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For Laughing Out Loud: The Best American Comedy Films: True Confession

Jul 24 2014

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Enjoy summer fun with America's finest comic writers, directors, and actors.

True Confession (Wesley Ruggles, 1937). One of Carole Lombard’s best, least-seen films finds her married to truth-worshiping lawyer Fred MacMurray. She, on the other hand, likes to spice up a dull, commonplace world by lying about everything, and gets a kick out of telling folks her husband is insane, a drug addict, or dead. Lombard is secretary to wealthy broker John T. Murray, but she quits after he makes passionate advances. When Murray turns up dead, Lombard becomes suspect number one, and MacMurray, rising to defend her in court, has to present a case that conceals her love of making things up. Onto the scene comes antic criminologist John Barrymore, who blows up toy balloons to aid his concentration, and knows a thing or two about guilt and innocence. The clowning self-delight and generosity of Lombard’s performances was very much a part of her off-screen personality. Barrymore, who had helped bring her to stardom in Twentieth Century, was in a professional decline in the late thirties, and Lombard insisted on including him in True Confession just because “it would be fun.” Barrymore felt Lombard was “the greatest actress I ever worked with,” and repaid her confidence in him by almost stealing the show. In 35 mm, 85 min.

Films in this series include:

July 10: Hands Across the Table
July 17: Theodora Goes Wild
July 24: True Confession
July 30: His Girl Friday
August 7: Too Many Husbands
August 14: Born Yesterday

Series tickets may be purchased online, at the Ticketing Desk at any of SAM's three sites, or over the phone with a credit card by calling the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121.

A limited number of single-film tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the show, at 7:25 pm, at the auditorium entrance for $8 (cash/check only).