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The Big Broadcast (1932) & The Milky Way (1936)

March 16, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “UCLA Festival of Preservation.”

The Big Broadcast (1932)
Directed by Frank Tuttle.

This boisterous backstage radio musical finds crooner Bing (here in his first major role in a feature) misbehaving on account of vampy Mona, which leads a sponsor to pull the plug on the station. It’s up to millionaire Leslie to produce the next big broadcast, which showcases radio favorites Cab Calloway, the Mills Brothers, Burns and Allen and more.

Production: Paramount Publix Corp. Distribution: Paramount Publix Corp. Screenwriter: George Marion Jr. Based on the play Wild Waves by William Ford. Cinematographer: George Folsey. Cast: Stuart Erwin, Bing Crosby, Leila Hyams, Sharon Lynn, Gracie Allen. 35mm, b/w, 80 min.

Followed by
The Milky Way (1936)

Directed by Leo McCarey.

With the first-rate comedic guidance of director Leo McCarey, Harold Lloyd shines in the role of a bespectacled, mild-mannered milkman who is mistakenly identified as a boxing champion. This amusing screwball comedy captures all of Lloyd’s madcap silent-era strengths in what is now considered one of his best sound-era comedies.

Production: Paramount Productions, Inc. Distribution: Paramount Productions, Inc. Producer: E. Lloyd Sheldon. Screenwriters: Grover Jones, Richard Connell, Frank Butler. Based on the play The Milky Way by Lynn Root and Harry Clork. Cinematographer: Alfred Gilks. Art Direction: Hans Dreier, Bernard Herzbrun. Editor: LeRoy Stone. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Adolphe Menjou, Verree Teasdale, Helen Mack, William Gargan.

35mm, b/w, 85 min.

Preceded by
Me and the Boys (1929)

Directed by Victor Saville.

British-born Victor Saville—a contemporary of Alfred Hitchcock at Gaumont—directed this early “soundie” which features an American cast. Actress Estelle Brody croons “Mean to Me” and “My Suppressed Desire” with alluring panache. Though uncredited, viewers will delight in the “hot” jazz sound of Chicago’s Ben Pollack Band, whose members include a 20-year-old Benny Goodman on clarinet.

35mm, b/w, 7 min.

In-Person: Jillian Borders, film preservationist, UCLA Film & Television Archive.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.! UCLA Festival of Preservation Passes available for $50.

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More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 16, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States