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UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

Beverly of Graustark / The Cardboard Lover

Actors Onslow Stevens and Marion Davies in uniforms.
February 12, 2023 - 7:00 pm
book signing with Lara Gabrielle, author, Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies.

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Free tickets must be obtained on a first come, first served basis at the box office, where seating will be assigned.

Lara Gabrielle will sign copies of her book, Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies, in the lobby before the screening.

Live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick!

Beverly of Graustark

U.S., 1926

After conspirators attack, Marion Davies must pretend to be her brother until he recovers enough from an assassination plot to assume his place on the throne of a fictional European kingdom. Intrigue political and romance follow with a bobbed Davies deliriously swapping gender roles throughout as both prince and princess in this thoroughly charming comedy. This newly restored version by the Library of Congress includes the final sequence originally shot in two-color Technicolor.

DCP, b&w, silent, 70 min. Director: Robert Z. Leonard. Screenwriter: Frank R. Adams, Frances Marion. With: Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald.


The Cardboard Lover

U.S., 1928

After her turn in Show People, The Daily News anointed Marion Davies “filmdom’s most hilarious comedienne” so MGM raced her into another comedy which would prove to be one of her most enduringly popular. As a ready-for-mischief American abroad, Davies falls hard for a European tennis champion who, in turn, recruits her in a scheme to make his wandering fiancée jealous. Davis again proves her comic chops with a special emphasis on her gift for physical comedy.

35mm, b&w, silent, 77 min. Director: Robert Z. Leonard. Screenwriter: F. Hughes Herbert, Carey Wilson, Lucille Newmark. With: Marion Davies, Jetta Goudal, Nils Asther.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.