The Silent Clowns (1917-1929)


Aug 25 2024


Tampa Theatre
711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
1h 29m / Not Rated / Silent, Comedy

Come experience time travel at Tampa Theatre as Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ underscores an afternoon of silent comedy classics from the genre’s all-time masters with all-new original musical accompaniment written and performed live by the Theatre’s artist-in-residence, Steven Ball!

Cops (1922): A young man (Buster Keaton) finds himself unintentionally entangled in a chaotic series of events that lead to a wild chase with an ever-growing mob of police officers. With its inventive slapstick humor and brilliant physical comedy, Cops is the perfect sample-sized portion of Keaton’s genius as a filmmaker and performer. (18m)

Mighty Like A Moose (1926): After a homely married couple (Charley Chase and Vivien Oakland) undergo plastic surgery without each other’s knowledge, they unwittingly plan an extramarital affair… with each other. Although Charley Chase may not be as well known as the other Charlie of the silent film erahis clever script and comedic timing make Mighty Like A Moose a delightful gem of early cinema from the year Tampa Theatre opened. (22m)

The Immigrant (1917): As Charlie Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” character journeys to America aboard a crowded ship, he tries to help a young woman and her ailing mother with his winnings from a card game. But, of course, misunderstanding leads to misadventure, and hilarity ensues. Filled with Chaplin’s trademark physical comedy and social commentary, The Immigrant remains a timeless classic, celebrated for its humor and poignant depiction of the immigrant experience at the turn of the century. (30m)

Big Business (1929): Laurel and Hardy play door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen who unwittingly engage in a hilariously escalating battle with a homeowner over the sale of a tree. Filled with clever gags and physical comedy, Big Business showcases the duo’s unmatched comedic chemistry and remains a favorite among fans of classic comedy cinema. (19m)


This screening is held in the Historic Duncan Auditorium. This space utilizes open seating for this event; seat selection is not required.

The Summer Classics Movie Series has been presented by Bank of America since 2015. Promotional support for the series is provided by WEDU PBS.


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