Starring Gloria Swanson
Wednesday, September 29 at 6:40
FILM FORUM CELEBRATES NATIONAL SILENT MOVIE DAY
♪ Live Piano Accompaniment by Steve Sterner
(1924, Allan Dwan) Gum-cracking department store shop assistant Gloria Swanson finds her chance impersonation of a Russian countess (parodying Swanson rival Pola Negri) is an entrée into Manhattan society, in the quintessential NYC working girl silent comedy, with a memorable subway rush hour crunch (filmed at Paramount Studios in Astoria). Featuring sultry siren Lilyan Tashman, a guest appearance by Ziegfeld Follies star Ann Pennington, and an early appearance by Frank Morgan, the future “Wizard of Oz.” Filmed at Paramount East Coast Studios, Astoria, Queens. Approx. 65 min. Digital preservation courtesy Paramount Pictures.
NATIONAL SILENT MOVIE DAY was launched by Chad Hunter, Executive Director of Video Trust and Director of the Pittsburgh Silent Film Society; Brandee B. Cox, a Senior Film Archivist at the Academy Film Archive; and Steven K. Hill, Associate Motion Picture Curator at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and aims to raise awareness about the urgency of preserving as many surviving silent films as possible.