Films of Wrath

Film Forum’s series of Depression movies, Breadlines & Champagne, resumes on Saturday, Feb. 14, on an especially high note, with Gregory La Cava’s My Man Godfrey (1936), starring William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, Alice Brady, Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray, Mischa Auer and Franklin Pangborn, at 1, 4:35 and 8:20; and Mitchell Leisen’s Easy Living (1937), from a Preston Sturges screenplay, with Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland, Franklin Pangborn, William Demarest, Mary Nash and Luis Alberni, at 2:50, 6:25 and 10:10.

On Sunday the 15th, Alfred E. Green’s Baby Face (the uncensored version; 1933), with Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Margaret Lindsay, Douglass Dumbrille and John Wayne, plays at 2:35, 5:40 and 8:45. Roy Del Ruth’s Blessed Event (1932), with Lee Tracy, Mary Brian, Dick Powell, Emma Dunn, Frank McHugh, Allen Jenkins, Ned Sparks and Ruth Donnelly, shows at 1, 4:05, 7:10 and 10:15.

On Monday, Feb. 16, La Cava’s Gabriel Over the White House (1933), with Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, C. Henry Gordon, Samuel S. Hinds, Jean Parker and Dickie Moore, screens at 1, 4:20 and 7:40. James Cruze’s Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932), with Lee Tracy, plus Betty Boop for President, shows at 2:40, 6 and 9:30.

On Tuesday the 17th, William Wellman’s Night Nurse (1931), with Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable, Charlotte Merriam and Charles Winninger, plays at 2:45, 6, and 9:30, and Sam Wood’s Hold Your Man (1933), with Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin, Elizabeth Patterson and Blanche Friderici, screens at 1, 4:15 and 7:30.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Archie Mayo’s Black Legion (1936), with Humphrey Bogart, Erin O’Brien-Moore, Dick Foran, Ann Sheridan, Joe Sauers (Sawyer), Helen Flint, Dickie Jones and Henry Brandon, plays at 1, 4:30 and 8. Michael Curtiz’s Black Fury (1935), with Paul Muni, Karen Morley, William Gargan, Barton MacLane, John Qualen, J. Carrol Naish and Vince Barnett, shows at 2:40, 6:10 and 9:40.

On Thursday the 19th, Lewis Milestone’s Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (1933), with Al Jolson, Madge Evans, Frank Morgan, Harry Langdon, Chester Conklin, Tyler Brooke and Edgar Connor—not to mention cameo appearances by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and a script by Ben Hecht and S. N. Behrman—plays at 3:30 and 7:10. “Vitaphone Varieties of 2009,” introduced by Ron Hutchinson of the Vitaphone Project, and with rare early talkie footage of banjo ace Roy Smeck; Gus Arnheim’s band featuring Russ Columbo; vaudevillians Shaw & Lee and Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy; and Al Jolson’s pre–Jazz Singer “Plantation Act,” screens at 1:30, 5:10 and 8:50.

On Friday, Feb. 20, William Wyler’s Dead End (1937), with Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor, Marjorie Main, Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell, Ward Bond, Billy Halop, Bernard Punsley and Allen Jenkins, shows at 1:30, 4:40 and 7:50. Mervyn LeRoy’s Three on a Match (1932), with Warren William, Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorack, Humphrey Bogart, Lyle Talbot, Glenda Farrell and Dawn O’Day (Anne Shirley), plays at 1:30, 4:40 and 7:50. Amy Lehr, granddaughter of director William Wyler, will introduce the 7:50 show.

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