Upcoming Film


Showing: Friday, October 7, 8:00 PM
Year: 2022
Country: USA


Online ticket sales end at 5:00 PM on Friday. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door when doors open at 7:30.

An evening of film clips and discussion presented by film historian John DiLeo. Event sponsor: Wright Bros. Realty.

In a movie career bookended by Academy Awards—Best Actress for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), Best Supporting Actress for Airport (1970)—stage legend Helen Hayes forged a unique path on the screen.  She was a queen of MGM in the early 1930s and a romantic costar of both Gary Cooper and Clark Gable. Though she returned to Broadway, Hayes would occasionally be enticed back to the movies, most notably opposite Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia (1956).  DiLeo charts her natural affinity for film acting and her progression from young leading lady to senior character actress. Aided by film clips spanning more than four decades, this is a cinematic celebration of the singular artistry and enduring legacy of Helen Hayes.

BONUS: clips from film versions of two stage classics—The Front Page and Twentieth Century—cowritten by Ms. Hayes’s husband Charles MacArthur and their friend and neighbor, Ben Hecht.

About our presenter, John DiLeo:
John DiLeo is the author of seven books about classic movies:  And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies, 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember—But Probably Don’t, Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery, Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors, Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies, Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970, and his latest, There Are No Small Parts: 100 Outstanding Film Performances with Screen Time of 10 Minutes or Less.  He has been an annual participant in the Black Bear Film Festival (Milford, PA), conducting onstage interviews with Farley Granger (2005), Arlene Dahl (2006), Marge Champion (2010), Keir Dullea (2013), Jane Powell (2015), Rex Reed (2016), Tab Hunter (2017), Lorna Luft (2018), and Jane Alexander (2018).  He’s on Instagram (john.dileo.12), Twitter (@JOHNDiLEO), and his website is johndileo.com.

HELEN HAYES ON FILM: When the First Lady of Broadway Conquered Hollywood is sponsored by Wright Bros. Realty.


Helen Hayes on Film: When the First Lady of Broadway Conquered Hollywood is part of Celebrating Helen Hayes and Charles MacArthur. 

Dedication of the Literary Landmark at Pretty Penny
Saturday, October 8, 3 pm: Outdoor dedication of a special marker designating Pretty Penny as a Literary Landmark. Remarks by special guests including Joyce Bulifant, followed by a Champagne Reception. Proceeds benefit the Rockland Historical Society. Tickets go on sale on August 22.

Remembering Helen Hayes with Love!
Saturday, October 8, 8 pm: ArtsRock presents a rare in-person stage appearance by actress Joyce Bulifant, who was married to Helen Haye’s and Charles MacArthur’s son, with Bryon Sommers on piano. Tickets at ArtsRock.


Celebrating Helen Hayes and Charles MacArthur coincides with the Phoenix Festival, running from September 16 to October 16.

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Rivertown Film is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts and from Restart the Arts, a regrant program of Arts Westchester, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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