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Movie intros

Jim selected and introduced the films in the evening movie series at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library from 2007 through 2014.  Here are his introductions:

Adam's Rib
The African Queen
After the Thin Man
An American in Paris
The Apartment
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Awful Truth
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Ball of Fire
Barton Fink
Bell, Book and Candle
The Big Lebowski
Big Night
The Big Sleep
Black Narcissus
Bonnie and Clyde
Born Yesterday
Bottle Rocket
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Bringing Up Baby
A Canterbury Tale
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Christmas in July
Citizen Kane
Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
Dark Passage
David Copperfield
Design for Living
Desk Set
The Devil is a Woman
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Easy Living
Eat Drink Man Woman
Flying Down to Rio
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Friendly Persuasion
The Gay Divorcee
The Good Fairy
Great Expectations (1946)
The Great Ziegfeld
Green for Danger

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Hands Across the Table
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
The Heiress
Henry V (1944)
His Girl Friday
How to Steal a Million
The Hudsucker Proxy
I Know Where I'm Going!
It's a Wonderful World (1939)
It's All True
Jane Eyre
Journey into Fear
Julie and Julia
Keeper of the Flame
Key Largo
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lady Eve
Lady for a Day
The Lady from Shanghai
The Lady Vanishes
The Last Picture Show
The Letter
Libeled Lady
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Like Water for Chocolate
Little Caesar
Living on Velvet
Love Before Breakfast
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Maltese Falcon
Manhattan Melodrama
The Man in the White Suit
The Marrying Kind
The Mask of Dimitrios
Meet Me in St. Louis
Miller's Crossing
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Mr. Lucky
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Mrs. Miniver
The More the Merrier
Mostly Martha
My Man Godfrey
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Nothing Sacred
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Oliver Twist
The Palm Beach Story
Pat and Mike
The Petrified Forest
The Philadelphia Story
Places in the Heart
The Public Enemy
The Quiet Man
Raising Arizona
Rear Window
The Red Shoes
Remember the Night
Roman Holiday
Sabrina (1954)
Saratoga Trunk
Scarface (1932)
The Scarlet Empress
The Sea of Grass
A Serious Man
Shall We Dance (1937)
Shanghai Express (1932)
The Shop Around the Corner
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like It Hot


State of the Union
Sullivan's Travels
Swing Time
A Tale of Two Cities
The Talk of the Town
Tender Mercies
The Thin Man
The Third Man
The Thirty Nine Steps (1935)
The Toast of New York
To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
To Have And Have Not
Tom Jones
Top Hat
Touch of Evil
Trouble in Paradise
True Grit (2010)
True Stories
Twentieth Century
Two for the Road
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
Wait Until Dark
Whisky Galore
Wife vs. Secretary
Without Love
Woman of the Year
Written on the Wind
You Can't Take It With You

Some movies I didn't write introductions for --

Casablanca (how can you say anything more about this movie, which everyone knows so well?)

Moonstruck (introduced by my sister, Dee Dee Hanson, who has thought about and discussed all of its aspects -- it is her favorite movie)

It Happened One Night (I read a poem that night -- Frank O'Hara's "To the Film Industry in Crisis"), and

Double Wedding (I read Thomas Pynchon's song "Just Like a William Powell" from his novel Vineland).

and some other pieces about movies:

Hollywood and the Picture Business: A Bibliography

A Year at the Movies

How color came to films

Movies I saw in 2011

Semifinalists for the "Texas, My Texas" film series

Movies I saw in 2012

Movies I saw in 2013