Happy Holidays: Remember the Night at the Portage

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The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Portage, please click here.

O U R   F I N A L   S C R E E N I N G   OF   T H E   S E A S O N !

December 21st
Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1940
With the sort of wholehearted American kindness that seems possible only in a Preston Sturges Script (this was his last before he started directing that same year with The Great McGinty), Lee Leander, one of those tough-as-nails shoplifting types best played by Barbara Stanwyck, is bailed out of spending Christmas in prison by her prosecuting attorney (Fred MacMurray). The couple falls in love, but that doesn’t solve the problem of Stanwyck’s upcoming trial and MacMurray’s mother (Beulah Bondi), who worries that the young shoplifter will destroy her son’s hard-earned career. Leisen’s sense of emotional detail gives Sturges’ script a tenderness and depth only really found again in Sturges’ Christmas in July, and Stanwyck and MacMurray, who would star together again in Double Indemnity, The Moonlighter, and There’s Always Tomorrow, only add to that delicate balance. Our third favorite Christmas film, right after Meet Me In St. Louis and The Shop Around the Corner . . . it’s in very good company. (JA)

94 min • Paramount Pictures • 35mm print from Universal
Short: “The Fairy Princess” (Margaret Conneely) – 16mm courtesy Chicago Film Archives

H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R !

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One Response to Happy Holidays: Remember the Night at the Portage

  1. Kelly Pucci says:

    I hope to attend this pairing of classic Christmas films and I’m spending the word on my blog http://www.windycityonthecheap.com.

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