Laughter in Hell + The Little Giant + Black Moon

Laughter in Hell

Laughter in Hell

Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

Black Moon

Black Moon

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures

The Little Giant

The Little Giant

Image courtesy of Warner Brothers

Laughter in Hell

(Edward L. Cahn, 1933)

The Little Giant

(Roy Del Ruth, 1933)

Black Moon

(Roy William Neill, 1934)


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Thu, May 23, 2013 7 PM

A Pre-Code triple-bill, all in 35mm prints! Movie connoisseurs love the films of the “Pre-Code” era (before Hollywood’s limiting Production Code began to be enforced in 1934) for their racy dialogue, sexual innuendo, and often frank (for the time) depictions of social issues and violence. Laughter in Hell stars Pat O’Brien as a man sent to a prison chain gang after killing his wife and her lover. The catch: the prison warden is the dead man’s brother and is enthusiastically abusive to O’Brien. The film and attracted controversy for an intense lynching scene. (70 mins., 35mm) In The Little Giant, prohibition is coming to a close and bootlegger Bugs Ahearn (Edward G. Robinson) tries to plan for the future by breaking into high society. With Mary Astor. (76 mins., 35mm) The forgotten horror film Black Moon features a New York socialite (Dorothy Burgess) who confronts her past by returning to Haiti—where she was raised by a voodoo priestess—with frightening results. Also with Fay Wray and Jack Holt. (68 mins., 35mm)

Presented in conjunction with Cinevent 45, Columbus’s annual gathering of cinephiles and collectors, which runs May 24–27 this year. For more information visit

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)


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