The two-week festival will run June 12-25. On view, of course, will be familiar Comden & Green classics such as Singin' in the Rain, It's Always Fair Weather, and On the Town. The series also provide rare chances to see the lyricists' more obscure work on a big screen. The Barkleys of Broadway, for instance, was the scene of an accidental reunion of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, when Rogers stepped in at the last moment for an ailing Judy Garland. And 1949's Take Me Out to the Ball Game marked a pre-On the Town teaming of the latter film's trio of Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin.
The festival kicks off with the Judy Holliday vehicle Bells Are Ringing, co-starring Dean Martin, of all people, and featuring a five-minute number cut from the original print. Following is a complete schedule:
June 12-14: Bells Are Ringing (1960) and It's Always Fair Weather (1955).
June 15: (a double bill of movies which influenced Green) The Big Parade (1925) and "A Night at the Capitol Theatre," a selection of early talkie shorts.
June 16-17: The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) and Good News (1947).
June 18-21: Singin' in the Rain (1952) and The Band Wagon (1953).
June 22: (a double bill of movies which influenced Comden) The Gaucho (1928) and Arsene Lupin (1932).
June 23: Auntie Mame (1958).
June 24-25: On the Town (1949) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949).
Call Film Forum for show times: (212) 727-8110. -- By Robert Simonson