Admission to the film programs is free in conjunction with New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).
Swing Time Films
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Produced in conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York, this selection of classic films from the 1930s reflects the values and themes explored in the art of the Depression Era.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Historian Ted Widmer examines Frank Capra’s timeless screwball comedy, in which small-town Mr. Deeds—played memorably by Gary Cooper —inherits millions in the midst of the Great Depression. Directed by Frank Capra. Starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft. 115 min.
Ted Widmer is the Assistant to the President of Brown University and former director of the John Carter Brown Library. Previously he taught American history at Washington College and Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including Martin Van Buren, and the editor of American Speeches: Lincoln to Clinton.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
The New-York Historical Society is grateful to Bank of America for its generous support of all Free Friday Night Programs.