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Live acoustic guitar accents the 1934 Japanese silent film A Story of Floating Weeds at the DFT April 18.
The National Theatre in London broadcasts the dramatic War Horse at the Michigan on April 23.

Laugh your head off at Three Stooges comedies from the 1930s and 1940s at the Redford on April 25 and 26.

 

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June 1956

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in June 1956. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

For more information about these theaters, see Cinema Treasures or Water Winter Wonderland.


Melodies and mutants mixed it up at the Redford in a double bill of the Bing Crosby musical Anything Goes and the science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Humphrey Bogart made his last screen appearance in The Harder the Fall (on a twin bill with Mario Lanza's Serenade).

Box office powerhouses Carousel and Picnic also hit the Redford screen, long after they had opened in downtown Detroit. In a preview of the Redford's current programming, the clock was turned back a few years for a double feature of River of No Return (1954) and Titanic (1953).

Trapeze, starring Burt Lancaster and Italian sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida, opened on June 28 at the Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Madison in Detroit (Woodward and Grand Circus Park). Harold Heffernan of the Detroit News noted the trend towards Italian actors and actresses in Hollywood movies (which included Sophia Loren and recent Oscar winner Anna Magnani).

Also showing at the Michigan was D-Day the Sixth of June, a war film with Robert Taylor, Richard Todd and Dana Wynter. With summer heat rising, the Michigan touted its "perfection in modern cooling."


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