MOVIE ROOM

 

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention also doubles as a film festival, providing rare films you will not see anywhere else. After all, why go to a convention and watch movies that you can see at the convenience of your own home? In many cases the films we offer are being screened exclusively for MANC. Look over the schedule and make plans to enjoy some of these rare gems. And there will be late-night horror movies after Midnight!

This year we pay tribute to film noir, a style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. Deadly females who smoked and drank, innocent children suffering in the slums, and private detectives who are forced to do the dirty work that drives them to drink. We also pay tribute to jazz, a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, having developed from blues and ragtime. This musical expression crept into a large number of movies during the 1950s and 1960s, all of which are worthy of viewing even if you are not a fan of the music.

Movie times are approximate. 

All movies scheduled for screening are subject to change.

You are allowed to eat and drink in the movie room but we ask that you pick up any wrappers and garbage before you leave. Please exercise the same courtesy to your neighbors as you would in a major movie theater.

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WEDNESDAY

6 pm  SERGEANT PRESTON OF THE YUKON

To Be Announced.

6:30 am  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

7 pm  1950s TV WRESTLING MATCHES

Known as the Friday Night Fights, following the advent of television, professional wrestling matches began to be aired nationally during the 1950s, reaching a larger fanbase than ever before. This was a time of enormous growth for professional wrestling, as rising demand and national expansion made it a much more popular and lucrative form of entertainment than in decades previous. This was called a "Golden Age" for the wrestling industry so we will present a number of those vintage telecasts from the 1950s, with all the excitement, flamboyancy and battle royal of legends. 

8 pm  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

10:30 pm  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced

12 Midnight   ALL-NIGHT HORROR MOVIES

Titles to be announced

 

THURSDAY

9 am  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

9:30 am  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

10 am  A MAN CALLED SHENANDOAH (1966)

Starring Robert Horton in the lead role. A man shot and left for dead on the trail is found and revived. He has no recollection of his past and, calling himself Shenandoah, roams the West in search of his identity. In this episode, "Impostor," Shenandoah is following up on a lead from yet another photograph from his time in the army. According to one source his name is Timothy O'Rourke. Apparently, he is the long lost son of wealthy cattleman Andrew O'Rourke. The two had a major falling out, and now the dying father wants to see his son one more time. Shenandoah suspects all of this is too good to be true (we know he never did find out his identity as the television program went off the air before a conclusion could be dramatized) but in this episode also meets his supposed sister, Paula, played by weekend guest Juliet Mills.

10:30 am  TO BE ANNOUNCED

11 am  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

12 noon  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

2 pm  ALIAS SMITH AND JONES (1971)

Stars Pete Duel and Ben Murphy as Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks." In this episode, "The Man Who Murdered Himself," Hannibal and Kid Currey got 2 jobs. The Kid lost the coin toss (as usual), and is to deliver a wagon-load of high explosives to a mining operation. Hannibal gets the job of playing tour guide for a group of archaeologists looking for a long lost tribe of Indians. Hannibal begins to realize that no one on the expedition are what they seem -- except, for the lovely Julia Finney (played by weekend guest Juliet Mills), and someone has murder in mind.

3 pm  THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (1965)

In this episode, titled "The Adriatic Express Affair," Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are on board the Adriatic Express from Vienna to Venice, seeking a T.H.R.U.S.H. chemical that can end the reproductive process in life forms. (What a mastermind criminal organization could get out of creating such a chemical beyond holding the world at ransom is beyond comprehension...) Anyway, along the way Solo and Kuryakin meet Madame Nemirovitch, who claims to be the founder of T.H.R.U.S.H., and a beautiful damsel in distress played by weekend guest Juliet Mills.

4 pm  HAZEL (1961)

Since we are highlighting the film career of Don DeFore this weekend, who played the role of George Baxter on Hazel, we are screening two episodes of the series, with Shirley Booth in the title role. George Baxter was a highly successful corporation lawyer who was always in control of everything at the office, but almost nothing at home. When he returned from the office at day's end, to his wife Dorothy, and his young son Harold, he entered the world of Hazel. Hazel was the maid and housekeeper who ran the Baxter household more efficiently than George ran his office. She was always right, knew exactly what needed doing, and pre-empted his authority with alarming, though, justified regularity.

5 pm  LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)

Starring weekend guests Jonathan Haze and Jackie Joseph, this Roger Corman classic inspired a Broadway musical and an animated cartoon... and celebrates the 60th anniversary this year. Seymour Krelboin (Jonathan Haze) works in the Skid Row flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik (Mel Welles). In his spare time, Seymour creates a new plant species he names Audrey Junior in honor of his girlfriend Audrey (Jackie Joseph). Audrey Junior begins speaking and demands to be fed human blood and flesh, convincing Seymour to kill a railroad detective, a sadistic dentist and a trollop. Seymour's guilt over the deaths forces him to confront Audrey Junior in a final confrontation. We will be screening a remastered print from an archival 35mm negative, ensuring the best picture and sound quality you will ever see!

6:30 pm  THE LONE RANGER

To Be Announced.

7 pm  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

8 pm  TIGER BAY  (1959)

Gille Jenkins (Hayley Mills), a twelve-year-old tomboy and compulsive liar living in a sordid tenement with her single parent mother, witnesses the murder of an immigrant Polish woman living in an nearby apartment by her former boyfriend, Bronislaus Korchinsky. The young merchant marine becomes distraught when he discovers that she has become the mistress of a married British sports announcer and shoots her with her own gun. Gillie lies about the circumstances in order to keep the gun which she discovers where Korchinsky hid it. She ultimately bonds with him and misleads the police in their investigation. This was Hayley Mills' first film. After you watch this rare gem you will understand why Walt Disney was so taken by her acting skills and screen persona that he immediately signed her for a series of movies.

10 pm  SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939)

What a cast of horror icons in this, the third Frankenstein movie in the series! Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill, with weekend guest Donnie Dunagan. Wolf von Frankenstein returns to the Baronial manor from the United States with his wife Elsa and son Peter. He is not made welcome by the locals who are still terrified of his father's works and the monster he created. Wolf insists he is not the scientist his father infamously imprinted on the villagers, but when he finds his father's scientific notes, and assistant Igor, it is only a matter of time before temptation gives in and the monster is revived.

12 Midnight   ALL-NIGHT HORROR MOVIES

12 midnight  The Silent House (1929)

1:30 am  The Phantom Wagon (1939)

3:00 am  To Be Announced

FRIDAY

9:00 am  THE BEST OF THE LITTLE RASCALS

Three classic comedy film shorts!  Titles to be announced.

10:00 am  THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET

They never televise this series anymore and it is a darn shame. One of the best situation comedies ever produced, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard, along with sons Ricky and David, stars as the average American family. What Ozzie's job was remains to be seen, but his half-digested schemes often involve comedic situations that require his wife and children bailing him out. In the later episodes, Ricky and David took the spotlight with their musical careers, going to college and getting married. But it was those early episodes from the early 1950s that are truly gems. Since we are highlighting the film career of Don DeFore over the weekend, we will highlight two half-hour episodes with Don DeFore in the cast, who played the recurring role of Thorny.  

11:00 am  SERGEANT PRESTON OF THE YUKON

To Be Announced.

11:30 am  LEAVE IT TO BEAVER (The "Special" Episode)

To Be Announced, an episode filmed but never telecast!

12 noon  

​To Be Announced.

2:00 pm  ONLY A SCREAM AWAY  (1974)

Starring Gary Collins and weekend guest Hayley Mills. Newlyweds Samantha and Robert Miller emerge from the church to the sound of cheers. However, the happy scene is disturbed by a cruel practical joke, someone throws a paint-bomb at the bride. Later, upon returning from their honeymoon the couple discover the smashed remnants of their wedding cake and a mysterious gift -- one soiled glove. Could it be a warning? Does someone hold a grudge against the couple? It's a true psychological thriller, boasting a superb story line, great characters, excellent performances and a true threat throughout. You know from the wedding that life isn't going to be peaches and cream for Samantha, but as it develops you see the true torture she's going through. Strong production values, great accompanying music, this hour-long film is a real gem. Hayley Mills and Gary Collins shine in particular, the conclusion is fantastic.

3:00 pm  HI-YO, SILVER!  (1940)

This motion-picture features Lee Powell as The Lone Ranger, and Chief Thundercloud as Tonto. A rag-tag band of Confederate Army deserters led by Captain Mark Smith captures, then murders Colonel Marcus Jeffries after discovering that he's a newly appointed Commissioner of Finance sent by the U.S. Treasury Department to Texas to collect taxes. Smith then assumes Jeffries identity and over time sets into play his plan to conquer Texas and rule it as a dictator. The Texas Rangers sent to investigate are ambushed, but one survives. He is nursed back to health by Tonto and swears to avenge the massacre. For those who do not want to watch the entire four-hour serial from 1938, this movie rendition featuring the highlights of what is considered one of the best cliffhanger serials is a novel way to enjoy the story in 70 minutes.

4:30 pm  LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)

In recognition of the 60th anniversary we are screening the 1960 cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors, from a recently-remastered archival 35mm print with superior picture and sound. A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it. Filmed in two-and-a-half days and with a budget of $22,500, the movie since spawned a Broadway musical, which in turn was filmed in 1986 by Frank Oz. Producer Charles B. Griffith provided the voice of the man-eating plant, as well as hiring a few of his family relatives in minor roles as customers in the store. Watch out for a young Jack Nicholson as a bizarre dentist patient, the first of five movies he would star in under the direction of Roger Corman.

6:00 pm  IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE (1947)

​Recognizing the film career of Don DeFore over the weekend we present this charming classic. A genial homeless man in New York illegally moves into a millionaire's mansion while the rich businessman is away for the winter, eventually inviting other unfortunates to join him. Naturally, the millionaire owner returns home unexpectedly, and is forced to play along under the guise of a destitute codger after his teenage daughter falls in love with one of the unemployed "idea men" now residing in the estate. This is one of those films you cannot resist recommending to your friends. Charming and entertaining, it stars Don DeFore in a romantic lead, not comedic.

8:00 pm  WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND (1963)

Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she asks him who he is, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus, and try to hide him from grown-ups. This is a charming movie with weekend guest Hayley Mills in the cast, along with Bernard Lee years before he played M in the James Bond movies.

10:00 pm  CRY OF THE WEREWOLF (1944)

Celeste, the gypsy daughter of a deceased New Orleans belle, who is now secretly entombed in a museum and frantically guarded by Celeste. She is a werewolf and will stop at nothing to protect the whereabouts of her mother's whereabouts, from whom she inherited the curse. This is what horror fans refer to as another studio's attempt to cash in on Universal's The Wolfman (1940) with a variation-on-a-theme. But at a quick 62 minutes, this is worth watching if for no other reason than actress Nina Foch playing the lead. 

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12 Midnight   ALL-NIGHT HORROR MOVIES

Titles to be announced

SATURDAY

9:00 am  SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS

An hour's worth of vintage cartoons that you grew up with on Saturday morning.

10:00 am  WESTERN MOVIE

To Be Announced.

11:30 am  SERGEANT PRESTON OF THE YUKON

To Be Announced.

12 noon  HOLLYWOOD FILM SHORTS

Six, ten-minute film shorts providing a candid look at Hollywood behind-the-scenes with tons of Hollywood celebrities. William S. Hart, retired, offers a tour of his ranch. Lum and Abner open the doors to their home. Bob Hope and Jerry Colonna behind the radio microphone, William Farnum revisits past scenes of his silent movie days, and a party at Pickfair with Buddy Rogers and Mary Pickford as they entertain troops during WWII. Boris Karloff, Rudy Vallee, Basil Rathbone, Claudette Colbert, Dame May Whitty, Joan Davis, Adolphe Menjou, Reginald Denny, Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, Edward Arnold, Joe E. Brown, Jane Withers, Evelyn Keyes, and many others! 

 

1:00 pm  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

2:00 pm  TO BE ANNOUNCED

To Be Announced.

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