The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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Directed by Howard Hawks • 1934
Broadway producer John Barrymore brings starlet Carole Lombard into the public eye just as his career hits the skids. They part ways and meet again on board the 20th Century Limited, where he tries desperately to resign Lombard, but the young actress wants nothing to do with it. Thought by Andrew Sarris to be the best film of 1934, and by many to be the best of Hawks’s comedies, the chemistry between Barrymore and Lombard is unmatched. Hawks convinced Barrymore to take the role by billing it as the story of the biggest ham on earth, and John Baxter wrote of Barrymore in Hollywood in the Thirties that “[he] justifies in one role his immense reputation. Cajoling, demanding, even in once scene vamping the harassed Lombard, he projects a perfect image of Broadway panache and insanity.” (JA)
91 min • Columbia Pictures • 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory
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