First Sunday Film Club
The First Sunday Film Series showcases our extensive collection of films. We present award-winning movies from a wide range of genres, including drama, action, comedy, science fiction and documentaries. All films are shown on the big screen in our movie theater.
So get out of the house and join us the first Sunday of each month for an afternoon of film the way it was intended to be experienced – on a big screen, with fellow movie buffs.
Michael H. Price, lead author of the longest-running film-critic franchise in commercial publishing, continues to host and contribute programming. His “Forgotten Horrors” series of movie encyclopedias has been continuously in print since 1979. Price is also at work on “The Movie Beat,” first in a series of anthologies of his syndicated newspaper columns, and has begun a survey of B-Movie Westerns from the 1930s and 1940s.
All films begin at 2 p.m.
April 6: The Bashful Bachelor
In this lighthearted film, Lum Edwards (Chester Lauck), a small-town store owner, is beside himself when Abner Peabody (Norris Goff), his business partner, trades their delivery car for a race horse. Lum is too shy to propose to Geraldine, the woman he loves, so he creates a complex “rescue” mission that nearly gets everyone killed. NR, 77 min., 1942
May 4: Stand and Deliver
Edward James Olmos's Oscar-nominated performance energizes this true story of a Los Angeles high school teacher who inspires his students to transcend their economic backgrounds and a culture of low expectations. Recognizing the students’ untapped potential, he prepares them to pass the advanced placement calculus exam. PG, 103 min., 1988
June 1: The Long, Long Trailer
Newlyweds Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz try to save money by purchasing a 40-foot, three-ton trailer instead of a house. Filmed at the height of I Love Lucy ’s popularity, this movie is packed with inventive sight gags and physical humor, including Ball’s attempt to prepare a Caesar salad at high speeds. NR, 103 min., 1953
July 6: The Children’s Hour
Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine play boarding school teachers who face empty classrooms after slanderous accusations. Consequences include calling off the wedding to co-star James Garner and losing a lawsuit that makes national headlines. NR, 107 min., 1961
Aug. 3: The Good Earth
In this adaptation of Pearl Buck’s novel, a Chinese farmer struggles with both his land and his wife. Luise Rainer won an Oscar for her performance as O-Lan, a slave forced into an arranged marriage. Watch for the famous plague scene, filmed with actual locusts. NR, 138 min., 1937
Sept. 7: The Egg and I
Newlywed city slickers Bob and Betty (Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert) move to a chicken farm where they face a variety of problems: the repairs, the animals, the weather and the seductive new neighbor. NR, 108 min., 1947
Oct. 5: Young Frankenstein
Parodying classic horror films, this comedy stars Gene Wilder in the title role. Frederick Frankenstein recreates the experiments his father began with success coming in the form of a monster. The cast is rounded out with assistants Igor and Inga. PG, 102 min., 1974
Nov. 2: The Fearmakers
A man presumed dead during the Korean War returns home to find the PR firm he owns has been taken over. He works with a Senate committee to uncover subversives. This film illustrates fears of communism and political corruption. NR, 84 min., 1958
Dec. 7: Miracle on 34th Street
A man recruited to play Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade calls himself Kris Kringle and believes himself to be the real Mr. Claus. When his sanity is questioned, he and a lawyer defend his claim in a court hearing. NR, 96 min., 1947
Location & Times
All performances are at the David L. Tandy Lecture Hall in the Central Library.
The First Sunday Film Club is made possible in part by the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation through a generous grant from the David L. Tandy Foundation.
Parking is available in the 3rd Street Garage. Parking is free on weekends.
To make arrangements for sign language interpretation, please call 817-392-READ or TDD 817-871-8926 at least 48 hours in advance.