The Crank: ‘After Tomorrow’ Program Notes (1/17/13 Screening)

The Crank is a graduate student organization that runs weekly screenings of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s extensive holdings. The Crank shows films that either are not widely available on video or are such spectacular specimens of nitrate and celluloid that merely to see them on a television set would be a crime both to the student of film and to the canon of film history.

In 1931 Frank Borzage directed the screen adaptation of Viña Delmar’s novel (and subsequent Broadway play) Bad Girl. The film was an enormous commercial and critical success, grossing over $1,100,000 at the box office and earning Borzage his second Academy Award for Best Director.1 Hoping to recreate the success of this stage-to-screen domestic drama, Fox went to great lengths to purchase the rights to John Golden and Hugh Stange’s new play After Tomorrow, a similarly-themed story of two working class lovers attempting to achieve domestic bliss in spite of tremendous financial and familial obstacles. Despite purchasing the motion picture rights for After Tomorrow only a month after the play premiered, the studio’s contract with the playwrights stipulated that the film adaptation could not be released until February 1932 as to not compete with the play’s initial Broadway run. Continue reading “The Crank: ‘After Tomorrow’ Program Notes (1/17/13 Screening)” »