By Jake K.

Summer is a great time to read, explore and seek out adventure. That adventure might be outside, through hiking, biking, or staying active. On the other hand, doesn’t the couch and an awesome movie, plus popcorn and air conditioning sound like just the ticket for a warm summer’s evening? If the latter is your desired form of adventure, EVPL offers a variety of films on DVD and streaming on Hoopla to keep you entertained.

What’s even better? Sometimes what’s old is new again. Hollywood Blockbusters of yesteryear might be just the experience you need to unwind and find some laughs or experience some of the greatest stories of our past.

Please note: These titles are listed in no particular order. The author finds each equally worthy of making this list. You can browse all the titles in our collection, too. If you’d like to suggest a title you think should be in our collection, you can do that as well. All poster images are from IMDb.

His Girl Friday (1940)

A newspaper editor, played by Cary Grant, uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife, played by Rosalind Russell, from remarrying. His Girl Friday is based on Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s play “The Front Page,” which recently ran on Broadway in a new adaptation with Nathan Lane starring.





Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

An easy-going drama critic named Mortimer Brewst19er, played by Cary Grant, discovers that his kind and gentle aunts have a bizarre habit of poisoning gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar. Furthermore, Mortimer’s brother is delusional, believing he is actually Theodore Roosevelt (and puts on an impressive act as such). The film is based on the play of the same name.




Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

An American judge presides over the trial of four Nazi judges accused of war crimes, men who willingly distorted the law to perpetrate atrocities against humanity. The film stars legends including Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Maximilian Schell, Montgomery Clift, and a young William Shatner. If you’re interested in reading more on this, we also have this book you can add to your To Be Read list.




Other fantastic black and white films you should consider viewing this summer


Young Frankenstein (1974)

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

(Summary from IMDb.)





Citizen Kane (1941)

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; ‘Rosebud’.

(Summary from IMDb.)





Roman Holiday (1953)

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

(Summary from IMDb.)





Schindler’s List (1993)

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

(Summary from IMDb.)






To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Two children in a small southern town are thrust into a world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father chooses to defend an African-American man unjustly accused of raping a white girl.

(Summary from IMDb.)





Modern Times (1963)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Also available through Hoopla.

(Summary from IMDb.)





Jake K.
Librarian of Practice

Jake K.

Jake is the School Engagement of Librarian of Practice at EVPL. A lifelong resident of Evansville, he is a self-proclaimed avid indoorsman, an advocate for shelter pets, and is constantly in search of a better cup of coffee.

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