McKinney Classic Film Festival Presents Screwball Comedies Featuring Cary Grant

Cary GrantThis year’s McKinney Classic Film Festival will showcase five of Cary Grant’s films in Historic Downtown McKinney August 19 – 21, 2016.  The 3-day festival offers entertainment for the whole family with great classic films, dynamic guests, activities, and plenty of popcorn, too.
The second annual McKinney Classic Film Festival presents Screwball Comedies  featuring Cary  Grant. Film titles are:

  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  • My Favorite Wife (1940)
  • His Girl Friday (1940)
  • Holiday (1938) and
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

arsenic-and-old-lace-art_1_origDirector: Frank Capra
Aug. 19
7:30 p.m.

A hapless theater critic (Cary Grant) discovers on his wedding day that his otherwise sweet, elderly aunts are actually homicidal dingbats. The cast also includes Priscilla Lane and Raymond Massey.

My Favorite Wife (1940)

Saturday, Aug. 20, 4 p.m.
Director: Garson Kanin
A wife (Irene Dunne), missing for seven years and presumed dead, returns to find her husband (Cary Grant) remarried. A smooth reunion is not in the cards for anyone concerned. Randolph Scott also appears in the film, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.
6-8 p.m.
RED CARPET PHOTO OPS: All ticket holders may dress in any attire for fun photos, whether dressed up as their favorite screwball comedy character, retro Hollywood Star, or just plain old every day wear. Ticket holders should bring their cameras to snap plenty of Red Carpet pics!

His Girl Friday (1940)

His-Girl-FridaySaturday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m.
Director: Howard Hawks

A newspaper reporter (Rosalind Russell) finds herself drawn back into her previous relationship with her ex-husband and former boss (Cary Grant) who does everything in his power to prevent her from marrying another man.

The cast also includes Ralph Bellamy. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Holiday (1938)

Sunday, Aug. 21 , 2 p.m.
Director: George Cukor
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn portray star-crossed lovers fighting their mutual attraction in this story about a young man who becomes engaged to the wrong sister in a wealthy family. The cast also includes Doris Nolan. The film was nominated for one Academy Award for Art Direction.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Sunday, Aug. 21 , 4 p.m.
Director: George Cukor

As her wedding approaches, a socialite (Katharine Hepburn) discovers some hard truths about herself while attracting the attention of a reporter (Jimmy Stewart) and her ex-husband (Cary Grant).

The film won two Academy Awards and was nominated for three others. Jimmy Stewart won for Best Actor in a Leading Role (as Mike Connor); Donald Ogden Stewart, won Best Writing, Screenplay.

McKinney Classic Film Festival Events

Closing Party 6:30 p.m.: All festival ticket holders will be invited to return after the final screening for the weekend’s closing party with refreshments.

General Information: Festival general admission tickets: $10 per person. Film Buff Pass including all films: $45

All tickets include entrance to the closing party on Aug. 21.  Free parking is available on the street and in parking lots surrounding Historic Downtown McKinney.

The McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, Texas.
All films will be screened in MPAC’s Courtroom Theater.
Full details, including schedules for film screenings and events, and maps, are available online at
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