RKO COMEDY CLASSICS

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!

"BRINGING UP BABY"

June 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

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


"STAGE DOOR"

July 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

The trials and tribulations of a set of Broadway-dreaming young women are in full display in RKO's Stage Door. Katherine Hepburn is stuffy socialite who moves into the Footlight Club, a rooming house for ladies trying to make it on Broadway. There, she runs afoul of Ginger Rogers, a more down-to-earth hoofer who won't take any guff from the nose-in-the-air Hepburn. A hilarious and moving look at following one's dreams to Broadway, Stage Door is a great showcase for the very different styles of acting in Hepburn, Rogers, and newcomers Lucille Ball, Eve Arden and Ann Miller.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


"VIVACIOUS LADY"

July 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

When timid botany professor (Jimmy Stewart) meets and falls in love and suddenly marries a nightclub singer (Ginger Rogers), he finds himself in a world of trouble back home. Too afraid to announce the news to his domineering father who runs the college and his former fiancee, what can he do but... put his wife into a women's boarding house and pretend she's a new student. The chemistry between Stewart and Rogers is more explosive than a shot glass of nitro glycerin!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


"BACHELOR MOTHER"

July 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Ginger Rogers is a salesgirl who, seeing an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, picks it up as it's about to fall from the steps. The playboy son of the store's owner sees her, thinks it's her child, and then chaos ensues as he tries to make her keep the child, and at the same time hide it from everyone. Notable for making hay over what was, at the time, a very serious subject (especially in the movies), Bachelor Mother is a sassy, sexy romp that is at turns touching, even as it flaunts convention.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


"MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE"

July 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

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.