|FEBRUARY 15, 2008 --
Two classic silent film comedies will be shown with live piano accompaniment at the Cannon Grange, in Wilton on
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The two films include the 12-minute comedy short, "Pass the Gravy," and "Steamboat Bill, Jr.," a classic Buster Keaton feature from the golden age of silent cinema.
The Cannon Grange is charging $5 admission, or $20 for families.
The grange hall is located at 25 Cannon Road with parking at the grange and at the Cannondale Railroad Station.
Noted silent film accompanist John Mucci of Wilton will play a live score accompaniment. The films are from the collection of film historian and teacher Lou Sabini of Stamford.
Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., and the films will begin shortly thereafter, with brief intermissions between the reels.
Buster Keaton's "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928) is one of Keaton's last independent features. It's the story of a young man who hasn't seen his father for many years and returns home to him from college.
The captain of an old-fashioned and failing steamboat, the father expects his son to be a brawny chip-off-the-old-block. But when Buster arrives with his pencil-thin mustache and ukelele, the captain nearly loses all hope.
In MGM's "Pass The Gravy" (1928), Max Davidson plays a widower father who enjoys raising prize flowers. His neighbor, another widower father, raises prize poultry. The two families spat because the chickens are eating Max's flower seeds (a dilemma surely we've all been in).
However, in a Romeo and Juliet-like twist, the men's children decide to marry each other, and the fathers decide to hold a celebratory dinner to show no hard feelings. However, the roast chicken on the table looks very suspicious.
This is the fifth year the Grange has hosted the silent films. For more information call 203-722-6751 or 203-762-1900.