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Market Street Matinees presents Hope and Crosby

September 12, 2010
Staff reports

Market Street Matinees closes out the summer with light-hearted comedy and song and dance courtesy of the legendary talents of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Mixing classic comedy and some of the finest musical moments in film, Hope and Crosby delighted audiences and created an indelible bond. Accompanied by stunning screen beauties, including Dorothy Lamour and Jane Russell, these films offer timeless and priceless entertainment.

The showings are at 2 p.m. each Wednesday on the third floor of the Welch Wing at the James V. Brown Library and are free and open to the public. For more information, visit Market Street Matinees at or call 326-0536. Viewers must be 18 or older to attend Rated R films.

Wednesday - "Road to Bali"

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James V. Brown Library’s Market Street Matinees presents a series of films featuring Bob Hope and or Bing Crosby. The series begins with “Road to Bali,” below, Wednesday.

The film stars Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour and is directed by Hal Walker. It was made in 1952, runs 91 minutes and is not rated.

Leaving Australia in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on to work as divers. This takes them to an idyllic island on the way to Bali where they vie with each other for the favors of Princess Lala. The hazardous dive produces a chest of priceless jewels which arouses the less romantic interest of some shady locals.

Sept. 22 - "Son of Paleface"

The film stars Bob Hope, Jane Russell and Roy Rogers and is directed by Frank Tashlin. It was made in 1952, runs 95 minutes and is not rated.

Bob Hope returns to the Wild West in "Son of Paleface." Hope plays Junior Potter, a college boy who's come to California seeking his father's hidden gold. What he finds is an empty treasure chest, a pile of unpaid bills, vengeful Indians, buxom Jane Russell (as a saloon girl by day, wily bandit by night) and singing cowboy Roy Rogers.

Russell sashays about in spectacular form-fitting outfits, Rogers yodels a few tunes, and Hope snivels and wheedles his way out of endless scrapes.

Sept. 29 - "Holiday Inn"

The film stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire and is directed by Mark Sandrich. It was made in 1942, runs 101 minutes and is not rated.

With music by Irving Berlin, singing by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire, "Holiday Inn" is one of the most delightful and memorable musicals of all time. It's an unforgettable grab bag of Irving Berlin's hit songs including the one and only "White Christmas."

Oct. 6 - "The Princess and the Pirate"

The film stars Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo and Walter Brennan and is directed by David Butler. It was made in 1944, runs 94 minutes and is not rated.

The legendary Bob Hope takes to the high seas in this hilarious, Oscar-nominated romantic comedy co-starring Virginia Mayo, Walter Slezak, Walter Brennan and Victor McLaglen. Sylvester the Great (Hope) is a 17th-century entertainer with an act so atrocious, he's exiled from England.

Aboard a ship bound for America, he finds himself falling for the beautiful Princess Margaret (Mayo), a woman uninterested in love - not to mention his lousy one-liners.

But when an evil band of pirates attacks the ship and captures the princess, her only hope is the cowardly comedian.



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