|Simply Irresistible: An
In-Person Tribute to Debbie Reynolds
Actress/singer/dancer Debbie Reynolds broke into show business
at the tender age of 16, scouted by Warner Brothers after winning the "Miss
Burbank" contest in 1948. Her natural charm and vocal talents earned her early roles
in MGM musicals such as THREE LITTLE WORDS and TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE. In 1952,
Reynolds burst into the big time with her classic starring role in SINGIN IN THE
RAIN, proving her talents extended also to dancing, and holding her own alongside the
ranks of Gene Kelly and Donald OConnor. She went on to give stand-out comic
performances in films such as THE TENDER TRAP, TAMMY & THE BACHELOR (which also
spawned the Reynolds-performed Top 10 Hit, "Tammy"), THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
(with a dazzling, Oscar-nominated performance in the title role) and Albert Brooks
recent MOTHER, along with terrific dramatic turns in THE RAT RACE, HOW THE WEST WAS WON
and Curtis Harringtons chilling WHATS THE MATTER WITH HELEN?, opposite Shelley
With a career spanning 55 years, starring roles in over 30 films,
two Broadway shows, and numerous TV appearances, Debbie Reynolds is one of the last and
greatest "triple threat" performers to emerge from Hollywood. Her legendary name
has become synonymous with solid performances as an actress, singer, and dancer and
she often effortlessly wears all three hats at the same time! Along the way, Reynolds has
also proven herself to be one of cinemas biggest collectors and preservationists,
amassing the worlds largest private collection of Hollywood costumes and
Were very excited to welcome her in this in-person tribute!
Friday, September 17 7:00 PM
Director Curtis Harrington In Person!
WHATS THE MATTER WITH
HELEN?, 1971, MGM/UA, 101 min. Dir. Curtis Harrington. Picture this: Debbie Reynolds
as a platinum-blonde Jean Harlow clone, Shelley Winters as a latent-lesbian dance teacher,
and Agnes Moorehead as a Bible-thumping evangelist! Featuring one of Reynolds finest
dramatic performances, WHATS THE MATTER is a creepy, delirious whirl of religious
fervor, romantic obsession, and hundreds of little girls who all want to be Shirley
Temple. Discussion following with director Curtis Harrington,
who is also celebrating his birthday this evening!
Friday, September 17 9:30 PM
New 35mm Print! TAMMY & THE BACHELOR, 1957, Universal, 89 min. Dir. Joseph
Pevney. High-gloss Hollywood romantic comedy, with Debbie at her radiant, irrepressible
best. When a plane suddenly crashes into a swamp near her home, Tammy (Debbie Reynolds)
finds an injured young pilot (Leslie Nielsen) and takes it upon herself to nurse him back
to health. Love is soon upon them, and backwoods Tammy is faced with also winning the
hearts of his hoity-toity family.
MOTHER, 1996, Paramount, 104 min. Dir.
Albert Brooks. Debbie Reynolds steals the show in her big-screen comeback, assuming the
title role of "Mother." Incapable of maintaining a relationship, a frustrated,
twice-divorced writer (Albert Brooks) decides to move back in with his mother for a little
self-discovery. In the process, he realizes "mom" is a complex woman he never
really knew (while learning plenty about himself). Reynolds layered, finely-tuned
performance again proves her range and tremendous talent.
Saturday, September 18
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours &
10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour
11:30 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM FOREVER
Saturday, September 18 5:00 PM
SINGIN IN THE RAIN,
1952, MGM (Warners), 103 min. Dirs. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly. Hand selected by
co-star Gene Kelly for the film, Debbie Reynolds delivered her stunning, breakout
performance at age 20 in this all-time classic, arguably the greatest of American screen
musicals. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed giving
screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs he'd written early in his
career (with partner Nacio Herb Brown) including "Broadway Melody,"
"You Are My Lucky Star," and the title song and saying simply,
"weave a story around these." What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and
dance, innocence and nostalgia, heart-tugging romance and surreal comedy (especially in
co-star Donald O'Connor's show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" routine). Co-director
Kelly shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career and leading lady (hilariously
played by Jean Hagen) are imperiled by the coming of sound until he hooks up with
lovely ingenue Kathy Seldon (a stellar Reynolds). The brilliant supporting cast includes
Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley, and the great Cyd Charisse. Discussion
following with legendary actress Debbie Reynolds.
[Special Ticket Price of $12.00 General, $10.00
Students/Seniors and $8.00 Cinematheque Members for this show only.]
Saturday, September 18 8:00 PM
Brand New 35mm Print!!
THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, 1964, MGM
(Warners), 128 min. Dir. Charles Walters. This big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway
musical earned Debbie Reynolds many critical accolades, including an Oscar nomination.
When the charming, hard-working hillbilly Brown finds herself vaulted to high society
after her husband (Harve Presnell, in his movie debut) strikes it rich, gaining the
respect of her new peers proves to be a grand struggle. In the title role, Reynolds plays
the legendary woman who, after rising from rags to riches, went on to famously survive the
sinking of the Titanic. THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN originally premiered at the Egyptian.
THE TENDER TRAP, 1955, MGM
(Warners), 111 min. Dir. Charles Walters. Debbie Reynolds stars as the ambitious Julie,
who happens upon womanizing theatrical agent and Manhattan socialite Charlie Reader (Frank
Sinatra). With a wedding date already set and nary a fiancÚ in sight, Julie decides
Charlie the Bachelor will soon become Charlie the Groom.