Charles Allis Art Museum
Press Release

Movie Time’s Summer 2015 Schedule Announced

Tribute to Irene Dunn

By - Jul 13th, 2015 01:38 pm

Milwaukee, WI –The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., along with leading Wisconsin film historian, Dale E. Kuntz, is pleased to announce Movie Time’s Spring 2015 Schedule: A Tribute to Irene Dunn every other Wednesday night in the Museum’s Margaret Rahill Great Hall starting July 8, 2015. Films are free with museum admission, $7/person, $5/seniors & students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for visitors to view the mansion, screening begins at 7:30 p.m.   These rare films from the 1930’s and 1940’s are shown in their original 16mm, reel-to-reel format from Kuntz’s own private collection. Prior to each film, Kuntz shares knowledge of the film industry and gives the inside scoop on each movie.

Schedule Introduction
For three decades, Irene Dunne was one of the most popular and successful actresses in motion picture history! This was followed by a prolific career in television. Today, she is one of the forgotten greats of Hollywood. Her films were so popular and successful that many of them were remade – and then remade again. Many of her films were lost in the shuffle. Her version of Show Boat was unavailable for over 30 years. Luckily, we will be showing many of the original versions. Dunne was discovered by Florence Ziegfeld and put into the Chicago road show of Show Boat. Her co-star was Allan Jones – who also co-stars with her in the film. Hollywood soon signed her, but not in any musicals. Her film career started with melodramas. Once musicals became big again, Irene became a big musical star. In 1936, she made her first screwball comedy, and Irene became the best comedienne the screen had ever seen! She still remains the only actress to have four distinct successful careers – musical, comedy, melodrama, and serious drama. Sadly Irene was nominated five times for Best Actress – never winning.

Film Schedule
Wednesday, July 8           Roberta (1935, 106 min.) Irene Dunne, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Randolph Scott, Helen
Wednesday, July 22        Show Boat (1936, 113min.) Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, and “Asta”
Wednesday, Aug. 5          The Awful Truth (1937, 92min.) Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Dana Andrews, Oscar Homolka
Wednesday, Aug. 9          My Favorite Wife (1940, 88min.) Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott
Wednesday, Sept. 2        White Cliffs of Dover (1944, 126min.) Irene Dunne, Van Johnson, Alan Marshall, Frank Morgan
Wednesday, Sept. 16     Anna and the King of Siam (1946, 128min) Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell

Film synopsis and photos available @

General contact: 414/278-8295

About Dale Kuntz, Milwaukee Film Historian
Dale Kuntz has been sharing his wealth of knowledge and passion with Milwaukee audiences for over 30 years.   He is President of Milwaukee Film Classics and the film society, FOOFS, Followers Of Old Films. He also teaches a Film History

class at Cardinal Stritch University.   As a free-lance writer, he has been published in local magazines such as Milwaukee Magazine and Exclusively Yours, as well as national film magazines and newspapers. Kuntz also collaborated with Phillip Castanza, New York City author, on the successful book, The Films of Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy.

About More on Less: The History of Burlesque in America From Lydia Thompson to Amber Ray
The exhibition showcases the many sides of burlesque, from its rise and fall to its rebirth as Neo-Burlesque. The exhibition tells the story through photographs, authentic costumes from the 1940s to the present, and art by Ed Paschke, Reginald Marsh, Garry Winogrand, and Katharina Bosse among others, along with ephemera of all types. Stars such as Gypsy Rose Lee, Sally Rand, Lili St. Cyr, Rose La Rose, Tempest Storm, Jennie Lee, Dixie Evans, and Ann Corio, and contemporary performers Dita von Teese, Angie Pontani, Amy G, and Amber Ray, among others are all “on stage” in this unique exhibition. The opening reception Friday, April 10 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. features a brief special performance by Amber Ray.

About the Charles Allis Art Museum
On the National Registry of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 home of Charles and Sarah Allis contains a world-class art collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes impressive Classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, Asian ceramics and stunning decorative arts. Changing exhibitions feature local and regional artists, making the museum a vibrant center for Wisconsin arts not to be missed.

Museum Hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
General Admission:
$7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors, Military & Students
FREE for Museum Members and Children 12 and under.

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