Sunday, July 4, 2010

Beggars of Life screens Aug 15 in SoCal

The 23rd annual Silents Under the Stars takes place Sunday July 18 and Sunday August 15 at the Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Road, in Agoura, California.

The Lucky Devil, featuring Richard Dix and Esther Ralston, will be shown at 8 p.m. on July 18. This 1925 film “tells a rollicking story of romance and race cars with a crazy uncle thrown in for comic relief,” according to event organizers. This film is being presented on Richard Dix birthday.

Beggars of Life with Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on August 15. Organizers describe this 1928 film as the adventures of Louise Brooks on the run from an abusive father, riding the rails with the help of Richard Arlen. Beggars of Life was directed by William Wellman.

Musical accompaniment for both films will be provided by Michael Mortilla.

Attendees are invited to arrive early with a picnic dinner. Due to limited lighting, patrons are encouraged to bring flashlights. Tickets are $6 general admission; $5 for Hollywood Heritage members; $3 for children under 12. Silents Under the Stars is presented by the National Park Service, The Silent Society and Hollywood Heritage. For more information call (323) 874-4005 or e-mail

Hollywood Heritage is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic environment in Hollywood and to education about the early film industry and the role its pioneers played in shaping Hollywood’s history.

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