Gregory Peck: An Agreeable Gentleman

6/13/12 to 6/29/12

Academy Award–winner, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and Cal alum Gregory Peck stands tall in these eight films from his illustrious career. An iconic figure of the forties, fifties, and beyond, Peck was known for his reserve, integrity, and rich, honeyed voice. Our series highlights his versatility as an actor and includes Pork Chop Hill, To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday, and Duel in the Sun, among others.

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  • Arabesque

    • Friday, June 29 7 pm

    Stanley Donen (U.S., 1966). Stanley Donen's follow-up to Charade replaces that film's Cary Grant-and-Audrey Hepburn pairing with an even more glamorous pair-Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren, as a hieroglyphics expert and the femme fatale he's involved with-all while amping up the globe-trotting intrigue, Dior fashions, and big-budget spectacle. A midsixties Pop Art spectacle. (105 mins)

  • Duel in the Sun

    • Wednesday, June 27 7 pm

    King Vidor (U.S., 1946) Restored Print! Starring Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones as a passionate young "half-breed," this audacious Technicolor spectacular-famously dubbed "Lust in the Dust"-passes through the ridiculous into the sublime. (144 mins)

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • Sunday, June 24 4:45 pm

    Robert Mulligan (U.S., 1962) New Print! Student Pick! Introduced by Michael Butler. Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his portrayal of a committed small-town lawyer with two small children defending an African American man against a rape charge. Based on the classic story by Harper Lee. (125 mins)

  • The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

    • Thursday, June 21 7 pm

    Nunnally Johnson (U.S., 1956). Veronique Peck in conversation with Nancy Hult Ganis and Sid Ganis. A former GI turned Madison Ave. adman finally gets a chance at the big time, but at the possible expense of his family life, in this finely tuned Gregory Peck drama on white-collar ennui. One of the key influences on AMC's Mad Men. (152 mins)

  • Pork Chop Hill

    • Saturday, June 16 6:30 pm

    Lewis Milestone (U.S., 1959) New Print! Peck stars as an American lieutenant forced to lead his men on an impossible mission during the Korean War. Costarring Rip Torn, Woody Strode, Harry Dean Stanton, Martin Landau, Robert Blake, and George Peppard. (97 mins)

  • Roman Holiday

    • Saturday, June 16 8:30 pm

    William Wyler (U.S., 1953). Young princess Audrey Hepburn decides to go incognito in Rome, until an American reporter (Gregory Peck) arrives in hopes of a scoop. This modern Cinderella tale created the “Audrey Hepburn” image, and influenced the fashions of a generation. (118 mins)

  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro

    • Friday, June 15 8:50 pm

    Henry King (U.S., 1952). This flavorful Hemingway adaptation spans the globe from 1950s Africa to 1920s Paris and 1930s Spain, and back again, as it follows the recollections of a hard-drinking writer (Peck). Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner provide the glamour, while Bernard Herrmann supplies the film's powerful score. (113 mins)

  • The Keys of the Kingdom

    • Wednesday, June 13 7 pm

    John M. Stahl (U.S., 1944). A Scottish priest spurns careerism for a life's work in rural China in this grand Hollywood spectacle, which offered a breakthrough role (and an Oscar nomination) for a young Gregory Peck. (137 mins)