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Mixed Nuts: UCLA Vaudeville on Film Series

Saturday January 15 2011, 7:30PM ( Online Ticket Sales Ended )

GIFT OF GAB
(1934) Directed by Karl Freund

Fast-talking Edmund Lowe wangles an announcing job from radio manager Gloria Stuart, and pretty soon both his popularity and ego are the size of Montana. An endless array of comics, musicians and movie stars (from Ruth Etting and Alexander Woolcott to Karloff and Lugosi) turn up in this loosely-wound but highly entertaining musical-comedy. And remember: 7 x 13 = 28!

Universal Pictures. Based on a story by Jerry Wald and Philip J. Epstein. Producer: Carl Laemmle, Jr.. Screenplay: Rian James, Lou Breslow. Cinematographer: George Robinson. Editor: Ray Curtiss. Cast: Edmund Lowe, Gloria Stuart, Alice White, Victor Moore, Andy Devine. 35mm, B/W, 71 min.

THE BIG BROADCAST
(1932) Directed by Frank Tuttle

When love-addled Bing Crosby gets fired from a radio gig, a lovelorn millionaire helps get him back on the air as a way to win over his own girl. Along the way, plot being utterly irrelevant in Paramount’s first “Big Broadcast” film, stars of stage and radio, including Burns and Allen, Kate Smith and Cab Calloway, light up the screen with comedy and song.

Paramount. Screenplay: George Marion. Cinematographer: George Folsey. Cast: Stuart Erwin, Bing Crosby, Leila Hyams, Sharon Lynne, George Burns. 35mm, 80 min.

Preceded by:
TAXI TANGLE
(1931) Directed by Aubrey Scotto

Screenplay: Clyde North. Cast: Jack Benny, Francetta Malloy. 35mm, 10 min.

Sunday January 16 2011, 7:00PM* ( Online Ticket Sales Ended )

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HERE COMES COOKIE
(1935) Directed by Norman McLeod

To prove to his daughter that her fiance is only after his money, millionaire Harrison Allen signs over his entire fortune to his other daughter, Gracie, played by Gracie Allen. In no time at all, Gracie transforms her father’s well-laid plan into a blank check for mayhem, opening their posh Park Avenue home to down-on-their-luck vaudevillians.

Paramount. Producer: William LeBaron. Screenplay: Don Hartman. Cinematographer: Gilbert Warrenton. Editor: Richard Currier. Cast: George Burns, Gracie Allen, George Barbier, Betty Furness. 35mm, B/W, 65 min.

DIPLOMANIACS
(1933) Directed by William A. Seiter

When an Indian tribe recruits Wheeler and Woolsey to plea for world peace at a conference in Geneva, the duo are targeted by an evil arms manufacturer and his agents—including Hugh Herbert as a Chinese spy. A quasi-political satire, Diplomaniacs demolishes Hollywood linearity with a dizzying disregard for plot while rife with the racial caricatures and ethnic humor that flourished on vaudeville circuits.

RKO. Screenplay: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Henry Myers. Cinematographer: Edward Cronjager. Editor: William Hamilton. Cast: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Marjorie White, Louis Calhern. 35mm, B/W, 63 min.

* Please note the early start time.

Saturday January 22 2011, 7:30PM ( Buy Ticket )

MONKEY BUSINESS
(1931) Directed by Norman Z. McLeod

The first Marx Brothers film written for the screen was based on two of their earlier vaudeville routines and features the boys as stowaways on a New York-bound ship who are pressed into the service of gangsters on board. The skits, songs, gags and quips, come fast and furious, including a scene in which each Marx brother poses as Maurice Chevalier to pass customs.

Paramount. Screenplay: S. J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone. Cinematographer: Arthur L. Todd. Cast: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Rockliffe Fellowes. 35mm, 77 min.

THE HEART OF NEW YORK
(1932) Directed by Mervyn LeRoy

Adapted from the stage show Mendel Inc., The Heart of New York stars Joe Smith and Charles Dale as Shtrudel and Schnaps a pair of aspiring businessmen on New York’s Lower East Side. Of course, the only business they seem to involve themselves in is the affairs Mendel, a daydreamer who neglects his family’s welfare to work on his great invention—an automatic dishwasher.

Warner Bros.. Based on a play by David Freeman. Screenplay: Arthur Caesar, Houston Branch. Cinematographer: James Van Trees. Editor: Terry Morse. Cast: Joe Smith, Charles Dale, George Sidney, Aline MacMahon. 16mm, B/W, 78 min.

Preceded by:
A NAG IN THE BAG
(1938) Directed by Charley Chase

Cast: Joe Smith, Charles Dale, Gloria Blondell. 35mm, B/W, 10 min.

Sunday January 23 2011, 7:00PM* ( Buy Ticket )

SO LONG LETTY
(1929) Directed by Lloyd Bacon

Comedian Charlotte Greenwood kicks up a storm of song and silliness as the boisterous, free-spirited wife of a husband who longs for a more domesticated partner such as his neighbor’s spouse, if only to impress his rich, conservative uncle. When the uncle drops by for a visit, a quick wife swap is arranged and nobody gets what they bargained for.

Warner Bros.. Based on the musical comedy by Oliver Morosco, Elmer Harris and Earl Carroll. Screenplay: Robert Lord, Arthur Caesar. Cinematographer: James Van Trees. Editor: Jack Killifer. Cast: Charlotte Greenwood, Claude Gillingwater, Grant Withers, Patsy Ruth Miller, Bert Roach. 35mm, B/W, 64 min.

IT’S A GREAT LIFE
(1929) Directed by Sam Wood

The Duncan Sisters, Rosetta and Vivian, star in this backstage musical that Photoplay described as “crammed to the gunwaves with Duncan comedy.” Here, the Duncans are fired from their sales jobs at a department store after their delirious antics in a company talent revue. Undaunted, they take their act to vaudeville where success breeds its own kind of trouble.

MGM. Screenplay: Al Boasberg, Willard Mack. Cinematographer: Peverell Marley. Editor: Frank Sullivan. Cast: Rosetta Duncan, Vivian Duncan, Lawrence Gray. 35mm, B/W, 93 min.

Preceded by:
JIMMY CONLIN & MYRTLE GLASS “SHARPS AND FLATS”
(1928)

Cast: Jimmy Conlin, Myrtle Glass. 35mm, B/W, 9 min.

* Please note the early start time.

Sunday January 30 2011, 7:00PM* ( Buy Ticket )

50 MILLION FRENCHMEN
(1930) Directed by Lloyd Bacon

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson, later of Helzapoppin’ (1941) infamy, star in their second Hollywood feature as two American detectives in Paris hired by an ex-pat to enforce the rules of a $50,000 bet he’s made with another rich playboy over a girl. William Gaxton plays the mark who leads them all over Paris until the film’s insane car chase finale.

Warner Bros.. Based on the play by Herbert Fields, E. Ray Goetz and Cole Porter. Screenplay: Joseph Jackson, Eddie Welch. Cinematographer: Dev Jennings. Cast: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, William Gaxton, Helen Broderick, John Halliday. 35mm, B/W, 68 min.

WHO DONE IT?
(1944) Directed by Erle C. Kenton

In what some consider their best picture (and their first with no musical numbers), Abbott and Costello play a couple of soda jerks who want to be radio writers—and when the network president is murdered, they decide to solve the crime themselves! A terrific supporting cast and great ad-libbing by Lou (plus the classic “Alexander 2222” routine) help make this a complete delight.

Universal Pictures. Producer: Alex Gottlieb. Screenplay: Stanley Roberts. Cinematographer: Charles Van Enger. Cast: Edmund Joseph, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles, Louise Allbritton. 35mm, B/W, 75 min.

Preceded by:
GENTS WITHOUT CENTS
(1944) Directed by Jules White

Screenplay: Felix Adler. Cast: Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard. 35mm, B/W, 19 min.

* Please note the early start time.

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