Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) & The Sea Wolf (1941)

Saturday, March 17, 2018
7:30 pm - 11:30 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

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) James Cagney’s Oscar-winning portrayal of legendary showman George M. Cohan dominates this patriotic blockbuster that remains one of Curtiz’s finest films. The fictionalized biography of Cohan takes a back seat to stirring musical numbers including “Harrigan,” ”Mary,” “It’s a Grand Old Flag,” and the coda of “Over There.” The James Wong Howe cinematography and non-pareil supporting cast of Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, Jeanne Cagney and Rosemary De Camp complements Curtiz’s splendid direction that garnered him his fourth Best Director nomination in seven years. Scripted by Robert Buckner and Edmund Joseph and the uncredited Epstein brothers, it remains a flag-waving triumph from a different era. Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning. 35mm, b/w, 126 min. Followed by: The Sea Wolf (1941) New Restoration! Jack London’s classic tale of tyranny and revolt at sea has been beautifully restored to its original running time. Edward G. Robinson’s bravura performance as the sadistic Wolf Larsen is preeminent as is the overwhelming sense of dread aboard the Ghost experienced by a shanghaied John Garfield, escaped convict Ida Lupino and writer Alexander Knox. Far from a swashbuckling adventure, Curtiz crafts a tale of anxiety-laden trepidation that screenwriter Robert Rossen enlarges to an interpretation on fascist totalitarianism. Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Alexander Knox, Gene Lockhart. DCP, b/w, 100 min. In-Person: Alan K. Rode will sign copies of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film beginning at 6:30 p.m.