“It’s a Disaster” for the Thursday Afternoon Film Series in October with the screening of several popular “disaster” movies.
The movies will be shown in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre located at 515 Scotland Street every Thursday afternoon. Admission is free and reservations are not required. For more information, please call 259-4070.
October 1 – Airport (1970, 2:00-4:25)
A major snowstorm, an elderly stowaway and a bomb-laden passenger jet are just some of the problems facing the besieged staff of a major metropolitan airport in this entertaining drama. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this was one of the best of the 70s’ era disaster films. The top-tier cast includes, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy and Helen Hayes.
October 8 – Five Came Back (1939, 2:00-3:20)
When a plane carrying twelve people goes down in the Amazon, the stranded passengers fight to survive and repair their damaged aircraft as a tribe of headhunters closes in. Dalton Trumbo and Nathanael West wrote the screenplay with Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie, Chester Morris and John Carradine starring.
October 15 – Towering Inferno (1974, 2:00-4:45, Rated “PG”)
When a fire breaks out in the world’s tallest skyscraper, the building’s architect (Paul Newman) and the Chief Fireman (Steve McQueen) must work together to save the trapped tenants. Disaster film maestro Irwin Allen produced this spectacular thriller that costars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Fred Astaire and O.J. Simpson.
October 22 – No Highway in the Sky (1951, 2:00-3:45)
An aeronautical engineer (James Stewart) creates turmoil aboard a plane in flight when he insists that the tail of the aircraft will break off midflight. Based on a book by Nevill Shute this tense drama which costars Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns and Jack Hawkins.
October 29 – The Hurricane (1937, 2:00–3:50)
John Ford directed this tale of the South Pacific wherein an unjustly jailed native (Jon Hall) bucks colonial rule and a powerful hurricane to reunite with his wife (Dorothy Lamour) and child. Lamour and her skimpy sarong are almost as impressive as the remarkable-for-their-time hurricane special effects. The film also stars Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith and John Carradine.