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When and if the heavy thicket of clouds thins from our Seattle skies, summer will finally be upon us. Our thoughts will turn from the darker musings a cloudy day invites and on to an appreciation for the sunnier side of life. In the colder months Seattle Art Museum is usually home to the best in film noir films, but in the summertime they tend to lighten things up with laughter. This summer SAM serves up the finest in frolicsome film fare with MADCAP GENIUS: THE FILM COMEDY OF PRESTON STURGES. Here's the dish straight from SAM:

Everyone from David Mamet to Steve Martin to Jerry Seinfeld agrees that writer-director Preston Sturges (1898-1959) was the cinema's supreme satirist. Both cultured and brash, Sturges targeted politics, advertising, sex and hero worship with the craziest situations and funniest dialogue in the movies.

For six Thursdays in July & August, you can partake of the the Preston Sturges experience with the following films:

July 8th--CHRISTMAS IN JULY (1940), starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew

July 15th--THE LADY EVE (1940), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda

July 22nd--SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941), starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake

July 29th--THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942), starring Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea

August 5th--THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK (1942), starring Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton

August 12th--HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (1943), starring Eddie Bracken and Ella Raines. Watch the trailer here.

We have series tickets on sale here at Scarecrow. They're $35 for SAM members and $39 for the general public.

If you have to miss the series or if you just want more Sturges, head to Scarecrow and check out his section. It's located between John Sturges (no relation) and Seijun Suzuki in our Directors' area.