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Eric Grayson Hosts The Preview Murder Mystery at Garfield Park Arts Center
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Eric Grayson Hosts The Preview Murder Mystery at Garfield Park Arts Center

Film on January 19 is first Vintage Movie Night of 2013


January 16, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Eric Grayson, film historian, collector, and preservationist, will continue hosting Vintage Movie Nights at Garfield Park Arts Center on a monthly basis through 2013. The January 19 selection is The Preview Murder Mystery at 7 p.m. The film kicks off a 1930s/40s mystery series that runs through summer.

The 1936 film, starring Reginald Denny, is a mystery-comedy which follows the attempt of a movie studio public relations man to trap a killer by using early television technology. At the helm is director Robert Florey (The Beast with Five Fingers), one of those guys who always turned in good work but never quite became a legend.

All Vintage Movie Night films are family-friendly. Admission is $4; concessions $1. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Free parking. For more information, call 317.327.7135 or visit www.gpacarts.org.

Upcoming films include the following:

February 16, 7 p.m.: Remember Last Night? (1935), directed by James Whale, and starring Robert Young and Constance Cummings. Another mystery-comedy where a couple awakes after partying to discover the party's host has been murdered, but they're too hung-over to remember the details. Director James Whale (Frankenstein) got to make this movie as part of a deal with Universal because he didn't like making monster pictures all the time.

March 23. 7 p.m.: House of Danger (1934), starring Onslow Stevens and Janet Chandler. A man pretends to be the injured friend of a young woman to save her life, investigate a murder, and capture the killers. This movie is a brisk, fast-moving mystery, directed by Charles Hutchison, once the action king of the movie serials.

April 20, 8 p.m.: Bowery at Midnight (1942, starring Bela Lugosi. A psychology professor by day, Karl Wagner (Lugosi) runs a Bowery soup kitchen at night where the down-and-out tend to disappear, and then reappear as zombies. This is one of the most incredibly bizarre movies ever to make it to the screen. Howlingly cheap, but still effective in its own strange way. Don't miss it!

May 18, 8 p.m.: House of Mystery (1934), starring Ed Lowry and Verna Hillie. A mystery, with just the right amount of comedy thrown in. An old, dark mansion holds an ancient secret – and a killer ape. Ed Lowry was Monograms Studios' answer to Bob Hope. They thought they had everything in this guy. Turns out this

was his feature film debut—and simultaneous farewell. Come see why!


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