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August 16, 2011 > A special evening with the films of Harold Lloyd

A special evening with the films of Harold Lloyd

Come see why, in his day, Harold Lloyd was more successful than Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton at the box office.

Girl Shy (1924, Harold Lloyd) Harold Lloyd stars as a shy tailor who writes a book called The Secret of Making Love, not knowing a thing about the subject, but that doesn't stop him from making a thrilling race against time to stop the marriage entered into by the girl he loves, played by Jobyna Ralston. Never Weaken (1921, Rolin) - Harold's last two-reeler! The boy thinks the worst when he sees his girl in another man's embrace. Much mayhem ensues and all ends well!

Special Guest: John Bengtson will present a program to open the show exploring the locations of the two films we are showing - he will also be signing all three of his books including his new Silent Visions photo book on Harold Lloyd.

John Bengtson has tracked down the original locations for the three biggest comedy stars of the silent era. His books are a treasure trove for historians and film lovers, reminding us that these early films are not just masterpieces of comedy but also remarkable time capsules of early 20th century America. His Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd is a follow-up to his Silent Echoes book on Buster Keaton and Silent Traces about Charlie Chaplin. He is often able to show how particular locations appear over and over again - he even located both Harold Lloyd and Bruce Willis at the same place, seven decades apart. His blog about Keaton, Chaplin, and Lloyd is a treat.
- Nell Minow, Movie Mom blog

Films of Harold Lloyd
Saturday, Aug 20
Doors open at 7 p.m. (show at 7:30 p.m.)
Edison Theater - Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 494-1411
Museum members $10; non-members $12
VERY Limited Seating

We thank Harold Lloyd Entertainment, Inc., for making this program possible.

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