Utica Public Library Classic Film Series

     The Utica Public Library Film Series was started in 2008 with the purpose of paying tribute to acknowledged cinema classics and making these screenings accessible to the public. Many of the films were controversial at the time of their original release and some became controversial with the passage of time due to increased social awareness. Part of the film series focus was to spotlight films of a controversial or groundbreaking nature.

     The library does not comply with the censorship of artistic materials or the re-writing of history, cinematic or otherwise.

     Aside from the storyline or theme of cinematic classics, these films are also a tribute to the performers, directors, cinematographers, art directors, and costume designers who worked on these productions, and the films are a document of their achievement.

     It is acknowledged that some classic films may appear offensive in today’s social/political climate, but these films are still part of the rich cinematic history that has inspired many and brought us to the place we are at today.


Focusing on classic, groundbreaking or pop culture films

Jan 8th Citizen Kane – 1941 – Orson Welles – 119 minutes
starring Orson Welles, Dorothy Comingore, and Joseph Cotton – rated G
Feb 12th Scream, Blacula, Scream – 1973 – Bob Kelljan – 96 minutes
starring William Marshall, Pam Grier, & Don Mitchell – rated PG
Mar 12th Kiss Me Kate – 1953 – George Sidney – 109 minutes
starring Howard Keel, Ann Miller, & Kathryn Grayson – rated G
Apr 9th Send Me No Flowers –1964 – Norman Jewison – 100 minutes
starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Clint Walker, & Paul Lynde – rated G 
May14th Goodbye, Columbus –1969 – Larry Peerce – 105 minutes
starring Ali MacGraw, Richard Benjamin, & Jack Klugman – rated R 
Jun 11th Old Acquaintance–1943 – Vincent Sherman – 110 minutes
starring Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, & Gig Young – rated G<
Jul 9th Play Misty for Me – 1971 – Clint Eastwood – 102 minutes
starring Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, & Donna Mills – rated R
Aug 13th Bye Bye Birdie – 1963 – George Sidney – 112 minutes
starring Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Bobby Rydell, & Paul Lynde – rated G 
Sep 10th A Shot in the Dark – 1964 – Blake Edwards – 103 minutes
starring Peter Sellers and Elke Sommer – rated PG
Oct 8th The Brides of Dracula – 1960 – Terence Fisher – 82 minutes
starring Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, & David Peel – rated PG
Nov 12th Wait Until Dark – 1967 – Terence Young – 108 minutes
starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, & Richard Crenna – rated PG
Dec 10th What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – 1962 – Robert Aldrich – 132 minutes
starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford – rated PG

All films are FREE to the public. For adults and teens (17 and up).

Films will start at 6:30 pm – there will be a brief introduction to each film.

For more information call the library at 735-2279.

THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967 animated version),

Citizen Kane (1941) – One of the biggest classics in cinema history!  This b&w masterpiece by Orson Welles is a cultural triumph with groundbreaking cinematography, fantastic art direction & excellent performances!  Starring Welles, Dorothy Comingore & Joseph Cotton.

Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973) – William Marshall originated the role of Blacula & reprises the role in this horror classic of the Blaxploitation era!  Starring Marshall, Pam Grier, Richard Lawson & Don Mitchell.

Kiss Me Kate (1953) – This charming, colorful, & lively musical is a 1950’s classic!  Great songs and some amazing dance numbers including sensational Ann Miller’s dazzling & famous “Too Darn Hot” number!  Also starring Howard Keel & Kathryn Grayson.

Send Me No Flowers (1964) – A wonderful example of the cinematic chemistry between Doris Day & Rock Hudson!  A laugh-out-loud comedy about a wife with a hypochondriac husband.  Also starring Tony Randall, Paul Lynde, & Clint Walker.  Great 60’s fun!

Goodbye, Columbus (1969) –  Based on Philip Roth’s saucy bestseller, this social satire examines the romance between a serious young man who works in a library and a wealthy, pampered, young woman.  The film made stars of Ali MacGraw & Richard Benjamin.

Old Acquaintance (1943) – This classic of 1940’s cinema looks at the ever evolving friendship & rivalry between 2 very different women, played to perfection by Bette Davis & Miriam Hopkins.

Play Misty for Me (1971) – Long before “Fatal Attraction,” this 70’s suspense/drama classic unravels the story of a highly determined & unbalanced woman who becomes obsessed with a man she has had a one-night-stand with.  Starring Clint Eastwood & Jessica Walter.

Bye Bye Birdie (1963) – This splashy & lively musical made a star of Ann-Margret!  Fantastic songs & energetic dance numbers!  All-star cast including Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton, & Bobby Rydell!  Based on the successful stage musical.

A Shot in the Dark (1964) – The follow-up film to “The Pink Panther” which gave audiences another look at the perpetually bumbling Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers.  Also starring the lovely Elke Sommer.

Brides of Dracula (1960) – An older woman, with a heartbreaking secret burden, lives in a huge castle where she must keep her handsome, young son chained in his room….or else!  Great classic Hammer studio horror!  Starring Peter Cushing & Martita Hunt.

Wait Until Dark (1967) – This top notch suspense thriller is about a blind woman who is deceived & terrorized by a trio of drug smugglers.  Includes an Oscar nominated performance by Audrey Hepburn!  Taut and tense!

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) – The horror classic that teamed 2 giants of the silver screen: Bette Davis & Joan Crawford!  A gripping thriller that hasn’t lost in punch!



ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. – July 27th (1:00 pm) – the film that made Raquel Welch a star!
THE JUNGLE BOOK – Aug. 10th (1:00 pm) – the 1967 animated classic!
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – Oct. 19th (1:00 pm) – the original 1968 horror masterpiece!