Sat. Oct. 14: “Hal O’Ween” Hal Roach Comedies with Live Orchestra

Crazy Like a Fox 1926Charley Chase and Martha Sleeper in “Crazy Like a Fox” (1926)


Famous Play­ers Orches­tra

A Hal Roach O’ween

An Evening of Silent Come­dies from the Hal Roach Stu­dios
Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 14, 2017 as we present “A Hal Roach O’ween”, a screen­ing of four clas­sic come­dies from the silent era. Includ­ed on the pro­gram will be:

Do Detec­tives Think (1927)
Crazy Like a Fox (1926)
Cat, Dog & Co. (1929)
Also, Buster Keaton in The Haunt­ed House (1921)

The films will be accom­pa­nied by a peri­od musi­cal score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Scott Lasky. Joe Rin­au­do will project 35mm film on an orig­i­nal hand-cranked Power’s 1909 Cam­er­a­gragh Mod­el 6 Motion Pic­ture Machine. Your Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies will be film his­to­ri­an Stan Taffel.

Show­time is 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:15pm. Pro­gram will include a 30 minute inter­mis­sion and raf­fle with prizes. Con­ces­sions will be avail­able.

Admis­sion is $15. Tick­ets may be pur­chased at the door begin­ning approx­i­mate­ly one hour before show­time, or in advance online here:


Order Tickets Here

The venue is: Christ Luther­an Church, 2400 West Bur­bank Blvd, Bur­bank, CA 91505. It is locat­ed on the south­east cor­ner of Bur­bank Blvd and Bue­na Vista St, direct­ly behind the Dunn Edwards paint store, and right in the heart of beau­ti­ful down­town Bur­bank.


March 10th, 2018
Famous Play­ers Orches­tra Presents:

The Goose Woman


 Star­ring: Louise Dress­er

Louise Dresser and Jack Pickford in “The Goose Woman” (1925)

“The Goose Woman” (1925) Silent dra­ma-sus­pense
Direct­ed by Clarence Brown
Pro­duc­tion: Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures Cor­po­ra­tion
Pro­duc­er: Carl Laemm­le

Based on a short sto­ry by Rex Beach.

Star­ring: Louise Dress­er (Marie de Nardi/Mary Holmes), Jack Pick­ford (Ger­ald Holmes), Con­stance Ben­nett (Hazel Woods), Spot­tis­woode Aitken (Jacob Rig­gs), Gus­tav von Seyf­fer­titz (Thomas Vogel), George Nichols (Detec­tive Lopez), Marc McDer­mott (Amos Ethridge), George Coop­er (Reporter).

Louise Dress­er gives an out­stand­ing per­for­mance as the once world-famous opera sopra­no, Marie de Nar­di, now liv­ing on a dirty, extreme­ly run­down goose farm under the name Mary Holmes.

Sloven­ly, bit­ter, and drunk­en, she pours over old scrap­books and pho­tos of her­self dur­ing her tri­umphant years, while lis­ten­ing to an old record­ing of her voice. Hav­ing giv­en up her career for moth­er­hood, she is resent­ful and full of hatred towards her only son, Ger­ald (Jack Pick­ford).

When a mur­der is com­mit­ted near her house, she invents a sto­ry in order to get her­self back in front of the pub­lic again. How­ev­er, the sto­ry she comes up with results in her son being arrest­ed for the mur­der. The Goose Woman became one of Universal’s “Jew­els,” a pres­tige pro­duc­tion with a bet­ter than aver­age script, an excel­lent cast and pro­duc­tion val­ues, and an up-and-com­ing direc­tor.

The March 10, 2017 show­ing is accom­pa­nied by a peri­od orches­tral score per­formed live by The Famous Play­ers Orches­tra. Joe Rin­au­do will hand-crank the 35mm film on his Pow­ers Cam­er­a­graph Mov­ing Pic­ture Machine.

Show­time is 7:00 p.m. The venue is Christ Luther­an Church 2400 West Bur­bank Blvd. Bur­bank, CA 91506. Tick­ets go on sale Feb­ru­ary 1st, 2018 and can be pur­chased from our web­site at

Thank you to everyone for attending our past shows and for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!


Sup­port Our New CD Record­ing Project and receive Auto­graphed CD and Free Ship­ping (order by Oct. 31, 2017)


Our New CD
Music of the Silent Cin­e­ma
is slat­ed for release in
Novem­ber 2017

We need your sup­port to make this won­der­ful record­ing project pos­si­ble! All orders post­marked before Octo­ber 31st, 2017 will receive free ship­ping and the CD auto­graphed by FPO’s Musi­cal Direc­tor Scott Lasky. Your pre-order dona­tion of $25 will go a long way toward help­ing us cov­er our pro­duc­tion costs. Please spec­i­fy “CD” when donat­ing through the Pay­Pal link below. Thank you!

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra per­forms and records the orig­i­nal his­toric film music used by movie the­ater orches­tras dur­ing the silent film era.
All pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit Famous Play­ers Orches­tra, a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion. Please vis­it our web­site at Thank you for your sup­port!
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED!Please con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion to Famous Play­ers Orches­tra. Gifts in any amount are great­ly appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous sup­port will help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Every dol­lar we receive is uti­lized in the most effi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble toward achiev­ing our mis­sion. Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion and your con­tri­bu­tions are tax-deductable.

Donat­ing through Pay­Pal is quick and easy!

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In the final decades of the silent film era (1910 -1929), a new and orig­i­nal art form was bur­geon­ing. Dur­ing this peri­od, a vast and beau­ti­ful reper­toire of film music was being cre­at­ed by gift­ed com­posers who saw a great future in the new medi­um. Movie the­aters of the day com­mon­ly uti­lized orches­tras to pro­vide film accom­pa­ni­ment for their pre­mi­um show­ings. These the­aters typ­i­cal­ly housed mas­sive libraries of this music, (known at the time as “pho­to­play” music) for use as film accom­pa­ni­ment. How­ev­er, the advent of “talkies” in 1929, pre­ced­ed by the Movi­etone and Vita­phone sys­tems, would even­tu­al­ly bring the demise of live film accom­pa­ni­ment. Thus, as movie the­aters con­vert­ed over to sound, these music libraries became obso­lete almost overnight and most of the music was dis­card­ed in the process. And since pho­to­play music was rarely record­ed, and the com­posers most­ly unknown, this impor­tant chap­ter in cin­e­ma his­to­ry was swept away into obscu­ri­ty and has remained prac­ti­cal­ly for­got­ten.

Famous Play­ers Orches­tra is a 501©3 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose char­i­ta­ble mis­sion is ded­i­cat­ed to reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this charm­ing and long for­got­ten music through live per­for­mances and new record­ing projects. For its reper­toire, Famous Play­ers Orches­tra draws upon the orig­i­nal orches­tra­tions used by silent era movie the­ater orches­tras in its live pre­sen­ta­tions and record­ings. The ensem­ble is com­prised of pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians based in the Los Ange­les area.

Your sup­port is appre­ci­at­ed! Your gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions help us to con­tin­ue our work in reviv­ing and pre­serv­ing this musi­cal trea­sure from cinema’s past. Dona­tions are eas­i­ly accept­ed using pay­pal. Thank you!


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