SPEEDY (1928)

This special screening of one of Harold Lloyd’s most popular films recaptures the silent film experience with the Alloy Orchestra performing of their original score, live accompaniment. In his last silent film, Lloyd stars as an ardent baseball fan trying to save the horse-drawn trolley line run by his girlfriend’s grandfather. The film has all of his trademarks: skilled character comedy as he tries to share the results of a Yankees game with his fellow employees at a crowded soda shop and a daredevil chase as he tries to prove the trolley is faster than the train threatening to replace it. Lloyd shot extensively in New York City, capturing the Big Apple as it was back in 1928. That proved a problem, however, as he was so popular they had to film the Coney Island scenes in secret to avoid his being mobbed. Another highlight is a cameo appearance by Babe Ruth (as himself) hailing a cab driven by Lloyd. Before he gets in, you can even spot Lou Gehrig passing by on the street. After the ride, Lloyd enters Yankee stadium for a game between the Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, featuring Ruth hitting a homer just for the cameras. (d. Ted Wilde, 85m, DCP)

In attendance: ALLOY ORCHESTRA, SUZANNE LLOYD, LEONARD MALTIN