Hope Event: “One Night Only” Film Series Featuring Jimmy Stewart to Begin Nov. 19
The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre will show three more films featuring Jimmy Stewart during its “One Night Only” series at 7:30 p.m. every Monday through Dec. 10. The series already began with “Harvey” last Monday and will continue with “Rear Window,” “The Shop Around the Corner” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Stewart is acclaimed as one of the greatest actors of all time. He was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one along with a “Lifetime Achievement” award. He also won two Golden Globes.
The series will continue Nov. 26 with “Rear Window,” a 1954 mystery-thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr alongside Stewart. The story follows professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies, who breaks his leg, and while confined to his New York apartment, spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife, and he enlists the help of his girlfriend and his nurse to investigate.
The next film will be “The Shop Around the Corner” on Dec. 3. The 1940 romantic comedy, which inspired the 1998 “You’ve Got Mail,” stars Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan. In the film, Alfred Kralik (Stewart) is the top salesman at a leather-goods shop. One day, Klara Novak (Sullavan) shows up and is hired at the shop. As the days leading up to Christmas go by, Alfred and Klara’s dislike for each other grows. However, the two are also anonymous pen pals, and despite their continuous annoyance with each other, begin following in love through their correspondence.
The series will conclude Dec. 10 with a free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a 1946 Christmas fantasy drama starring Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Stewart. George Bailey (Stewart), is overwhelmed by family obligations and a sense of responsibility toward his community, feels tied down to his job and a life he never wanted to live. When he attempts to end his life, he is saved by his bumbling guardian angel who allows him to see what life would have been like if he never existed. The Christmas classic, rarely seen on the big screen, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Tickets are $5 for the first two films. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.