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September 19, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Music House Museum
7377 U.S. 31
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Adults $15, Seniors $13, Students $5

Buy Tickets OnlineLloyd brightenedOur September Silent Film offers a lighthearted look at married life. ‘Hot Water’ (1924) stars Harold Lloyd with an episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and is convinced that he has killed her. When she begins sleep-walking, he thinks that she has returned to haunt him. Accompaniment for this film will be provided by internationally renowned theater organist, Fr. Andrew Rogers on our ‘Mighty Wurlitzer.

On his friend’s wedding day, disgusted best man Harold Lloyd swears that “I will never give up my freedom for a pair of soft-boiled eyes!” When he (literally) trips over a pretty young girl (Jobyna Ralston), he immediately forgets his words. In the time it takes to read a title card, they are married. And then the fun begins in what is basically three episodes strung together. In the first Lloyd is asked to pick up a few things on his way home and while shopping, wins a live turkey in a raffle. Comedy ensures as he boards a trolley, and as it travels through the charming town that L.A. was in the twenties, he (and the turkey) manage to disrupt everyone in the car. Some great physical comedy happens before Harold, his packages and his turkey are thrown into the street. Things get even hairier in the second segment when the49 Lloyd, Harold (Hot Water)_03 beleaguered Hubby arrives home — Wifey’s overbearing mother (Josephine Crowell), bum of a big brother (Charles Stevenson) and brat of a little brother (Mickey McBan) have come for a visit. Hubby has just bought a gleaming new car and instead of taking Wifey for a spin alone, the whole clan tags along. The result is a hilarious and thrilling wild ride that culminates with the car rolling down a hill, completely out of control. Naturally, the car ends up being towed home, a total wreck, the family in tears. In the last segment, Hubby sneaks some chloroform on his ill-tempered mother-in-law, so that she will quiet down for the evening, and then he thinks he has killed her. In reality, mother-in-law is just fine, and Harold’s utter torture as he mistakes everything he hears and sees as an indication of his “murder” is very funny. Hot Water is loaded with great gags, and classic comedy which make it a must-see.

Father Rogers at WurlitzerRogers, a Detroit native, is an organist at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor and the Detroit Fox. He also scores and performs silent films, and peforms concerts throughout the U.S. and Internationally.
Our silent films sell very well so reservations are highly recommended. We cannot guarantee walk-in seating. The Music House’s Silent Film Series has been a popular part of our season event schedule since 2005. Guest are able to experience the films as they were intended to be experienced, complete with live accompaniment by world class theater organists. The series began after the renovation of our 1924 Wurlitzer Opus 881 theater organ, purchased in 1985, was completed in late spring of 2005. Our ‘Cinderella’ Wurlitzer first found its home at the Cinderella Theater on Jefferson Ave. in Detroit, MI and was played from 1924 to 1949. The theater was closed in the 1970’s and there is now a parking lot at its former location. During the renovation, the instrument’s specification was expanded with the addition of three ranks of pipes and it was modernized mechanically. These decisions allowed the instrument increased flexibility musically and permitted its use for MIDI play-back demonstrations during Museum tours. Tours include the showing of a Laurel & Hardy short film with accompaniment on the Wurlitzer!