Blondes Have More Fun

Friday, November 24 -
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Series IllustrationWe put the oft-uttered opinion to the test with a series of classic American films featuring some of Hollywood's most renowned flaxen-haired beauties. Cavorting for our entertainment will be The #1 Blonde Bombshell, Marilyn Monroe, with a brand new print of THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH and, of course, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Along for the ride are some of Marilyn's progenitors and contemporaries including the inimitable Mae West (I'M NO ANGEL and SHE DONE HIM WRONG) and Jean Harlowe (PLATINUM BLONDE and BOMBSHELL) at their racy pre-code best. As well as the superlative Carole Lombard (TWENTIETH CENTURY and MY MAN GODFREY), the sultry Veronica Lake (SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS), and the sensational Kim Novak (BELL, BOOK & CANDLE). Join us for this post-Thanksgiving feast of all things golden-locked!

FILM DESCRIPTIONS

Fri 11/24 at (3:00), 7:15 • Sat 11/25 at 3:00, 7:15

New 35mm Print!
Double Feature w/GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
(1955) dir Billy Wilder w/Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell [105 min]

Yes, this is the film with Monroe over a gusty grate in a billowing white dress. But it’s also a farce that pokes fun at male fantasy and guilt as Richard Sherman (Ewell) meets his new neighbor, The Girl (Monroe) and tries (in vain) to seduce her while his wife and kids are away for the summer.

Fri 11/24 at (1:00), 5:15, 9:30 • Sat 11/25 at 1:00, 5:15, 9:30

Double Feature w/THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
(1953) dir Howard Hawks w/Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell [91 min]

Marilyn had been a featured performer and a sex symbol for years before, but this is the film that sent it all over the top. Paired with the less blond but no less sexy Jane Russell as a couple of lounge singers working on a transatlantic cruise, Monroe pouts, flaunts, charms, and sings (Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend!) her way through this ludicrous romp. In CinemaScope and Technicolor!

Sun 11/26 at 3:30, 7:30 • Mon 11/27 at 7:30

Double Feature w/PLATINUM BLONDE
BOMBSHELL
(1933) dir (Victor Fleming, uncredited) w/Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan, Franchot Tone, Pat O’Brien, Una Merkel [96 min]

Harlow plays a star who is desperate to escape her sexpot image, and her money grubbing family, and will try anything to get a little class. Harlow is practically the definition of pre-code Hollywood raciness; she seems to have such an innate sexuality that the merest glance seems to read like a dirty novel.

Sun 11/26 at 1:30, 5:30, 9:30 • Mon 11/27 at 5:30, 9:30

Double Feature w/BOMBSHELL
PLATINUM BLONDE
(1931) dir Frank Capra w/Jean Harlow, Robert Williams [90 min]

Society girl Harlow marries wisecracking reporter Williams, who quickly discovers he can’t stand the rich. Engaging and sophisticated, they don’t make 'em like this anymore!

Tue 11/28 at 8:00

Double Feature w/I'M NO ANGEL
SHE DONE HIM WRONG
(1933) dir Lowell Sherman w/Mae West, Cary Grant [66 min]

The movie that made Mae West a movie star and first paired her with Cary Grant. The buxom, brazen but temporary mistress of a shady saloon seduces a missionary who has come to save her soul.

Tue 11/28 at 9:30

Double Feature w/SHE DONE HIM WRONG
I'M NO ANGEL
(1933) dir Wesley Ruggles w/Mae West, Cary Grant [87 min]

Mae’s second film with Cary is no less racy… perhaps more so. Mae plays a circus star who takes her liontaming act to New York City where she’s determined to find the man of her dreams as predicted by a fairground fortuneteller – while doing a little free-spirited gold-digging at the same time of course.

Wed 11/29 at 7:30

Double Feature w/MY MAN GODFREY
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
(1934) dir Howard Hawks w/Carole Lombard, John Barrymore [91 min]

Barrymore, at his most hilarious, is a hotshot producer. He makes a star out of Carole Lombard (who couldn’t?) and then has to woo her back to him, all aboard a transcontinental train. It’s a race to see what’s faster: the spitfire dialogue or the streamlined locomotive.

Wed 11/29 at 5:30, 9:30

Double Feature w/THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
MY MAN GODFREY
(1936) dir Gregory La Cava w/Carole Lombard, William Powell, Alice Brady [94 min]

Lombard is practically the definition of a ‘ditzy blonde’ as a madcap member of a rich and eccentric family who claims a hobo as an item in a scavenger hunt. Powell plays the hobo, actually an affluent Harvard man who renounced his wealth and became one of the Depression’s ‘forgotten men.’

Thu 11/30 at 7:15

Double Feature w/SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE
(1958) dir Richard Quine w/Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanchester [106 min]

Feline blonde Novak plays a hip, 50s witch with designs on her otherwise engaged, new neighbor Shep (Stewart). Sequences in New York’s mid-century bar scene, offbeat sexual innuendo, cool style, terrific jazz music, and an appearance by loony TV pioneer Ernie Kovacs make this one of the quirkiest holiday films ever created.

Thu 11/30 at 9:30

Double Feature w/BELL BOOK AND CANDLE
SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
(1941) dir Preston Sturges w/Veronica Lake, Joel McCrea [90 min]

A luminous Veronica Lake stars as a down-on-her-luck actress who hooks up with a director (McCrea) desperate to shed Hollywood success for arthouse acclaim. Leaving L.A. behind, the pair travel disguised as hobos in order to walk among “real” people. Naturally, things don’t go as planned in this irresistible gem from the great Preston Sturges.

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