Area residents can escape the winter blues at the Waupaca Area Public Library’s FirstThursday Film Series.
Hosted by Jack Rhodes, the films are screened at 1:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.
Admission is free and theater treats are available at no charge.
• Jan. 8: “The Third Man” is a 1949 British thriller starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli and Trevor Howard. Directed by Carol Reed, the screenplay is by Graham Greene from his novel.
• Feb. 5: “Denver and Rio Grande” is a 1952 Paramont film directed by Byron Haskin. Famous for its spectacular crash involving two real trains, the film stars Edmond O’Brien, Sterling Hayden, Laura Elliot and Dean Jagger.
• March 5: “On Golden Pond” is a 1981 film that won three Academy Awards for best actor, best actress and best adapted screenplay. Directed by Mark Rydell with a screenplay by Ernest Thompson, based on his play. The film stars Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman.
• April 2: “The Hound of the Baskervilles” stars the most famous of the many actors who have portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the screen: Basil Rathbone. Released in 1939, the film also features Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene and Wendy Barrie. It was directed by Sidney Lanfield, with a screenplay by Ernest Pascal.
• May 7: “The Train” is a 1964 film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau and Michel Simon. The story and screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis was suggested by a 1947 article in The New Yorker magazine, “The Monuments Men” by Janet Flanner.