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9:15am Mamba (Tiffany, 1930) Directed by Albert S. Rogell.
With Jean Hersholt, Eleanor Boardman, Ralph Forbes, Claude Fleming (78 min.) 35mm film print
Melodrama. UCLA’s new two-color Technicolor restoration. Jean Hersholt, a boss of a colony in German East Africa, earns the hatred of all for his inhumane treatment of the natives and his boorish manners. He takes a titled young woman (Eleanor Boardman) for a bride, and trouble threatens to erupt when a German Army orricer (Ralph Forbes) falls in love with her. “Excellent. It is an unusual picture, refreshingly different. It is in natural colors. The interest is maintained tense all the way through, there is love interest, fast action, and thrills.” –Harrison’s Reports.
10:45am The Circus of Life (1917) Directed by Rupert Julian and Elsie Jane Wilson.
With Elsie Jane Wilson, Mignon Anderson, Pomeroy Cannon, Harry Carter, Emory Johnson, Zoe Rae. (50 minutes) Digital (silent)
Silent drama. Elsie Jane Wilson plays a young woman who, shortly after her marriage to a brewery wagon driver (Pomeroy Cannon), becomes infatuated with an artist (Harry Carter). When she gives birth to a daughter, her husband suspects the child is not his and falls into the depths of despair.
2:40pm The Storm (Universal, 1930) Directed by William Wyler
With Lupe Velez, Paul Cavanagh, William “Stage” Boyd, Alphonse Ethier (80 min.) 35mm film
Melodrama. Two close friends in a snowbound cabin (Paul Cavanagh, William “Stage” Boyd) fall in love with the same woman (Lupe Velez), leading to a bitter and potentially violent falling-out between them. “…it is so virile a melodrama that those who will see it will…enjoy it. The direction and acting is of the highest order….The ride down the rapids is thrilling. So is the snow avalanche in the closing scenes…” –Harrison’s Reports.
4:35pm Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (20th Century, 1934) Directed by Roy Del Ruth
With Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, Charles Butterworth, Warner Oland, C. Aubrey Smith (83 min.) 35mm film
Mystery-comedy. Ronald Colman’s follow-up to the 1929 hit Bulldog Drummond, the sequel is a briskly-paced comedy/melodrama that (in the words of Harrison’s Reports) “make the picture-goers of the rank and file gasp for breath, and those of the better classes laugh at the fantastic situations.” Captain Drummond discovers a body in an abandoned house, but when he returns with a policeman the house is occupied by a seemingly respectable family, and the body is nowhere to be found. “A swell mystery with laughs….One grand piece of entertainment.” –Modern Screen
8:00pm The Night of Love (Goldwyn, 1927) Directed by George Fitzmaurice.
With Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky, Montagu Love, Natalie Kingston, Gibson Gowland (80 min.) 35mm film (silent)
Silent historical adventure. A Duke (Montagu Love) kidnaps the bride of a gypsy (Ronald Colman), intent on exercising a nobleman’s right to spend the first night with a new bride. When the young woman dies, the gypsy vows revenge. “An excellent drama….The first half is mildly interesting, but the second half grips one and holds one’s attention nailed to the screen.” –Harrison’s Reports
9:35pm Television Highlights (Universal, 1936) Directed by Milton Schwarzwald.
With Henny Youngman, Gogo De Lys, Lew Hearn, Roy Smeck, May Wynn, Patsy Wynn, Powell’s Twelve Prom Girls (10 min.) Digital
Musical comedy. Henry (Henny) Youngman’s efforts to sell a television set to Lew Hearn serve as an excuse to put on display a variety of acts.
9:45pm Who Killed Gail Preston? (Columbia, 1938) Directed by Leon Barsha.
With Don Terry, Rita Hayworth, Robert Paige, Wyn Cahoon, Gene Morgan, Dwight Frye (61 min.) 35mm film
Mystery melodrama with songs. After an egotistical nightclub singer (Rita Hayworth) is murdered during a performance, a police inspector (Don Terry) takes on the challenge of ferreting out the killer. A Columbia programmer with interpolated musical numbers.