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:
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)
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 www.fporchestra.org/events
Thank you to everyone for attending our past shows and for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!
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ABOUT FAMOUS PLAYERS ORCHESTRA
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. Continue reading Sat. Oct. 14: “Hal O’Ween” Hal Roach Comedies with Live Orchestra