Classic Films

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

By Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Vincent Price

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This period drama sets the tumultuous on-again, off-again affair between Queen Elizabeth I and the second Earl of Essex against Essex's powerful ambition to assume the throne of England.

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The Petrified Forest

By Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart

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A rundown diner bakes in the Arizona heat. Inside, fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweats out a manhunt, holding disillusioned writer Alan Squier, young waitress Gabby Maple, and a handful of others hostage. Based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood.

Also available on DVD. The DVD version is loaded with extras: commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax; Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1936 wtih Newsreel; "Bullets or Ballots" theatrical trailer; musical short "Rhythmitis", cartoon "The Coo Coo Nut Grove"; new featurette: The Petrified Forest: Menace in the Desert; 1/7/1940 Gulf screen theater broadcast starring Bogart, Tyrone Power and Joan Bennett; includes original theatrical trailer.

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The Little Foxes

By Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea

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Based on the play by Lillian Hellman, this is the story of Regina Giddens, a woman who will stop at nothing to outwit her brothers in running the family business, even if it means sacrificing the health of her husband or the love of her young daughter.

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Now, Voyager

By Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

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A young woman escapes the smothering influence of her wealthy and very conservative mother through the help of a psychiatrist and an ocean cruise, where she finds love, which helps her to become her own person.

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Dark Victory

By Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Cora Witherspoon. Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers

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Davis stars as a glamorous and somewhat frivolous socialite who matures and falls in love with her doctor while dying from a brain tumor. Geraldine Fitzgerald is wonderful as her best friend. Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan also have small parts in this film. Have a box of tissues handy.

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Classics in the Afternoon: Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain

Come join the England Run Branch for the monthly film series Classics in the Afternoon that celebrates the great pictures from the Golden Age of Hollywood! 

On Thursday, May 12th at 2pm come see the Singin' Swingin' Glorious Feelin' Technicolor Musical about the difficulty of transitioning away from the silent screen and onto the silver screen, Singin' in the Rain (1952) starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Conner, and Debbie Reynolds.

Classics in the Afternoon: It's a Wonderful Life

Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present Frank Capra's classic inspirational film It's a Wonderful Life at the England Run Branch on Thursday, December 9th at 2:00 pm.

George Bailey (James Stewart), a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.  Also starring Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

Classics in the Afternoon: Some Like it Hot

Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present Billy Wilder's classic comedy Some Like it Hot at the England Run Branch on Thursday, November 11th at 2:00 pm.

The Dark Side of Cinema: Gilda

Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present Gilda, the second film in the Dark Side of Cinema Series at the Headquarters Library on Monday, October 11th at 7:00 pm.

The Rappahannock Film Club Presents . . . My Man Godfrey

Come join the Rappahannock Film Club and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present the classic comedy film My Man Godfrey at the Headquarter's Library on Saturday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm.

A high-society scavenger hunt leads to levity when scatterbrained socialite Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard)
stumbles upon an erudite vagabond named Godfrey (William Powell) living in the city dump.