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This Coming Thursday (September 14) at the Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC)

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Illustrated image of shouting pages in uniform with inset photo of Dick Powell and Marion Davies gazing up to the left.
Lobby card for “Page Miss Glory” (Cosmopolitan / Warner Bros., 1935)

Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.

PAGE MISS GLORY (Cosmopolitan / Warner Bros., 1935). Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Screenplay by Delmer Daves and Robert Lord, based on the play of the same name by Joseph Shrank and Philip Dunning. With Marion Davies, Pat O’Brien, Dick Powell, Mary Astor, Frank McHugh, Lyle Talbot. (93 min, black & white, 35mm, preserved in 2015 from the original picture & track negatives in the United Artists Collection).

Two con men create a composite photo of the most beautiful girl in Hollywood and recruit a hotel chambermaid to play the role. “Page Miss Glory” was Marion Davies’s first film after a 14-month hiatus and her first for Warner Bros., the studio having purchased the play specifically for the actress following William Randolph Hearst’s decision to relocate his production unit, Cosmopolitan Productions, from MGM to Warner. The move was partially influenced by MGM’s refusal to cast Davies in “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” (see June 22). Unfortunately for Davies, by now in her mid-thirties, Warner repeatedly miscast her in the roles of much younger women, and with audiences and critics turning their backs on the star, she retired from acting in 1937.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

For more information on LC screenings, see this link.

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