John Bull & Uncle Sam - Four Centuries of British-American Relations

The Mary Pickford Theater presents a film retrospective in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations beginning November 15, 1999. While the relationship between the United States and the Mother Country are admittedly complex, British and American culture and ideas are constantly interwoven through film.

RESERVATIONS may be made by phone, beginning one week before any given show. Call (202) 707-5677 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm). Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before showtime, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats. All programs are free, but seating is limited to 64 seats. The Mary Pickford Theater is located on the third floor of the Library of Congress Madison building.

If you would like to subscribe to our program guide you can submit your name and mailing address either by calling the Pickford Theater reservation line at (202) 707-5677 (24 hours a day) or by sending e-mail to pickford@loc.gov. We also encourage you to visit our web site at http://www.loc.gov/rr/mopic/pickford/.

Monday, November 15, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (Ealing, 1949). Director: Robert Hamer. Writers: Robert Hamer and John Dighton, from the novel Noblesse Oblige by Roy Horniman. Camera: Douglas Slocombe. Cast: Alec Guiness, Valerie Hobson, Dennis Price. (106 minutes, sound, b&w, 16mm; LC Collection, courtesy Janus Films).

Tuesday, November 16, 1999 (6:30 pm start time)

P.G. WODEHOUSE: STAGE TO SCREEN

  • A Gentleman of Leisure (Paramount, 1915). Director: George Melford. Writer: William C. DeMille, from the play by John Stapleton and P.G. Wodehouse, and the novel by Wodehouse. Cast: Wallace Eddinger, Carol Halloway, Billy Elmer. (ca. 75 minutes, silent, b&w, 35 mm; LC Collection).
  • Excerpt: Show Boat (Universal, 1936). (lyrics for song "Bill")
  • Ford Startime: Dear Arthur (NBC, 1960). Director: Bretaigne Windust, Gordon Rigsby. Adaptation: Gore Vidal, from the 1950 P.G. Wodehouse adaptation of the Ferenc Molnar play. Cast: Rex Harrison, Hermione Baddeley, Sarah Marshall, Nicholas Pryor. Telecast: March 22, 1960. (60 minutes, sound, b&w, 16mm; LC Collection, courtesy NBC).

Thursday, November 18, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • The Avengers: The Superlative Seven (ABC Television, 1967). Director: Sidney Hayers. Writer: Brian Clemens. Cast: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg. (60 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy ABC).
  • The Avengers: Murdersville (ABC Television, 1967). Director: Robert Asher. Writer: Brian Clemens. Cast: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg. (60 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy ABC).

Friday, November 19, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Riff-Raff (Parallax Pictures for Channel 4, 1991). Director: Ken Loach. Writer: Bill Jesse. Camera: Barry Ackroyd. Music: Stewart Copeland. Cast: Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Ricky Tomlinson. (95 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Parallax Pictures).

Monday, November 22, 1999 (6:30 pm start time)

  • The Beverly Hillbillies: The Clampetts in London (CBS, 1967). Director: Joseph Depew. Writers: Buddy Atkinson, Gene Thompson. Cast: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer. (25 minutes, sound, color, 16mm; LC Collection, courtesy Filmways TV).
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Paramount, 1948). Director: Tay Garnett. Writer: Edmund Beloin, from the novel by Mark Twain. Camera: Ray Rennahan. Cast: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix. (106 minutes, sound, color, 16mm; LC Collection, courtesy Paramount).

Tuesday, November 23, 1999 (6:30 pm start time)

P.G. WODEHOUSE: WRITING IN HOLLYWOOD

  • Those Three French Girls (MGM, 1930). Director: Harry Beaumont. Writers: Sylvia Thalberg, Frank Butler, and P.G. Wodehouse from a story by Dale Van Every and Arthur Freed. Cast: Fifi D'Orsay, Reginald Denny, Cliff Edwards. (76 minutes, sound, b&w, 35 mm; print courtesy of Turner Entertainment).
  • The Man in Possession (MGM, 1931). Director: Sam Wood. Writers: Sarah Y. Mason and P.G. Wodehouse, based on the play by H.M. Harwood. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Charlotte Greenwood, Irene Purcell, C. Aubrey Smith. (84 minutes, sound, b&w, 35 mm; print courtesy of Turner Entertainment).

Monday, November 29, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Alfie (Paramount, 1966). Director: Lewis Gilbert. Writer: Bill Naughton, from his play. Camera: Otto Heller. Music: Sonny Rollins, Burt Bacharach. Cast: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Jane Asher, Vivien Merchant. (114 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Paramount).

Tuesday, November 30, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

P.G. WODEHOUSE: RETURN TO HOLLYWOOD

  • A Damsel in Distress (RKO, 1937) Director: George Stevens. Writers: P.G. Wodehouse, Ernest Pagano, and S.K. Lauren, from the Wodehouse novel. Cast: Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Joan Fontaine, Reginald Gardiner. (101 minutes, sound, b&w, 35 mm.; LC Collection, courtesy Turner Entertainment).

Wednesday, December 1, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Passport to Pimlico (Ealing, 1949). Director: Henry Cornelius. Writer: T.E.B. Clarke. Camera: Lionel Banes. Cast: Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, Basil Radford. (84 minutes, sound, b&w, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Janus Films).

Thursday, December 2, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Catch Us If You Can (Warner Bros., 1965). US title: Having a Wild Weekend. Director: John Boorman. Writer: Peter Nichols. Camera: Manny Wynn. Music: The Dave Clark Five. Cast: Dave Clark, Barbara Ferris, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley. (91 minutes, sound, b&w, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Warner Bros.).

Friday, December 3 , 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Performance (Warner Bros., 1970). Directors: Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg. Writer: Donald Cammell. Camera: Nicolas Roeg. Original music: Jack Nitzsche. Cast: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg. (105 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Warner Bros.).

Monday, December 6, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • The Avengers: The Nutshell (ABC Television, 1963). Director: Raymond Menmuir. Writer: Philip Chambers. Cast: Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman. (60 minutes, sound, b&w, 16mm; LC Collection, courtesy ABC).
  • The Avengers: Invasion of the Earthmen (ABC Television, 1968). Director: Don Sharp. Writer: Terry Nation. Cast: Patrick Macnee, Linda Thorson. (60 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy ABC).

Tuesday, December 7, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

P.G. WODEHOUSE: WODEHOUSE ON TELEVISION

  • Great Performances: Tales From the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable (WNET, 1988). Director: Michael Blakemore. Writer: Robert Mundy, based on the novel by P.G. Wodehouse. Cast: Donovan Scott, Rosemary Harris, Lynn Redgrave. Telecast: November 4, 1988. (60 minutes, sound, color, video; LC Collection, courtesy WNET).
  • Jeeves and Wooster: Safety in New York (a.k.a. Bertie Sets Sail) (Granada Television, 1992). Director: Ferdinand Fairfax. Writer: Clive Exton, adapted from the stories of P.G. Wodehouse. Cast: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Robert Daws. (55 minutes, sound, color, video; LC Collection, courtesy A&E Home Video).

Wednesday, December 8, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Hidden Agenda (Initial Film and Television, 1990). Director: Ken Loach. Writer: Jim Allen. Camera: Clive Tickner. Music: Stewart Copeland. Cast: Francis McDormand, Brian Cox. (108 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Initial Film).

Thursday, December 9, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Victim (Allied, 1961). Director: Basil Dearden. Writers: Janet Green and John McCormick. Camera: Otto Heller. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Sims, Dennis Price. (98 minutes, sound, b&w, 35mm; LC Collection).

Friday, December 10, 1999 (6:30 pm start time)

  • Whisky Galore! (Ealing, 1948). Director: Alexander Mackendrick. Writers: Compton Mackenzie and Angus McPhail. Camera: Gerald Gibbs. Cast: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Jean Cadell. (82 minutes, sound, b&w, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Janus Films).
  • The Lavender Hill Mob (Ealing, 1951). Director: Charles Crichton. Writer: T.E.B. Clarke. Camera: Douglas Slocombe. Cast: Alec Guiness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James. (78 minutes, sound, b&w, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Janus Films).

Monday, December 13 , 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Pennies from Heaven (MGM, 1981). Director: Herbert Ross. Writer: Dennis Potter. Camera: Gordon Willis. Music: Marvin Hamlisch, Billy May. Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken. (108 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy MGM).

Tuesday, December 14, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

P.G. WODEHOUSE: MORE WODEHOUSE

  • Jeeves and Wooster: Bertie Ensures Bicky Can Continue To Live in Manhattan (a.k.a. The Full House) (Granada Television, 1992). Director: Ferdinand Fairfax. Writer: Clive Exton, adapted from the stories of P.G. Wodehouse. Cast: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Julian Firth. (55 minutes, sound, color, video; LC Collection, courtesy A&E Home Video).
  • other titles to be announced

Wednesday, December 15, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Secret Agent: Judgement Day (ITC, 1964). Director: Don Chaffey. Writer: Donald Johnson (from a story by Michael Bird). Cast: Patrick McGoohan. (60 minutes, sound, b&w, 16mm; LC Collection, courtesy ITC).
  • The Prisoner: Arrival (ITC, 1967). Director: Don Chaffey. Writers: George Markstein and David Tomblin. Cast: Patrick McGoohan. (60 minutes, sound, color, 16mm: LC Collection, courtesy ITC).

Thursday, December 16, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Bitter Sweet (British and Dominions Film Corp., 1933). Director: Herbert Wilcox. Writer: Noel Coward and Monckton Hoffe, from the play by Coward. Camera: F.A. Young. Cast: Anna Neagle, Fernand Graavey, Esme Percy, Ivy St. Helier. (93 minutes, sound, b&w, 35mm; LC Collection).

Friday, December 17, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Room at the Top (Remus, 1959). Director: Jack Clayton. Writers: Neil Paterson and Mordecai Richler, from the novel by John Braine. Camera: Freddie Francis. Cast: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit. (115 minutes, sound, b&w, 35mm: LC Collection).

Monday, December 20, 1999 (6:00 pm start time)

  • Carry On Up the Khyber (Rank, 1968) Director: Gerald Thomas. Writer: Talbot Rothwell. Camera: Alan Hume. Cast: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims. (88 minutes, sound, color, 35mm: LC Collection, courtesy Canal Plus).
  • Carry On Camping (Rank, 1969). Director: Gerald Thomas. Writer: Talbot Rothwell. Camera: Ernest Steward. Cast: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims. (88 minutes, sound, color, 35mm: LC Collection, courtesy Canal Plus).

Tuesday, December 21, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • Ladybird Ladybird (Parallax Pictures for Channel 4, 1994). Director: Ken Loach. Writer: Rona Munro. Camera: Barry Ackroyd. Cast: Chrissy Rock, Vladimer Vega. (101 minutes, sound, color, 35mm; LC Collection, courtesy Parallax Pictures).

Tuesday, December 28, 1999 (7:00 pm start time)

  • The Saint: The People Importers (Bamore Production for ITC, 1968). Director: Ray Austin. Writer: Donald James. Cast: Roger Moore. (60 minutes, sound, color, 16mm; LC Collection, courtesy ITC).
  • Return of the Saint: The Arrangement (ITC, 1978). Director: Peter Medak. Writer: Anthony Terpiloff. Cast: Ian Ogilvy. (60 minutes, sound, color, video; LC Collection, courtesy ITC).

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