Published: August 30, 2019
Join us at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library with WHKY film critic Joe Barrett to watch and then discuss a trio of classic murder mystery films on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The films and dates are Rear Window (1954) on September 10, Murder at the Gallop (1963) on September 24, and The Night of the Hunter (1955) on October, 8. After watching the film, Barrett will lead a discussing including some details behind the production of the films and about those involved.
The first film of the series is Rear Window from 1954. This film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and stars James Stewart and Grace Kelly. It focuses on a wheelchair-bound photographer that spies on neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. The screenplay was written by John Michael Hayes and was based on the 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich.
The facilitator Joe Barrett became addicted to movies in 1963 upon seeing From Russia, with Love. He had access to a large number of movie theaters in both NJ and NY, where he saw hundreds of films throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Barrett was a Division Manager of 12 theaters and a drive-in for several years, worked as a production assistant and cameraman in motion pictures, TV shows, commercials, and even made Amos Famous in his first cookie commercial. He is currently doing weekly movie reviews on 1290 WHKY/102.3 FM which is in its 19th year and has interviewed many TV and film personalities. He has addressed the movie business for various Rotary Clubs and business meetings and resides in Hickory.
The Classis Mystery Film Series is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.