Just a couple days before we officially join our friends for the TCM Festival getting ready to hit Hollywood, we will join TCM author Jeremy Arnold for a great night of Bette Davis in Beverly Hills.
Jeremy will sign his book, “TCM the Essentials-52 Must See Movies and Why They Matter” as well as introducing both, “Now Voyager” (75th Anniversary) & “Marked Woman”.
Twofer Tuesdays Series- Bette Davis Double Feature Plays April 4 at Three Laemmle Theatres
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present Twofer Tuesdays, a classic movie double bill that will screen on the first Tuesday of each month as a recurring event. Our first attraction celebrates Hollywood legend Bette Davis in one of her most beloved roles, Now, Voyager (1942), on its 75th anniversary. As a bonus feature, we are pairing it with Marked Woman (1937; 80th anniversary) starring Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Both movies will show in three locations as a double feature (two movies, one admission price).
Now, Voyager (1942) is considered a consummate “woman’s film,” a genre that was Davis’ forte in her heyday in Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and 40s, an era that she ruled as a top box office star. The plush melodrama, based on a novel by Olive Higgins Prouty (author of Stella Dallas, another classic tale of a self-sacrificing, independent woman), was adapted by Casey Robinson (Dark Victory) and directed by Irving Rapper (Deception). The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Davis as Best Actress as a repressed spinster who emerges from her shell in one of the screen’s most dramatic makeovers. Co-starring Paul Henreid as her suave romantic partner, Oscar nominee Gladys Cooper (Supporting Actress) as her domineering mother and Claude Rains (one of Davis’ favorite actors), as a paternal psychiatrist; the film was a huge commercial hit, the biggest box office success for Davis in that period.
In The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, author Jeremy Arnold calls it “a movie that has stood the test of time for its high entertainment value, romanticism, and subversive theme of female empowerment.” Featuring a lushly romantic Oscar-winning score by Max Steiner, and with one of the most memorable closing lines in movie history, Now, Voyager was added to the National Film Registry in 2007.
Our bonus feature, Marked Woman (1937) stars Davis as a nightclub “hostess” who becomes the target of a vengeful mobster (Eduardo Ciannelli), who in turn is prosecuted by a crusading district attorney (Humphrey Bogart). Co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men, The Hustler) and Abem Finkel (Jezebel, Sergeant York), and directed by Lloyd Bacon (42nd Street), the movie is notable for its “torn from the headlines” realism that characterized Warner Bros. style in the 1930s. Because of the censorious Production Code, the brothel employing Davis’ character was disguised as a clip joint. Davis’ assured performance and the film’s success contributed to her rise as queen of the Warner’s lot, a position she held for the next decade.
The Twofer Tuesdays double feature of Now, Voyager and Marked Woman plays April 4 at three locations: Ahrya Fine Arts, NoHo 7, and Pasadena Playhouse 7.
Special Introduction by film historian Jeremy Arnold at the Ahrya Fine Arts only.
Now, Voyager plays at 7:15 pm; Marked Woman at 5:00 pm and 9:45 pm. Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre 8556 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90211 NoHo 7 5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601 Playhouse 7 673 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena CA 91101 (310) 478-3836
Tickets are available at the theater box offices and : https://www.laemmle.com/films/41976
More about the book: Showcasing 52 Essential films from the golden age to the present, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history. These are movies that define what it means to be a classic. Readers can enjoy one film per week, for a year of stellar viewing, or indulge in their own classic movie festival.
Jeremy Arnold is a writer and film historian who has written more than 500 articles for TCM.com and numerous film trade publications. He has contributed audio commentary and written essays for the DVD release of films, and is author of the coffee-table book companion to the fiftieth anniversary blu-ray release of Lawrence of Arabia.
REVIEWS- “[An] excellent book. Author Arnold distills why each movie is a must-see, and augments his knowledgeable text with sidebar quotes from various TCM hosts…
Handsomely designed and packed with great photos, The Essentials would be a perfect gift for a young person who’s just dipping his or her toe into these waters…but I found it equally appealing.” —Leonard Maltin, leonardmaltin.com
“An entertaining read… Beautifully-designed and illustrated… Author Jeremy Arnold does a superb job presenting the reasons why a particular film matters.” —Raymond Benson, Cinema Retro