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Play of the Week: Seven Times Monday

March 5, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Play of the Week: Seven Times Monday (Syndicated, 1960)
Directed by H. Wesley Kenny

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by UCLA Moving Image Archival Studies (MIAS)

Acclaimed stage and screen couple Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee star in this videotaped telecast that explores a hardworking young man’s struggle to provide for his family and elevate his self-worth amid the drudgery of his seemingly dead-end factory job. Determined to improve his station and pursue his life-long ambition of becoming a police officer, Willie Harris (Davis) must ultimately face the potentially crushing reality that childhood dreams may fade with the responsibilities of marriage and age.

An NTA production. Executive producer: Worthington Miner. Producers: Lewis Freedman, Ira Corker. Director: H. Wesley Kenney. Writer: Ernest Pendrell. With: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Judson Laire, Milt Kamen, Warren Berlinger.

DigiBeta, b/w, 110 min.

Preceded by:

Our Kind of World: Show #6 (KRMA-TV Denver, 1967)
Directed by Rick Schmidt

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by UCLA Moving Image Archival Studies (MIAS)

A low-budget experiment in local public service television produced as a means to directly reach impoverished minority communities, this ongoing serialized drama offered viewers a didactic soap opera with relatable characters set in a Denver housing project. Infused with gentle life improvement messages, including the importance of a maintaining a household budget and a warning about the predatory techniques of door-to door salesmen, the program represents an earnest sociological project that, viewed through a modern lens, may also be considered problematic in its omission of the far more serious social issues facing its target audience.

A project of the University of Denver Communication Arts Center; a Channel 6 staff production. Executive Producer: Jack Schlaefle. Producer/Director: Rick Schmidt. Writer: Tom Espie. With: Douglas Qualla, Teresa Wilson, Ethel Wilson, Johnathan Parker, Bill Thorn.

DigiBeta, b/w, 30 min.

Ticket Info


March 5, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States