Mantrap
Friday, Jul 13, 2012 7:00 PM
Castro Theatre



Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Underwritten by Montine Hansl

Co-Presented by National Film Preservation Foundation



USA, 1926, approximately 71 minutes


Dir. Victor Fleming


Cast: Clara Bow, Ernest Torrence, Percy Marmont, Eugene Pallette



This sparkling comedy was based on a novel by Sinclair Lewis but considerably humanized by director Victor Fleming, who saw Clara Bow’s character as more of a flirt than a femme fatale. Under his direction, the story of the big city gal who marries a backwoods lunk became not only a love and adventure story, but a sex comedy as well. Bow is ebullient as Alverna, the manicurist from Minneapolis, who can’t be contained for long in the woodsy Canadian outpost she marries into.

Accompanied by Stephen Horne on the grand piano

Introduced by Michael Sragow