Preston Sturges is a Depression-era Cinderella story starring Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold and Ray Milland.

December 3— DINER (1982 / 110 minutes)
Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke and Kevin Bacon star in writer-director Barry Levinson’s bittersweet tale of Baltimore youth preparing for a 1959 Christmastime wedding.



February 17—SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946 / 94 minutes)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah! Walt Disney’s long suppressed fusion of live action and animation brings to life the tales of Uncle Remus and the adventures of trickster Br’er Rabbit. Photographed by Gregg Toland with special effects by Ub Iwerks.

February 24—THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (1937 / 101 minutes)
Ronald Colman stars in a duel role (as the King and his look-a-like) in producer David O. Selznick’s swashbuckling adventure. Co-stars Raymond Massey, David Niven, C. Aubrey Smith, Mary Astor and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

March 3—BEAT THE DEVIL(1953 / 100m)
Truman Capote and John Huston spoof the thriller genre in this beloved cult classic featuring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Robert Morley and Peter Lorre.

March 10—DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944 / 107m)
Billy Wilder adapts James M. Cain’s novel of smoldering lust and murder-for-profit into a sleek film noir with iconic hard-boiled performances by Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson.

March 17—LOST HORIZON (1937 / 134 minutes)
The restored version of Frank Capra’s visually opulent, epic fantasy based on the novel by James Hilton about travelers fleeing from war-torn China crash-landing in Tibet’s utopist Shangri-La, where time stands still. Starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton and Thomas Mitchell.

March 24—THE MODEL AND THE MARRIAGE BROKER (1951 / 103 minutes)
Thelma Ritter has a rare lead role as a marriage broker who matches up misfits, including model Jeanne Crain, in this frothy romantic comedy directed by George Cukor and co-starring Zero Mostel.

March 31—GALLIPOLI (1981 / 110 minutes)
Two Australian sprinters face the harsh realities of World War I when they are sent to fight in Turkey. Staring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee and directed by Peter Weir.

April 7—HANDFUL OF DUST (1987 / 118 minutes)
Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh; a wife’s infidelity hastens the demise of a family of English aristocrats. Stars Alec Guinness, Judi Dench, Anjelica Huston, Rupert Graves, Kristin Scott Thomas and Stephen Fry.

April 14—ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969 / 145 minutes)
Director Jean Pierre Melville’s stunning World War II adventure traces the story of the ordinary people of the French Resistance in the darkest days of the conflict when it seemed as if Germany might win.

April 21—THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979 / 123 minutes)
Extremely tense, white-knuckle thriller about TV reporter Jane Fonda and her cameraman Michael Douglas exploring a high-reaching cover up about near-sighted cost-cutting measures at a nuclear plant. Co-stars Jack Lemmon in one of his greatest performances as an ethical Nuclear engineer. 2014-15 Season Finale!