'Summer Sizzle Under The Stars' Film Series At Wadsworth Atheneum

Romantic movies "sizzled" in 1930s Hollywood. See for yourself at Wadsworth Atheneum

The Wadsworth Atheneum's annual "Summer Sizzle Under the Stars" series of classic movies shown outdoors runs June 30 through Aug. 12, and the theme this year is "Imposters," with classic comedies about people who are not whom they claim to be.

The title on Thursday, June 30, is "Trouble in Paradise," the legendary 1932 Ernst Lubitsch comedy about two thieves who join forces to fleece a rich woman, with Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall.

On Friday, July 8, the museum will show "Love Me Tonight," a 1932 comedy about a tailor posing as a baron starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald.

The Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers 1934 musical "The Gay Divorcee," about a woman who stages a ruse to get a divorce, will be shown Friday, July 15.

"My Man Godfrey," the 1934 screwball comedy about an uncommonly wise vagrant starring Carole Lombard and William Powell, will be on Friday, July 22.

"The Lady Vanishes," the 1938 Alfred Hitchcock thriller about a woman who vanishes while traveling on a train, starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave, will be shown Friday, July 29.

The series closes on Friday, Aug. 12, with "Holiday," the 1938 Katharine Hepburn-Cary Grant comedy about a man with unusual plans for his lifestyle.

The evenings include live music starting at 5 p.m. and a movie screening starting at around 8:15 p.m., as well as an optional, extra-price dinner made by the museum cafe. Meal service also starts at 5 p.m.

Admission is $9, $8 seniors and students, $5 members, free for Hartford residents. Portable chairs and coolers are prohibited. The series is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. thewadsworth.org.

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