Silent Clowns: Edward Everett Horton, Silent Comedian?

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Silent Clowns: Edward Everett Horton, Silent Comedian?

The Silent Clowns Film Series, showcasing silent rare and overlooked films from the 1920s with live piano.accompaniment.

By New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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Starts on Saturday, April 8 · 2:30pm EDT


New York Public Library for the Performing Arts -Bruno Walter Auditorium Enter via 111 Amsterdam Ave. between West 64th and 65th Street New York, NY 10023-7498

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  • 2 hours
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This event will take place in person at The Library for the Performing Arts.

The Silent Clowns Film Series is New York’s longest-running regularly scheduled silent film showcase. Our programming reaches the serious film buff by including rarely-screened titles and rare prints, yet it also introduces kids and new audiences to the classics of the silent screen. Screenings feature live piano accompaniment by MoMA’s Ben Model, with an introduction and Q&A by film historians Model and Steve Massa.

This month, we examine the career of Edward Everett Horton. Remembered today for his fussy persona in sound films, Horton doesn’t come to mind as a silent slapstick comedian—but he was! Although overlooked, Horton had a substantial career in silent comedy which culminated in a starring series of eight two-reelers produced by no less than Harold Lloyd. This program presents three of the very best: Find the King (1927), Scrambled Weddings (1928), and Dad’s Choice (1928).

Image: Edward Everett Horton behind the camera in the motion picture No Publicity.

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About The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the worlds most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts — whether professional or amateur — the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters, and photographs.

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