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Baby Face (1933) & Female (1933)

April 22, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Free – $10

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present "Independent Stardom on Screen: Freelance Women in Hollywood."

Baby Face (1933)
Directed by Alfred E. Green.

Perhaps the most notorious pre-Code Hollywood film, Baby Face features Barbara Stanwyck as Lily Powers, a working-class woman who uses men and sex in exchange for material gain during the height of the Depression. Conceived as a feminine equivalent to Warner Bros.’ male gangster, Lily refused to be a victim of her fate and instead fights for her economic survival. Stanwyck’s contract at Warner Bros. gave her story approval, and she and then-Vice President of Production, Darryl Zanuck, developed the sex-for-power scenario together in a story conference. Suppressed by the Production Code Administration after 1933, Baby Face was largely unseen until 2004, when the Library of Congress discovered an uncensored print.

Production: Warner Bros. Distribution: Warner Bros. Producer: William LeBaron. Director: Alfred E. Green. Screenwriter: Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola. Cinematographer: James Van Trees. Editor: Howard Bretherton. With: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier.

35mm, b/w, 76 min.

Followed By:
Female (1933)
Directed by Michael Curtiz.

"Raided" from Paramount by agent Myron Selznick, Broadway actress Ruth Chatterton commanded a considerable salary and creative control at Warner Bros., including director and story approval, without being locked into a long-term contract. In this pre-Code sizzler, Chatterton sits atop the commanding heights of an auto manufacturing empire, a perch from which she has her pick of men—until a principled engineer dares to resist.

Production: First National Pictures. Distribution: Warner Bros. Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenwriter: Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola. Cinematographer: Sidney Hickox. Editor: Jack Killifer. With: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly.

35mm, b/w, 60 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


April 22, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Free – $10
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States