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Female and The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

January 6, 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film”

Female (1933)
Directed by Michael Curtiz

Ruth Chatterton stars as the high-powered and sexually liberated CEO of an automobile company who is romantically waylaid by straight-arrow George Brent. One of the more explicit of the pre-Code films was assigned to three different directors (William Dieterle, William Wellman and Curtiz) and would be denied a reissue certificate by the MPAA due to its lurid content. This seldom-seen gem co-stars Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown and Ruth Donnelly.

Production/Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc. Producer: Robert Presnell Sr. Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenwriter: Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola. Cinematographer: Sid Hickox. Editor: Jack Killifer. Cast: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly.

35mm, b/w, 60 min.

Followed by:

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)
Directed by Michael Curtiz

Pre-Code siren Ann Dvorak owns the title role in this quintessential period parable about a woman being forced into bad choices. A pregnant Molly is jilted by her upper-class boyfriend and hits the road with a low-life grifter (Leslie Fenton). It all goes downhill from there. Based on the play Tinsel Girl by Maurine Watkins (Libeled Lady, Chicago), Curtiz instills a rapid-fire tempo that is complemented by saucy dialogue between Dvorak and avian-voiced newspaper reporter Lee Tracy. Co-starring Richard Cromwell, Guy Kibbee, Frank McHugh and Charles Middleton.

Production/Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc. Director: Michael Curtiz. Cinematographer: Robert Kurrle. Editor: James Morley. Production Designer: Robert Haas. Cast: Ann Dvorak, Lee Tracy, Richard Cromwell, Leslie Fenton, Guy Kibbee.

35mm, b/w, 73 min.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

In-person: Alan K. Rode will sign copies of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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


January 6, 2018
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States