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This month’s film is a romantic comedy/fantasy about a Depression-era woman whose favorite movie actor steps off the screen and into her life. View the trailer here.
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Film Showing
Thursday, September 8
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek television series with a showing of the iconic film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan! Feel free to dress as your favorite Enterprise crew member, alien villain, or otherworldly creature from the TV series or its host of films! Refreshments will be provided. Registration required. Sign up online at plymouthlibrary.org or by calling 734-453-0750, option 4.
Featured Actress: Yvonne De Carlo
Before she portrayed Lily Munster in the famed TV series, The Munsters, Yvonne De Carlo enjoyed a film career as a raven-haired beauty and sensuous dancer.
De Carlo was born in Vancouver, British Columbia as Margaret Middleton in 1922. Her father abandoned the family when she was 3, and young Peggy went to live with her maternal grandparents.
At the age of ten, De Carlo began dance lessons, first at home, and then in Hollywood, where she and her mother headed to seek fame and fortune.
It wasn't until 1940, when she was the runner-up in the Miss Venice Beach contest, that her numerous trips to Hollywood began to pay off.
Young De Carlo became a dancer at the Florentine Gardens until visa problems resulted in her deportation. When showman Nils Granlund pledged to provide her with a job, the immigration authorities allowed her to return. De Carlo continued her dancing, but quit a short time later to play a role in 1941's Harvard, Here I Come.
Several small film parts followed, and in 1944, De Carlo had her big break---a starring role in Salome, Where She Danced in which her seductive dance moves nearly violated the era's Hays Movie Production Code. Filmed in Technicolor, this movie highlighted De Carlo's blue-gray eyes, which sparkled beautifully on color film.
For the next few years, she played similar sultry-vixen roles, but yearned to star in other types of movies. After Universal Studios released her from her contract, she found parts in some forgettable Westerns and a couple of comedic roles in Hotel Sahara and Captain's Paradise.
De Carlo's most memorable movie role was Sephora, Moses' wife, in Cecil B. DeMille's epic, The Ten Commandments, where the actress held her own against Hollywood titans Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner. With De Carlo's dramatic performance in this blockbuster picture, she seemed poised for stardom as a leading lady.
Instead, The Ten Commandments merely marked the pinnacle of her film career, and from then on, De Carlo only managed to find parts in a series of B-movies. She successfully transitioned to the small screen, however, and guest-starred on two of the leading television series of the day, Bonanza and The Virginian.
In 1964, De Carlo auditioned for the role of The Munsters matriarch, Lily, so named because she slept in a coffin with folded hands embracing a single lily blossom. Initially, she had reservations about portraying a vampire, but she took the job to help financially support her ailing husband, Robert Morgan. He had lost a leg and the sight in one eye in an on-set accident while filming How the West Was Won, released in 1962.
The Munsters, a spoof of both horror films and TV domestic dramas of the day, introduced De Carlo to a whole new generation of viewers. It took make-up artists three hours each morning to transform the 42-year-old beauty into a 100-year-old vampire, using green face make-up that registered as white on the black and white film of the day. De Carlo enjoyed wandering the studio lot in her full Lily make-up and costume, sometimes sneaking up on people to scare them.
Lasting for 70 episodes, The Munsters gained De Carlo new fans during its years of syndication. Although she acted in more than 90 films, she is probably best remembered today as Lily Munster. De Carlo said that the show was a lot of fun, but a lot of work, and ''I had to think about that makeup because of the image that was made of me,'' she said. ''But there is a bit of glamour."
See the glamorous (and ghoulish) side of Yvonne De Carlo in these DVDs available at the Plymouth District Library:
Summer Movies 2016
This summer film season has so much to offer---remakes of familiar tales as well as exciting new stories. Escape the upcoming heat and humidity by heading to your local theater to catch a newly-released film!
Summer Movie Highlights
Captain America: Civil War (May 6) starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr.
Dark Horse (May 6)
Dheepan (May 6) winner of the Palm d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
The Darkness (May 13) starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell
The Lobster (May 13) starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz
Love & Friendship (May 13) starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloé Sevigny
Money Monster (May 13) starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney
Sunset Song (May 13)
The Angry Birds Movie (May 20)
Maggie's Plan (May 20) starring Ethan Hawke, Greta Gerwig, and Julianne Moore
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (May 20) starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron
The Nice Guys (May 20) starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling
Song of Lahore (May 20)
Weiner (May 20)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27) starring Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp
Last Man Club (May 27)
Presenting Princess Shaw (May 27)
X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27) starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender
Me Before You (June 3) starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (June 3) starring Andy Samberg
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (June 3) starring Will Arnett and Megan Fox
Now You See Me 2 (June 10) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson
Warcraft (June 10) starring Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper
Central Intelligence (June 17) starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart
Finding Dory (June 17)
The Free State of Jones (June 24) starring Matthew McConaughey
Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24) starring Liam Hemsworth and Joey King
The Shallows (June 24) starring Blake Lively
The BFG (July 1) starring Mark Rylance
The Legend of Tarzan (July 1) starring Alexander Skarsgård
Captain Fantastic (July 8) starring Viggo Mortensen and Frank Langella
The Secret Life of Pets (July 8) featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and others
Ghostbusters (July 15) starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig
Little Men (July 15) starring Greg Kinnear
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (July 22)
Ice Age: Collision Course (July 22)
Star Trek Beyond (July 22) starring Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Pine
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (July 29) starring Kristen Stewart and James Franco
Bad Moms (July 29) starring Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell
Jason Bourne (July 29) starring Matt Damon
The Founder (August 5) starring Michael Keaton
Suicide Squad (August 5) starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie
Florence Foster Jenkins (August 12) starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant
The Hollars (August 12) starring Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski
Pete's Dragon (August 12) starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford
Ben-Hur (August 19)
War Dogs (August 19) starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller
Hands of Stone (August 26) starring Edgar Ramírez and Robert DeNiro
Max Steel (August 26) starring Ben Winchell and Andy Garcia
Mechanic: Resurrection (August 26) starring Jason Statham and Jessica Alba
The Light Between Oceans (Sept. 2) starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender
Sully (Sept. 9) starring Tom Hanks and Laura Linney
The Wild Life (Sept. 9)
Other People (Sept. 9) starring Jesse Plemons and Bradley Whitford
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before
In 1966, writer Gene Roddenberry's space-exploration series, Star Trek, debuted. Lasting only three seasons before its cancellation, the original series drew both cheers and jeers for its portrayal of intergalactic life in the 23rd century.
While short-lived, the original show managed to become a cultural phenomenon, spawning an animated series, movies, and several new television versions. The ardent fans of Star Trek became known as Trekkies or Trekkers, and they are perhaps best known for their annual conventions and encyclopedic knowledge of all things Star Trek.
This summer, a new Star Trek movie will be released on July 22. Here's your chance to watch the trailer: Star Trek Beyond.