Silent Wednesday

Reginald Denny Comedy

with Dennis James at the Wurlitzer organ

What Happened to Jones (1926)

On the eve of his wedding, a conservative young man gets caught in a raided poker party, hides out in a Turkish bath and finally marries in the back of a speeding automobile being pursued by the police. It could only happen to Reginald Denny as Jones!

With Reginald Denny, Marian Nixon, Melbourne MacDowell, Frances Raymond, Otis Harlan, Emily Fitzroy.

Directed by William A. Seiter. Universal.

Wednesday (August 27) at 7:30.

Special Program of selected rare short subjects follows screening.


Thursday and Friday

Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

Using an X-ray machine, Charlie Chan discovers the body of a murdered archaeologist inside a sarcophagus.

Rita Hayworth (see above) has a small role billed as Rita Cansino. Be warned that the popular African American comic actor Stepin Fetchit is given a very stereotyped role, which is an unfortunate blemish on this (and some other films of the period).

With Warner Oland, Pat Paterson, Thomas Beck, Rita Cansino, Stepin Fetchit.

Dir. Luis King. Fox Film Co. 72 min.

Thursday and Friday (August 28-29) at 7:30.

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

Holmes solves a series of murders by a chess game with human players.

With Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Arthur Margetson, Hillary Brooke, Halliwell Hobbes, Minna Phillips, Milburn Stone.

Dir. Roy William Neill. Based on the novelette The Musgrave Ritual by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Universal. 68 min.

Thursday and Friday (August 28-29) at 6:10 and 9:10.

Saturday and Sunday

Random Harvest (1942)

One of Hollywood’s great romances, about a WW I soldier who suffers from amnesia.

This film (like Lost Horizon) is based on a James Hilton novel that seems to have been written with Ronald Colman in mind.

With Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Susan Peters, Philip Dorn, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Margaret Wycherly, Bramwell Fletcher.

Dir. Mervyn Le Roy. Music by Herbert Stothart. MGM. 126 min.

Saturday and Sunday (August 30-31) at 3:15 and 7:30.

Only Yesterday (1933)

A man who has lost everything in the stock market contemplates taking his life, when he receives a letter from an unknown woman.

This was Margaret Sullavan’s first film, and it is one of her best. If you love her as Clara in The Shop Around the Corner (of course you do) then please see this. There is also a wonderful (out of character) performance by Billie Burke.

The film is based on the same Stefan Zweig novel as the famous 1948 movie Letter From an Unknown Woman.

With Margaret Sullavan, John Boles, Edna May Oliver, Billie Burke, Benita Hume, Reginald Denny, George Meeker, Jimmie Butler, Jane Darwell.

Dir. John M. Stahl. Universal. 105 min.

Saturday and Sunday (August 30-31) at 5:35 and 9:50.