The Cinema Museum, London

Women and Cocaine presents Red Dust (1932)

Tue 25 Feb 2020 @ 19:30 · Events

“Underwear makes me uncomfortable and besides my parts have to breathe” – Jean Harlow, Hollywood’s first and knickerless sex symbol.
Women & Cocaine are celebrating the month of Love with Cinema’s first ever sex symbol, the incomparable Jean Harlow.

We will be screening her sweaty and sizzling classic Red Dust (1932), from legendary director Victor Fleming, who brought you The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1039).

Harlow stars opposite Clark Gable as Vantine, a prostitute vying for Gable’s affections on a plantation against the much more refined Barbara (Mary Astor). Come and see why it is Prince Charles’s favourite film.

By the time of her death at the age of 26, she had become one of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars. Harlow’s image has endured in fascinating modern audiences and tonight we will take a closer look at the short but sweet life of ‘Baby’ Jean.

“A brilliant film series at the Cinema Museum celebrating the fierce and liberated women of early cinema” Time Out London

From the period of 1930 to 1934, before the introduction of censorship (known as the Hays Code) Women were depicted in roles with a frankness and sex-positivity that remains rare even today. These newly independent women pushed gender boundaries as they pursued their own economic freedom and excitement, defying the previous Victorian ideals of domesticity, sexual purity and religion. Hollywood soon caught on and began to represent these women on screen, and each month we celebrate a different woman from that era.

Come join us in this beautifully historic Grade II listed venue for a discussion, then screening of the film and our exclusive raffle!

“My father warned me about men & booze, but he never mentioned a word about women & cocaine” – Tallulah Bankhead.

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Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.


Reserved tickets £9.97 available from Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available on the door on the night. Concessions available on the door with valid ID. Phone bookings for this event cannot be made via the Cinema Museum.