Film series is Just for Laughs!

Aug 05, 2014
Danny Kaye, left, stars with Basil Rathbone in “The Court Jester.”

Rockland — August’s theme for Rockland Public Library’s Second and Fourth Thursday film series, an ongoing series is hosted local film maven Erika Pfander, is Just for Laughs! Films are screened at 6 p.m. in the downstairs Friends Community Room of the library, 80 Union St.

Up first Aug. 14 will be “The Court Jester,” a 1956 musical comedy starring Danny Kaye. In 12th-century England, the infant king is usurped by the wicked King Roderick; Black Fox and his band attempt to restore the rightful king to the throne by having a member of their group infiltrate the court by posing as the jester. The cast includes Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker.

On Aug. 28, the series will screen director Ernst Lubitsch’s 1942’s dark comedy “To Be or Not to Be.” The film stars Jack Benny and Carol Lombard, in her last film. They portray Maria and Josefa Tura, Polish stage stars, who pit the talents of their acting troupe against the Gestapo in the early stages of the war.

This is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours’ notice by calling 594-0310.

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

The great Carol Lombard shines in her final role in Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or Not to Be.”
Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 05, 2014 21:45

There is a lot going on here in mid-coast Maine that is just plain fun. My Cuban friends would be tickled to see such a fine bunch of "resolvers" who make the best of what life throws at us. Now, if we can just get it to spread around a bit. As they used to say, "As Maine goes so goes the nation.".

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