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Silent Comedy Extravaganza

Park Inn by Radisson Palace
Part of Southend Film Festival

Festival favourite Adam Ramet, from the Piano Pavilion, Chalkwell, will provide live accompaniment to a wonderful selection of short comedies from the silent era. Expect laughs, thrills and madcap chases galore – all presented on ‘real’ film!

A Night in the Show (1915): Charlie Chaplin, as the aptly-named Mr. Pest, causes havoc while attending a theatre.

It’s a Gift (1923): Snub Pollard is an eccentric inventor who has discovered a replacement for gasoline – with spectacular consequences!

Smile Please (1924): Doubling up as the town’s sheriff and photographer, Harry Langdon has to track down an arsonist – while doing the best he can with distinctly unphotogenic in-laws!

A Wireless Lizzie (1926): Another inventor proudly shows off the automatic remote control he has installed in his jalopy. But when he sets out to impress a potential buyer, a rival switches the plugs, and the test drive doesn’t quite go according to plan!

Aping the Law (1930): Years before the Brooke Bond chimps, there were the ‘Tiffany Chimps’ comedies. This sees them ‘way out West’.

Approximate running time 75mins

11AM – Tickets £7.00

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