2nd Annual McKinney Classic Film Festival Announces Full Line Up

McKinney Classic Film Festival Logo 2016

 

Second annual McKinney Classic Film Festival (MCFF) presents SCREWBALL COMEDIES FEATURING CARY GRANT.

 

WHAT:

This year’s MCFF will showcase five of Cary Grant’s films during the three-day festival, which offers entertainment for the whole family with great classic films, dynamic guests, activities, and plenty of popcorn, too, all in Historic Downtown McKinney.

 

Film titles are: 

  • ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944)
  • MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940)
  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)
  • HOLIDAY (1938)
  • THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

 

WHERE:

The McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, Texas.  

All films will be screened in MPAC’s Courtroom Theater.

 

WHEN: Aug. 19-21, 2016

 

Friday, Aug. 19 MCFF Opens

7:30 p.m.

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944)

A hapless theater critic (Cary Grant) discovers on his wedding day that his otherwise sweet, elderly aunts are actually homicidal dingbats.

Director: Frank Capra

The cast also includes Priscilla Lane and Raymond Massey.
 

 

Saturday, Aug. 20 Gala Events

2-3 p.m.

MCKINNEY DANCE BAND will perform big band and swing music onstage in MPAC’s Courtroom Theater. (Free!) 

 

4 p.m.

MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940)

A wife (Irene Dunne), missing for seven years and presumed dead, returns to find her husband (Cary Grant) remarried. A smooth reunion is not in the cards for anyone concerned.

​Director: Garson Kanin

Randolph Scott also appears in the film, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.

 

6-8 p.m.

RED CARPET: All ticket holders may dress in any attire for fun photos, whether dressed up as their favorite screwball comedy character, retro Hollywood Star, or just plain old every day wear. Ticket holders should bring their cameras to snap plenty of Red Carpet pics! 

 

8 p.m.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)

A newspaper reporter (Rosalind Russell) finds herself drawn back into her previous relationship with her ex-husband and former boss (Cary Grant) who does everything in his power to prevent her from marrying another man.

Director: Howard Hawks

The cast also includes Ralph Bellamy. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

 

Sunday, Aug. 21 Events

2 p.m.

HOLIDAY (1938)

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn portray star-crossed lovers fighting their mutual attraction in this story about a young man who becomes engaged to the wrong sister in a wealthy family. 

Director: George Cukor

The cast also includes Doris Nolan. The film was nominated for one Academy Award for Art Direction.

 

4:30 p.m.

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

As her wedding approaches, a socialite (Katharine Hepburn) discovers some hard truths about herself while attracting the attention of a reporter (Jimmy Stewart) and her ex-husband (Cary Grant).

Director: George Cukor

The film won two Academy Awards and was nominated for three others. Jimmy Stewart won for Best Actor in a Leading Role (as Mike Connor); Donald Ogden Stewart, won Best Writing, Screenplay.

 

Closing Party 6:30 p.m.

All festival ticket holders will be invited to return after the final screening for the weekend’s closing party with refreshments.

 

General information

  • Festival general admission tickets: $10 per person
  • Film Buff Pass including all films: $45
  • All tickets include entrance to the closing party on Aug. 21.
  • Free parking is available on the street and in parking lots surrounding Historic Downtown McKinney.

 

Full details, including schedules for film screenings and events, and maps, are available online at mckinneyclassicfilm.com.

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