Beverly of Graustark / The Cardboard Lover

Presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program
Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Billy Wilder Theater
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Admission is free. No advance reservations. Free tickets must be obtained on a first come, first served basis at the box office, where seating will be assigned.

Beverly of Graustark

U.S., 1926

After conspirators attack, Marion Davies must pretend to be her brother until he recovers enough from an assassination plot to assume his place on the throne of a fictional European kingdom. Intrigue political and romantic follow with a bobbed Davies deliriously swapping gender roles throughout as both prince and princess in this thoroughly charming comedy. This newly restored version by the Library of Congress includes the final sequence originally shot in two-color Technicolor.

DCP, b&w, silent, 70 min. Director: Robert Z. Leonard. Screenwriter: Frank R. Adams, Frances Marion. With: Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald.

The Cardboard Lover

U.S., 1928

After her turn in Show PeopleThe Daily News anointed Marion Davies “filmdom’s most hilarious comedienne” so MGM raced her into another comedy which would prove to be one of her most enduringly popular. As a ready-for-mischief American abroad, Davies falls hard for a European tennis champion who, in turn, recruits her in a scheme to make his wandering fiancée jealous. Davis again proves her comic chops with a special emphasis on her gift for physical comedy.

35mm, b&w, silent, 77 min. Director: Robert Z. Leonard. Screenwriter: F. Hughes Herbert, Carey Wilson, Lucille Newmark. With: Marion Davies, Jetta Goudal, Nils Asther.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Part of: Marion Davies: Captain of Her Soul

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