The UCLA Film and Television Archive will present two classics directed by Dorothy Arzner. “The Wild Party” (1929) and “Anybody’s Woman” (1930) will screen at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 31, at the Billy Wilder Theater, UCLA Hammer Museum.
The film screening will begin with the pre-code film, “The Wild Party,” filled with “furtive, innocent bed-hopping with college professors.” The film is known as Clara Bow’s first talkie, in which she plays partier Stella Ames at an all-girls college. When a scandal ensues regarding Stella’s friend, Helen, Stella arises to the occasion and defends her friend's reputation at the expense of her own, demonstrating the supremacy of female friendships.
“Anybody’s Woman” tells the story of showgirl Pansy Gray who, when arrested for indecent exposure, is defended by attorney Neil Dunlap. A later encounter with Dunlap, when he does not recognize Pansy as a former client, results in him falling for her eventually proposing to her. However, when Neil’s most important client, Saxon, tries to seduce Pansy and she resists, Neil is indignant at her offending his client.
Advance tickets are available online for $10 at UCLA Film and Television Archive, where you'll also find more information about the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the door starting one hour before showtime: $9 general admission; free to all seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.