Davis Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge “Classic Film Festival” returns in September with three classic Jimmy Stewart films. The featured films will be shown on three successive Sunday evenings – September 17, September 24 and October 1 . The selected classics are Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, and Bell, Book and Candle. Doors open at 6:29 p.m. and showtime is at 7:01 p.m. These showings are not just for Odd Fellows and Pledges. The public is cordially invited and there is no admissions charge (although donations to defray costs are always appreciated).

There is a special feature unique to the Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival. Before each film is shown, noted film reviewer Derrick Bang will give the audience the back-story of the film, the actors and director. After the showing, Derrick Bang will be available to answer audience questions.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is one of the best-loved comedies of legendary director Frank Capra. Released in 1939, it is considered one of the greatest films of all time. The genre is political comedy. The film stars Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, and features Claude Rains and an ensemble cast. It’s all about an honest, but naive, young man who gets appointed to the U.S. Senate and winds up fighting against a corrupt system. This film launched the career of Jimmy Stewart as a major movie star.

The Philadelphia Story, released in 1940, is a classic romantic and wacky comedy featuring Jimmy Stewart, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. There are many twists and turns in this film between Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy, Cary, and a third man who is Katherine’s fiancee. Who finally wins the hand of Katherine is anybody’s guess.

Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 romantic comedy featuring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. It is Jimmy’s last film as a romantic lead. The film also has delightful appearances by Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, and Hermione Gingold. Kim Novak stars in this film as a witch who casts a spell on her neighbor, Jimmy Stewart.

“We are delighted to bring back these classic films for the enjoyment of the public,” said Classic Film Festival Chair Dave Rosenberg. “Jimmy Stewart is a giant of the Golden Age of films, and was especially adept in comedy. We welcome the community to our Lodge to enjoy these classic bonbons.”

The Davis Odd Fellows began their Classic Film series in the Spring of 2014, showing three classic films of a certain genre during each series. The series has been repeated every Spring and every Winter since 2014. The films featuring Classic Jimmy Stewart will be the 8th series of the Classic Film Festival. The seven previous series featured: Academy Award Best Picture Films, Classic Westerns, Classic Courtroom Dramas, Classic Film Noir, Classic Screwball Comedies, Classic Comedies, and Classic Science Fiction.

In addition to the screening of these classic films, the Odd Fellows provide free popcorn to patrons. A no-host bar is also available before and during the screenings featuring wine, beer on tap, soft drinks and water, and a full array of mixed drinks.

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