'Party Wire' (1935) and 'The Defense Rests' (1934)
Saturday, August 11, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 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.
'Party Wire' (1935), directed by Erie C. Kenton: Social media had nothing on the infamous “party wire,” which allowed nosy telephone customers to listen in on their neighbors’ conversations. When local gossips misconstrue information thus obtained to mean that Marge Oliver (Arthur) has been knocked up and abandoned by a suitor, only the upright intervention of a local dairy magnate exposes the gossips and restores the possibility of love and honor.
Followed by 'The Defense Rests' (1934), directed by Lambert Hillyer: Jack Holt’s sleazy defense attorney will stop at nothing when it comes to clearing his villainous defendants’ names. Disgusted by his morals and tactics, his assistant (Arthur) campaigns to change his ways, but as she falls in love with him only a series of compromises keeps her from the brink of legal and ethical peril. This complex morality tale calls on Arthur’s gift for moving character construction.
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