The Mad Game. 1933. USA. Directed by Irving Cummings

The Mad Game. 1933. USA. Directed by Irving Cummings. With Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Ralph Morgan. 35mm. 73 min.

Never quite sure what to do with their unruly, unconventional new star Spencer Tracy, the Fox brass insisted on casting him in conventional tough-guy roles, including this curiosity that broke Hollywood’s informal ban on kidnapping stories in the wake of the Lindbergh tragedy. Tracy plays a high-minded bootlegger who refuses to go along with the recommendation of his second-in-command (J. Carrol Naish) that they switch to snatching babies when Prohibition ends; Claire Trevor, here at the beginning of her long association with Fox, is the newspaper reporter who loves him. Restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

    1. Wednesday, May 30, 2018,
      4:30 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    2. Saturday, May 19, 2018,
      6:30 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2