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

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.