The afternoon begins with a 2PM screening of THE ROARING TWENTIES (see description below), followed by the illustrated talk:…
“California Alcohol Production During Prohibition,” 60 min. Chef, educator and historian Ernest Miller will take us back to Los Angeles before and during Prohibition to discover how some members of the local beer and wine industry survived by cleverly working around the Volstead Act’s ban on liquor. Chef Miller also will discuss what happened to the industry after Prohibition ended in December 1933. If not for Prohibition, Los Angeles might be a leader in wine and beer production today (the country’s largest winery was once located in Alhambra). Items used by alcohol manufacturers to make and advertise their product also will be displayed.
Following the lecture at 5:30 PM, members can join us at the Record Parlour (6408 Selma Ave., Hollywood) for libations and live music from Hedgehog Swing in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the Volstead Act. Members of the Cinematheque and Art Deco Society will be e-mailed details on how to RSVP and obtain a password to enter this “speakeasy.”
75th Anniversary! THE ROARING TWENTIES 1939, Warner Bros., 106 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh
Raoul Walsh came bursting onto the screen in his first Warner Bros. directorial outing with this sensational gangster tale starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart as World War I vets who return to an unwelcoming American society and go straight for the criminal life instead. With a script from crackerjack Warner Bros. writing team Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley, and produced by the incorrigible erstwhile journalist Mark Hellinger, this picture bristles with suspense, smart-aleck humor and Walsh’s great comic and dramatic timing. The triple threat of Cagney, Bogey and Walsh make for nonstop action and fun. A terrific round-up and look-back at the great Warner Bros. gangster yarns of the 1930s, this film says it all about how the studio kept in touch with the hard-knock life of the times. Also starring the inimitable Gladys George as Cagney’s saloon-owning friend and Pricilla Lane as the woman who just can’t love Cagney the way he wants. A blast of energy that is pure Walsh!
Tickets are $11 general admission and are available on Fandango.com