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Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief at the Redford on February 19-20.

 

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Looking Back

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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