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Unfinished Business (1941); The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

Unfinished Business (1941)
November 23, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Unfinished Business (1941)

“… a bitterly passionate romantic drama with a relentless comic tone.” – New Yorker

Directed by Gregory La Cava

Carole Lombard was originally supposed to star in this oddball, screwball comedy that eventually went to Irene Dunne who owns the role of Nancy, a small-town woman with a serious case of wanderlust.  Declaring, ”I want to keep going until there are no horizons left,” she sets off to New York but her free-wheeling plans are immediately derailed by a one-night stand on the train into Grand Central Station. 

Universal Pictures Company, Inc. Screenwriter: Eugene Thackrey.  Cinematographer: Joseph Valentine.  Editor: Russell Schoengarth.  Cast: Irene Dunne, Robert Montgomery, Preston Foster, Eugene Pallette, Esther Dale.

35mm, b/w, 96 min. 

The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

Directed by Gregory La Cava

Art and romance flourish in scurrilous 16th-century Florence, as roguish Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini (March) romances the Duchess of Florence under the nose of the corrupt Duke, himself a faithless husband. LaCava Steers steers a superb cast through this frothy costume pageant, taking special delight in detailing the peccadilloes of the powerful. 

20th Century Pictures, Inc. Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck. Screenwriter: Bess Meredyth. Based on a play by Edwin Justus Mayer. Cinematographer: Charles Rosher. Editor: Barbara McLean. Cast: Constance Bennett, Fredric March, Frank Morgan, Fay Wray, Vince Barnett.

35mm, b/w, 80 min.

Note: Due to print problems, the Archive will be screening Affairs of Cellini (1934), starring Constance Bennett and Frederic March, instead of the previously scheduled Lady in a Jam (1942).