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Chicago (1928) & Applause (1930)
December 18, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:40 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: 50th Anniversary Celebration.”
Directed by Frank Urson
Before becoming a Broadway musical and an Oscar-winning film, the story of Roxie Hart was a 1926 play by Maurine Watkins, based on true events, which in turn inspired this film version. Phyllis Haver plays notorious Roxie Hart, a spoiled flapper who pumps her sugar daddy full of lead after he gives her the air, and now depends on mercenary lawyer Billy Flynn for her only chance at acquittal.
Production: DeMille Pictures Corp. Distribution: Pathé Exchange, Inc. Director: Frank Urson. Based on the play by Maurine Watkins. Screenwriter: Lenore J. Coffee. Cinematographers: Peverell Marley, Frank Westerberg. Editor: Anne Bauchens. With: Phyllis Haver, Victor Varcont, Virginia Bradford, Robert Edeson, Eugene Palette.
35mm, b/w, silent, 102 min.
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
Applause is a showcase for the acting and singing talents of 29-year-old Helen Morgan in her film debut, playing a faded burlesque queen. Also making his screen debut was director Rouben Mamoulian, whose depiction of the vulgar, entertaining realities of burlesque is as impressive today as it was in 1929, when it established his reputation as an innovative film director.
Production: Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. Distribution: Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. Producer: Monta Bell, Walter Wanger. Director: Rouben Mamoulian. Based on the novel by Beth Brown. Screenwriter: Garrett Fort. Cinematographer: George Folsey. Editor: John Bassler. With: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr., Jack Cameron, Henry Wadsworth.
35mm, b/w, 80 min.
Note: live musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick for the silent portion of this program.
More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website