“A Thousand Clowns” will be the First Thursday Film for March as part of the Waupaca Area Public Library’s ongoing series.
Dr. Jack Rhodes will introduce the movie at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the lower level meeting rooms of the library. Complimentary popcorn, sodas and theater treats will be provided.
Rhodes describes the movie as a lighthearted comedy with a serious side. The film involves a charming and eccentric ne’er-do-well who tries to raise his nephew in 1960s Manhattan but who can never quite bring himself to go back to work.
Jason Robards plays the lead and Barbara Harris portrays the sympathetic social worker and eventual girlfriend who attempts to help him sort out his life and do the right thing for his nephew, played by Barry Gordon. Veteran character actor Martin Balsam won an Oscar for his portrayal of Robards’s brother. The movie is an adaptation by the playwright Herb Gardner of his stage play of the same name.
On Thursday, Feb. 25, also at 1:30 p.m., the February Every Thursday Film Series, also at the library, will conclude its program of Short Stories into Films with the 1946 Universal picture, “The Killers,” based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway and featuring Burt Lancaster in his film debut.