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.
Jan. 5: On Valentine’s Day
Elizabeth’s parents haven’t spoken to her since she defied their wishes by running off and marrying a young man of limited means. The couple struggles financially during Elizabeth’s pregnancy. PG, 106 min., 1986
Feb. 2: Lilies of the Field
This film adaptation of William Edmund Barrett’s novel stars Sidney Poitier as a handyman who, stopping to get water for his car, meets a group of nuns living in the Arizona desert. After learning about the nuns’ hardships while emigrating from Eastern Europe, he decides to help them build a chapel for the poor townsfolk. NR, 94 min., 1963
March 2: Confidential Agent
Based on the novel by Graham Greene, this spy film stars Charles Boyer as a secret agent struggling against fascists during the Spanish Civil War. He finds unexpected help from a young socialite, played by Lauren Bacall. NR, 122 min., 1945
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
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.