Bijou-Q Cinema Screening Calendar

We love movies — and can’t fathom the thought of not being part of a theater audience that’s watching a film! Our solution to this Social Distancing is Bijou-Q(uarantine) Cinema, which was created so that we can continue to enjoy movies with all of you and with some of our closest friends.

We invite you to grab a bowl of popcorn and bring a friend, then join us and our host and co-moderator, Sully, at our Matinee Film Screenings as Bijou-Q Cinema brings you some of our all-time favorite movies (and a few television shows, too!).

Be on the lookout for our articles entitled, “To Be Seen at Bijou-Q Cinema…” These posts include a very quick survey that gives you a chance to choose the movies that will be showing on Bijou-Q Cinema during future Facebook Live screening events.

We’re also hosting an Interactive Social Game during each screening and you’re invited to participate. See details and more information below. The game will be loads of fun, so we’re looking forward to seeing you in the Facebook chat!

The Bijou-Q Cinema screenings take place five day per week — Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Monday through Thursday at 2:00 p.m. (ET)

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* The Hitch-HikerThe Hitch-Hiker

Time: 2:00 pm

This film stars Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, and William Talman.

A film noir directed by Ida Lupino, "The Hitch-Hiker" is about two fishing buddies who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker during a trip to Mexico.

The story was inspired by the true-life crime spree of a psychopathic murderer, who in California in 1950, killed a family of five and a traveling salesman.

The screenplay was based on a story by Daniel Mainwaring, who did not receive a screen credit due to then being on the Hollywood blacklist.

"The Hitch-Hiker" is regarded as the first American mainstream film noir directed by a woman.

It was selected in 1998 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

(source: Wikipedia)

* Foreign CorrespondentForeign Correspondent

Time: 2:00 pm

Today's "Tension Thursday" feature stars Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, and Albert Bassermann.

It tells the story of an American reporter who tries to expose enemy spies in Britain who are involved in a fictional continent-wide conspiracy in the prelude to World War II.

Also known as "Imposter" and "Personal History," "Foreign Correspondent" is based on a political memoir "Personal History" by Vincent Sheean.

"Foreign Correspondent" was Alfred Hitchcock's second Hollywood production after leaving the United Kingdom in 1939 (the first was "Rebecca").

This film was one of two Hitchcock undertakings nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture (the other being Rebecca, which won the award). It was nominated for
six Academy Awards, including one for Albert Bassermann for Best Supporting Actor, but did not win any awards.

Hitchcock's own marriage proposal to his wife Alma was written into this film in the scene when Jones proposes to Carol.

Regarding his cameo appearance, Alfred Hitchcock can be seen walking past Joel McCrea on the street in London about 12 minutes into the film.

(source: Wikipedia)

* Constantine and The CrossConstantine and The Cross

Time: 3:00 pm

(1961) This historical drama stars Cornel Wilde, Belinda Lee, and Massimo Serato.

"Constantine and The Cross" is about the early career of the emperor Constantine, who first legalized and
then adopted Christianity in the early 4th century. The fictionalized film only stretches as far into his life
as the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in AD 312.

(source: Wikipedia)


* Carnival StoryCarnival Story

Time: 2:00 pm

(1954) This film stars Anne Baxter, Steve Cochran, and Lyle Bettger.

Filmed in Munich and Bavaria, this melodrama is about a German girl in search of a better life, who joins an American carnival that is passing through Munich.

"Carnival Story" was filmed simultaneously with a German-language version, entitled "Rummelplatz der Liebe," which starred Eva Bartok, Curt Jurgens and Bernhard Wicki.

(source: Rotten Tomatoes and Wikipedia)

* The Son of Monte CristoThe Son of Monte Cristo

Time: 2:00 pm

(1940) This swashbuckling adventure stars Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, and George Sanders.

The story is about the dashing son of the Count of Monte Cristo, who finds his own adventure in the kingdom of Lichtenburg.

Produced by Edward Small, this film uses the same sets and many of the same cast and production crew as his previous year's production of "The Man in the Iron Mask."

Using elements from several romantic swashbucklers of the time, such as "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "The Mark of Zorro," "The Son of Monte Cristo" also mirrors the
situation of Continental Europe in 1939–1940.

Widely panned by critics, "The Son of Monte Cristo" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.

(source: Wikipedia)

* Waltzes from ViennaWaltzes from Vienna

Time: 2:00 pm

Today's "Tension Thursday" feature (1934) stars Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, and Fay Compton.

Sometimes known as "Strauss' Great Waltz," "Waltzes from Vienna" tells the story of the writing and performance of "The Blue Danube."

This musical, part of the cycle of operetta films made in Britain during the 1930s, is based on the stage musical, "Waltzes from Vienna."
Hitchcock, however, did not include several musical numbers from the stage production in his film, and he changed the end of the story.

Alfred Hitchcock told François Truffaut that this film was the lowest ebb of his career. He only agreed to make it because he had no other
film projects that year and wanted to be working. He never made another film based on a musical.

(source: Wikipedia)

* The Time of Your LifeThe Time of Your Life

Time: 3:00 pm

(1948) This film stars James Cagney, William Bendix, Wayne Morris, Jeanne Cagney, Broderick Crawford, and Ward Bond.

This comedy drama follows the adventures of a group of regulars at Nick's 'Pacific Street Saloon, Restaurant and Entertainment Palace' in San Francisco.

Adapted from the 1939 William Saroyan play of the same name, "The Time of Your Life" was produced by James Cagney's brother, William Cagney.

Cinematography for this film was provided by James Wong Howe, the Chinese-American artist who began his career as an assitant to Cecil B. DeMille. One of the most sought after cinematographers in Hollywood due to his innovative filming techniques, Howe pioneered the use of wide-angle lenses, low-key lighting, and the use of the crab dolly.

"The Time of Your Life" was a failure at the box office. However, a Playhouse 90 television version produced 10 years later -- starring Jackie Gleason, Jack Klugman, Dick York, Betsy Palmer, and James Barton -- earned critical acclaim.

(source: Wikipedia)


* The Mad MonsterThe Mad Monster

Time: 2:00 pm

(1942) The film stars Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel, and Glenn Strange.

"The Mad Monster" is about a mad scientist who changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories and exact revenge.

The movie's tagline: "The blood of a wolf he placed in the veins of a man... and created a monster such as the world has never known!"

(source: Wikipedia)

* Made for Each OtherMade for Each Other

Time: 2:00 pm

(1939) This film stars Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Charles Coburn, Donald Briggs, and Lucile Watson.

The romantic comedy is about an ambitious young lawyer who cuts short his honeymoon with new wife when his boss -- who had wanted his employee to marry his daughter -- gives the prized partnership to his daughter's new beau.

When tragedy strikes the young couple, the young lawyer finds he must beg his boss for the money to save the day.

(source: Wikipedia)

* The Skin GameThe Skin Game

Time: 2:00 pm

Today's "Tension Thursday" feature stars Edmund Gwenn, Helen Haye, C.V. France, Jill Esmond, John Longden, and Phyllis Konstam.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the story of "The Skin Game" (1931) revolves around two rival families -- an old traditional family and a modern one -- and the disastrous results of the feud between them.

Their battle over land in a small English village almost destroys each of them.

(source: Wikipedia)

* My Man GodfreyMy Man Godfrey

Time: 3:00 pm

(1936) This film stars William Powell and Carole Lombard, who had been briefly married and were divorced three years before appearing together in the film.

The story concerns a socialite who hires a derelict to be her family's butler and then falls in love with him.

The original choice to play Irene -- the part eventually played by Carole Lombard -- was Constance Bennett (and Miriam Hopkins also was considered), but the director would only agree to Bennett if William Powell played the lead male. Powell would only take the role if Carole Lombard played Irene.

This film was a runaway hit and one of the most acclaimed comedies of 1936.

In 1999, the original version of "My Man Godfrey" was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

"My Man Godfrey" was remade in 1957 with June Allyson and David Niven in the starring roles.

(source: Wikipedia)

* The Last Time I Saw ParisThe Last Time I Saw Paris

Time: 2:00 pm

(1954) This film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed, Eva Gabor, Kurt Kasznar, George Dolenz, Sandy Descher, Odette, and Roger Moore (a then-unknown in his Hollywood debut).

Loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Babylon Revisited," this romantic drama is about a writer who returns to Paris to gain custody of his daughter, and while there reminisces about his ill-fated
marriage to the girl's mother.

The film's title song by composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II -- the inspiration for its title -- was already a classic when this movie was made. Though the song had already won
an Oscar after its film debut in 1941's "Lady Be Good," it is featured much more prominently in "The Last Time I Saw Paris." It can be heard in many scenes, either being sung by Odette or being
played as an instrumental.

"The Last Time I Saw Paris" is recognized by American Film Institute with a 2002 nomination on its "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions."

(soruce: Wikipedia)

* Fog IslandFog Island

Time: 2:00 pm

(1945) This film stars Lionel Atwill, George Zucco, Jerome Cowan, Sharon Douglas, Veda Ann Borg, John Whitney, and Jacqueline deWit.

"Fog Island" is about an inventor recently released from prison who invites a group of former business associates to a holiday in his island home, intending to exact revenge on them.

Allmovie considers "Fog Island" to be "an early low-budget spin on 'Ten Little Indians'."

(source: Wikipedia)

* The Amazing Mr. XThe Amazing Mr. X

Time: 2:00 pm

(1948) This film stars Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell, and Richard Carlson.

Also known as "The Spiritualist" and at only stage as "The Mystic," this film tells the story of a phony spiritualist racket.

The studio signed a contract with Carole Landis for the part played by Lynn Bari, but Landis committed suicide a few days before filming began.

Although "The Amazing Mr. X" was intended to be a horror thriller film noir, audiences found parts of the film to be funny during the previews, which resulted in unintended laughter.

(source: Wikipedia)

* The Fatal HourThe Fatal Hour

Time: 2:00 pm

(1940) The film stars Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Marjorie Reynolds, Charles Trowbridge, Frank Puglia, Craig Reynolds, and Lita Chevret.

In "The Fatal Hour," master sleuth Mr. Wong and a newswoman help a police captain (Grant Withers) catch a killer.

This film is also known as "Mr. Wong at Headquarters" in the United Kingdom.

(source: Wikipedia)

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