Free Classic Films at Semiahmoo.
Ron’s programs are free, entertaining and informative.
They are supported by Semiahmoo Resort. Come from 7-9 PM Wed night in the Discovery Theater at Semiahmoo.
Your host is the former syndicated entertainment columnist and author who spent several decades covering movies and television for the Knight-Ridder News Syndicate and national magazines like TV Guide.
Ron Miller Film Lecture Series for Semiahmoo Winter Season
Wednesday nights, 7-9 PM, Discovery Theater
Jan. 22: WHEN RIVALS MEET, PART ONE
Tonight’s program is the first of two that tell the story of what happened when great stars the public considered as career rivals finally met in the same movie. Featured tonight: Singers Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra; Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin; Gene Autry and Roy Rogers; silent screen comics Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton; Olympic swimming stars and former movie Tarzans Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe, action heroes John Wayne and Randolph Scott.
Jan.29: WHEN RIVALS MEET, PART TWO
Another round of examples of rival stars who finally met on screen: Dancers Fred Astaire and. Gene Kelly; movie monsters Bela Lugosi and. Boris Karloff; screen gangsters James Cagney and. George Raft; bombshells Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe; drama kings and double Oscar winners Fredric March and. Spencer Tracy; drama divas Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
Feb. 5: THE STRANGE CAREER OF LOUISE BROOKS
Those who saw the recent Masterpiece Theatre drama The Chaperone about the youthful rise of beautiful teenager Louise “Lulu” Brooks to worldwide silent screen stardom should enjoy seeing the rest of her story, including her early Hollywood films, followed by her immortal German classics Pandora’s Box and Diary of A Lost Girl; and finallyher decline after returning to Hollywood in the talkie era, ending her career as leading lady to John Wayne in a cheap 1936 “B” movie western..
Feb. 12: ACTORS OF CHARACTER
Ron showcases the work of the screen’s great characters actors, best remembered for their supporting roles. Among them: Walter Brennan, Thomas Mitchell, Jane Darwell and many he talked with in person, like Andy Devine, Iris Adrian, John Lithgow, Barnard Hughes, Keye Luke, Lou Gossett Jr., Norman Lloyd, Karl Malden and Mary Steenburgen.
Feb. 19: AMERICA AT WAR: WORLD WAR ONE
One of today’s most talked about current films is 1917, a drama about World War One, which just won the Golden Globe for Best Film of 2019. Tonight’s program covers a wide variety of films about the First World War, made over a span of nearly 90 years, among them the silent classics The Big Parade, Lilac Time, Shoulder Arms, The Strong Man and Wings and such unforgettable sound films as All Quiet on the Western Front, Hell’s Angels, Sergeant York, The African Queen, Paths of Glory, Flyboys, War Horse and They Shall Not Grow Old.
Feb. 26: BLACKLISTED!
The post-war era in which Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) tried to root out the communists in Hollywood is now regarded as one of the darkest periods in film history; Tonight we show some of the work done by major filmmakers both before and after they were blacklisted, including members of the notorious Hollywood Ten that Ron met and talked with in their later years. With scenes from Blockade, Five Came Back, Sahara, Naked City, Never on Sunday, Rififi, Born Free, Spartacus and many more.
Mar. 11: FILMS FROM THE FORBIDDEN ZONE
Controversial films have rattled the movie industry ever since the silent days, prompting waves of censorship of various kinds. Tonight’s program examines films originally reviled by some, but are widely regarded as classics today. Featured are the grotesque 1930s horror movie Freaks, which was banned in England for a generation; the scandalous Story of Temple Drake, based on William Faulkner’s best-seller Sanctuary; the Czech film Ecstasy, which introduced actress Hedy Lamarr; Howard Hughes’ oft-banned western The Outlaw, which introduced Jane Russell; Otto Preminger’s comedy The Moon is Blue, which earned a “condemned” rating from the Catholic Legion of Decency; and the grim independent films Native Son, Christ in Concrete and Salt of the Earth, which were attacked as communist propaganda in their day..
The program takes place in the refurbished Discovery Theater with a large screen, stereo sound and comfortable reclining seats. Free refreshments will be provided by the resort management.
There is no admission charge, but seating is limited, so plan to arrive before the 7 P.M. start of the evening’s program.
Patricia and I will meet friends at the Packers for dinner. Feel free to join us.
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Come to the Semiahmoo Hotel. Have dinner then spend the evening with Ron Miller and his wife. Ron will step you back in history. You will witness some film clips that have made a difference in our lives.
You are invited to share some movies that have influenced you by posting them at the bottom of this page.