The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will feature four classic couples on film through the new “One Night Only” film series running on four Mondays in March at 7:30 p.m.
The “One Night Only” film series is centered on the concept of four couples, for four nights, for $4 each. It will screen “The Barkleys of Broadway” on Monday, March 2; “The Quiet Man” on Monday, March 9; “The Thin Man” on Monday, March 23; and “Casablanca” on Monday, March 30.
“The Barkleys of Broadway” features the highly successful partnership of dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Released in 1949, the film centers on the successful, yet constantly-feuding, musical-comedy team of husband and wife Josh and Dinah Barkley (Astaire and Rogers). After finishing one of their shows, Dinah meets a serious French playwright, Jacques Barredout, who envisions Dinah as a dramatic actress. The offer of a new job for Dinah threatens to break up Josh and Dinah as a musical-comedy team.
“The Quiet Man” is a romantic comedy-drama starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Released in 1952, “The Quiet Man” follows Sean Thornton (Wayne), a retired Irish-American boxer who returns to the Irish village where he was born to purchase the home of his birth. However, the village bully, Will Danaher (Victor McLagen), covets the property for himself, and when Thornton falls in love with Will’s sister, Mary (O’Hara), Will refuses to give his consent to their marriage.
“The Thin Man” is a romantic comedy mystery featuring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a rich and carefree married couple. Powell plays a retired detective who decides that, for the fun of it, he will take up the investigation of a murder case with the help of his wife. The movie launched a successful series of Thin Man films.
“Casablanca,” released in 1942, is a romantic drama set during World War II and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as former lovers Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund. When Rick, an American expatriate who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers that Ilsa is in town with her husband, his bitterness at the way their relationship ended intersects with the married couple’s desperate need to escape the Nazis.
Tickets are $4 for regular admission for each film. They will be available at the door and are also on sale in advance at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.