'Arizona' (1940) and 'Too Many Husbands' (1940)
Sunday, September 16, 2012
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
The Two Faces of Jean Arthur
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$9 general; $8 students and seniors; free admission to all UCLA students with valid I.D.; $10 online advance purchase.
'Arizona' (1940), directed by Wesley Ruggles: Struggling to establish herself as the leading cattle rancher in the Arizona territory of the 1860s, Arthur’s Phoebe Titus is adept at squaring off with men who would oppose her, lining up men to help her and identifying one (William Holden) to romance her. Sure-footed, urbane comedienne Arthur commands this male-dominated scenario without sacrificing her characteristic vigor or charm.
Followed by 'Too Many Husbands' (1940), directed by Wesley Ruggles: Vicky Cardew (Arthur) has remarried after learning of her husband’s death at sea. She is therefore shocked to learn that he survived and is coming home to find Vicky now wed to his best friend. The awkward situation sets up a double-courtship, in which convention is thrown out the door. Arthur’s nimbleness in this comedic mode is unparalleled, as she darts from wifely duty to girlish coquettishness.