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Show People (1928)

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1928 (King Vidor) PG, 83 minutes

Marion Davies, William Haines

Having wowed the Silent Revue audience last season with The Patsy, we decided to end our season once again with two greats—Marion Davies and King Vidor! Show People —a hilarious, loving lampoon of the studios, directors and the silent era's greatest stars—is, flat out, a silent masterpiece. With Marion Davies in front of the camera, and Vidor behind it, its comedy perfection should come as no surprise.

 Filmed at the legendary Mack Sennett Studios, Show People is steeped in Hollywood history. With its amazing list of cameos including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, Mae Murray, John Gilbert, and Vidor himself to name a few, Show People is a veritable who's who of the silent era.  

 Davies is Southern-bred Peggy Pepper, who travels to Hollywood to become a bona fide dramatic actress, only to find herself taking custard pies and seltzer spray smack in the kisser. Encouraged by fellow slapsticker Billie (William Haines), Peggy becomes a comedy success! However, when High Art Studios agrees to sign her—after changing her name to the respectable "Patricia Pepoire"—Peggy loses touch with her audience, abandons her true friends, and becomes a complete terror at the studio. Not even Charlie Chaplin, in a hilarious cameo, can knock her off her high horse.

 Show People is an elegy to the soon-to-disappear silent era, as well as a loving celebration of slapstick comedy, which, by 1928 had already faded into the background.

Live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. Special event pricing: General $13 Members/Students/Seniors $10. Buy tickets at silentrevuejune.eventbrite.ca

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