You people have confused me with the U.S. Treasury!" barks Eugene Pallette to his spoiled, filthy-rich family, including daughter Carole Lombard, who acquires tramp William Powell during a scavenger hunt and makes him her butler, whereupon he teaches her a few lessons about being human. Comeuppance for the wealthy was surefire material during the Depression, and no film ever did it better than this one. With Alice Brady, Mischa Auer, Gail Patrick and Alan Mowbray.
Remade as a musical comedy in 1955, the original screen adaptation of the Broadway hit stars Oscar nominee Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair as sisters who move to Manhattan to further their respective careers in journalism and theater. Renting a cheap Greenwich Village apartment brings the pair into contact with eccentric neighbors, helpful magazine editor Brian Aherne and, in a cameo appearance, The Three Stooges.
Part of a double feature, starting with My Man Gidfrey, at 7:30pm.
This frenzied remake of Hecht and MacArthur’s THE FRONT PAGE switches ace newsman Hildy Johnson to a woman (Rosalind Russell at her peak), while Cary Grant does a complete 180 from BRINGING UP BABY as cynical editor Walter Burns. The unparalleled cast includes Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Roscoe Karns, Cliff Edwards, John Qualen, Billy Gilbert and tons more. Featuring some of the most rapid-fire dialogue ever, by screenwriters Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.
Part of a double feature, followed by The Major and The Minor.
Billy Wilder made his Hollywood directorial debut with this wartime farce, cowritten with frequent collaborator Charles Brackett. Ginger Rogers sparkles as a woman who masquerades as a 12-year-old girl to travel by train on a child’s fare; Ray Milland is the military man who shelters the youngster.
Part of a double feature, starting with His Girl Friday, at 7:30pm.
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, 90402
Sign your permission slip for fun when the whole family heads to the beach for a winter field trip to explore slimy seaweed, sand crabs, beach hoppers, kelp strands, gulls, snowy plovers and grebes. The trip is led by your local Audubon Society guides.Binoculars and field guides will be available for extra fun. Wear comfortable clothing and bring sun screen and water. From 10:30am-11:30am.