Classics from the Vault presents Dinner at Eight (1933, USA, 111mins, 14a)
Directed by George Cukor
Starring Jean Harlow, Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery
Written by Frances Marion
Based on the play by George S. Kaufman
In the 1930s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios was billed as having “more stars than there are in heaven,” and they made full use of them in Dinner At Eight, which features the likes of Jean Harlow, Canada’s own Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, as well as Lionel and John Barrymore, who plays a wonderful send-up of himself as a silent film star reconciling with the talkies. Dinner At Eight shows off New York City’s upper crust as they quibble over the battle of the sexes, old-money versus nouveau-riche and those looming breadlines several storeys below their opulent Manhattan penthouses. A true delight, brilliantly directed by George Cukor, Dinner at Eight will as always be preceded by an assortment of period shorts and cartoons. Dress your best!
Gorgeous 16mm print from the Silent Toronto archives!
Thursday, March 31, 7pm. Admission $7/members $10/non-members
The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E