Carole Lombard Retrospective

A peerless comedienne during her short career, Lombard (1908-1942) is the subject of this Thursday night tribute. You could call her the pinup queen of the screwball era¬óswell looking, and smart with her mouth. In William Wellman's 1937 Nothing Sacred, Lombard plays a Vermont maiden who poses as a victim of radium poisoning in order to score an all-expenses trip to New York. Fredric March is the reporter who smells something rotten (but falls for Lombard in the process, natch.) A delirious send-up of bandwagon piety, the film was scripted by that snappiest of Hollywood crank cases, Ben Hecht, and he never got a better, more committed distaff embodiment of his flair for highlighting hooey than Lombard, who throws herself into the role with daffy, tongue-tripping abandon. (NR) HAZEL DAWN-DUMPERT

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 16. Continues through Aug. 13, 2009

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