Cary Grant & Ginger Rogers + Marilyn Monroe Home Movies

by Andre Soares
Roddy McDowall while appearing in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Norma Shearer on the set of Romeo and Juliet, 1936

Private home movies featuring Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, and other Hollywood celebrities, along with behind-the-scene activities on the sets of films such as On the Waterfront and The Misfits will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” presentation of “Hollywood Home Movies: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive” on Monday, August 11, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City.

The program will include introductions and commentaries by family members of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Steve McQueen.

The evening will feature rarely seen footage of Alfred Hitchcock playing with his baby daughter, Bogart and Bacall sailing on the Santana, and Academy Award-winning art director (and Oscar statuette designer) Cedric Gibbons and his wife Dolores del Rio entertaining guests, including Cooper and Marlene Dietrich, at a backyard party. Additionally, the program will show early home movies of New York Harbor from 1927, a beauty contest parade in Atlantic City from 1935, and Times Square in the mid-1950s.

“Hollywood Home Movies” is curated by Academy Archivist Lynne Kirste and is presented in conjunction with ongoing 2008 Home Movie Day events around the world.

Tickets for “Hollywood Home Movies” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased in person on the night of the screening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City.

Pictured: Roddy McDowall while appearing in George Stevens' The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and Norma Shearer on the set of Romeo and Juliet (1936).

Photos: Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library

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