What Happened To Jones? (1926)

NOTE: admission to this show is half-price for all who come in drag!

A silent double bill full of delightful drag, animated androgeny and mirthful misunderstandings! Our short subject before the feature is Charlie Chaplin’s 1915 romp A Woman, “an irresistible drag tour de force that leaves us wishing Charlie had used the bit more often” (Bright Lights Film Journal) — and then it’s onto What Happened To Jones?, the uproarious farce starring Reginald Denny, one of the late-era silent screen’s most debonair leading men. Denny stars as a young man who, on the night before his wedding, plays a poker game with friends, only to have the party raided by the police. Escaping to a Turkish bath, Jones disguises himself as a woman — only to have the whole affair snowball into one big anarchic abashment of apparel. Full of giddy genderplay and witty chitchat, What Happened To Jones? is a welcome whiff of filmic froth!
What Happened To Jones? Dir. William A. Seiter, 1926, 35mm, 75 min. (Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)
A Woman (starring Charlie Chaplin) Dir. Charles Chaplin, 1915, 35mm, 27 min. (Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Film Preservation Associates)

Watch an excerpt of Charlie Chaplin in drag, from “A Woman”!
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