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Silent film fans, the time has come to rejoice! Now on the first Saturday of every month, get ready to receive The Silent Treatment: our ongoing series of artfully chosen feature films from all corners of the pre-sound era — choice picks that are rarely screened theatrically, or are not available on DVD! Curated by film archivists/TST Newsletter publishers Brandee Cox and Steven Hill, The Silent Treatment showcases a wide variety of early cinema in the best available formats for film lovers with an enthusiastic and adventurous spirit. For breaking news on what films/special guests will be on tap for future shows, check out TST’s Facebook fan page! In addition, get the lowdown on all your favorite silent stars and filmmakers with TST’s bi-monthly digest, available for free download at the Silent Treatment website!

THE SILENT TREATMENT: You'd Be Surprised + Dog Shy

11/1 - 4:30PM
$12/free for members

Prints courtesy of the Library of Congress — and musical accompaniment by regular Cinefamily organist Cliff Retallick. A double bill of criminally underseen silent comedy heroes. We kick off the program with the 1926 two-reeler Dog Shy, starring the inimitable Charley Chase. Known as the master of the “comedy of embarrassment”, Chase’s nonchalant mannerisms and emphasis on smaller, subtler character moments — as well as his dashing good looks — made him one of the most seductive of all the silent clowns. Our afternoon’s feature You’d Be Surprised is a farcical vehicle for Raymond Griffith, who ruled Twenties screens with a suave, silk-hatted goofiness that appears purely effortless. As a jovial city Coroner, Griffith attempts to unravel a dastardly murder mystery, all while the city is enveloped in a series of sudden blackouts. You’d Be Surprised’s comic buoyancy is aided by sharp witticisms by humorist/Algonquin Round Table founding member Robert Benchley!
You’d Be Surprised Dir. Arthur Rosson, 1926, 35mm, approx. 60 min.
Dog Shy Dir. Leo McCarey, 1926, 35mm, 22 min.

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