Second Saturday Silent Cinema
8 August – Saturday 12 September 2015
A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011. Now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!
As part of the Music Box’s commitment to screening classic films, we are delighted to announce what we hope to be an annual series of silent films. Thanks to a number of improvements during the past year, we believe there’s no better place in Chicago to see silent film! We want to share that experience with you throughout 2013 with a special monthly silent film series. Our excellent house organist Dennis Scott will be accompanying all films.
Saturday, August 8th
- 12:00pm: Speedy
Saturday, September 12th
- 12:00pm: Submarine
Tickets $10 each, $8 for students and seniors
- Sat 8 Aug, 12:00pm
directed by Ted Wilde starring Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd’s final silent feature, ranking high among his best work, is a raucous crowd-pleaser with one heck of a finale. Lloyd plays Harold “Speedy” Swift, a baseball-crazy young man who cannot hold a job but has a sweetheart named Jane. Her grandfather, “Pop” Dillon, owns New York’s last horse-drawn streetcar. When the horse and tramcar are stolen by a gang hired by a railroad monopoly (hoping to stop Pop’s operation for more than twenty-four hours, and thus steal away his franchise), its up to young Speedy to steal it back and save the day.
- Sat 12 Sep, 12:00pm
directed by Frank Capra starring Jack Holt, Dorothy Revier, Ralph Graves
Navy man Jack Reagon (Jack Holt) falls for and marries dance-hall girl Bessie (Dorothy Revier), an indecisive lass who can’t adjust to matrimony. Natch, a love affair starts between Bessie and Reagon’s longtime Navy pal Bob Mason (Ralph Graves), who later becomes trapped underwater in a sunken submarine — and it’s up to Jack to put aside his anger to save his friend’s life. So successful was Submarine that Capra re-teamed with Holt and Graves for two more romantic-triangle rescue dramas: his early talkies Flight (1929) and Dirigible (1931).