Wilder Laughter With Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, James Cagney & More! Friday, March 19 & Saturday, March 20 Spring Comedy Festival At the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, N.J.* Tel. (201) 798-6055* Friends of the Loew's continues our tradition of ushering in Spring with laughter by presenting three of the brightest comedies by Billy Wilder, one of* America's most prolific movie makers, and featuring some of the greatest stars of the mid-20th century, some in familiar roles and others playing decidedly against type in one way or the other: "Sabrina" Starring Humphrey Bogart & Audrey Hepburn (1954, 113 min., Paramount, B&W) Academy Award for Edith Head's Costume Design Friday, March 19, 8PM:* A romantic comedy that's part fairy tale, Sabrina features Humphrey Bogart playing somewhat against type, in a role originally intended for Carey Grant, as the protagonist who knows the price of everything but has no concept of the value of love.* William Holden plays Bogart's younger brother who wants to marry for love, not money.* Audrey Hepburn is a Cinderella-type character; her waif-like vulnerability and angelic beauty, as always, make her perfect for such a part.* Wilder, who directed, produced and shared screenplay credit for Sabrina uses snappy banter and double entendres to play on such themes as commerce vs. love, cynicism vs. romanticism, sex vs. love.* In typical Wilder form, he doesn't hit the audience over the head with these themes, but rather uses just a wink and a nod to play them out as we are thoroughly charmed by watching Bogart and Hepburn inexorably fall for each other. "One, Two, Three" Starring James Cagney (1961, 110 min, United Artists, B&W) ***A Rare Big Screen Presentation of This Title, Screened in an Archival Print*** Saturday, March 20, 4 PM:** In his last starring role in a theatrically released motion picture, Jimmy Cagney gave a virtuoso turn in a kind of role he was not best known for - rapid fire comedy.* He plays a Coca Cola executive assigned to manage the company's West Berlin office in the days just prior to the construction of the Berlin Wall.* Cagney agrees to look after his Atlanta-based boss' daughter when she visits Berlin.* When she arrives, she announces to Cagney's horror that she has married an uninspiring East German Communist.* Cagney conspires with the East German Police to arrest the bridegroom and breakup the marriage, only to learn to his greater horror that his boss' daughter is pregnant.* As fast as you can say "one, two, three",** Cagney* must reverse course and conspire to get her husband released and then pass him off, despite his determined anti-capitalist pronouncements, as acceptable to Cagney's decidedly pro- capitalist boss.* Mayhem and hilarity ensue.* This lightening-fast, breathless farce sends up everything from soft drink capitalism to Communist hypocracy, Soviet disorganization, male lechery, female giddiness, postwar Germany and American pop culture.* Cagney and director Billy Wilder never let up the pace for even a moment, down to the final punch-line.** "Some Like It Hot" Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon (1959, 120 min, United Artist, B&W) ***Screened in an Archival Print*** Saturday, March 20,* 8 PM:* Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon give flawless fish-out-of-water performances playing decidedly against type as two musicians who disguise themselves as women in order to hide from a mobster played by George Raft. Marilyn Monroe is certainly in character, and turns in one of the best performances of her career, as a bubble headed, sweet and devastatingly sexy singer who the two boys - or is it girls? - fall head over high heels for. Genuine hilarity ensues as Curtis and Lemmon try to woo Monroe through elaborate gender-bending ruses.* The script is riddled with hilarious set pieces and movie in-jokes. Some Like It Hot was remarkably ahead of its time, providing both timeless laughs and sly gender commentary.* The film also stands out as a classic example of the heights to which all-out farce can aspire, achieving an uncontrived giddiness through both plot manipulation and the finely tuned work of its performers.* The movie has not tarnished at all with time, and remains one of the few films that can still make drag seem a novel and innovative subject.* Some Like It Hot was the biggest money-making comedy up to 1959. Admission for each film is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12 years old and younger. The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre presents its classic films on a 50 foot wide screen using carbon arc illumination for the brightest, whitest light. The Loew's Jersey Theatre, located at 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, is easily reached by car or mass transit from throughout the Metropolitan Area.* Ample off-street paid parking is available.* For directions or additional information, call (201) 798-6055 or visit loewsjersey.org Classic Film Weekends at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre are presented by Friends of the Loew's, Inc., which operates the Loew's as a non-profit arts center.