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Good References and The Poor Nut

March 4, 2017 @ 3:00 PM


Good References (1920)
Directed by R. William Neill

Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute, Barbara Roisman Cooper and Martin M. Cooper

Constance Talmadge, one of the silent era’s most popular comedic stars, plays a down-on-her-luck working girl who impersonates a friend to take a job as a secretary to an elderly socialite.

Directed by R. William Neill. Production: Associated First National Pictures, Inc. Distribution: A First National Attraction. Presented by: Joseph M. Schenck. From the novel by E.J. Rath. Scenario: Dorothy Farnum. Cinematography: Oliver Marsh. Titles: Burns Mantle. With: Constance Talmadge, Vincent Coleman, Ned Sparks, Nellie P. Spaulding, Mona Liza.

35mm, tinted, silent, approx. 60 min.

Followed by:

The Poor Nut (1927)
Directed by Richard Wallace

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The AFI/NEA Preservation Grants Program and Larry Austin

A common scenario finds the bespectacled, shy bookworm with more talent for learning than athletics, dreaming hopelessly of dating the campus beauty. She, of course, is only interested in the big man on campus, often also the school’s star quarterback. The Poor Nut follows this pattern closely. Jack Mulhall plays Jack, a botany student in love with Julie Winters (Jane Winton), the beauty queen of the rival college. He writes (but never sends) love letters addressed to her, lying about his fraternity membership and athletic skills. As a prank, one of Jack’s letters is mailed to Julie, who responds and wants to meet. Knowing his dream girl will be looking for him when the two colleges compete in a track meet, Jack has to find a way to measure up to her expectations—and fast!

Rejecting conventional double standards, Julie seeks to indulge her own desires in meeting Jack, a man she hopes may be even more attractive than her current boyfriend, the star athlete of her college. A former Ziegfeld girl, Winton fits the part of Jazz Age coquette perfectly with her piercing eyes, bee-stung lips, and bobbed hair. In a rare appearance in a silent film, young Jean Arthur appears as a fellow botany student who admires Jack for his mind.

Directed by Richard Wallace. Production: First National Pictures, Inc., Jess Smith Productions. Distribution: First National Pictures, Inc. Presented by: Joseph M. Schenck. Based on the play by: J. C. Nugent and Elliott Nugent. Screenwriter: Paul Schofield. Cinematography: David Kesson. With: Jack Mulhall, Charlie Murray, Jean Arthur, Jane Winton, Glenn Tryon.

35mm, tinted, silent, approx. 70 min.

Preceded by:

Tramp Strategy (1911)
Directed by Alice Guy

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by New York Women in Film & Television’s Women’s Film Preservation Trust and The Film Foundation

A mischievous vagabond infiltrates a bourgeois household in this newly discovered one-reel comedy by the pioneering female director Alice Guy.

Directed by Alice Guy. Production/Distribution: Solax Film Company.

35mm, tinted, silent with Dutch intertitles, approx. 12 min.

Peggy, Behave! (1922)
Directed by Arvid E. Gillstrom

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by David Stenn

Baby Peggy, one of the biggest child stars in movie history, does not disappoint in this charming silent comedy, even though it only exists in fragmentary form.

Directed by Arvid E. Gillstrom. Production: Century Comedies. Distribution: Universal Pictures Corporation. Screenwriter: Arvid E. Gillstrom. With: Baby Peggy.

35mm, b/w, silent, approx. 8 minutes.

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

Ticket Info


March 4, 2017
3:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States