Treasures from the UCLA Archive

  • January 12, 2014 — January 30, 2014

The UCLA Film & Television Archive is, after the Library of Congress, the largest collection of media materials in the United States and among the premier film preservation institutions in the world. The Archive’s annual preservation efforts—an ambitious, eclectic range of everything from lost silents to at-risk mid-century features, shorts, and documentaries—find new audiences in each year’s Festival of Preservation in Los Angeles and in the works selected for a smaller touring program. We are pleased to present the 18th Festival Tour, a surprise-filled treasure trove sure to delight cinema lovers of many persuasions. “Forget Blu-ray discs and plasma TVs. For true cinephiles, nothing lets a movie really sing like a pristine celluloid print. In which case, UCLA’s Festival of Preservation is a veritable opera.” —Matt Sussman, Flavorpill.

Special thanks to Shannon Kelley, Head of Public Programs; Steven Hill, Circulation; Todd Weiner, Archivist; and Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive, for making these new preservation prints available. Program notes are adapted from the 2013 Festival of Preservation program catalogue, which includes additional information about the films and the Archive’s ambitious preservation efforts. See listings for complete restoration credits.


Gun Crazy

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Bart Tare loves guns. After an ill-advised attempt to steal one at age fourteen lands him in reform school and


Busy Bodies

Directed by Lloyd French

In this masterpiece of physical comedy by Laurel and Hardy, Stan and Ollie report for work at the sawmill, haplessly


The Chase

Directed by Arthur D. Ripley

Chuck Scott (Robert Cummings) is a down-on-his-luck ex-serviceman in need of a meal in post-war Miami. Stumbling upon a lost



Directed by Victor Fleming

Paramount Pictures paid $50,000 for Sinclair Lewis’s justifiably forgotten novel MANTRAP, but happily, screenwriters Ethel Doherty and Adelaide Heilbron turned


Midnight Madness

Directed by F. Harmon Weight

“Its very title reeks of strange people, mystery, suspense!” read the publicity for this silent melodrama, loosely inspired by “The


International House

Directed by Edward Sutherland

The manic, boisterous energy that marks many Hollywood comedies of the early sound era owes to the vaudeville stars who


Thirty Day Princess

Directed by Marion Gering

With an ebullient yet simple script penned by four different writers, including a pre-heyday Preston Sturges, THIRTY DAY PRINCESS stars


Double Door

Directed by Charles Vidor

New Yorkers who flocked in the fall of 1933 to see Elizabeth McFadden’s play Double Door knew it was inspired by Manhattan’s



Directed by Victor Halperin

On the strength of their independent horror film WHITE ZOMBIE, a freak success in 1932, Victor and Edward Halperin landed


That Cold Day in the Park

Directed by Robert Altman

THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK displayed Altman’s iconoclastic fascinations: a sensitivity to schisms within normalcy, a fascination with female


Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World

Directed by Shirley Clarke

President Kennedy’s speech on the occasion of Robert Frost receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in March 1962 forms the epigraph


Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

Directed by Thom Andersen, Fay Andersen, Morgan Fisher

Thom Andersen’s first feature announced the arrival of one of America’s most significant documentary auteurs. EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER is at