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Haverstraw 400 Program: High Tor

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This program is sold out! Tickets for the film only are still available through the Lafayette Theatre!

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to Join Us for

HIGH TOR, starring Bing Crosby and presenting Julie Andrews
A Film Screening and Special VIP Panel Discussion

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016:
film screening, 11:30 am (Wurlitzer organ recital, 11 am); VIP luncheon and panel discussion, 1:30 pm

Where: Film screening, Lafayette Theatre, 97 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern; post-film luncheon at Marcello's Ristorante, 21 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern

Price: $69 per person ($64 per person for HSRC Members). Includes film admission and luncheon* ($5 screening only tickets are available at

We are thrilled to sponsor this special screening of the rarely seen film High Tor at Suffern's Lafayette Theatre. It is the first time the film will be shown in Rockland County, where the story is set.

Based on a play of the same name, Maxwell Anderson's High Tor, the first "made-for-TV" movie in history, was originally broadcast on CBS in 1956. The play, produced in 1937, led to the preservation High Tor Mountain by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The TV version stars Bing Crosby and Julie Andrews in her film and television debut. Crosby plays Van Van Dorn, the owner of High Tor, who is being badgered to sell his mountain when he is trapped by a rock slide with some "shady" realtors. That night, he meets the spirit of a Dutch girl named Lisa, played by Andrews.

The HSRC thanks the family of Bing Crosby; HLC Properties; and particularly Bing Crosby's widow, Kathryn Crosby, who is delighted that the film will be shown at the Lafayette Theatre in conjunction with Rockland County History Month (October) and that the screening is part of the Haverstraw 400th anniversary celebration. High Tor went unseen in storage for more than fifty years when the film historian Joe Yranski, who had become friends with Kathryn Crosby, gained access to it through her generosity. It was shown at a members-only screening for the Film Society of Lincoln Center sixteen years ago; again in October 2015, in Fort Lee; and now in Rockland County at the Lafayette.

Panelists at the post-film VIP luncheon at Marcello's will include Mr. Yranski; Jamie Anderson; and other invited participants.



The Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956

Phone: (845) 634-9629
Fax: (845) 634-8690

About the Panel

JOE YRANSKI: For more than thirty years, Joe Yranski was the Senior Film and Video Historian for the New York Public Library, first at Donnell Media Center and then at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center. Involved in film restoration work at the NYPL, the Library of Congress, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Mary Pickford Foundation, and Warner Bros., he has contributed to more than a dozen books about various aspects of film history and ten documentaries about the movies and their makers. He has lectured at the Morris-Jumel Mansion; Goethe Institute; Wexner Center or the Arts, Ohio State University; Casino at Catalina Island; and Weston Woods Institute on topics that range from the careers of film directors to the impact of specific films and contemporary children?s films. In addition, he has served on the Executive Boards of the Syracuse Society of Cinephiles, Cinecon, the New York Film & Video Council, and the Theatre Library Association. Mr. Yranski has avidly worked to rescue the films of the silent film star Colleen Moore; through his efforts, a number of her ?lost films,? including So Long Letty, Her Wild Oat, Synthetic Sin, and Why Be Good?, were located, preserved, and made available for audiences of the twenty-first century. He has diligently worked to resurrect the screen reputation of the Talmadge Sisters, Norma and Constance, actreeses and sisters-in-law of Buster Keaton. A true lover of the art of the silent cinema, Mr. Yranski continues to see that those films survive and become known to new audiences.

MARTIN MCQUADE: A graduate of New York University with a degree in cinema studies, Martin McQuade's radio series Going Hollywood was broadcast on WNYE-FM in New York for many years. In 2002, he served as guest curator of Hofstra University?s conference "Bing Crosby and American Culture," which honored the star's centennial. The conference volume features his essay "Bing Crosby's Magnetic Tape Revolution," written with Ampex historian Pete Hammar. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. McQuade was Kathryn Crosby's special events coordinator, assisting her with the organization of ?several tributes and retrospectives honoring her husband, the most significant of which were the 2004 New York Public Library series "Celebrating the Crosbys" and ?the 2005 Film Society of Lincoln Center's fourteen-film review, "What a Swell Party," where High Tor, in a version different from the one originally seen on TV, had its theatrical world premiere. Mr. McQuade is currently a consultant for Bing Crosby Enterprises and has written liner notes and served as production assistant for many of the company's recent CD releases. He is also an American correspondent for Bing magazine, published by the International Club Crosby, and contributed research for The Chronological Bing Crosby on Television, published by the International Club Crosby in 2003. Guitar Player magazine recently serialized Mr. McQuade's interview with Les Paul concerning his association with Bing Crosby and will soon publish his extensive essay on Crosby's work with another guitar legend, Eddie Lang.


Cancellation policy: Space at the VIP Luncheon is strictly limited.?Refunds will only be given if space can be filled by another guest prior to the event. A waiting list will be compiled, and available spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Only those who have made full payment can be accommodated.


* Tickets to attend ONLY the film screening are $5 per person. They can purchased at in advance (strongly recommended) or at The Lafayette Theatre's box office on October 1. Visit or call (845) 547-2120 for details!

2016 High Tor Film and Luncheon Reservation PDF


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