The Silent Clowns (1917-1929)

1h 42m / Not Rated / Comedy

Tampa Theatre remains one of the only movie palaces in the world that can revive its original programming by presenting a silent film with live musical accompaniment on the theatre’s original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. This summer, we are happy to announce a selection of silent comedy shorts: The Immigrant, a 1917 Charlie Chaplin short about his Tramp character making his way to America (and getting in trouble the whole time); Never Weaken, a 1921 Harold Lloyd comedy prominently featuring his patented brand of thrilling, madcap stunts; Big Business, a 1929 Laurel and Hardy short featuring the two as Christmas tree salesmen in an escalating war of vandalism; and One Week, a Buster Keaton classic about the construction of a house for his new bride (and the first film made by Keaton on his own).

Nationally renowned theatre organist Dr. Steven Ball  — a familiar face to fans of our silent film presentations — will be traveling down from St. Louis once again for this very special afternoon of hijinks and hilarity, performing scores of his own creation. The program will be presented with a brief intermission.

Immediately after the screening, retired USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion and audience Q&A. The session is included with film admission.

 

Silent film programming is made possible in part by the Jacarlene Foundation.

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by J.J. Taylor Distributing, Florida, Inc., New Belgium Brewing, and WEDU-PBS.