It’s been a very disappointing so see the lack of classic Golden- and Silver-Age cinema being shown at the Grand Theatre.
Many such movies, animation and shorts subjects come to mind as being particularly well-suited for the Grand’s movie screen.
Possibilities would include Dory Schary’s “Bad Day at Black Rock,” starring Spencer Tracy, Walter Brennan, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. This movie is unique due to its many references to the Southern Pacific’s Daylight passenger trains and its message against racism and cultural profiling in an age that was much less enlightened than today.
Another film that should be considered is “Go for Broke,” the landmark picture that dramatizes the extreme hardships, sacrifices and heroic exploits of the famed all-Japanese-American 100-442nd Regiment during World War II.
Humphrey Bogart’s war and romance picture, “To Have and Have Not,” is another great oldie. Although not as well known as “Casablanca,” it’s just as good.
Of course, there is the Silver-Age movie, “The Candidate,” starring Robert Redford, which is well-loved by Tracyites, due to the famous scene that used our Tracy High homecoming parade as a supposed campaign parade.
These are just a few humble suggestions on the part of an old-fashioned Tracyite.