Founded in 1928, Radio-Keith-Orpheum Pictures became known for their dark noirs, for being a home to geniuses (like Orson Welles), and for their often ahead-of-their-time comedies. In honor of the studio's 90th birthday, the Heights presents five of the best and most hilarious comedies from the Golden Age of Hollywood!
The very definition of screwball, Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby throws loony socialite Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) at uptight paleontologist Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant), who's engaged to be married to someone else. There's a leopard, there's an 'intercostal clavicle', there's Cary in a house dress, Katherine in a torn, bottomless evening gown, and more laughs per frame than just about any movie in Hollywood history. Don't miss this rare 35mm screening
35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress
Examining the drive to the suburbs that exploded after the war, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House sees hapless ad exec James Blandings (Cary Grant), exasperated wife Muriel (Myrna Loy), and their baffled lawyer friend Bill (Melvyn Douglas) as they decide to move from a cramped apartment into a massive colonial home for which they paid way too much money. And which is condemned. And which gets replaced by an even bigger monstrosity that threatens their marriage and their sanity! The mounting financial and structural issues drive this couple into some of the most uproarious escapes of home ownership, trials and tribulations that are sure to reverberate with home owners today as much as they did 70 years ago. Some things just never change!=
35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.