After a shipment of fresh lobsters isn't delivered on time to Jane Osgood (Doris Day), a widowed mother of two running a failing restaurant supply business in Maine, she hires her lawyer friend George Denham (Jack Lemmon) to sue the railroad company she believes is responsible for the damages. The court case generates lots of publicity and Osgood is famous. A charismatic news reporter (Steve Forrest) takes to Osgood, but that doesn't sit well with Denham, who also has eyes for her.
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Also, see the world's first canine star who happened to be a Mainer! "Jean the Matchmaker" (1910) will be shown before the feature. Like so many early film celebrities, Jean the Vitagraph Dog, America’s first canine screen star, broke into the movies by being in the right place at the right time. , She was a Border collie, known as Jean, the Vitagraph dog. No one originally planned for Jean to become a star; it was a case of her owner being at the right place at the right time. Jean was owned by Maine resident Laurence Trimble (1887-1954), an aspiring writer and actor, who moved to New York in 1906 and happened to be on the Vitagraph set one day when a dog was needed to play a scene. Jean performed perfectly and a star was born. Trimble joined the company, directing some 60 films before relocating to Britain in 1913. He directed his dog in more than a dozen.

Jean the Match-maker is thought to be the earliest of these to survive. It was shot during the summer of 1910 near Portland, in Trimble’s home state of Maine, along with Jean Goes Foraging, Jean Goes Fishing, A Tin-Type Romance, Sailor's Sacrifice (also released as Where the Winds Blow), and others. The film tells the story of bashful brothers who win sweethearts with the aid of their collie. The farm boys initially stumble upon the vacationing city girls at their campsite and beat an awkward retreat. To make amends, their mother sends the family dog back with fresh doughnuts. Jean perseveres as go-between with little results. Finally, the girls conspire to overcome the boys' shyness by crying out for help. The brothers "rescue" their damsels and triumphantly bring them home for dinner. The New Zealand print—the only one known to survive—breaks off as wistful matriarch, sadden by thought of her children leaving the nest, receives comfort from the ever faithful Jean.

March 9, 2020 - 6:00pm