Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Screening of "The Model and the Marriage Broker" at Daystar Center February 14

Classic Movie Man Favorites Series: The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)
Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street
When: February 14, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Stephen Reginald


The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) features Thelma Ritter in a rare starring role as marriage broker, Mae Swasey. Her office is located in New York City’s iconic Flatiron Building where she helps her shy and awkward clients find love and companionship. When she picks up the purse of model Kitty Bennett (Jeanne Crain) by accident, she decides to secretly become her marriage broker. You see, the model found out that the man she’s been dating is married, and Mae sees no future in that relationship. Without her knowledge Mae arranges for Kitty to meet Matt Hornbeck (Scott Brady), a young radiographer. Will Mae’s matchmaking be successful? And what about Mae? Will she find a love of her own? 

Jeanne Crain and Thelma Ritter

This underrated classic has a script by Charles Brackett (Sunset Boulevard - 1950, The Lost Weekend - 1945), cinematography by Milton Kranser (The Egg and I – 1947, All About Eve – 1950, Three Coins in the Fountain – 1954, An Affair to Remember – 1957), and direction by the legendary George Cukor (My Fair Lady - 1964). 

The film also boasts a first-rate supporting cast, featuring Zero Mostel and Nancy Kulp in their first movie roles. But first and foremost, The Model and the Marriage Broker has the incomparable Ritter in one of the best roles of her career.


This film is part of the Classic Movie Man’s favorites series.


Have some Joe and Enjoy the Show!
You can bring food and beverages into the auditorium; we even have small tables set up next to some of the seats. General Admission: $5 Students and Senior Citizens: $3.

Join the Chicago Film club; join the discussion
Twice a month we screen classic films and have a brief discussion afterward. For more information, including how to join (it’s free), click here. The Venue 1550 is easily accessible by the CTA. Please visit Transit Chicago for more information on transportation options.


Stephen Reginald is a freelance writer and editor. He has worked at various positions within the publishing industry for over 25 years. Most recently he was executive editor for McGraw-Hill’s The Learning Group Division. A long-time amateur student of film, Reginald hosts “Chicago Film Club,” a monthly movie event held in the South Loop, for the past two years. Reginald has also taught several adult education film classes at Facets Film School, Chicago.

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