Mamba (1930) & Cheer Up and Smile (1930)

Saturday, March 18, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

UCLA Festival of Preservation 2017

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

A $50 festival pass is available and grants admission to all Festival of Preservation screenings!


Film and Television Archive
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Additional Information

Mamba (1930) directed by Albert Rogell. Starring Jean Hersholt, Mamba takes place in 1913 in German East Africa, now Tanzania. August Bolte is a thoroughly disgusting plantation owner, who violently mistreats his African workers, sexually abuses native women, and is shunned by both the British and German military officers garrisoned in the border area between British and German colonies. He buys himself an impoverished countess as a wife and brings her back to Africa where she soon is terrorized by the alien environment.

Followed by Cheer Up and Smile (1930) directed by Sidney Lanfield. Cheer Up and Smile is a perfect musical fare for a lanky, pre-Dagwood Arthur Lake. Spurned by college girlfriend Dixie Lee, Lake heads to Hollywood to try his luck in show business. When popular radio singer “Whispering” Jack Smith is knocked unconscious by robbers, squeaky voiced Lake becomes the overnight sensation of the airwaves. Enter Dixie Lee to reclaim Arthur, only to become dubious when she is led to believe he is having an affair with steamy temptress Olga Baclanova.

Note: Earlier screening on same day

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