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Washington, DC: COCK OF THE AIR (1932)

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:23 am
by silentfilm


The National Gallery of Art's series From Vault to Screen: Recent Restorations from the Academy Film Archive continues with a 35mm print of this pre-code comedy produced by businessman Howard Hughes and starring his one-time love interest Billie Dove. The film ran afoul of censors when it was released in 1932, and a scene involving, as the Los Angeles Times reported at the time, "a suit of armor and a can opener," was cut from early prints. This restored version allows 21st century audiences to fully enjoy its risque humor. It's directed by Tom Buckingham and co-written by Robert E. Sherwood (The Best Years of Our Lives) and Charles Lederer (His Girl Friday). The screening will be introduced by archivist Heather Linville.

Saturday, September 23 at 2 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium. Free.