|John Barrymore (1882-1942)|
The second short of the night was THE SILENT TRAILER, starring the museum's favorite police crime dog Fearless. In the film Fearless plays Prince, a family dog who must protect the family from a pair of con artists. The film was released by Van Pelt Productions on October 1, 1926.
After a brief intermission, the program continued with RAFFLES, THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN, starring the famous John Barrymore as A.J. Raffles. Raffles is London's best cricket player, who just also happens to be the best thief as well. While attending a party, Raffles becomes aware of a highly sought after necklace. He soon sets his eyes on what will become his greatest theft of all, but he must avoid the police as well as a woman who encountered a year before, and can identify him. The film was released by L. Lawrence Webber Photo Dramas Inc. on December 15, 1917.
Many people may know who Barrymore is, and many have seen his other, more popular silent films like SHERLOCK HOLMES, DON JUAN, and my favorite film of his, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. But here was a chance to see an earlier film of his that I didn't know still existed. It was very exciting to see Barrymore in all his glory, and giving us the opportunity to see it for the first time. A really cool and entertaining crime thriller!
Another fun night at the Edison Theater. To learn more about the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, how to become a member, and view their film schedule, visit their website at http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org./
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