Monthly Archives: September 2016

Okay, You Mugs: Tay Garnett’s Ultra-Rare Pre-Code Political Satire Okay, America! Screens Oct. 5 in 35mm

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

06-okay-america-600

Museum of Modern Art / Film Stills Archive

Wednesday, October 5 @ 7:30 PM
OKAY, AMERICA!
Directed by Tay Garnett • 1932
Every starlet, politician, and high society arriviste fears the acid tongue of Larry Wayne (Lew Ayres), prominent radioland gossipmonger and author of the New York Blade’s “Broadway Broadside” column. Aided by girl Friday Sheila Barton (Maureen O’Sullivan), Wayne embarks on the first act of bona fide journalism of his career: tracking down the kidnapped daughter of a prominent White House cabinet member. All paths lead to Edward Arnold, the rat-a-tat racketeer who eyes a presidential pardon. A corker of a pre-Code melodrama from underrated stylist Tay Garnett (Her Man, One Way Passage), Okay, America! borrows the tics and catchphrases of real-life radio spieler Walter Winchell to give voice to the anxieties of a nation on the precipice. Like its New Deal contemporaries This Day and Age and Gabriel Over the White House, Okay, America! is a work that blurs the line between extralegal excitement and hellzapoppin’ incitement.  Does America need a fascist strongman to keep law ‘n’ order or would an entertainer-in-chief suffice? Remember to vote on November 8th! (KW)
78 min • Universal Pictures • 35mm from Universal
Film Stock: Kodak B+W (1999, Acetate)
Preceded by: “The Editor’s Notebook” (Wilding Pictures Productions, 1950) – 35mm – 30 min

Posted in News | Comments Off on Okay, You Mugs: Tay Garnett’s Ultra-Rare Pre-Code Political Satire Okay, America! Screens Oct. 5 in 35mm