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She Done Him Wrong (1933) & The Jungle Princess (1936)

August 9, 2014 @ 7:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American File Program, in association with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, present “What I Really Do is Magic: Edith Head and Hollywood Costume Design.”

She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Directed by Lowell Sherman.

This Gay Nineties saga was an important and elaborate first solo assignment for costume designer Edith Head. High-toned saloon singer Lady Lou (Mae West) is a monument to pleasure in statuesque gowns that announce her sexual prowess. Swanning through the underbelly of New York’s Bowery, enterprising Lou embodies liberation as she collects bejeweled tributes from admirers and plays men like a deck of cards.

Paramount Productions, Inc. Producer: William LeBaron. Screenwriter: Harvey Thew, John Bright. Based on the play Diamond Lil by Mae West. Cinematographer: Charles Lang. Editor: Alexander Hall. Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gilbert Roland, Owen Moore, Noah Beery.

35mm, b/w, 66 min.


Followed by:
The Jungle Princess (1936)
Directed by William Thiele.

Love blooms when Malaysian cave-girl Ulah (Dorothy Lamour) nurses explorer Ray Milland to health after a tiger attack. Truly greater than the sum of its parts was the sarong that Edith Head designed for Lamour in this tropical fantasy; a garment that became the actress’ nearly inescapable signature for years to come and sparked a nationwide style trend.

Paramount Pictures, Inc. Producer: E. Lloyd Sheldon. Screenwriter: Cyril Hume, Gerald Geraghty, Gouveneur Morris. Based on a story by Max Marcin. Cinematographer: Harry Fischbeck. Editor: Ellsworth Hoagland. Cast: Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland, Akim Tamiroff, Lynne Overman, Molly Lamont.

35mm, b/w, 85 min.

IN PERSON: David Chierichetti, author, Edith Head: The Life and Times of Hollywood’s Celebrated Costume Designer.

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


August 9, 2014
7:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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