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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

Catherine Opie, Untitled #1, 2012

Be sure to RSVP for our Spring Exhibitions Preview on Friday, May 15—and don't miss a conversation with Catherine Opie and Jack Whitten right before the reception.

Stephin Merrit

Magnetic Fields front man Stephin Merritt brings an acoustic set (and longtime bandmate Sam Davol) to our intimate Performance Space on Saturday, May 16.


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