Boxing Day film benefits UMCC

Dec 22, 2013

Rockland — Although the origins of the holiday known as Boxing Day are not completely clear, it is thought that the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, acquired that moniker because it was the day when English aristocrats would give their faithful servants gift boxes. Of the servant class or not, anyone at loose ends Thursday, Dec. 26, is invited to join in a fun family event, a free showing of the 1935 version of Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield” at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

The film will be shown at 3 p.m. and has a 130-minute running time. It is not rated. Although there is no charge for admission to the film, donations will be accepted to benefit United Mid-Coast Charities. Founded in 1942 and based in Camden, United Mid-Coast Charities awards annual grants to more than 50 social, cultural and health service agencies in Knox and Waldo counties. To learn more about United Mid-Coast Charities, visit unitedmidcoastcharities.org.

The 1935 film version of “David Copperfield” was directed by George Cukor and features a star-studded cast including Basil Rathbone, Lionel Barrymore, Elsa Lancaster, W.C. Fields and Maureen O’Sullivan. The film also marks the debut of Freddie Bartholomew, who went on to become one of the most famous child actors of his day starring in such later classics as “Captains Courageous” and “Anna Karenina.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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