Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. in When the Clouds Roll By (1919)

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Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. in When the Clouds Roll By (1919)

Rarely screened comedy gem, directed by Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind), with original music by Cliff Retallick

By Retroformat Silent Films

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Date and time

Saturday, June 10 · 7:30 - 10pm PDT


Woman's Club Of Hollywood 1749 North LaBrea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046

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About this event

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

One of the best movies you've probably never seen, When the Clouds Roll By is little-known gem. In one of his last films in a contemporary setting, Douglas Fairbanks plays Daniel Boone Browne, whom the mad Dr. Metz (Herbert Grimwood) hilariously tries to drive to suicide through psychological manipulation.

The first film directed by Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind), this spoof on the "new" psychoanalysis craze is loaded with off-the-wall and even bizarre comedy, including a wild dream sequence featuring Doug climbing the walls and walking across the ceiling, an effect borrowed thirty years later by Stanley Donen and Fred Astaire for their famous Dancing on the Ceiling number in Royal Wedding. This all leads up to a great storm scene, which many believe was a direct inspiration for the cyclone sequence in Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Don't miss this rare chance to see When the Clouds Roll By, with original, live music by Retroformat Silent Films Musical Director Cliff Retallick, at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood!

All Retroformat screenings at the Woman's Club of Hollywood are from 16mm film.

About the organizer

Retroformat Silent Films is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit, located in Los Angeles, California. Our Mission is to promote education and enthusiasm about the art of silent film. Our Vision is a future where the silent film era is widely enjoyed and fully appreciated as a cornerstone of modern film and visual art. We do in-person theatrical screenings with live music, educational programming for public and private schools and webcast events. Because if we lose this part of our history, we will lose our understanding of how the most important art form of our time evolved, and how people a century ago viewed the social issues that are shaping our lives today. We will also miss out on the chance to experience some amazing art.