The Free Movies at the Lake Series continues this weekend at the Carolina Beach Lake Park. This week's compilation is labeled Classic Night featuring a presentation of an award-winning documentary about Frank Capra by Chip Hagler, an Assistant Professor in the Film Studies Department at UNC-Wilmington followed by Capra's classic Mr. Deeds Goes To Town.
Two Hours In The Dark -When Capra was blindsided by the success of his comedy, It Happened One Night, which swept the 1935 Oscars, director Frank Capra became crippled with fear. Convinced his next film would fail, he deteriorated to the brink of death - until the day a mysterious stranger appeared, changing Capra's life, and films, forever.
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town - Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett comes along. Babe is a hot-shot reporter who figures the best way to get close to Deeds is to pose as a damsel in distress. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen.
Professor Hackler will speak and then the documentary will start around 8:00 p.m. followed by the main feature about 8:45 p.m., so bring your chairs and blankets and head out to the Lake for a great, classic evening. There will be concessions featuring popcorn, candy, soft drinks and more at very affordable prices.
Next week (September 5th) don't miss the final movie of the season: Up.