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The Secret Cinema will return to the Woodmere Art Museum for another
Chestnut Hill Film Group event on Tuesday, October 15. We’ll present the
wild sci-fi/fantasy political satire THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES —
written for the screen by no less than H.G. Wells.
Included in the program will be surprise short subjects from the same
year of the feature (1937) There will be one complete screening, at 7:30
pm. Admission is free.
All Secret Cinema presentations (and select CHFG screenings) are shown
using real live 16mm film projected on a giant screen (not video, not
The Chestnut Hill Film Group is Philadelphia’s longest-running repertory
Descriptions of the feature appear below:
THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES (Dir: Lothar Mendes. Prod: Alexander
“Miraculously, Alexander Korda again persuaded the distinguished author
H.G. Wells to write (with Lajos Biro) THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES,
his second screenplay after THINGS TO COME (1936). This delightful comic
fantasy was as light as the previous film was heavy, without sacrificing
the Wellsian philosophy. Wells imagined what would happen if an ordinary
little man were given the power to perform miracles and thus change the
world. Roland Young was perfect as George McWhirter Fotheringay, a
draper’s clerk, selected by the gods. One night he discovers (aided by
Ned Mann’s trick photography) that he can turn a lamp upside-down,
materialize animals, and send a policeman to Hell (later transferring
him to San Francisco!). But when he tries to do good, he comes up
against human nature. Moral: Humanity is not ready for Utopia just yet.
Joan Gardner was the shop girl whose love the miracle worker tries, but
fails, to gain for he cannot influence the human mind.” – Ronald Bergan,
THE UNITED ARTISTS STORY
“Special effects are marvelous, supported by good cast, in charming
film.” – Leonard Maltin, LEONARD MALTIN’S CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE.
“Great fantasy comedy…It starts out small scale and whimsical and ends
with incredible scenes showing what happens when Young stops Earth form
rotating. It has great special effects, a strong antiwar theme, and an
impressive British cast…including George Sanders playing a god in his
first screen role.” – Michael Weldon, THE PSYCHOTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF