Son of Universal: More Rediscovered Gems from the Laemmle Years

May 5–16, 2017


Destination Unknown. 1933. USA. Directed by Tay Garnett

Following last summer’s monthlong series Universal Pictures: Restorations and Rediscoveries, 1928–1937, MoMA presents another selection of extremely rare films produced during the risk-taking reign of studio head Carl Laemmle, Jr. The centerpiece of the program is the world premiere of Universal's new digital restoration of the Jazz Age melodrama Sensation Seekers, a late work by the most important woman director of the silent era, Lois Weber. The May 6 screening of Sensation Seekers will feature live accompaniment by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Orchestra. Other rare titles include Tod Browning’s ferocious 1930 gangster film Outside the Law, starring a pre–Little Caesar Edward G. Robinson; Tay Garnett’s audacious allegory Destination Unknown (1931); E. A. Dupont’s risqué Broadway romp Ladies Must Love (1933), and two programs of long-unseen, newly restored musical and comedy shorts, assembled by guest curator Ron Hutchinson of the Vitaphone Project.

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film.


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