Mildred Pierce (1945) & Flamingo Road (1949)

Friday, February 9, 2018
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting 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.


Film and Television Archive
(310) 206-8013


Additional Information

Mildred Pierce (1945) Joan Crawford’s career-renewing turn is the primary but far from the only attraction adorning one of Michael Curtiz’s most venerated films. Nominated for five Academy Awards with Crawford winning for Best Actress, the picture is buoyed by Ann Blyth’s memorable performance as Veda, “the daughter-from-hell,” the wonderfully smarmy Eve Arden, a lecherous Jack Carson, with Zachary Scott putting his best heel forward as Mildred’s foppish husband. A stylized screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (and an uncredited Catherine Turney) is accentuated by Ernest Haller’s shaded photography in this brilliant adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel about the dark side of the American dream. Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth. 35mm, b/w, 111 min.

Followed by: Flamingo Road (1949) Nitrate Print! Curtiz and Crawford repurpose the rags-to-riches theme that has Joan as a traveling carnival grind dancer stuck in a small town and running afoul of a perverse Southern sheriff (Sydney Greenstreet) after falling for his deputy (Zachary Scott), who is being groomed for political office. When Crawford aligns herself with Greenstreet’s rival (David Brian), matters shape up for a juicy showdown. Co-starring Gladys George, Virginia Huston and Fred Clark, this scintillating melodrama was Curtiz’s final film production by his Warner Bros.-based company. Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian, Gladys George. 35mm nitrate, b/w, 94 min.

In person: Alan K. Rode will sign copies of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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