Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:

Yes, the fabulous holiday season of 2012 is now over, and the Tacoma Film Club is settling into its new home at the Center for Spiritual Living. 2013 promises to be another fantastic year of viewing classic cinema and discussing it.

Join us on this Friday, January 4, 2013 for a screening of the stirring biographical film SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1960). The film was directed by Vincent J. Donehue, one of two theatrical films he gave us. LONELY HEARTS (1958) was his only other feature film. Donehue was mostly a Broadway director, and did 19 television credits, including THE DEFENDERS, and PLAYHOUSE 90. 

Donehue directed the original Broadway production of SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO. It opened at the Cort Theater in New York on January 30, 1958, and it ran for 556 performances. Ralph Bellamy starred in the play and won the Tony for Best Actor. Donehue won a Tony as Best Director, and the play won a Tony for Best Play.

Donehue was nominated for another Tony as Director of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in 1960.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning none. Greer Garson won a Golden Globe as Best Actress for her role in it.


The film musical score was written by Franz Waxman, who wrote the scores for 154 films from 1930-1966, including HUMORESQUE (1946), THE STRATTON STORY (1949), SHANE (1954), MISTER ROBERTS (1955), THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS (1957), THE NUN’S STORY (1959), and PT109 (1963). 

The film’s cinematography was done by veteran Russell Harlan, who lensed 100 films from 1937-1970, including all the Hopalong Cassidy movies, and A WALK IN THE SUN (1945), RED RIVER (1948), THE THING (1951), BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955), LUST FOR LIFE (1956), RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (1958), RIO BRAVO (1959), and



Directed by Vincent J. Donehue @ 144 minutes.

The film stars: Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn, Jean Hagen, Tim Considine, & Lyle Talbot.


Synopsis: This is a story that takes place in 1921, when FDR was 40 years old, when he was stricken with polio while vacationing at Campobello–how his family learned to cope with his illness, and how this did not stop his ambitious political career.



Tagline: The sun came up twice that day, once in the heavens for all to see, and once in the darkness for a man, his wife, and their children alone to share.


The Rotten Tomatoes ratings were the Critics at 100%, and the Audience at 64%.

Variety reported: On its journey from stage to screen, this chapter from the life of FDR loses none of its poignant and inspirational qualities, none of its humor & pathos.

Bosley Crowley of THE NEW YORK TIMES wrote: This is a very well done, moving biographical film.

Neil Minnow of COMMON SENSE MEDIA wrote: This is an exceptional and inspiring true story about the only American President to be elected for four terms. 

So remember to mark your calendars, and start the New Year off smartly by joining the Tacoma Film Club for a screening of SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1960) on Friday, January 4, 2013. The event will occur at the Center for Spiritual Living, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of J Street and Division, across from the Group Health hospital. Come at 6 p.m. for the fellowship and discussion. We meet downstairs in the kitchen area. Those folks who want to may bring beverages, including wine, and snack foods to share with others. The 2013 TFC membership cards are available, and they are still only $20.00 for the entire year. Those members who have joined or renewed already, please remind me of that, so that I may present you with the 2013 Member Update sheet to be filled out. Be sure we have your most up-to-date email address, and include the three film picks you would like the Club to show to the membership. We routinely toss out the previous year’s picks, and start a clean slate–so be certain to get your choices into me, Ron Boothe, Diane Jensen, Anita Reeves, Michael Kagan or Jeffrey Swayze.

SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO will screen at about 7:15 p.m. It runs 144 minutes, so it should be concluded by 9:45 p.m. See you at the movies!




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