Classic Film Festival features old comedies

SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival will return for its ninth year with "Shorts in March!" a month-long celebration of old serials and short comedies, starting Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. and continuing each Wednesday night throughout the month at the Saranac Laboratory on Church Street.

Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Arts Committee and the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, the Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival features classic American comedies and dramas made between 1930 and 1975 (in all their 16mm glory) accompanied by cartoons or comedy shorts from the same era.

Each night will present installments of the 1932 serial "Heroes of the West," a 12-part saga that follows the exploits of brave pioneers battling Indians, bad guys and Mother Nature to build the Transcontinental Railroad across the lawless prairies of Wyoming.

Surrounding each episode will be a stampede of comedy shorts and cartoons featuring the hilarious antics of Laurel & Hardy, the Little Rascals, the Three Stooges, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Ben Turpin, Popeye, Donald Duck, Woody Woodpecker and Bugs Bunny.

Tickets for each night's films are $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students, and will be available only at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m. The Saranac Laboratory, also known as the Trudeau Laboratory, is located at 89 Church Street.

The 2010 Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival is being sponsored by Cape Air, provider of passenger air service to and from the Adirondack Airport. Special thanks are also extended to Compass Printing Plus of Saranac Lake for their help with printing posters and programs.

For more information on the Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival, call Tim Fortune at 891-1139.

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