Friday, October 20, 2017

Third Thursday Film Series on Board the Historic SS Red Oak Victory

Third Thursday Film Series on Board the Historic SS Red Oak Victory

“The Best Medicine: Classic WWII Comedies”

Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, in cooperation with our community partner, the SS Red Oak Victory, is pleased to present our fall film series which will highlight some of Hollywood’s classic comedies with a WWII theme. 10/19/17, 11/16/17 & 12/21/17

The American historian Stephen Ambrose called World War II “history’s greatest catastrophe.” Yet even in the face of this greatest of tragedies, we take solace in the wise words of King Solomon, “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” or, as we say today, “laughter is the best medicine.” This film series will feature the following films:

October 19: I was a Male War Bride (1949), starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan, is the story of a French Army officer who attempts to pass as a war bride in order to go back to the United States with a Women's Army Corps officer.

November 16: What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966), starring James Coburn and Dick Shawn is a fictional account of American soldiers ordered to take over a small town in Sicily where the Italian soldiers are more concerned with their annual wine festival than the war.

December 21: Father Goose (1964), starring Cary Grant and Leslie Caron, is considered one of Cary Grant’s most endearing comedies and won an Academy Award. Grant plays an aircraft spotter who is stationed on an isolated Pacific island, and finds himself responsible for a stranded school teacher and her students.

The SS Red Oak Victory is a beautifully restored cargo ship built in Richmond during World War II. The ship is located in historic Shipyard #3, where thousands of Americans labored to build 747 ships over the course of the war. Today, the ship is owned and operated by the Richmond Museum Association and is also part of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. The ship’s address is 1337 Canal Blvd., Berth 6A, Richmond, CA 94804. For directions to the shipyard, call 510-237-2933 or visit

Please note: The ship is not ADA accessible. Visitors must be able to climb a gangplank (40 feet of stairs with railings) and to negotiate steep steps once aboard the ship.

Admission to the films is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 to help preserve and maintain the ship. Refreshments will be available for purchase aboard the ship during each screening.

We also invite you to visit another park site, the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, which is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM and is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, Richmond, CA 94804. For more information and for directions to the Visitor Education Center, please call (510) 232-5050 x0, or visit Admission to the Visitor Center and all park sites and programs is free.

Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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