Did you know that the Marie Dressler Foundation offers Bursaries to students in Northumberland.  Full details at the Marie Dressler Foundation site here.

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October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Film Trivia 2017

Have you taken the Trivia Quiz based on the 2017 program?  Try it here.

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The Vintage Film Festival

Twenty six years ago (1992), a group of film enthusiasts involved in the restoration of the Marie Dressler house had a wild idea. Why not hold a festival showing the films in which Marie Dressler had starred? This seemingly fantastic idea grew into the present form in which we show a variety of films generally made before about 50-60 years ago.  We will often, although not always, include a film starring Marie Dressler.

For more on Marie Dressler and the Marie Dressler Foundation, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site here.

The weekend is best enjoyed as an event and not just a collection of great movies. We start with a movie for pass holders only, then there's our Gala reception followed by two films.  Then on Saturday we show a collection of six movies that range from very old, silent films starring Mary Pickford, Erich von Stroheim or Douglas Fairbanks, to talkies and musicals. On Sunday we show four movies. 

Bursaries by Marie Dressler Foundation

Money raised by the festival goes to the Marie Dressler Foundation and one of their activities is to provide bursaries for students in Northumberland High Schools. For more information, please go to the Marie Dressler Foundation Web site.

Venue and Date for 2018

Note the dates for the 2018 Vintage Film Festival: October 12, 13 & 14. Also note that all screenings and events are to be at Port Hope's 'atmospheric' Capitol Theatre. [Map here]. Why not make a note on your calendar?

The 2018 Festival will be held

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Based on the 2016 VFF movie selection


  1. Twelve years after Roman Holiday, Eddie Albert starred in a sitcom in which he played a Manhattan lawyer who takes up farming. Name the TV show.
  2. Which came first: Jezebel or Gone with the Wind?
  3. Who sang Bette Davis Eyes? In what year was it a hit?
  4. What was Alfred Hitchcock's next big smash after Psycho?
  5. Are John and Lionel Barrymore (Grand Hotel) related to Drew?
  6. Which actresses toppled Bette Davis' record for the most Oscar nominations?
  7. In Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock gives us a visual clue that his protagonist, Marion (Janet Leigh), has crossed the line from good to evil. How?
  8. If you didn't know Ernest Borgnine (The Catered Affair) for his award-winning performance in 1955's Marty, you might recognize him from which 1960s sitcom?
  9. What cheeky comment did William Wyler allegedly make when cast and crew complained about meddling interference from newcomer Barbra Streisand when he directed her in Funny Girl, her first movie, in 1968?
  10. Bette Davis met her fourth husband while shooting All About Eve. Who was he?
  11. Which came first: Harry Belafonte's signature Banana Boat Song (Day-O) or his starring role in Carmen Jones?


  1. Green Acres, which ran from 1965 to 1971.
  2. Jezebel was on the back-burner for years, but only got the green light when GWTW (the novel) hit the best-sellers list. The movie version appeared in 1939, a year after Jezebel.
  3. Bette Davis Eyes was recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1974, but it was Kim Carnes' 1981 cover that topped the charts. Davis reportedly loved the song and thanked Carnes for making her "a part of modern times."
  4. The Birds
  5. Yes. Brothers John and Lionel were part of the Barrymore theatrical dynasty. Drew Barrymore is John's granddaughter via his third wife, Dolores Costello.
  6. Davis earned 10 nominations, but Katharine Hepburn eventually had 12. Meryl Streep holds the current record with 19, so far.
  7. Early in the movie, Leigh is shown getting dressed, wearing a white slip and undergarments. Once she has decided to go through with stealing her boss' payroll, Hitchcock dressed her in black underwear. It's a kind of play on the old convention in westerns that suggests white hats are worn by the good guys, black by the bad.
  8. McHale's Navy, which aired for four seasons starting in 1962.
  9. "You'll have to forgive Barbra. This is the first film she's ever directed."
  10. Gary Merrill. They named their daughter Margot, after the character Davis played in the movie.
  11. Belafonte earned his role in Carmen Jones on the strength of his recording career. Ironically, his voice was dubbed for the movie. Day-O came two years later in 1956.

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