'Hold Back the Dawn' (1941), followed by 'Swing High, Swing Low' (1937)

Friday, November 30, 2012
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

That Signature Style: The Films of Mitchell Leisen

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$9 general admission; $8 non-UCLA Students, seniors, UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required).

Free for UCLA students (current ID required).


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'Hold Back the Dawn' (1941). Charles Boyer is a Hungarian hoofer stranded in Mexico who dupes an innocent schoolmarm (de Havilland in an Oscar-nominated performance) into an arranged marriage to get his American citizenship. Leisen made substantial changes to Wilder and Brackett’s script, infuriating Wilder who later said the experience prompted him to become a director. The resulting film, however, is a pitch perfect melodrama.

Followed by: 'Swing High, Swing Low' (1937). Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray’s second outing together under Leisen’s direction finds Leisen pushing the duo into new dramatic territory. After they meet cute at the Panama Canal, Lombard’s hopeful singer and MacMurray’s layabout trumpeter put together a steamy act and seem headed for the usual light dustups of romantic comedy bliss. When his star rises faster than hers, darker clouds loom and Leisen builds to a powerful finale.

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