4th Annual Spencer Tracy Film Festival

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Spencer Tracy. Photo courtesy of Falk Associates

If you love classic films or you’re looking for a reason to step outside of OPRF’s borders next month, we have a great suggestion for a weekend getaway.

From August 21-23 at the Lindo Theatre, Classic Cinemas (Owner of Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St. in Oak Park) and the Stephenson County Convention and Tourist Bureau have partnered to present the upcoming 2015 Spencer Tracy Film Series. The Lindo Theatre is located at 115 S. Chicago Ave. in Freeport, Ill.

The first film in the series, San Francisco (1936), will be presented on August 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 per person at the Lindo Theatre box office or online at www.classiccinemas.com.

This film series was named to honor one of Hollywood’s Golden Age actors Spencer Tracy, who spent a substantial part of his childhood in Freeport where both of his parents were born and are buried. As one can detect from the name of the series, Tracy stars in all four films chosen for this year’s showing.

Spencer Tracy was regarded as one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, beginning his career in 1922. Noted for his versatility and astonishing acting style, Tracy was nominated nine times by The Academy between 1937 through 1968. He appeared in more than 70 full-length films and worked with Hollywood’s best such as Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, and Mickey Rooney.

2015 Film Series Schedule (courtesy of Classic Cinemas): 

Friday, August 21 at 7 p.pm.   San Francisco (1936)

Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy

A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

Saturday, August 22 at 1 p.m. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1941)

Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner

Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone.  Experiments reveal his evil side, named Hyde. Experience teaches him just how evil Hyde can be.

Saturday, August 22 at 7 p.m.  Without Love (1945)

Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball

Rare 70th anniversary showing of the film which takes place during World War II in Washington DC. Jamie Rowan enters a loveless marriage with scientist Pat Jamieson and becomes his assistant.  Struggles bring them closer together.

Sunday, August 23 at 1 p.m.   Father of the Bride (1950)

Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor

Proud father Stanley Banks remembers the day his daughter, Kay, got married.  Starting when she announces her engagement through the wedding itself, we learn of all the surprises and disasters. This film was remade in 1991 featuring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.

Dr. Ed Finch and Alan Wenzel will present a brief introduction before each film in the three-day series and lead a discussion afterward.

For more information on this film series and additional events being planned by the Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau visit http://stephenson-county-il.org/.

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