Screening of Blondie of the Follies, starring Marion Davies, followed by a talk with Elaina Archer
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Screening of Blondie of the Follies, starring Marion Davies, followed by a talk with Elaina Archer

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Pictured: Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Billie Dove.

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6:30-7:30pm: Screening of Blondie of the Follies (1932, b/w, 91 min.) followed by short talk with film historian Elaina Archer.

Blondie of the Follies is a 1932 American pre-code comedy, directed by Edmund Goulding and written by Anita Loos and Frances Marion. Blondie (Marion Davies) and Lurlene (Billie Dove), are best friends living a tough life in a New York tenement. The charming Davies and tough-as-nails Dove struggle to make it to the Broadway stage, while getting distracted vying for the affections of Robert Montgomery's charming playboy. With a strong script and some very convincing performances, Blondie of the Follies remains one of Marion Davies’ most memorable roles.

Elaina Archer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a degree in Film History and Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin. She previously worked with the Mary Pickford Foundation as manager of their library from 1996 to 2001, and since 2012 has been their Director of Archive and Legacy. Her documentaries include Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu, Clara Bow: Discovering the ‘It’ Girl, In Mary’s Shadow: The Story of Jack Pickford, and Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies. Elaina produced, edited, co-wrote and directed the film Rita in 2002 for Turner Classic Movies & Playboy Entertainment, Inc., and Gangland: Bullets Over Hollywood for Starz Encore Entertainment in 2006. In 2008, she produced, co-wrote and edited a documentary on early film censorship, Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema, for Hugh M. Hefner and Playboy Entertainment, Inc. Clara Bow: Discovering the ‘It’ Girl won the gold Telly Award in 2000, and Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies won an Aurora Award in 2002.


Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.)

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email culture@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer and 3pm in the off season, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

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