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The Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935) & The Drums of Jeopardy (1931)

March 22, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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

The Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935)
Directed by John H. Auer.

Erich von Stroheim stars in this ragtag riff on “The Premature Burial” filmed on a shoestring in the Bronx by Hungarian émigré John H. Auer. In just over an hour it pays homage to The Wedding March, Carl Th. Dreyer and Universal monsters. As a travesty of Poe it resides between the literary deviances of Universal’s Poe “adaptations” in the 1930s and American International Pictures’ market-driven liberties in the 1960s, redeemed by van Stroheim’s megalomania as “The Man You Love to Hate.”

Production: JAH Productions, Liberty Pictures Corp. Distribution: Republic Pictures Corp. Producer: John H. Auer. Screenwriters: Lewis Graham, Edwin Olmstead, John H. Auer. Based on the short story “The Premature Burial” by Edgar Allan Poe. Cinematographer: Larry Williams. Art Direction: William Sualter. Editor: Leonard Wheeler. Cast: Erich von Stroheim, Harriet Russell, Dwight Frye, Paul Guilfoyle, John Bohn.

35mm, b/w, 63 min.

Followed by
The Drums of Jeopardy (1931)

Directed by George B. Seitz.

Warner Oland is man Bolshevik Dr. Boris Karlov, vowing to exterminate the black sheep of a White Russian family responsible for his daughter’s death. Spinster Clara Blandick is his nemesis and it’s worth the price of admission to see Auntie Em hold her own against Dr. Fu Machu. Six separate sources saved The Drums of Jeopardy from the brink of extinction.

Production: Tiffany Productions, Inc. Distribution: Tiffany Productions, Inc. Producer: Phil Goldstone. Screenwriter: Florence Ryerson. Based on the novel The Drums of Jeopardy by Harold McGrath. Cinematographer: Arthur Reed. Art Direction: Fay Babcock. Editor: Otto Ludwig. Cast: Warner Oland, June Collyer, Lloyd Hughes, Clara Blandick, Mischa Auer.

35mm, b/w, 65 min.

In-Person: Scott MacQueen, head of preservation, 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 22, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States