Movies to feature holiday classics

In the Audience

By NICK ROGERS

Having just wrapped up our very popular “Bogie and Bacall” film series, the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert gears up for the holidays with four film classics from the legendary Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios.

The new series kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building, 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. This date, by the way, is a non-flex Wednesday. The normal flex week play date for this film was originally Nov. 15, but due to the HSUMD program (Dave Ashworth, son of VAdm. Dick Ashworth) scheduled for that evening, the series premier will be moved up to Nov. 8. This means that the normal schedule will resume on Wednesday, Nov. 29, which is a flex week movie date.

Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon head an all-star cast that includes Agnes Moorehead, Edward Arnold, Gladys Cooper and Peter Lawford in this 1944 drama. Garson portrays an 84-year-old family matriarch, who flashes back through decades of passion, breakups, reconciliations, losses, laughs, schemes and sacrifices during an eventful family Christmas Eve gathering. Be sure to drop in to share her remarkable life.

Jump way up to Nov. 29, and then on to Dec. 13, both at 7 p.m., for two classic stories by famous authors Louisa May Alcott and Charles Dickens. A glittering M.G.M. cast, including June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Rossano Brazzi and Peter Lawford make up the beloved 1949 Technicolor repertory presentation of the hallowed Civil War-era tale of bravery and loyalty on the home front. Included in this film is a delightful Christmas scene that really brings home the true meaning of the holiday.

Travel to Dickens’ London on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., as Reginald Owen brings the larger-than-life character of Ebenezer Scrooge to the big screen, along with all of the scary ghosts of Christmas, in one of the most popular cinematic versions (1938) of this holiday classic tale.

Round out the holiday season, on Dec. 27, with an encore visit to the “Emerald City” in MGM’s 1939 mega-classic extravaganza, that has enchanted generations of movie lovers … and continues to delight to this day. More about that incredible journey down the “yellow brick road” next month!

HSUMD’s fabulous snack bar opens up at 6:30 p.m. on each Movie Night to offer taste-tempting treats at “Scrooge-like” prices! Admission to the movies is, as always, free, but the society surely won’t mind those holiday-inspired donations! For film titles, call 760-375-8456, or pick up a new schedule in the lobby.

See you at the movies for a joyous MGM Merry Christmas!

Story First Published: 2017-11-03