If you liked 'THE ARTIST'…
you'll love RAYMOND GRIFFITH!
While silent era stars Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and John Gilbert were clearly inspirations for Jean Dujardin's Oscar-winning title performance in the much heralded, THE ARTIST – so equally was the charming and effervescent, yet nearly forgotten, Raymond Griffith, a star whom Walter Kerr described as "natty, lithe (and) un-mugging" and also gave "a handsome fifth place – after Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and Langdon – in the silent comedy pantheon...." This summer, we're excited and proud to cast a long deserved spotlight on this unjustly neglected artist of the silent screen - which we strongly suspect will easily win him a new legion of admirers!
"…Griffith leads all comedians in point of ingenuity, imaginativness and originality…" - Robert E. Sherwood
"…Griffith managed to combine the urbane sophistication of Menjou with the dry wit of Keaton and the comedy thrill-climaxes of Lloyd." - William K. Everson
"…one of the finest comic minds…Nonchalance is a key to Griffith's screen character…he is the personification of Cool…he never loses his poise." - Leonard Maltin
"Griffith was a brilliant actor…he moved with astonishing grace…he effortlessly stole every picture…" - Kevin Brownlow
(Each of the four programs will include an apropos short subject that also links to THE ARTIST.)
Special thanks this season to: Bruce Calvert (silentfilmstillsarchive.com), Rick DeCroix (Streamline Films), Eric Grayson and John Stone. All Raymond Griffith stills on this page are courtesy Bruce Calvert; do not download/re-use without permission.
Live piano accompaniment by Ben Model at all shows.
Series programmed by Bruce Lawton.
Film notes by Steve Massa.
Saturday, July 7 at 2:30pm
"Paths To Paradise"
Perhaps the most overlooked silent comedy classic of the 1920s, PATHS TO PARADISE ('25) is a clockwork-timed crook comedy that presents Griffith in all his smarmy elegance, not mention being expertly written, directed, and acted by a top-notch comedy ensemble. Co-star Betty Compson had gotten her start in Al Christie comedies, and here she and Griffith play rival jewels thieves who form an alliance to steal a valuable necklace. SURE-MIKE! ('25) is our extra added attraction, a one-reeler with flapper Martha Sleeper causing much mayhem in a department store.