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Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY
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In this hilarious comedy, beloved silent screen star Harry Langdon stars as a shoemaker's son who enters a cross-country race in an attempt to save the family business - never noticing that the race is staged to publicize the huge footwear corporation that is crushing his father's livelihood. Live Organ Accompaniment by Ben Model
Harry Langdon is often called the forgotten comic. He is the fourth great silent movie funnyman after Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. He was known for his pale baby-face and quizzical expression. Wonderfully encapsulating the wit and charm of the silent cinema's childlike clown, this hilarious comedy, which was co-written by Frank Capra, blends outrageous slapstick with romantic sentiment to recall the forgotten pleasures of a more innocent age. In an effort to save the family business, a shoemaker's son (Langdon) enters a cross-country race with hopes of walking away with the $25,000 prize -- never bothering to note that the race is staged to publicize the huge footwear corporation that is crushing his father's livelihood. During the course of his westward hike, Harry woos the corporate boss's daughter (a young and fetching Joan Crawford), is thrown in a chain gang, and is HARRY_JOANJoan Crawford Harry Langdon Trampdangled from the edge of a cliff (in a scene that rivals Harold Lloyd's clockface escape in Safety Last). Before the finish line can be reached, Harry is caught in a violent tornado that devastates an entire town -- a sequence of spectacular comedy and destruction that no doubt inspired the hurricane finale of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr.  (USA, 1926, 65 min., Black & White, 35mm | Director: Harry Edwards | Writer: Frank Capra | Cast: Harry Langdon, Joan Crawford)

Ben Model is one of the USA's leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silents at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the past 27 years. Ben co-curated MoMA's "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" series and  Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle retrospective, and also curated Shout!Factory's new "Ernie Kovacs Collection" DVD box set. A five-time recipient of the Meet The Composer grant, Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 14th season in NYC. Ben's recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD releases from Kino Video and others. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras .and by concert bands.



Cinema Arts Centre (View)
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
United States

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