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Feb 25

Three on a Match

Dir. Mervyn Leroy USA 63 min Not Rated

1932 Library of Congress

Three on a Match

UPDATE: Due to illness, Margaret Talbot will not be able to join us after this special screening of THREE ON A MATCH. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This special screening of THREE ON A MATCH is presented with (downtown) omaha lit fest. After the film, Omaha-based author Timothy Schaffert will interview New Yorker contributor Margaret Talbot, whose father Lyle Talbot is featured in the film. Talbot wrote a book about her father: The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century.

The 1932 film THREE ON A MATCH follows three women as one of them descends into adultery, addiction and ruin after they flaunt the old superstition. Talbot told NPR’s “Fresh Air” that the fast-paced pre-Code crime drama is one of her favorites her father made while under contract with Warner Bros. Studio. The film also features Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, and Ann Dvorak.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003. She has been a Contributing Writer at The New York Times magazine and Executive Editor of The New Republic, and has also written for Slate, The National Geographic, More magazine and The Atlantic, and been a regular contributor to the Slate DoubleX podcast. Her first book, “The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century” came out in paperback in November. She grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two children.

Timothy Schaffert is the author of five novels, most recently “The Swan Gondola,” an Magazine Book of the Week. His first novel, “The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters” is in development as a film. He is an assistant professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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