(Preston Sturges, 1941). A one-of-a-kind brew of grim drama, smart comedy and flat-out slapstick, this is the tale of a Hollywood director, tired of turning out fluff, who goes forth to research the meaning of poverty in order to endow the world with a serious social epic. In turn droll and devastating, it's enhanced by sharp performances by Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake in the leading roles and a delightful turn by Robert Greig as McCrea's supercilious butler.
Fri., Dec. 26, 2:40, 6:05 & 9:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 27, 2:40, 6:05 & 9:30 p.m., 2008
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