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Intro by Art Deco Society of Washington’s Steve Knight and Karen Burditt, who will discuss the film’s legacy and its Art Deco architectural star, the Los Angeles Coliseum – the 1923 Streamline Moderne stadium that helped put Los Angeles on the map of great American cities.

In the mythical land of Klopstockia, all the women are called Angela, everyone's a world-class athlete and W.C. Fields is the unnamed weight-lifting president. The small, nearly bankrupt country is also populated with zanies played by Jack Oakie, Hugh Herbert, Ben Turpin and Lyda Roberti. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who later wrote ALL ABOUT EVE, came up with the original story inspired by the fervor surrounding the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. DIR Edward Cline; SCR Nick Barrows, Henry Myers. U.S., 1932, b&w, 64 min. NOT RATED

Co-presented with Art Deco Society of Washington in celebration of Art Deco Month

AFI Member passes accepted.

About Art Deco Society of Washington
The Art Deco Society of Washington (ADSW) is a nonprofit organization incorporated to foster awareness, preservation and appreciation of the Art Deco period in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, visit

64 Minutes
Sunday, April 21, 2024