For the past eight years the Houlihan family of River Forest has been putting on the Irish-American Film Festival, honoring Irish-American filmmakers. The Houlihans have celebrated movie-making legends John Ford, John Huston, Preston Sturges, and others “who epitomize Irish-American pride, bravado, and legendary storytelling.”

This year the festival is moving from the Gene Siskel Film Center in the Loop to Oak Park’s Lake Theatre. The classic 1940 political satire, The Great McGinty, will be screened.

Irish-American screenwriter/director Preston Sturges won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for this film. Fans of the 8th Annual Irish-American Movie Hooley Film Festival will have the opportunity to see the actual Oscar as well as the classic comedy itself next Sunday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Theatre.

Tom Sturges, son of Preston Sturges, will introduce the 1940 film and also show everyone his dad’s Oscar.

All are invited to a reception at Victory/Italian, 101 S. Marion St, immediately following the screening.

To purchase tickets, call 312-431-8700 or go to

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Doug Deuchler

Doug Deuchler has been reviewing local theater and delving into our history for Wednesday Journal for decades. He is alsoa retired teacher and school librarian who is also a stand-up comic, tour guide/docent...