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Classic mystery movies at Tyler Public Library

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 11:46am

Beginning this Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m, the Tyler Public Library will bring timeless movies from Hollywood’s golden era to the big screen all summer long. The free film series is built around the summer’s reading theme “Get a Clue . . . At Your Library” and will feature some of the great mysteries and detective movies from past decades.

“This is a great opportunity for film buffs to see some of their favorite movies again,” said Library Programming Associate Evelyn McLane. “It also gives teens and young adults a chance to discover these classic films for the first time.”

The film series opens on Sunday with “Clue” (1985), a parody of murder mysteries based on the popular board game. In the film, a bevy of stars play six guests invited to a strange house where they must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. The movie stars Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd and Martin Mull.

“We’ve included movies from the 30s to the 80s,” said McLane, “And just for fun, we chose to mix it up with dramas, comedies and spoofs of the classic mystery clichés.”

Movies like “Double Indemnity,” “Murder by Death,” “The Thin Man,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Deathtrap,” “Rear Window,” “Without a Clue” and “Murder on the Orient Express” will be playing in the weeks to come during the Library’s Texas Film Festival. The screenings will wrap up in late August with a showing of the movie considered to be the best in the famous Pink Panther series, “A Shot in the Dark.”

All movies will be shown on the big screen in Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College in downtown Tyler. All movies are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Library at (903) 593-7323 or check out the Summer Reading Club page online at


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