"Keep Your Powder Dry": free WWII-era comedy film showing

7:00 PM
Friday, 16 May, 2014

Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium

“Keep Your Powder Dry,” an M-G-M World War II-era military comedy, will have a one-time showing at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library  on Friday, May 16. The 1945 production stars Lana Turner, Laraine Day, and Susan Peters, three women of various backgrounds who join the WACS (Women’s Army Corps) and learn the difficulties of overcoming their individual preferences and often hilarious habits for the greater cause of unity during the war.

“Laraine Day is the primary reason that we are showing this seldom-seen feature film,” says James D’Arc, curator of BYU’s Motion Picture Archive and host of the screening. “The L. Tom Perry Special Collections houses the Laraine Day Papers that document the successful career of this Roosevelt, Utah native who, in various films, was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, William Wellman, and Alfred Hitchcock.”

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Children ages 8 and over are welcome. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.

The showing of “Keep Your Powder Dry” is co-sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library, and Dennis & Linda Gibson, and is part of the ongoing BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series. Genuine motion picture prints, not video, are shown in the series and come from the permanent collection housed in the BYU Motion Picture Archive.