Heartwarming Holidays

In the Audience

Heartwarming HolidaysBy NICK ROGERS

This time of the year brings a bounty of warm and loving family film entertainments to the Historic USO Building’s big screen.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., Cary Grant plays Dudley, the handsome, helpful all-knowing angel assigned the duty of helping Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) raise building funds for a cathedral that is the pet project of a bitter and wealthy member of the congregation (Gladys Cooper).

Appearing to only the bishop, Dudley becomes his personal assistant … and an eventual thorn in his side.

You see, Dudley utterly charms everyone he comes in contact with … including the bishop’s lonely and lovely wife, Julia, played by Loretta Young.

Hmm … could this be a problem?

This classic holiday film favorite from 1947 offers a wise and loving summation of the reason for the season and will leave the audience with joyous hearts!

Prepare to “go shopping” for family film fun on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., the day before “turkey day,” as Edmund Gwenn delivers an Academy Award-winning performance as a strange magical man who claims to be Santa Claus.

You see, he is substituting for a drunken Santa who is unable to ride in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

A young Natalie Wood and her mother (Maureen O’Hara) struggle to try to believe that this man is the “real thing” in this much-beloved 1947 holiday classic.

Arrive for the movies at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the delicious treats available at the thrifty “Super Star” Snack Bar.

Of course, there is no admission fee, but we sure appreciate all those loving holiday donations that keep our building running in top shape.

For film titles, call 760-275-8456 from Tuesday through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or stop by the Historic USO for a current film schedule.

See you at the movies…for holiday family film fun!

Pictured: Cary Grant (left) as the angel sent to answer David Niven’s prayers ... with Loretta Young looking on! — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-11-08