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Looking Back

June 1963

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in June 1963 . Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

For more information about these theaters, see Cinema Treasures or Water Winter Wonderland.


Hud with Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal and Brandon de Wilde opened in the Detroit area on Wednesday, June 19. It opened at more than 25 area theaters and drive-ins, including the Redford.

Also on the bill with Hud at the Redford was Papa's Delicate Condition (Jackie Gleason, Glynis Johns, Charlie Ruggles). These movies succeeded a twin bill of Lancelot and Guinevere (Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Aherne) and Billy Budd (Peter Ustinov, Robert Ryan).

" 'Hud,' the new feature at the neighborhood first-run spots, is surely one of the finest pictures of this year," wrote Ken Barnard in the Detroit Free Press on June 20, 1963. "It features sparkling performances by four actors who demonstrate complete understanding of the brittle story they bring to life."

"A powerful, searching drama of Texas life, masterfully done in every phase, comes to the screen in 'Hud,' now showing in 28 theaters and drive-ins," wrote Detroit News Movie Critic Al Weitschat on June 20, 1963. "This is an honest movie that makes no compromise with realistic values."

Other downtown Detroit movies when Hud opened were To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck) at the Adams; The Day of the Triffids (Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey) and Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory at the Fox; and The Main Attraction (Pat Boone, Nancy Kwan) at the Grand Circus. Pat Boone also sang live on-stage at the Grand Circus on June 19.

Also in downtown Detroit on June 19 were Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O'Toole) at the Madison; 55 Days at Peking (Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven) at the Michigan; the Marilyn Monroe documentary Marilyn and Air Patrol at the Palms; The Ugly American (Marlon Brando) at the United Artists; How the West Was Won in Cinerama at the Music Hall; and Israel Today and Three Days in Italy at the Telenews.

Area theaters on June 19 also were showing Love is a Ball (Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, Charles Boyer) at the Mercury; and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, which played in several neighborhood theaters and drive-ins after a Cinerama run at the Music Hall.

Art house films on June 19 included The Wrong Arm of the Law (Peter Sellers) at the Studio; David & Lisa at the Studio-North; Boccaccio '70 (Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider) at several area theaters; and Mon Petit (Romy Schneider, Horst Bucholz) at the Midtown Art.

Hud played at the Redford until June 25, before being replaced with The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore) and The Yellow Canary (Pat Boone, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest).


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