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Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival returning to Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE The Saranac Lake Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival will return for its seventh year when the silver screen lights up at the Saranac Laboratory on Wednesday, March 5; the festival will continue on each Wednesday night throughout March, with screenings starting at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Arts Committee and the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, the Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival shows films from the Golden Age of Hollywood - classic American comedies and dramas made between 1930 and 1970 (in all their 16mm glory), accompanied by cartoons or comedy shorts from the same era. The series kicks off on March 5 with Abbott and Costello in "Buck Privates" (1941), sponsored by Ampersound, Hyde Fuel Company and Snapshot Photo. Bud and Lou join the Army in order to escape going to jail, but quickly discover that the cop that wanted to lock them up is now their drill sergeant. Laughs are front and center as their demolition-derby of a boot camp is serenaded by the Andrews Sisters! Leading this comedy assault will be Popeye in "Many Tanks" (1942). On March 12, The Marx Brothers star in the uproarious "Horse Feathers" (1932), sponsored by the I.B. Hunt Agency, Newman & Holmes and Post Office Pharmacy. Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) has just been installed as the president of Huxley College. His attempt to hire two ringers to help Huxley beat arch-rival Darwin University in the big football game results in two ne'er-do-wells (Harpo and Chico) being sent to kidnap Darwin's best players. Chaos theory meets college athletics. Clearing a path for the Marxists will be Popeye again, this time as "The Football Toucher Downer" (1937). On March 19, the Preston Sturges classic "Sullivan's Travels" (1941) will take to the screen, sponsored by The Adirondack Explorer, Belleville & Associates and Fran Yardley, Storyteller/Burdette Parks, Photographer. Spoiled film director John Sullivan (Joel McCrea) sets out to experience the hard life of a hobo, and along the way meets a down-on-her-luck actress (Saranac Lake's own Veronica Lake). Just when he thinks his "experiment" is over, he finds far more trouble than he ever bargained for. Before this, Porky Pig falls for the old oil-well-in-the-vacant-lot trick in "Get Rich Quick Porky" (1937). The series winds up on March 26 with "Harvey" (1950), sponsored by Ayres Realty & Insurance Agency, Borealis Color and Major Plowshares Army & Navy. Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart) has a new friend - a six-foot rabbit that only he can see! Prior to this, Elmer Fudd's got wabbit twoubles of his own when h brings Bugs Bunny home in "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" (1941). This year's festival is being held at the Saranac Laboratory, (also known as the former Trudeau Laboratory) located at 89 Church Street. Tickets for each film are $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students, and will be available only at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m. Ticket packages for all four films - $20 general admission or $15 for seniors - are available until Tuesday, March 4. Contact Tim Fortune for details. In addition to sponsors, the Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival is made possible by the support of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Compass Printing Plus of Saranac Lake. For more information on any facet of the Festival, call Tim Fortune at 891-1139.

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