The Unsuspected (1947) & Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Saturday, February 17, 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

The Unsuspected (1947) Curtiz’s initial film from his Warner Bros.-based production company is a dazzling display of post-World War II noir based on Charlotte Armstrong’s novel. Claude Rains stars as Victor Grandison, a famous radio personality whose secretary is found hanged in his office. While the police attempt to sort matters out, a missing niece’s husband surfaces at Grandison’s birthday party as the family shenanigans begin to pile up. The photography of Woody Bredell and Anton Grot’s production design aids Curtiz in shaping an insightful perspective about the cultural power of radio during the pre-television era. Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joan Caulfield, Claude Rains, Audrey Totter, Constance Bennett, Hurd Hatfield. 35mm, b/w, 103 min. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Followed by: Romance on the High Seas (1948) Doris Day’s film debut is a song-filled frivolity set on a pleasure cruise to Rio. Michael and Elvira Kent (Don Defore and Janis Paige) are in love but both think the other is playing around. When Michael hires private detective Peter Virgil (Jack Carson) to keep tabs on his wife, neither is aware that Georgia Garrett (Day) is posing as Elvira. Oscar Levant, and S.Z. Sakall provide the comedy relief scripted by the Epstein brothers and I.A.L. Diamond, with the musical numbers staged by the great Busby Berkeley. Julie Styne and Sammy Cahn’s song “It’s Magic” and Ray Heindorf’s score were Oscar-nominated. Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, Doris Day, Oscar Levant. 35mm, Technicolor, 99 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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