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The first of Walt Disneys totally live-action films came in 1950 with the
fabulous TREASURE ISLAND starring Robert Newton as Long John Silver, a picture that
producer Disney made in Britain to take advantage of his UK earnings that could not leave
the country. Proving popular at the box office, Disney continued through the 1950s
and 1960s with more classics such as adventures 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA,
DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER, SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, fantasies like DARBY
OGILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE, MARY POPPINS and THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA,
screwball family comedies THE PARENT TRAP, THAT DARN CAT! and THE ABSENT MINDED
PROFESSOR (that also had sci-fi/fantasy overtones). After Walts death, live
action productions continued into the 1970s (ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN; FREAKY
FRIDAY, et. al.) and beyond. Weve decided to concentrate on this early initial
period between 1950 1980 for the crème de la crème of the Disney live action
films. Please join us and be sure to bring the whole family!
Wednesday, July 11 7:30 PM
Restored Print! DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD
FRONTIER, 1955, Disney, 93 min. Norman Foster (JOURNEY INTO FEAR) directed
this rousing tall tale, culled from "Davy Crockett", the three episode Disney TV
show that became a nationwide phenomenon, so huge, so overwhelming that it defied belief.
Before Spiderman and Luke Skywalker there was Davy Crockett (Fess Parker). Over 10
million records of the theme song "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," were sold and
the film grossed over one million dollars despite the fact that 50% of the country had
already watched it on television. No kid in America was without his coonskin cap and Davy
Crockett lunch box. From grinning down a bear, to fighting crocodiles, to Indian wars, and
rifle competitions with Bigfoot Mason (Mike Mazurki), Davy Crockett was truly
larger than life. Also featuring Colonel Jim Bowie (THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD's Kenneth
Tobey), President Andrew Jackson (Basil Ruysdael), and Maj. Tobias Norton (William
Thursday, July 12 7:30 PM
THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR, 1961,
Disney, 97 min. Dir. Robert Stevenson. Nominated for three Oscars, this classic
spawned a sequel, has been remade twice, re-released to theaters in three different
decades, colorized, copied and imitated but never replicated. A true original, shown here
in its glorious Oscar-nominated lush B&W photography. Fred MacMurray stars as
the absent minded professor, a loveable small time chemistry teacher who stumbles on a
bouncing substance that defies gravity. Madcap hijinks ensue, climaxing with the greatest
basketball game of all time. Smart, charming and hysterical, the film still delights
youngsters of all ages. Great supporting work by an uproarious Keenan Wynn (look
for his dad Ed Wynn as the Fireman), the beautiful Nancy Olson and
Disney mainstay, Tommy Kirk.
THE PARENT TRAP, 1961, Disney, 129 min. Disney's
desire to capitalize on their new hit "It Girl" from POLLYANNA, led them to cast
two of them the next year, resulting in the granddaddy of all split screen double movies.
As Hayley Mills meets Hayley Mills at summer camp, they discover they were
twin sisters separated at birth by divorce. The sisters switch places for the summer then
scheme and plan a reunion of their parents, Maureen O'Hara (THE QUIET MAN) and Brian
Keith (TVs "Family Affair"). Great supporting work from
underappreciated 30's and 40's veteran Una Merkel (THE BANK DICK) and Charles
Ruggles (BRINGING UP BABY). POLLYANNA director David Swift once again scores a
huge hit writing and directing this timeless classic that has spawned and inspired three
sequels, three remakes, PULP FICTION, "Simpsons" episode and sisters everywhere.
Camera work by the great Peckinpah cinematographer Lucien Ballard (THE WILD BUNCH).
As always wonderful songs provided by the Sherman brothers. Also featuring Leo G.
Carroll and Nancy Kulp.
Friday, July 13 7:30 PM
ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, 1975, Disney, 97
min. "Caught in a world where they don't belong... they have one chance to
escape!" The adventure film all children of the seventies will never forget.
Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann are two orphaned children with
paranormal abilities hunted by evil millionaire Ray Milland with hopes of
exploiting their special talent. With help from Donald Pleasence and the widower
Father O'Day (Eddie Albert) they must escape to Witch Mountain. Directed by John
Hough (LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE) and shot by long time Disney cinematographer Frank V.
Phillips. The final film of actress Reta Shaw (MARY POPPINS; housekeeper in
TVs "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir")
FREAKY FRIDAY, 1977, Disney, 97 min. "Annabel
isn't herself today neither is her mother this morning. THEY BECAME EACH
OTHER.." Director John Hough (THE BLACK HOLE) directs Mark Rodgers'
screenplay adapted from his own book, the first of a trilogy. Nominated for three Golden
Globes, Jodie Foster plays an awkward, self-conscious and rebellious girl just
entering her teens. Barbara Harris (FAMILY PLOT) plays Ellen, her cheerful and
self-confident mother. Envious of each others lives, they separately utter wishes to
change places, and, through magic, the two are transplanted into each others bodies.
Both find out each others lives are not as easy as they seem. Music by Academy Award
-winner Johnny Mandel. Also features John Astin, Ruth Buzzi and Dick Van
Saturday, July 14 3:00 PM
Family Matinee Kids Festival:
MARY POPPINS, 1964, Disney, 140 min. Dir. Robert
Stevenson. Julie Andrews is Gods gift to nanny-dom as Mary Poppins in
this classic musical comedy/fantasy. When Poppins comes to work for the Banks family in
their turn-of-the-20th-century London household, she uplifts everyones
spirits and brings magic to their lives. Dick Van Dyke is Bert, the good-natured
chimney sweep and the great Jane Darwell, in her last screen appearance, plays the
bird lady. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Andrews for Best Actress and Richard
M. & Robert B. Sherman for Best Original Song and Best Original Music Score. With a
classic cast that includes David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Karen
Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Arthur Treacher, Ed Wynn and Reginald Owen.
Saturday, July 14 7:30 PM
Double Feature Pirate Night Kids, Dress As
Restored 35mm Print! SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, 1960, Disney, 126 min. Meet the
original Robinsons! Ken Annakin (THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES)
directs the adaptation of the Johann David Wyss novel. A Swiss family led by Father (John
Mills) and Mother (Dorothy McGuire) traveling to New Guinea shipwrecks during a
storm on a deserted tropical island. Father and Mother, along with their three sons (James
MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran) must work together to survive. Through high
adventure filled with rogues, exotic animals and elaborate tree homes, the stranded family
must persevere by building traps and shelter to battle off pirates led by the villainous Sessue
Hayakawa (BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI) Also featuring Janet Munro (DAY THE EARTH
CAUGHT FIRE), winner of the 1960 Golden Globe for most promising newcomer. Photographed by
Harry Waxman (THE WICKER MAN).
Restored 35mm Print! TREASURE ISLAND, 1950, Disney, 96 min. Before Jack Sparrow
there was Long John Silver, in the most famous pirate tale in history. Based on the
classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Byron Haskin (THE NAKED JUNGLE) directs
Disney's first completely live action film starring Bobby Driscoll (SONG OF THE
SOUTH) as Jim Hawkins and Robert Newton (ODD MAN OUT) as Long John Silver, the most
iconographic scalawag of all time. Hawkins receives a treasure map from a dying man and
with help from companions Squire Trelawney (Walter Fitzgerald, of DARBY OGILL
AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE), Dr. Livesey (Dennis O'Dea, of SEA DEVILS), and Captain
Smollett (Basil Sydney, of THE THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER), he sets sail on the high seas
aboard the Hispaniola, in search of riches. Also onboard is the untrustworthy one legged
Long John Silver. An uprising occurs on the ship and it's a fantastic battle for the
wealth of Treasure Island. Also featuring Finlay Currie and Ralph Truman.
Sunday, July 15 7:30 PM
THAT DARN CAT!, 1965, Disney, 116 min. Hayley Mills
(THE PARENT TRAP) stars with an all star supporting cast featuring Roddy McDowall, Ed
Wynn, Dorothy Provine, Elsa Lanchester, Frank Gorshin (The
Riddler on TVs "Batman"), William Demarest (Uncle Charlie on
TVs "My Three Sons") and Disney legend Dean Jones as agent Zeke
Kelso. Nominated by the Writers Guild for Best Written Comedy and directed by Robert
Stevenson (MARY POPPINS). A young girl (Mills) is convinced that her cat's collar is
evidence in the case of a kidnapped woman. After calling the FBI, they must track down her
mischievous pet, but unfortunately the agents are allergic to cats. Filled with nosey
neighbors, laughs and romance. Also appearing is Richard Deacon ("The Dick Van
THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA, 1964, Disney,
97 min. "I Am Thomasina -A Most Unusual Cat...They Say I'm Enchanted, and I
Am!" Director Don Chaffey (PETE'S DRAGON, TVs "The
Prisoner") reunites with "Danger Man" alumni Patrick McGoohan
(Disney's "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh"), Emmy Award-winner Susan Hampshire
and Laurence Naismith in a tale of a cat that came back. Based on Paul
Gallicos book Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She was God. Set in 1912,
actress Karen Dotrice (MARY POPPINS) debuts as a young Scottish girl whose beloved
cat, Thomasina supposedly dies at the hands of her stiff veterinarian father (McGoohan).
The return of Thomasina by a young, mysterious woman (Hampshire) who seems to possess
magical powers helps repair the relationship between daughter and widower father. This
traditional family fare is full of heart and also manages to deal with darker issues of
grief and loss, a must-see for cat lovers. Also featuring actor Matthew Garber (MARY
POPPINS). With wonderful songs by Paul J. Smith (PINNOCHIO).