Saranac Lake Cabin Fever Film Festival kicks off

SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival will kick off March 6 and continue every Wednesday throughout the month at 7 p.m. at The Downhill Grill, 74 Main St.

Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Arts Committee and the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, the Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival, now in its 12th year, has showcased classic American comedies and dramas made between 1930 and 1975, accompanied by cartoons and comedy shorts from the same era, first in 16mm film and now on DVD.

It’ll begin with the 1979 comedy “The In-Laws” on March 6. Mild-mannered dentist Sheldon Kornpett (Alan Arkin) is about to marry off his daughter, but he’s never met the groom-to-be’s father. When he finally meets Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk), he’s suddenly dragged into an international plot involving a $20 million “extraction” from the US Mint and a series of madcap chases between New York and Central America. Next up on March 13 is “The Pink Panther,” the 1963 Blake Edwards classic that made Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Peter Sellars internationally notorious. Renowned jewel thief The Phantom, a.k.a. Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) has his eye on the Pink Panther diamond, owned by Princess Dahla (Claudia Cardinale). At the same time, Sir Charles’s nephew George (Robert Wagner), wants to steal the diamond to frame The Phantom, not knowing it’s his uncle. Bumbling right into all this is Inspector Clouseau, who takes blitheringly idiotic detective work to new and hilarious heights.

On March 20, the festival will be screening Harold Lloyd’s last film, “The Sin of Harold Diddlebock” (1947). Written and directed by Preston Sturges, Lloyd is a mild-mannered clerk with his football triumphs as a freshman fading away and longing to marry the girl at the desk down the aisle, but then he loses his job. His dream destroyed, Harold is bereft until he finds an extraordinary elixir at a local bar, which transforms his life in some dd and outrageous ways.

The series comes to a conclusion with the comic barrage “Airplane!” on March 27. A routine flight piloted by Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves) is suddenly put in peril and it’s up to Ted Striker (Robert Hays) to save the day. Helping him turn this into a side-splitting orgy of puns, one-liners and malapropisms is Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielson, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Billingsley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Tickets for each night’s film are $6 for those claiming to be adults, and $5 for retired adults and those studying to be adults; those under 12 are exempt from being adults and thus will have to settle for paying nothing.

The 2013 Cabin Fever Classic Film Festival is being sponsored by Stephen Dehond, Burdette Parks and Fran Yardley, Rice Furniture and many more to come; it’s also being made possible by the generous support of Compass Printing Plus of Saranac Lake, Fran Yardley and Burdette Parks and the Adirondack Green Circle.

For more information, call 518-891-1139.