Infernal Machine (1933) & Sleepers East (1934)

Monday, March 20, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

UCLA Festival of Preservation 2017

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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!


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Additional Information

Infernal Machine (1933) directed by Marcel Varnel. This pre-Code comedy-thriller centers on Robert Holden (Chester Morris), a broke and discouraged veteran, who meets fellow American Elinor Green (Genevieve Tobin) at a cafe in Paris. After their first encounter, Holden's attempt to return Green's thought-to-be stolen purse ends up rendering him a stowaway on board a ship bound for America. Also aboard is a collection of characters, including Green's banker fiancé, a famed scientist, and an opera singer. Unbeknownst to the notable passengers, they are all being observed by Spencer (James Bell), a telegram operator and obsessed author, who seeks to write an exposé on celebrities entitled “The Arrogance of Power.” Romance begins to blossom between Holden and Green, just as Spencer produces a radiogram claiming that an “infernal machine,” or bomb, is aboard the ship. Accusations fly and the passengers begin to turn on one another, showing their true nature. Quickly each passenger accuses the others of planting the bomb until eventually Holden, jealous of Green's attention to her undeserving fiancé, falsely admits to being the culprit. In his role as assumed perpetrator, Holden tests the group further.

Followed by Sleepers East (1934) directed by Kenneth MacKenna. No good deed goes unpunished for Lena Karelson (Wynne Gibson), hooker with a heart of gold trying to go straight in the big city. Covering a bachelor party for a friend in need, Lena winds up at a gambling house where she is the sole witness when Mayor Wentworth's drunken lout of a son shoots the owner. Wentworth's political machine wants Lena to falsely incriminate mob boss Callahan to bolster their re-election campaign. Callahan's mouthpiece nabs Lena first, conveying her stealthily by train from Toledo to New York to prevent her from testifying against the big boss.

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