Next: Sat 9 Aug, 12:00pm

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

Saturday 7 June - Wednesday 31 December 2014

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, July 12th

  • 12:00pm: Chicago

Saturday, August 9th

  • 12:00pm: King of the Rodeo


  • Tickets $10 each, $8 for students and seniors


  • Sat 12 Jul, 12:00pm

Chicago (1927)

directed by Frank Urson starring Phyllis Haver, Victor Varconi, Virginia Bradford

The dramatic story of a jazz-crazed wife! Based on the hit 1926 Broadway play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago had its origins in “sob sister” articles Watkins wrote for the Chicago Tribune, particularly those depicting the plight of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Sheriff Annan, both accused of killing their respective lovers.

Produced by Cecil B. DeMille and directed by the little-known Chicago-native Frank Urson, the film version of Chicago stars Phyllis Haver as the greedy, heartless, but oh-so-sexy murderess Roxie Hart and top 1920s supporting player Robert Edeson as Roxie’s attorney, an expert at manipulating jurors, judges, the media, and the US justice system.

King of the Rodeo (1929)

directed by Henry MacRae starring Hoot Gibson, Kathryn Crawford, Slim Summerville

Featuring a wide array of mid-20s location Chicago photography and rodeo riding stunts, this comic Western is a curious, entertaining ride through a bygone Chicago era.

The Montana Kid (Hoot Gibson, an accomplished stunt equestrian and rodeo rider in real life) takes his best relay horse and goes to Chicago for the big rodeo at Soldier Field, quickly falling in love with the daughter of a rodeo official. Weasel, a renegade cowboy, robs the cashier at the rodeo, and, The Kid believes, stole his shirt(!). The Kid chases the crook through Chicago traffic in a taxicab and by motorcycle before he snares his prey.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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