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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Three Girls About Town

December 3, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Blonde Crazy: Joan Blondell”

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), directed by Elia Kazan

Director Elia Kazan’s feature debut was also a welcomed opportunity for Joan Blondell to prove herself in a prestige picture. While she later noted that some of her best scenes as Aunt Sally, the black sheep member of the Nolan clan, were cut under pressure from censors, she steals the film whenever she’s onscreen as the family’s voice of hard-won experience.

SCR: Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis. CAST: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn

35mm, b/w, 128 min.

Followed by:

Three Girls About Town (1941), directed by Leigh Jason

This screwball comedy finds Joan Blondell playing the eldest of three sisters who work as “convention hostesses” in a busy hotel simultaneously holding gatherings of morticians, magicians and labor leaders whose negotiations have implications for national security. All three calamitously collide after Blondell discovers a body in an adjoining room and tries to hide it hoping to avoid scandal.

SCR: Richard Carroll. CAST: Joan Blondell, John Howard, Binnie Barnes.

35mm, b/w, 75 min.

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


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


December 3, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States