Join us on Wednesday, September 21 @ 1 p.m.
George Clooney leads an all-star cast in this Coen brothers romp through old-time Hollywood and its studio system. This stylish comedy features Josh Brolin as a studio fixer determined to keep his bevy of movie stars on the straight and narrow. View the trailer of Hail Caesar here.
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Join us on Saturday, September 24 @ 1 p.m.Fred Astaire and George Murphy star as two dancers down on their luck until an opportunity to dance with a Broadway star, played by Eleanor Powell, changes everything. Featuring music by Cole Porter, this film features dance routines set to such classic songs as Begin the Beguine and I’ve Got My Eyes on You. View the trailer of Broadway Melody of 1940 here.
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Fall Movie Highlights
Crisp autumn days and cool nights herald the start of the fall movie season. This year's crop of films includes features based on bestselling books, remakes of familiar tales, and stories torn from the headlines. Grab a cup of hot cider and head to your favorite movie palace to catch some of these exciting productions!
The Light Between Oceans (Sept. 2)
Sully (Sept. 9)
The Wild Life (Sept. 9)
Other People (Sept. 9) starring Jesse Plemons and Bradley Whitford
Blair Witch (Sept. 16)
Bridget Jones's Baby (Sept. 16)
The Magnificent Seven (Sept. 23)
Queen of Katwe (Sept. 23)
Storks (Sept. 23)
Deepwater Horizon (Sept. 30)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Sept. 30)
The Birth of a Nation (Oct. 7)
Mascots (Oct. 13)
The Accountant (Oct. 14)
American Pastoral (Oct. 21)
A Monster Calls (Oct. 21)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Oct. 21)
Keeping Up With the Joneses (Oct. 21)
Inferno (Oct. 28)
Dr. Strange (Nov. 4)
Loving (Nov. 4)
Trolls (Nov. 4)
Arrival (Nov. 11)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Nov. 11)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov. 18)
Manchester by the Sea (Nov. 18)
Nocturnal Animals (Nov. 18)
Allied (Nov. 23)
Moana (Nov. 23)
Miss Sloane (Dec. 9)
Office Christmas Party (Dec. 9)
Collateral Beauty (Dec.16)
The Founder (Dec. 16)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dec. 16)
Assassin's Creed (Dec. 21)
Passengers (Dec. 21)
Sing (Dec. 21)
Gold (Dec. 25)
Why Him? (Dec. 25)
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: