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Tuesday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m.

BRIGHT ROAD (MGM, 1953). Directed by Gerald Mayer. Screenplay by Emmet Lavery, from the short story "See How They Run" by Mary Elizabeth Vroman. With Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn, Harry Belafonte, Barbara Ann Sanders, Robert Horton. (68 min, black & white, 35mm).

Lobby card for Bright Road

Lobby card for "Bright Road" (MGM, 1953).

We celebrate Black History Month with the first non-musical film made by a major studio to feature a predominately black cast. Dorothy Dandridge stars as a teacher in a small black elementary school in the South who takes an interest in a boy who has consistently taken two years to get through each grade. As the school’s principal, Harry Belafonte makes his screen debut, as does eleven-year-old Philip Hepburn, who already had six years of stage experience and had acted on Broadway. The short story by first time author Mary Elizabeth Vroman was based on her personal experiences of teaching in Montgomery, AL. Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m.

SIMON AND LAURA (Group Film Productions, U.K., 1955). Directed by Muriel Box. Screenplay by Peter Blackmore, based on the play by Alan Melville. With Peter Finch, Kay Kendall, Muriel Pavlow, Hubert Gregg, Maurice Denham, Ian Carmichael. (91 min, Technicolor, 35mm).

Lobby card for Simon and Laura

Lobby card for "Simon and Laura" (Group Film Productions, U.K., 1955). Image courtesy of

A pair of squabbling stage actors on the cusp of divorce are hired to feature in a TV soap opera about a happily married couple. A witty satire of the then booming medium of television, "Simon and Laura" is an exemplary introduction to the work of Muriel Box, Britain’s most prolific female director. A "forgotten pioneer," Box directed fourteen films from 1949 to 1964 and wrote nearly twice as many screenplays (often in collaboration with her husband and producer Sydney Box), an output without peer for a woman working in the male dominated realm of post-World War II commercial cinema. Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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