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Ann Dvorak Biographer Christina Rice Presents The Strange Love of Molly Louvain – Archival 35mm Print

As you’ve probably heard, the Patio Theater will be shutting down for the foreseeable future due to unsustainable operating costs. The Strange Love of Molly Louvain will be the final screening at the Patio.  If you’ve hesitated about joining us for a show at the Patio or you know folks who’ve waffled on making the trek, this is it!

Is the Northwest Chicago Film Society ending, too? Of course not–we’ll still be presenting occasional screenings and working on special projects like our Corn’s-A-Poppin’ restoration as we strive to secure a new, long-term home. We know that we have the most dedicated audience in Chicagoland–and that’s why we feel we can and must move forward. Please stay on our mailing list and keep a look-out for celluloid news.


The Patio Theater – 6008 W Irving Park Road – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Patio, please click here.


Wednesday, April 23 @ 7:30pm
Directed by Michael Curtiz • 1932
Iowa cigarette counter salesgirl Molly Louvain (Ann Dvorak) has everything figured out until her country club boyfriend leaves her penniless and pregnant. Hitting the road with a greasy lowlife (Leslie Fenton), Molly eventually winds up in Chicago, where she gets mixed up with a cop killing. Fawned over by a hayseed hometown suitor (Richard Cromwell) and pursued by transparently cynical newspaperman Scotty “Peanuts” Cornell (Lee Tracy), Molly finds herself in a clinch that even blonde hair dye can’t fix. A rare starring showcase for the wonderful Dvorak, The Strange Love of Molly Louvain is a brisk maternal melodrama and a mettle-testing gauntlet of spontaneous sincerity. Based on a play by Chicago’s Maurine Watkins, this nevertheless rates as one of the most geographically inept depictions of the Second City on film: a key scene occurs at the intersection of Clark and Dearborn, while Hyde Park comes across as Lake Michigan’s version of The Bronx.  (KW)
73 min • First National • 35mm from Library of Congress, permission Warner Bros.
Co-sponsored by Park Ridge Classic Film Series
Introduced by Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel

Christina Rice will also introduce Scarface (1932) at the Pickwick Theatre on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30pm. Full details here.

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