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Twentieth Century


Location: Redstone Theater

Dir. Howard Hawks. 1934, 91 mins. DCP. With John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly. The movie that puts the Hecht in hectoring, this maddening mile-a-minute screwball comedy adapted from Hecht and MacArthur’s stage smash stars John Barrymore and Carole Lombard, a megalomaniac match made in hell. He is a Broadway impresario on the way down and she a Hollywood starlet headed for the firmament; she is his former protegée and he is the surpassed Svengali. Cornering his prey on an eastward-bound train, they fight like caged animals, with Barrymore trying to drag his quarry kicking and screaming aboard his comeback project. The quips and barbs come at Tommy gun speed in this frantic farce, a bitter battle royale that is as fast as it is funny.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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