Dear Heart (1964) & The Catered Affair (1956)

Friday, July 14, 2017
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Golden Age Television Writers on the Big Screen

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.

Writers Guild of America members receive free admission to this series at the box office!


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Additional Information

Dear Heart (1964) screenplay by Tad Mosel. Originally titled "The Out of Towners" and produced as an episode of CBS' Studio One anthology, Tad Mosel's feature adaptation of his teleplay saw its title changed to the name of the bittersweet hit song commissioned for the film, written by Henry Mancini, Jay Livingston and Ray Eva. The wistful romantic comedy, which gently explores the evolving courting and sexual mores of the day, concerns two lonely middle-aged people (Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page) who unexpectedly bond at a convention in New York City. Writer-director Matt Weiner has cited this mid-century time capsule as a prime inspiration for his landmark television series, Mad Men.

Followed by The Catered Affair (1956) screenplay by Gore Vidal. Originally produced as an episode of the anthology series Philco Television Playhouse, Gore Vidal's screen adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay boasts an all-star cast, including the inspired coupling of Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine. The dramedy concerns the limited means of a working class family and the misplaced desire of their matriarch (Bette Davis) to provide a lavish wedding for her reticent daughter (Debbie Reynolds). As with his smash hit Marty (1955), Chayefsky's Bronx tale upends classist expectations and Hollywood's usual preoccupation with the rich and glamorous, revealing honor in the struggles and strife that define everyday lives beyond Park Avenue.

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