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Established Monday, 11/19/2018!

Let's get together and watch GREAT movies! This group is run by a husband & wife team and has 2 main emphases. One will be on seeing the best movies of both the past AND today and the other will be a book club for tomes that are about to be made into new movies as well as existing movies that are based on books. There will also occasionally be events related to other areas of the Arts and local culture.

Although based in Fenton, MO, we will host events throughout the Metropolitan area, on BOTH sides of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers!

We are looking for an ACTIVE membership, which for us means you'll attend at least ONE event each year.

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Upcoming events (5+)

DOWNTON ABBEY the movie

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Downton Abbey - Is the story of a well to do English family in 1920's England. This is a titled family (The Earl of Grantham) and as such they are an important asset to the local community. They employ many workers (handmaids, butlers, coachmen, cooks etc.,) and receive much admiration and attention. This movie is a continuation of the PBS series and is an interesting look at the English aristocratic lifestyle and what goes on in a big house like Downton Abbey. There are always things going on amongst the family and even more amongst the working staff. Unfortunately with the arrival of WWI, England must raise money to pay for the war and well, stiff upper lip and all that, the nobility must do their part. England is raising taxes on the aristocratic set. The Earl has married a wealthy American woman but her infusion of money may not be enough to carry the family through. We'll see how it turns out…

TCM/Fathom Events Presents THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) | 25th Anniversary

Tickets can be purchased at the theater the day of the show =OR= ahead of time at the FATHOM site (see below). They tend to be a few dollars more than a regular show. The cost for BEN-HUR 4/14/19 was $13.65@ --SORRY! We will have a drawing for 9 FREE tickets courtesy of TCM Backlot @ 6:45PM in the theater lobby! https://www.tcmbacklot.com/ IS the book better? Find out for sure! https://smile.amazon.com/Different-Seasons-Novellas-Stephen-King/dp/1501143484/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2OXZAD5P0126&keywords=stephen+king+rita+hayworth+and+the+shawshank+redemption&qid=1555169197&s=gateway&sprefix=Rita+Hayworth+and+Shawshank+Redemption+by+Stephen+King%2Caps%2C222&sr=8-2 From a novella by best-selling author Stephen King comes a poignant tale of the human spirit. Red (Morgan Freeman), serving a life sentence, and Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a mild-mannered banker wrongly convicted of murder, forge an unlikely bond that will span more than twenty years. Together they discover hope as the ultimate means of survival. This 25th-anniversary event includes exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under the pressure. The ugly realities of prison life are quickly introduced to Andy: a corrupt warden (Bob Gunton), sadistic guards led by Capt. Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown), and inmates who are little better than animals, willing to use rape or beatings to ensure their dominance. But Andy does not crack: he has the hope of the truly innocent, which (together with his smarts) allow him to prevail behind bars. He uses his banking skills to win favor with the warden and the guards, doing the books for Norton's illegal business schemes and keeping an eye on the investments of most of the prison staff. In exchange, he is able to improve the prison library and bring some dignity and respect back to many of the inmates, including Red. Based on a story by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption was the directorial debut of screenwriter Frank Darabont. --Mark Deming, AllMovie.com https://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-shawshank-redemption-v133417 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shawshank_Redemption https://www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2019-the-shawshank-redemption-25th-anniversary-1994

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), featuring Q&A w/ Margaret O'Brien & Ben Mankiewicz

PLEASE NOTE: This event is NOT open to the General Public. Check https://www.tcmbacklot.com/StLouis for details. Currently, it says "Customer Ticket Limit Reached" @ https://www.freshtix.com/events/meetmeinstlouis, but the Post article says, "Tickets will be available to the public for FREE on September 3rd, 2019 by visiting https://www.tcmbacklot.com/StLouis." ****************************************************************************** IS the book better? Find out for sure! https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1891442260/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meet_Me_in_St._Louis_(novel) ****************************************************************************** Sally Benson's short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters, who hoped to find a throughline to connect the anecdotal tales. After several false starts (one of which proposed that the eldest Smith daughter be kidnapped and held for ransom), the result was the charming valentine-card musical Meet Me in St. Louis. The plot hinges on the possibility that Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames), the family's banker father, might uproot the Smiths to New York, scuttling his daughter Esther (Judy Garland)'s romance with boy-next-door John Truett (Tom Drake) and causing similar emotional trauma for the rest of the household. In a cast that includes Mary Astor as Ames' wife, Lucille Bremer as another Ames daughter, and Marjorie Main as the housekeeper, the most fascinating character is played by 6-year-old Margaret O'Brien. As kid sister Tootie, O'Brien seems morbidly obsessed with death and murder, burying her dolls, "killing" a neighbor at Halloween (she throws flour in the flustered man's face on a dare), and maniacally bludgeoning her snowmen when Papa announces his plans to move to New York. Margaret O'Brien won a special Oscar for her remarkable performance, prompting Lionel Barrymore to grumble "Two hundred years ago, she would have been burned at the stake!" The songs are a heady combination of period tunes and newly minted numbers by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, the best of which are The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. As a bonus, Meet Me in St. Louis is lensed in rich Technicolor, shown to best advantage in the climactic scenes at the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904. Hal Erickson--AllMovie https://www.allmovie.com/movie/v32070 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meet_Me_in_St._Louis

DEATH-THEMED THEATER & Pot Luck | On Borrowed Time (1939)

Jerry & Shirley's House

Movie + Pot Luck Dinner @ Jerry & Shirley's Home in Fenton, MO. The address will be group e-mailed to attendees 24 hours ahead of the event. Our Guide for tonight's movie will be TCM Backlot's TOM PATTON & LINDA G., who both INDEPENDENTLY suggested this wonderful selection! IS the book better? Find out for sure! https://smile.amazon.com/Borrowed-Time-Lawrence-Edward-Watkin/dp/B001AJ5TGU/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1555486837&sr=1-1-spell SCHEDULE 6PM: Show-up/Mingle, 6:30PM: Eat, 7PM: Movie, 9PM: Discuss/Mingle. Please bring a snack/appetizer, side-dish/salad, dessert, or beverage to share & announce it in the COMMENTS section below. Jerry & Shirley will provide __________________________________, a man-made dessert (frog egg salad?), a variety of sodas & sparkling waters, a few beers, and Keurig Coffee. Old Gramps (Lionel Barrymore) is not about to go gentle into that good night when Mr. Brink (Cedric Hardwicke), who sometimes travels under the name of the Grim Reaper, comes calling. Through a ruse, Gramps chases Brink up a tree in his garden, rendering the mysterious stranger helpless. As a result, no one dies throughout the world, and disease and misery runs rampant. Dispassionately, Mr. Brink decides to "reach" Gramps through his beloved grandson (Bobs Watson). He talks the boy into climbing the tree and then suffering a crippling fall. Realizing that the only way he can stem his grandson's pain is by surrendering to Mr. Brink, Gramps does so--and discovers that Crossing Over wasn't as painful as he thought. Together with his grandson, who has likewise expired, Gramps joyfully strolls into a most pastoral-looking Heaven. The final shots of Lionel Barrymore walking into Paradise under his own power represent a triumph of misdirection and special effects. In truth, the wheelchair-confined Barrymore was placed on a treadmill, and merely simulated his walking movements as a process screen enhanced the illusion; for long shots, a double was used. While Barrymore's performance naturally dominates On Borrowed Time, Cedric Hardwicke is equally effective in the role of Mr. Brink (his favorite role). A great early vignette finds a consumptive motorist (Hans Conried) offering Brink a lift; the latter waves the motorist on, politely saying "No, not yet." On Borrowed Time was based on the novel by Lawrence Edward Watkin and the popular Broadway play version by Paul Osborne. --Hal Erickson, Allmovie https://www.allmovie.com/movie/v36225 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Borrowed_Time

Past events (46)

TCM/Fathom Events Presents LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

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