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11:15am A Kiss in the Dark (Paramount, 1925) Directed by Frank Tuttle.
With Adolph Menjou, Aileen Pringle, Lillian Rich (surviving first two reels only) (20 min.) Digital (silent)
Silent comedy. Light farce with Adolphe Menjou as a bon vivant who is unable to resist the charms of women. Only two reels of this (orig. six reel) picture survive; unfortunately the cameo appearance of Zeppo Marx is among the missing reels. “A delightful comedy-romance. It is full of humorous situations from beginning to end.” –Harrison’s Reports
11:35am Too Many Kisses (Paramount, 1925) Directed by Paul Sloane.
With Richard Dix, Frances Howard, William Powell, Harpo Marx (65 min.) Digital (silent)
Silent comedy-adventure. Richard Dix is promised a half interest in his father’s business if he can get along without women for six months. He travels to Spain in an attempt to comply with his promise, and becomes involved with a beautiful woman (Frances Howard) and a group of brigands (the head of which is William Powell). Harpo Marx is seen in a comic supporting role. “It is a picture that leaves one in a happy frame of mind. It should please everybody.” –Harrison’s Reports
1:05pm The Mad Game (Fox, 1933) Directed by Irving Cummings.
With Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Ralph Morgan, J. Carrol Naish (74 min.) 35mm film print
Gangster melodrama. Spencer Tracy is the former head of a bootlegger gang, serving out a prison sentence. When prohibition is repealed, his old gang turns from liquor to kidnapping. After they kidnap the son & daughter-in-law of the judge who sent the bootlegger up, he is put on probation to help bring about their rescue. “A powerful if somber treatment of the theme. Not for children.” –Photoplay “The Mad Game is the kidnapping racket, long considered too hot for the movies to handle. It is attacked boldly for the first time in this picture, which lays bare the methods of the kidnappers.” –Movie Classic
3:15pm The Big Benefit (Universal, 1933) D: Lynn Shores
With Rae Samuels, Bill Robinson, Ray Mayer & Edith Evans, Ann Seymour, Leon Janney, the Mullen Sisters, Pops & Louie (20 min.) Digital
Musical comedy. A loosely plotted short that serves as an excuse for performances of several New York City-based acts.
3:45pm The House That Shadows Built (Paramount, 1931)
Compilation film celebrating Paramount’s 20th anniversary (50 min.) 35mm film print
Included are scenes from past Paramount successes, as well as highlights from movies to be released during the 1931-32 season. Among those who appear in the promotional segments are: George Bancroft, Nancy Carroll, the Four Marx Brothers (in a scene shot for this production which was adapted from one of their 1920s routines ), Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Clive Brook, Sylvia Sidney, Eleanor Boardman, Frances Dee, Kay Francis, Jackie Coogan, Lilyan Tashman, Eugene Pallette, Anna May Wong, Stuart Erwin, Miriam Hopkins, Jack Oakie, Ginger Rogers, Charlie Ruggles, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Mitzi Green, Richard Arlen, Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Paul Lukas, Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, and Maurice Chevalier. Also includes a scene from Dorothy Arzner’s Stepdaughters of War, with Ruth Chatterton, which was never released.
6:30pm On The Brink (1911) Directed by Edwin S. Porter and Lois Weber.
With Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber, Charles De Forrest. (10 min.) Digital
Silent drama. Lois Weber wrote, co-directed, and stars in this one-reel drama about a poor girl in a seaside village who earns a meager living as a clam digger in order to support her family.
6:40pm Romola (Inspiration/MGM, 1924) Directed by Henry King.
With Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, William Powell, Ronald Colman (120 min.) SILENT 35mm film print
Silent historical drama. Set in the 15th Century Florence Republic, the story is unusual in that it revolves around the villain (William H. Powell), an unscrupulous opportunist who, through false credentials, rises to power. Completely taken in by his deception is Lillian Gish, who then depends on the assistance of a young man (Ronald Colman) to free her from her plight. From the famed novel by George Elliot.
9:00pm The Cocoanuts (Paramount, 1929) Directed by Robert Florey.
With The Four Marx Brothers, Mary Eaton, Oscar Shaw, Margaret Dumont, Cyril Ring, Katherine (Kay) Francis (96 min.) Digital
Musical comedy. This year’s Friday “war horse” is the Marx Brothers’ first feature, from their successful Broadway musical comedy. Seen in a new 4K digital restoration from Universal Pictures.