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‘Jaws’ and ‘Raiders’ lead golden oldies on the big screen this month

Published: Thursday, May 30 2013 4:41 p.m. MDT

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." (Lucasfilm Ltd.) Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." (Lucasfilm Ltd.)

If you missed seeing “Jaws” or “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on a big theater screen last year, a return engagement has been arranged. The fan favorites are coming back over the next couple of weeks for three screenings each as part of the “Cinemark Classic Series” in several locations.

In addition, films starring John Garfield, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, and one of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra’s pairings are among the golden oldies to be screened in local theaters over the next month.

The final picture in Brigham Young University’s “Winter Film Series” will be shown tonight in Provo, the Cinemark series will have screenings on Sundays and Wednesdays in theaters all around the state, and the SCERA Center’s summer matinee series in Orem will begin next Friday.

Roy Scheider as Martin Broday in "Jaws." (Universal) Roy Scheider as Martin Broday in "Jaws." (Universal)

Here’s the current line-up:

“Air Force” (1943, b/w). Howard Hawks directed and John Garfield heads the cast of this stirring World War II action picture that explores how disparate personality types react under pressure when a lone B-17 finds itself in the middle of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in a film made just two years after the event. Co-stars include Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy and Harry Carey. (Preceded by a chapter of the 1939 serial “Dick Tracy’s G-Men.”) (Today, BYU, Provo, 7 p.m., free, visit website for more information.)

“Jaws” (1975, PG). This classic sand-and-surf horror tale, adapted from Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, put Steven Spielberg on the map, put Roy Scheider on the Hollywood A-list and boosted the careers of Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. It also kept summer vacationers on the beach and out of the water. Every bit as gripping as it was nearly 40 years ago. (Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, June 5, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theaters.)

“On the Town” (1949). Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin star in this snappy musical as sailors on 24-hour shore leave in New York City where they meet up with Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller and Betty Garrett, and sing and dance in a perfect blend of music and comedy. Colorful location work shows off post-war Manhattan so that it almost becomes another character. (Friday, June 7, 10 a.m., SCERA Center, Orem.)

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981, PG). Spielberg’s homage to 1930s and ’40s cliffhanger serials remains the gold standard of action movies with Harrison Ford perfect as archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones. Stupendous fun from start to finish. (Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, June 12, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theaters.)

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982, PG). Spielberg’s self-professed “most personal” movie is this comic coming-of-age alien-encounter fantasy as a young boy befriends a creature from a spaceship and tries to keep him safe when the government comes calling. Still magical and enchanting. (Sunday, June 16, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, June 19, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theaters.)

“The Mortal Storm” (1940, b/w). In the last of their four movies together, James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan play anti-Nazi sympathizers looking to escape from Germany as the Third Reich comes into power. Still stirring propaganda released when World War II was raging in Europe but America had not yet entered the fray. Co-stars include Frank Morgan, Robert Young and Robert Stack. Directed by Salt Lake-born Frank Borzage. (Friday, June 21, 10 a.m., SCERA Center, Orem.)

“Schindler’s List” (1993, b/w, R for violence, language, sex, nudity). Arguably Spielberg’s finest achievement is this highly charged and very emotional true story of a man who accrues wealth taking advantage of Jewish labor in Nazi Germany but eventually has a change of heart and uses his factory as a refuge for Jews targeted during the Holocaust. Excellent performances led by Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes. And 100 percent of the proceeds from these screenings will go to the Shoah Foundation. (Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, June 26, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theaters.)

“Tammy and the Bachelor” (1957). Famous first film in the “Tammy” series gets a big boost from the presence of Debbie Reynolds and Walter Brennan as, respectively, the country girl living in a Mississippi swamp on a houseboat with her feisty, moonshine-making grandfather. Leslie Nielsen is the pilot she nurses back to health after he crashes his plane. As cornball as they come but cute. Fay Wray, who spent much of her childhood in Utah, co-stars. (Friday, June 28, 10 a.m., SCERA Center, Orem.)

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