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The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932) & Night Editor (1946)

January 22, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present "Out of the Ether: Radio Mysteries and Thrillers on Screen."

The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932)
Directed by William K. Howard

A courtroom drama told at breakneck speed, The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932) stars Joan Bennett as a woman accused of murdering her philandering fiancé. A flurry of whip pans and flashbacks unfolds as Ms. Ware’s lawyer ex-boyfriend rises valiantly to her defense, and accusations and knives fly—all reported breathlessly, in a nod to the film’s radio origins, by ladies’ correspondent ZaSu Pitts.

Production: Fox Film Corp. Distribution: Fox Film Corp. Director: William K. Howard. Based on the novel by Kenneth M. Ellis. Screenwriter: Philip Klein, Barry Connors. Cinematographer: Ernest Palmer. Editor: Ralph Dietrich. With: Joan Bennett, Donald Cook, Richard Skeets Gallagher, ZaSu Pitts, Lilian Bond.

35mm, b/w, 56 min.

Followed by:
Night Editor (1946)
Directed by Henry Levin

Newspaperman Crane Stewart recounts the tale of Tony Cochrane, a cop and faithless husband in thrall to vicious, ice-cold socialite Jill Merrill. A script laced with jaundiced dialogue ("You’re worse than blood poisoning," Tony whispers to Jill) and a murder on lover’s lane add up to a sordid intrigue in which Tony must choose between upholding the law or concealing his affair.

Production: Columbia Pictures Corp. Distribution: Columbia Pictures Corp. Producer: Ted Richmond. Director: Henry Levin. Based on the radio play by Hal Burdick. Screenwriter: Hal Smith. Cinematographer: Burnett Guffey, Philip Tannura. Editor: Richard Fantl. With: William Gargan, Janis Carter, Jeff Donnell, Coulter Irwin, Charles D. Brown.

35mm, b/w, 65 min.

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

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


January 22, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States