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Hot August Nights at Niles Essanay with sexy Clara Bow and sultry Evelyn Brent
Things heats up in August at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, California.
Known among early film devotees around the world, the venerable museum
and theater is set to once again screen rarely shown early feature films
(some not available on DVD), along with animated shorts, their regular
"Comedy Short Subject Night" and Laurel & Hardy Talkie Matinee.
What's causing the heat? How about sexy "It girl" Clara Bow and
sultry Evelyn Brent. The latter appeared in two films in which Louise Brooks had a role: Love Em and Leave Em (1926) and King of Gamblers (1937). Here is the line-up for the month.
"Saturday Night at the Movies" with Judy Rosenberg at the piano Saturday August 4 at 7:30 pm
In Dancing Mothers (1926, Paramount),
energetic "It girl" Clara Bow steals the show in this jazz age melodrama
about societal expectations with a surprise ending. Penned by Edmund
Goulding, and directed by Herbert Brenon, Dancing Mothers also
features Alice Joyce, Conway Tearle, Donald Keith and Leila Hyams. A
tinted version will be shown. The feature will be preceded by two shorts
films, the animated Automobile Ride (1921, Bray) with Koko the Clown, and Dad’s Choice (1928, Paramount) with Edward Everett Horton.
"Saturday Night at the Movies" with Bruce Loeb at the piano Saturday August 11 at 7:30 pm
In Wild Beauty (1927, Universal), crooks
attempt to effect the outcome of a horse race in order to take over a
ranch - that's if Rex the Wonder Horse can be controlled. Rex, one of
the most animal actors of his time, stars here as a wild horse smitten
by a thoroughbred rescued from a World War I battlefield. Along with
this bit of horse romance, there’s plenty of satisfying racehorse action
in this major Universal Jewel production. June Marlowe, who played Miss
Crabtree, the teacher in the "Our Gang" comedies, is featured. A tinted
print of Wild Beauty will be shown. The feature will be preceded by two shorts films, Felix Wins Out (1923, Sullivan) with Felix the Cat, and Sword Points (1928, Lupino Lane Comedy) with Lupino Lane.
"Laurel and Hardy Talkie Matinee" Sunday August 12 at 4:00 pm
This month's Laurel and Hardy Talkie Matinee features four comedic shorts, Them Thar Hills (1934) and Tit for Tat (1935), each with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Mae Busch, and Forgotten Babies (1933) and For Pete’s Sake (1934), with Our Gang.
"Comedy Short Subject Night" with Bruce Loeb at the piano Saturday August 18 at 7:30 pm
Love to laugh? Then don't miss this monthly program
which features some of the most famous comedians of the silent era. On
the bill are The Adventurer (1917, Lone Star) with Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance, Cops (1922, Buster Keaton) with Buster Keaton, Number Please (1920, Rolin) with Harold Lloyd, and Bacon Grabbers (1929, Hal Roach) with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
"Saturday Night at the Movies" with Frederick Hodges at the piano Saturday August 25 at 7:30 pm
One of the surprise hits of the recently concluded San Francisco Silent Film Festival was Josef von Sternberg's The Docks of New York
(1928). The director's atmospheric story of hapless souls straight out
of a police line-up was downbeat, but moody and appealing. Add a dash of
danger, and the same can be said for Underworld (1927,
Paramount). Solid performances by George Bancroft, Clive Brook and
sultry Evelyn Brent along with the sure directing hand of von Sternberg
makes this gangster melodrama a classic. Preceding the feature are two
shorts, the animated Cartoon Factory (1924, Out of the Inkwell) with Koko the Clown, and Limousine Love (1928, Roach) with Charley Chase.
For more info: The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is located at 37417 Niles Blvd. in Fremont, California. For further information, call (510) 494-1411 or visit the Museum's website at www.nilesfilmmuseum.org/.