In honor of Downtown Skokie's history as a backlot set, where silent western pictures were made in the early 1900s by Chicago's Essanay Films.
The Skokie Public Library Presents:
Free Classic Movies
5215 Oakton St., Skokie
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Ranked by some critics as the greatest romantic comedy of all time, this classic stars Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart. A rich woman's ex-husband and a news reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage. (112 minutes)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Made before the Hays Code enforced morality in the movies for the next three decades, this dark pre-code classic, starring James Cagney, details the violent rise of two young hoodlums through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war. Watch for the grapefruit scene, one of the most famous (or infamous) in cinema history. (83 minutes)