"Selected Industrial Films from The Calvin Company"; 'Corn's-A-Poppin' (1956)

Sunday, May 4, 2014
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Robert Altman: A Retrospective

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Tickets: $10 online. $9 general admission. $8 non-UCLA students, seniors, UCLA Alumni Association members (with valid ID). Free for UCLA students.


UCLA Film & Television Archive
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"Selected Industrial Films from the Calvin Company" Robert Altman honed his filmmaking craft at Kansas City’s Calvin Company, a freelance production unit for sponsored, industrial films. The homespun homilies of many a Calvin title became the type of fodder later lampooned in Altman’s long feature filmography. Corn's-A-Poppin' (1956) Directed by Robert Woodburn. Co-scripted by Robert Altman after a brief sojourn as a Hollywood screenwriter, this regional independent feature is a bargain-basement backstage musical that puts the corn in cornpone. Country-western crooner Jerry Wallace gleefully hosts the “Pinwhistle Popcorn Hour”—until he discovers that the TV program is a corrupt ad man’s scheme to liquidate the sponsor. In Person: Kyle Westphal, Northwest Chicago Film Society.

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