Silent Cinema at the Music Box

Sat, Mar 10th, 2018

Classic silent films the way they were meant to be seen!  Featuring a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

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General Admission Tickets – $11 / Senior Tickets – $9 / Music Box Members – $7

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Silent Cinema at the Music Box

Sat, Feb 17th
Drifting

11:30AM
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Drifting

A FILM BY: Tod Browning
WRITTEN BY: Daisy H. Andrews (play), Gardner Bradford (titles)
STARRING: Priscilla Dean, Matt Moore, Wallace Beery

Featuring a live musical score performed by Music Box House Organist Dennis Scott.

DRIFTING, Todd Browning's last film for Universal, is an old-fashioned barnstormer about the drug trade, loose morals, and the redemptive power of love. Based on a 1910 play by John Colton that had enjoyed a successful Broadway revival in 1922, DRIFTING toned down its source material considerably at the request of Browning’s regular star Priscilla Dean, whose “lady of easy virtue” became a run-of-the-mill opium smuggler in China. Dean’s petty criminal finds herself making common cause with her underworld rival Wallace Beery and strives to throw government agent Matt Moore off their trail. An eighteen-year-old Anna May Wong appears as a local opium supplier’s daughter, who develops a crush on Moore. The unsigned New York Times review probably says it best: “a very improbable story, directed with gusty flights of imagination.” 

Print courtesy of George Eastman Museum. Preservation funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation. 

Co-presented by Chicago Film Society

Technical Information

Production Year: 1923
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: 35mm

Little Orphant Annie

A FILM BY: Colin Campbell
WRITTEN BY: James Whitcomb Riley (story), Gilson Willets (scenario)
STARRING: Colleen Moore, Tom Santschi, Harry Lonsdale

Featuring a live musical score performed by Music Box House Organist Dennis Scott

One of the final features produced by Chicago’s own Selig Polyscope before the company’s bankruptcy, LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE is a film steeped in deprivation: by day children fight over dinners rescued from garbage cans and by night they cower under the covers, menaced by grotesque puppet monsters. Into the breach steps Little Orphant Annie (Colleen Moore, in her earliest extant performance), an eternal optimist and skilled storyteller whose fireside parables teach the other ragamuffins that “the Gobble-uns’ll git you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!” Adapted from the 1885 poem by Indiana’s favorite son James Whitcomb Riley that would later inspire the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, the film version is a work of dark whimsy and homespun special effects. LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE has been painstakingly reconstructed by independent archivist Eric Grayson using materials from the Library of Congress and assorted film collectors.

Introduced by Eric Grayson | Co-presented by Chicago Film Society

Technical Information

Production Year: 1918
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 58 mins

Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60613 773 871 6604