Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's the Old Army Game with Louise Brooks screens in Chicago July 17

It's the Old Army Game will be shown in Chicago on July 17th, as part of the 2014 Silent Summer Film Festival. The film stars W.C. Fields and Louise Brooks, and the screening will take place at the historic Pickwick Theatre, 5 Prospect Ave (Touhy & NW Hwy), in nearby Park Ridge, Illinois. According to the Chicagoist website
The festival kicks off July 17 with a screening of “It’s the Old Army Game,” a 1926 film starring W.C. Fields as a put-upon pharmacist and Louise Brooks as Louise Brooks as his employee in the pharmacy. After being talked by a con man into selling bogus New York City lots from the drugstore, Fields feels compelled to return the money stolen from townsfolk by the con man after he’s caught. Fields would later remake this film as the talkie “It’s a Gift” but it’s Brooks who steals the film every time she’s on screen. The Great Lakes Trio, a regular fixture at the festival, provides pre-show music. SFSC executive director Dennis Wolkowicz accompanies the film on the Wurlitzer in his guise as “Jay Warren.”

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