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Hell’s Angels (1930) Film Screening

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Friday, August 5, 2011, 7:30 pm
Billy Wilder Theater, UC Los Angeles

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Directed by Howard Hughes

Two brothers, Roy and Monte, attend Oxford then volunteer for the RAF, when World War I breaks out. Jean Harlow plays Helen, Roy’s supposed girlfriend who doesn’t mind sleeping with Monte. “Let me change into something more comfortable,” she says, as modern girls will. Three years in the making at a cost of $3.8 million, Hell’s Angels started out as a silent film and ended up a talking picture. Five directors worked on the film, including James Whale (who directed Harlow’s dialogue scenes) and Howard Hawks, before Hughes personally took over the reigns. But its status remains legendary.

United Artists. Producer: Howard Hughes. Screenwriter: Joseph Moncure March, Howard Estabrook, Harry Behn. Cinematographer: Tony Gaudio. Editor: Douglass Biggs. Cast: Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow.

35mm, b/w and color, 127 min.

Part of: Harlow Before the Code and Preceded by Double Whoopee (1929)

Directed by Lewis Foster

In this deservedly famous Laurel and Hardy short, Jean Harlow doesn’t have much more than a cameo, less than two minutes of screen time, but they are memorable.

Screenwriter: Leo McCarey, H.M. Walker. Cinematographer: George Stevens, Jack Roach. Editor: Richard C. Currier. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Harlow.

35mm, b/w, 20 min.

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