Gills and Gangsters

By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater October 25, 2006 at 4:59AM

Gills and Gangsters
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Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 PM in Centennial Park marks another installment of the Cinema in the Park series--Sanford, Florida's own monthly version of Winter Park's "Popcorn Flicks" (north). After a record-breaking heat wave this past weekend (what global warming?), the weather has cooled considerably and it should be a jacket-worthy, crisp and clear night to watch a classic Universal Creature Feature under the stars. Just in time for Halloween and in keeping with the "Made in Florida" theme of the series thus far, Enzian is proud to present Jack Arnold's original CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954). Starring (who else?) Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, and Whit Bissell--three mainstays of many a 50's monster movie--this was one of the first films to feature such luminous and lyrical underwater photography. It spawned two sequels, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955) and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US (1956), but nothing tops the original (even in 2-D!).

Next up for November 22 (Thanksgiving eve) will be the great John Huston's KEY LARGO (1948), the excellent adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's hit play of the time about a ruthless mobster holding people captive in a Florida hotel during a violent storm. Check out the cast put together for this one: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, and Lionel Barrymore--not too shabby. Trevor ended up winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Robinson's pathetic, boozy moll. You don't use that phrase too often ("boozy moll"), and they don't make 'em like this anymore. Let's hope the weather cooperates.

--Matthew

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