Safe in Hell (1931) / Party Husband (1931)

Friday, January 3, 2020
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present: To Heck with your Dont's and Be Carefuls

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.


UCLA Film and Television Archive
(310) 206-8013


Additional Information

SAFE IN HELL (1931) DIR: William A. Wellman.

CAST: Dorothy Mackaill, Donald Cook, Ralf Harold. Gilda (Dorothy Mackaill) is a New Orelans sex worker, who, after clocking her first pimp with a bottle and setting his apartment ablaze, flees to a Caribbean isle where booze is legal and criminals live without recourse. All fairly standard, racy pre-Code fare; what sets it apart from others is the innovative camerawork from director William Wellman, as well as Nina Mae McKinney and Clarence Muse, two African American actors who embody sympathetic, dynamic characters. 35mm, b/w, 73 min.

PARTY HUSBAND (1931) DIR: Clarence Badger.

CAST: Dorothy Mackaill, James Rennie, Dorothy Peterson. In this early talkie, former Ziegfield Girl Dorothy Mackaill lands herself in an open, thoroughly modern marriage with Jay (James Rennie), much to the dissuasion of their traditional families and agog friends. While the couple remains cavalierly convinced by this modern way of love, their inability to communicate—what this picture asserts really matters in a relationship—lands the pair in a series of flagrant, destructive affairs. 35mm, b/w, 74 min.

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