Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Imitation of Life, Movie 1934, Claudette Colbert

Looking for something way cool to do tonight ?

Head to the Red Barn Theater in Saugatuck for the Movie
Imitation of Life

It's a drama that touches on such controversial (for 1934) topics as interracial romance and exploitation of blacks.  Claudette Colbert and Warren William are the romantic leads, with Louise Beavers as Colbert’s black friend and Rochelle Hudson as Colbert’s willful daughter.

Based on a novel by Fannie Hurst, the film had difficulty being made, primarily because censors at the Hays Office (keeper of Hollywood morality in those days) objected to the script submitted by Universal Studios, which was claimed to contain elements of miscegenation and the attempted lynching of a black boy.  Shooting had already been under way for two weeks when the script finally received approval.

The plot has Colbert as Bea Pullman, a widow with a young daughter, who takes in a black housekeeper, Delilah (Beavers) who also has a daughter.  The four quickly become family, and Bea recognizes that Delilah’s pancakes could be marketed.  They open a restaurant in Atlantic City, and then Bea realizes that Delilah’s image can be used to market pancake flour (Aunt Jemimah?).

Meanwhile, Delilah’s daughter passes for white at school, setting the stage for great conflict with her mother.  Not to be outdone, Bea’s daughter falls in love with her mother’s boyfriend (William).

Join host John Hardy at 6:30 p.m. for classic TV shows followed by the main feature at 7 p.m on The Big Screen, complete with brand new surround sound courtesy of Andrew Plummer.  You’ll love the warm and cozy lower level of The Red Barn, 3657 63rd St. at Blue Star Hwy., Saugatuck, about a quarter mile east of Exit 41 off of I-196.  Suggested donation is $5. Free popcorn from CNJ Popcorn Co. and $1 concessions. Call (269) 857-5300 for more information.

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