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Yankee Doodle Dandy and The Sea Wolf

March 17, 2018 @ 11:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film”

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Directed by Michael Curtiz

James Cagney’s Oscar-winning portrayal of legendary showman George M. Cohan dominates this patriotic blockbuster that remains one of Curtiz’s finest films. The fictionalized biography of Cohan takes a back seat to stirring musical numbers including “Harrigan,” ”Mary,” “It’s a Grand Old Flag,” and the coda of “Over There.” The James Wong Howe cinematography and non-pareil supporting cast of Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, Jeanne Cagney and Rosemary De Camp complements Curtiz’s splendid direction that garnered him his fourth Best Director nomination in seven years. Scripted by Robert Buckner and Edmund Joseph and the uncredited Epstein brothers, it remains a flag-waving triumph from a different era.

Production/Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenwriter: Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph. Cinematographer: James Wong Howe. Editor: George Amy. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning.

35mm, b/w, 126 min.

Followed by:

The Sea Wolf (1941)
Directed by Michael Curtiz

New Restoration!

Jack London’s classic tale of tyranny and revolt at sea has been beautifully restored to its original running time. Edward G. Robinson’s bravura performance as the sadistic Wolf Larsen is preeminent as is the overwhelming sense of dread aboard the Ghostexperienced by a shanghaied John Garfield, escaped convict Ida Lupino and writer Alexander Knox. Far from a swashbuckling adventure, Curtiz crafts a tale of anxiety-laden trepidation that screenwriter Robert Rossen enlarges to an interpretation on fascist totalitarianism. With a brilliant supporting cast including a repellent Barry Fitzgerald, Gene Lockhart, Stanley Ridges and Howard Da Silva.

Production/Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenwriter: Robert Rossen. Based on the novel by Jack London. Cinematographer: Sol Polito. Editor: George Amy. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Alexander Knox, Gene Lockhart.

DCP, b/w, 100 min.

In person: Alan K. Rode will sign copies of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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


March 17, 2018
11:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States