Film: Charlie Chan in Rio
December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2018. 7pm. FREE.
This Historical Society program will be shown at the Keene Public Library, 30 Winter Street.
Kate Phillips is remembered by many in the Monadnock region as a teacher, presenter of a Peterborough radio show, a generous friend and neighbor in Dublin and later, in Keene. She was also a Hollywood actress, and appeared in over fifty films, as Kay Linaker, with actors such as Henry Fonda, Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert, Clifton Webb, Dana Andrews, and Vincent Price, to name a few. She also wrote scripts, the most famous being the 1958 cult classic, The Blob, Steve McQueen’s first feature film.
A gifted actress who by her own admission never took the Hollywood career business very seriously, she made two films for John Ford: Drums Along the Mohawk and Young Mr. Lincoln. Kate discovered after the war, that Ford had been searching for her, to use her in more films, but was not able to locate her; by then, she, as Kate Phillips, had left Hollywood. Kate was in five of the very popular Charlie Chan detective films; we will show Charlie Chan in Rio, from 1941.