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S.O.S. Tidal Wave and False Faces

March 12, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939)
Directed by John H. Auer

In S.O.S. Tidal Wave, television is as ubiquitous as the ever-gullible public, allowing a corrupt politicial machine to steal an election with a faked telecaset of a biblical flood inundating New York City.

Director: John H. Auer. Cast: Ralph Byrd, George Barbier, Kay Sutton, Frank Jenks, Marc Lawrence.

35mm, b/w, 62 min.

Followed by:

False Faces (1932)
Directed by Lowell Sherman

Loosely based on the loathsome plastic surgery career of jazz age “King of Quacks” Henry Shireson, False Faces is a delirious film à clef, among the best of Warner Bros.’ pre-Code muckraking programmers.

Director: Lowell Sherman. Cast: Lowell Sherman, Peggy Shannon, Lila Lee, Berton Churchill, David Landau.

35mm, b/w, 81 min.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.

Preceded by:

Give a Man a Job (1933)

In his trademark Lower East Side sprechgesang, Jimmy Durante gives his all for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the National Recovery Administration. The Schnozzola belts out an original number he wrote for the occasion: “If the old name of Roosevelt makes your old heart throb / Then take this message, straight from the President / And give a man a job!” Look for solo stooge Moe Howard as the Exterminator.

Director: unknown. Production/Distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With: Jimmy Durante, Moe Howard, Frank O’Connor.

35mm, b/w, 3 min.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute

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


March 12, 2017
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States