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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series compiled by: Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Film notes by Jimmy Hemphill with additional notes by Randy Wyatt.

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Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
(Aero by series)
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(Egyptian by series)
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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< May 6 - 10, 2009 >>>

Let's Put On A Show: A Tribute to Mickey Rooney


An Aero Theatre Exclusive!


Few actors have as long and varied a Hollywood career as Mickey Rooney, whose resume includes everything from family classics (THE BLACK STALLION, NATIONAL VELVET) to hard-hitting adult dramas (REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT) and outrageous comedies (IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD). These and other audience favorites will be presented as part of the American Cinematheque's salute to Mickey Rooney, one of the most beloved movie stars in history. Rooney first became known to the public while under contract at MGM, where he starred in the wildly successful ANDY HARDY series as well as BOYS TOWN and BABES IN ARMS. As he matured as an actor, Rooney grew into more substantial roles on television (THE COMEDIAN) and in films that included musicals and gangster pictures as well as sober character studies. He remains active to this day in hits such as A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. The Cinematheque is thrilled to welcome Mickey Rooney to the Aero to discuss some of his finest work.


Wednesday, May 6 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT, 1962, Sony Repertory, 95 min. Dir. Ralph Nelson. Anthony Quinn is a fighter whose best days are behind him, and Mickey Rooney plays his sympathetic trainer, in this classic piece of humanist filmmaking. Rod Serling’s script powerfully depicts Quinn’s downfall as he descends into corruption at the behest of unscrupulous manager Jackie Gleason. Trailer

KILLER MCCOY, 1947, Warner Bros., 104 min. Dir. Roy Rowland. Mickey Rooney grows up as tough street kid Tommy McCoy, who exits the vaudeville stage for a promising career in the boxing ring. After many hurdles, armed with his secret "right" and towing his deadbeat actor dad (James Dunn) along as his manager, McCoy starts fighting, first accepting a bankroll from a gambler Brian Donlevy, only to threaten it all by falling for the kingpin’s daughter (Ann Blyth). NOT ON DVD. Discussion in between films with actor Mickey Rooney. Trailer



Thursday, May 7 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY, 1938, Warner Bros., 91 min. Dir. George B. Seitz. Andy (Mickey Rooney) juggles multiple girls in this entertaining entry in the series, which features Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Cecilia Parker. Garland sings three songs in this crowd-pleaser, which the National Film Registry added to its library of culturally significant films in 2000. Trailer

THE HUMAN COMEDY, 1943, Warner Bros., 118 min. Director Clarence Brown’s moving screen adaptation of William Saroyan’s sentimental novel tells the story of a young man (Mickey Rooney) coming of age during WWII. As Rooney’s responsibilities increase, Brown paints a vivid portrait of small-town America, with support from Donna Reed, Van Johnson and even (look close!) Robert Mitchum. Trailer



Friday, May 8 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

BABES IN ARMS, 1939, Warner Bros., 93 min. Dir. Busby Berkeley. Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland stage a fund-raising show with the help of ex-vaudevillians’ children in order to save their parents from bankruptcy. This buoyant musical features typically sublime Busby Berkeley camerawork and choreography. Trailer

GIRL CRAZY, 1943, Warner Bros., 99 min. Dirs. Norman Taurog and Busby Berkeley. Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland’s final film together is possibly the best of their "Let’s put on a show" musicals. Rich kid Rooney falls for Garland, the daughter of the dean at his college, and the two express their love via classic Gershwin tunes and expert Busby Berkeley dance numbers. Rooney is at his most energetic in this classic musical from the Arthur Freed unit. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. Trailer



Saturday, May 9 – 4:00 PM
Family Matinee!
THE BLACK STALLION, 1979, MGM Repertory, 118 min. Dir. Carroll Ballard. A dramatic shipwreck strands a young boy and a horse on a tropical island, where they become close friends before ending up in a dramatic racing championship with the help of trainer Mickey Rooney. Carroll Ballard’s visually stunning adaptation of Walter Farley’s novel provides magical images and rich emotional textures for all ages. Discussion following with actor Mickey Rooney and producer Fred Roos. Trailer




Sunday, May 10 – 7:30 PM

IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, 1963, MGM Repertory, 162 min. Legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer’s (GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG) most beloved film features one of the greatest lineups of comic talent ever assembled, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Spencer Tracy, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Dorothy Provine, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Don Knotts, Peter Falk, Terry-Thomas, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis and many more, in the story of a group of average, upstanding Americans who are given the key to locating $350,000 in stolen bank loot – and resort to every form of lying, deceit and double-crossing in their manic cross-country chase to retrieve it!! Trailer blog