This Friday, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) present the film program, The Man Who Wasn’t There. It focuses around the actor Wendell Corey (1914-1968), who is not as well known as other film legends, of which he starred alongside including Joan Crawford, Burt Lancaster and Grace Kelly. The film program, which runs until October 5th, focuses on what is considered to be the crest of Corey’s acting career, spanning ten years from 1947 to 1957.
The film program commemorating the work of Wendell Corey, begins with the actor’s first two movies Desert Fury (1947) and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). After the first day, the program continues with films Corey did in the 1950s including Harriet Craig (1950), My Man and I (1952), the Rainmaker (1956) , and Loving You (1957).
In a little information about Wendell Corey, his acting career started in the 1940s in theater productions. He debuted in the play Comes the Revelation (1942), and later appeared in his most successful play Dream Girl (1945). After his film work, he did a few television appearances throughout the 1960s, staring in shows including the Eleventh Hour and Perry Mason. He also served as president of the Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, director of the Screen Actors Guild, and the Santa Monica City Council. Corey died in 1968 at the age of 54.
All films are screening during the days of Friday and Saturday, and beginning times vary, ranging from 7pm to 9pm. Log on to bampfa.berkeley.edu for more information.