The schedule, which rolls out on consecutive Tuesdays: January 24, The Letter (1940), directed by the great William Wyler and starring Davis as a duplicitous schemer with a complicated love life; January 31, Mildred Pierce (1945), La Crawford's famous turn, directed by Warner Brothers stalwart Michael Curtiz, as a self-sacrificing mother put to rout by her monstrously self-absorbed daughter, played by Ann Blyth; February 7, Dark Victory (1939), one of the great tragic Davis vehicles; February 14, Possessed (1947), in which Crawford becomes obsessed with slick Van Heflin; February 21, All About Eve (1950), the great, catty backstage melodrama (Joseph L. Mankiewicz was at the helm) in which Davis shared the glory with co-star Anne Baxter, her on-screen understudy, or Humoresque (1946), featuring Crawford as a patron of the arts who falls hard for violinist John Garfield.
The final round? Inevitably, it is Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Robert Aldrich's dark thriller about a pair of washed-up old movie stars -- Bette and Joan at their best -- who also happen to be sisters doing battle in their decrepit Hollywood mansion.
Screenings will be at 6:30 p.m. in the B2 Conference Center of the central library, 10 West 14th Avenue, with discussions to follow. For information, call 720-865-1206 or log on at www.denverlibrary.org/fresh.