Wednesday 3/9: “A Bill of Divorcement” at the Portage Theater

Join us this Wednesday 3/9 for George Cukor’s A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT on 16mm
Katharine Hepburn’s first film!!
The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket


March 9th, 2011
A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT
George Cukor • 1932
“In those few simple feet of film a new star was born.” So said David O. Selznick after watching an audience react to their first glimpse of Katharine Hepburn, playing a young woman whose shell-shocked father (John Barrymore) escapes from a mental institution and comes home on the day his wife (Billie Burke) is set to marry another man. Clemence Dane’s play had been milking tears from audiences since its 1921 debut, and in this second filming, the tears kept coming as the fresh-faced newcomer and The Great Profile breathed new life into the drawing-room melodrama. The studio was so convinced by the critical and popular approval of their new starlet that they were willing to put up with her offscreen eccentricities and give her a contract. We can only assume it guaranteed that they’d spell her name correctly in the credits for future films. (MP)
Print from the Radio Cinema Film Archive.
70 min • RKO • 16mm
Short: Unaccustomed as We Are (Hal Roach, 1929, 21 min) Rare Sound Version on 16mm

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