Current & Upcoming Films
MURDER AT THE VANITIES/SENSATION HUNTERS
Monday, March 5:
MURDER AT THE VANITIES
This completely uninhibited blend of murder mystery and movie musical was released just weeks before Hollywood's self-imposed production code went into effect, taking full advantage of its fleeting moments of censorial freedom! An opening night on-stage murder at Earl Carroll's Vanities sets things in motion, giving way to lots of scantily clad dancers and some wildly suggestive dialog. Duke Ellington provides much of the musical panache; the "Sweet Marijuana" number usually brings down the house! Starring Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Gertrude Michael, Carl Brisson. Directed by Mitchell Leisen. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print! 89 mins. 1934.
MON at 8:00 only!
While on a Pacific cruise, a pretty young showgirl joins up with a traveling group of cabaret performers and winds up scrambling for life and limb at the lowliest dive in Panama City! This vividly atmospheric pre-code pot-boiler belies its poverty row origins with a surprisingly witty script and solid direction from the man who would later bring GILDA to the big screen. An extremely rare film and one that will make a lasting impression; a lost gem rediscovered! Starring Arline Judge, Preston Foster, Marion Burns, Kenneth MacKenna. Directed by Charles Vidor. In B&W. 16mm film print. 73 mins. 1933.
MON at 6:20 and 9:45