Laughter is the best medicine. And throughout May the Kansas City Public Library celebrates the best Hollywood comedies of all time as selected by the American Film Institute.
The film series Make 'Em Laugh screens on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. throughout May 2013 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Admission is free.
Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for portraying an out-of-work actor who transforms himself into a woman to land a role on a TV soap opera.
MPAA rating: R. 116 minutes
Duck Soup (1933)
The Marx Brothers create mayhem in the fictional country of Freddonia when Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) is named president and declares war on neighboring Sylvania.
MPAA rating: NR. 68 minutes
It Happened One Night (1934)
Regarded as the original screwball comedy, Frank Capra's multiple Oscar winner is about a runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert) who hitchhikes across the U.S. with a tough reporter (Clark Gable).
MPAA rating: NR. 105 minutes
The crew of an airliner succumb to food poisoning; the only hope lies with a former pilot terrified of climbing back into the cockpit. With Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack.
MPAA rating: PG. 88 minutes
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Billy Wilder's comedy classic stars Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as musicians who witness a mob rubout and can only survive by donning dresses and joining a touring all-girl band. With Marilyn Monroe.
MPAA rating: NR. 120 minutes
Annie Hall (1977)
Woody Allen's greatest comedy chronicles the off-and-on love affair between a neurotic writer (Allen, naturally) and a ditzy woman (Diane Keaton).
MPAA rating: PG. 93 minutes
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Mel Brooks' spoof of Westerns finds an African-American sheriff (Cleavon Little) teaming up with the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder) to tame a corrupt frontier town.
MPAA rating: R. 93 minutes
The Graduate (1967)
Dustin Hoffman rocketed to stardom as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college grad who becomes the lover of the predatory Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) while pining for her daughter (Katharine Ross). Mike Nichols directs.
MPAA rating: NR. 106 minutes
Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.