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October 21, 22, 23, 2022

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The list below features all of the places (that we know of) that offer accommodation in Cobourg and Port Hope. Prices and quality cover the full range. However, the list below should not be taken as an indication of a preference - it is simply a list.  It also may not be 100% complete.

Listing of Inns, Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in Port Hope and Cobourg

Port Hope

The Waddell
1 Walton St, Port Hope, ON L1A 1M8, Canada

Carlyle Inn
86 John St, Port Hope, ON L1A 2Z2, Canada

Comfort Inn
County Road 28, Port Hope, ON, L1A 3V6
(905) 885-7000

Plantation House Bed & Breakfast
14 North St, Port Hope, ON L1A 1T5, Canada

Summerhill Bed & Breakfast
127 Walton Street 
Port Hope ON
L1A 1N4

Woodland Gardens Bed & Breakfast (Just north of Port Hope)
8250 Woodland Ave, Campbellcroft, ON L0A 1B0, Canada

Budget Inn Port Hope
4510 County Rd 2, Port Hope, ON, L1A 3V5

Golden Beach Resort
7100 County Road 18
Roseneath, ON



Comfort Inn
121 Densmore Rd., Cobourg, ON, Canada, K9A 4J9
(905) 372-7007

Best Western
930 Burnham Street, Cobourg, ON K9A 2X9
905 372-2105

Inn By The Mill
1000 Ontario St, Cobourg, ON, Canada

The Breakers
94 Green St, Cobourg, ON, Canada

Amherst House Bed and Breakfast
804 Hudson Street
Cobourg ON K9A 0G4
289 252-1087

Lotus Motel
823 William Street,
Cobourg, ON K9A 3A8
905 372 2228  

Willowmere Bed and Breakfast
197 Water St,
Cobourg, ON K9A 1R2
(905) 372-9456

For (full) Festival participants only

2022 Topic

Dangerous Dames: Celebrating the Women of Pre-Code Gangster Movies

To be held in the main theatre auditorium.

Coffee is provided but patrons are expected to provide their own lunch - either by bringing it hence the "brown bag" - or ordering it. The surest way to get your lunch is to order in advance by adding the $10 option when you buy your pass.  You make your choice of sandwich at the desk in the lobby of the Capitol before 1:00 pm on Saturday.

About the Topic

In the early 1930s, stories of "bloody bootleg rackets" and "bootlegger bandit death trysts" dominated the newspaper headlines, with Bonnie Parker, the real life "cigar-smoking gun moll", particularly capturing the public's imagination. Gangster movies, such as Little Caesar (1931) and Scarface (1932), were box office dynamite and, although the films' protagonists were usually men, the genre did provide edgy and complex roles for women during Hollywood's morally ambiguous Pre-Code period.

From Ann Dvorak's breakthrough role as Paul Muni's ambitious little sister in Scarface to Joan Blondell's "peroxide mob boss" in the surprisingly feminist Blondie Johnson (1933), the women of the Pre-Code era's gangster movies proved that they were much more than just "molls and dolls".

Speaker: Heather Babcock

Heather BabcockHeather Babcock is an aficionado of Jean Harlow and pre-Code Hollywood films and writes about 1920's and 1930's film and pop culture on her blog Meet Me at the Soda Fountain. Her d├ębut novel, Filthy Sugar, was published by Inanna Publications in 2020 and was inspired by the "feisty dames" of pre-Code movies. Heather has had short fiction published in many literary journals, including Descant Magazine and The Toronto Quarterly. A collection of her short stories, Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards, was published by DevilHousePress in 2015. She is a co-founder of the Redhead Revue (a reading and classic movie series) and has hosted and organized reading and music events in Toronto. Heather is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada.

NOTE: This seminar is for holders of Festival Passes only.

List of discussions:

Date Topic Discussion leader More Info
Sunday, September 26, 2021 The life of a "working actor" in movies today Camille Stopps  
Sunday, September 30, 2019 Duos Chris Knight  
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Love of Film Peter Howell  
 Sunday, October 15, 2017 Canadians in Hollywood Jeff Pevere  
Sunday, October 16th, 2016 Women in Hollywood Thom Ernst  
Sunday, October 25th, 2015 Director John Ford Prof. Graham Petrie  
Sunday, October 26th, 2014 Film Noir John Gilbert  
Sunday, October 27th, 2013 Alfred Hitchcock Thom Ernst The title of the Hitchcock book Thom referenced is: Alfred Hitchcock, A Life in Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilligan.
Sunday, October 28th, 2012 The Academy┬« Awards Toronto Star Film Critic, Peter Howell.  
Saturday, October 29th, 2011 1930 Motion Picture Production Code
(The Hays Office Code)
Cathie Houston of Universal Pictures, Canada Discussion on the Hollywood Production Code - 1921 to 1960's

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Films on the 2019 Festival Program

Click on film titles below to go to a page with full details on that film.  Each page includes a short synopsis, director, cast, run-time, review, photos from the movie and trailer if available.

Films on the 2021 Festival Program

Click on film titles below to go to a page with full details on that film.  Each page includes a short synopsis, director, cast, run-time, review, photos from the movie and trailer if available.

Films on the 2022 Festival Program

Below is a list of the films to be shown.  Click the Title of any film to go to a page with additional information.  For each film, you will go to a page of information including a short synopsis, director, cast, run-time, review, photos from the movie and trailer.

Disclaimer: The films shown at the Vintage Film Festival each year are historical artifacts which reflect the values of the time when they were made, and in some cases of the time periods which they depict; consequently, they may not reflect the values which we generally hold today. Any such disconnect may be taken to demonstrate the progress which our society has made between then and now.

Theme: Breakout Roles 

Screenings will be on Friday October 21, Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23, 2022.  Go here for the schedule.