The promotion poster for Cluny Brown.
On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m., the Massapequa Park Movie Man, John Carpenter strikes again at the Massapequa Library at 40 Harbor Lane.
So call for Sherlock Holmes, yell for Philo Vance and scream for the Thin Man, as from his vast archive of over 3,000 titles, John is bringing to the big screen the rarely seen and almost unavailable to view, Cluny Brown, a highly sophisticated pre-World War II comedy that pairs Jennifer Jones and Charles Boyer.
At the 7 p.m, presentation, Carpenter will be honored by special co-host Daniel Bubbeo, the East Meadow native who, in 2002, published The Women of Warner Brothers, an intensely researched study of the lives and the careers of 15 of that studio's leading ladies. Carpenter has asked him if he would be so kind as to bring a few copies to autograph and sell to his SRO attended audience of film buffs and students.
Bubbeo will discuss the cast in Cluny Brown and Carpenter will discuss its production aspects. These talks before and after the Classic Film have become as popular as the films themselves. Carpenter feels that the director is the true star of the release and with Cluny, director Ernst Lubitch's touch is so obvious, that even over the peril of oncoming Nazi invasion on the proper English countryside, he has you laughing at one's own self through the characterizations used within the premise of the plot, culling out-of-type performances from an all-star cast.
And as a prelude to this motion picture, all who attend will be experiencing the first interactive entertainment film as all will be asked to sing along with the bouncing ball in a Screen Song Cartoon of 1936. The Massapequa Park Movie Man strikes again so as you call for Bulldog Drummond, don't forget to also call your best friends to come along to the movies with you!
Amateur plumber, Cluny Brown (Jennifer Jones) gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate. While there, she becomes friendly with Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), a charming Czech refugee. She also becomes interested in a dull shopkeeper named Mr. Wilson. Belinski soon falls in love with Cluny and tries to keep her from marrying Wilson.
Ernst Lubitsch uses the pre-World War II English countryside and its inhabitants as a venue for sophisticated, screwball comedy. He uses the battlefield for class struggle, respectability, acceptance and romance - while showing the weaknesses of each. Lubitsch is the true star here. Jennifer Jones plays it comically, Charles Boyer parodies his romantic lover and adventurer stereotype and given a very young Peter Lawford, gleams with innocents in a lovesick manner.