For those of you in the Los Angeles area whose appetite for Carole Lombard films is never whetted, good news. Next Sunday, Lombard's last film for Paramount, the 1937 comedy "True Confession," will be shown at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater as the second half of a screwball double bill beginning at 7 p.m. with Irene Dunne's 1936 gem, "Theodora Goes Wild." (Oh, by the way, that's Lombard, Fred MacMurray, screenwriter Claude Binyon, director Wesley Ruggles and Una Merkel chowing down.)
Since comedy is contagious, films such as these are invariably better enjoyed in a theater environment; find out for yourself. More information on the event can be found at http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2013-01-06/2-x-screwball.
Truth be told, the Wilder will have plenty of goodies for classic film buffs in upcoming weeks. For example...
...if you've heard about Clara Bow but have never seen her at work on the big screen, you'll have your chance starting Friday and continuing through Feb. 10. Ten complete Bow films, plus fragments of movies that for now are sadly lost, will be shown, in a program aided by David Stenn, author of "Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild." (He'll be on hand for Friday's opener, a double bill of "Call Her Savage" and "Hoop-La.") You'll come to enjoy Clara's vivacity that still shines after more than 80 years. See the schedule and learn more at http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2013-01-04/call-her-savage-clara-bow-hits-screen.
But wait, there's more. The transition from silent to sound was anything but smooth, and you can get a feel for what it was like in the series "Silent/Sync/Sound: Multiple Versions from the Transition Era," running from Jan. 12 to Feb. 17.
Among the films to be shown is "Dynamite" (1929), which Lombard fans know as the film she was dismissed from by director Cecil B. De Mille after a few days. It was made in silent and sound versions, and you can see both on Jan. 13. Stenn will be back Jan. 18 to introduce silent and sound versions of Bow's 1930 vehicle "True To The Navy," and on Feb. 16 compare and contrast an early Frank Capra film, "Rain Or Shine," in silent and sound. The complete schedule for the event -- which kicks off with "All Quiet On The Western Front" -- is at http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2013-01-12/silentsyncsound-multiple-versions-transition-era.
It all adds up to a delicious winter in Westwood.