Opens: Sat 10 Oct, 12:00pm

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

10 October – Saturday 14 November 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, October 10th

  • 12:00pm: Battling Butler

Saturday, November 14th

  • 12:00pm: Upstream


Tickets $10 each, $8 for students and seniors


Battling Butler (1926)

directed by Buster Keaton in English

Meek millionaire Alfred Butler (Buster Keaton) goes on a camping excursion with his faithful servant (Snitz Edwards). Once in the wilderness, Alfred ignores outdoor activities in favor of trying to woo a charming mountain girl (Sally O’Neil), who wants nothing to do with her spoiled suitor. Trying to impress the girl, Alfred masquerades as boxing star “Battling” Butler (Francis McDonald). Unfortunately, when the real fighter finds out puny Alfred has been impersonating him, the brawl is on.

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Upstream (1927)

directed by John Ford starring Nancy Nash, Earle Foxe, Grant Withers in English

One of the final silent films from John Ford! The Music Box presents an early Restored print of Upstream by Park Road Post Production in Wellington, New Zealand, under the direction of Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive. Considered lost until a print was discovered in the New Zealand Film Archive in 2009, this backstage drama about an egotistical actor and a vaudeville couple who partner in a knife-throwing act hints at the influence of F. W. Murnau on Ford’s evolving style.

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