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Noir star Ida Lupino worked opposite the best in the business—Humphrey Bogart, Richard Widmark, Jean Gabin, Robert Alda, Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield. She was also the only woman directing and producing movies in Hollywood in the 1950s and, after Dorothy Arzner, only the second regularly working female director in Hollywood history.

The double bills in the UCLA Film and Television Archive series HARD, FAST AND BEAUTIFUL—THE FILMS OF IDA LUPINO pair four examples of her directorial work (which she co-produced with her husband, screenwriter Collier Young) with classics directed by Nicholas Ray and Vincent Sherman.

Screenwriter Alexandra Seros will talk about Lupino on the opening Friday.


THE HARD WAY and HARD, FAST AND BEAUTIFUL, Friday, April 6, at 7:30 pm.

OUTRAGE and THE BIGAMIST, Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 pm.

THE HITCH-HIKER and ON DANGEROUS GROUND, Friday, April 27, at 7:30.

BILLY WILDER THEATER, HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.


Edmond O’Brien and Ida Lupino in The Bigamist (1953).

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Katharine Hepburn’s second film CHRISTOPHER STRONG—directed by Dorothy Arzner—is a high-style oddity, the story of an “aviatrix” and her fatal affair with an older married man.

The RKO cult classic is part of month-long LACMA tribute to Arzner, the only female director working in Hollywood in the 1930s.


CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933), Tuesday, January 9, at 1 pm.

BING THEATER, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.


See Kenneth Turan on Arzner, Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2015: