Silent Movie with Organist Clark Wilson
Organist Clark Wilson returns to Hoover Auditorium Wednesday, Aug.
23 at 7:30 p.m. to accompany the screening of two silent movies, “Why Worry” and “Bumping into Broadway.” This Silent Movie Night is supported by Peter & Debbie Stephens.
The 1923 comedy “Why Worry” stars Harold Lloyd who plays a rich hypochondriac on vacation in the tropics. Instead of the peace and seclusion he’s been seeking, he finds himself in the middle of a revolution. (1h 3m)
The second short film of the evening, “Bumping into Broadway,” is a 1919 movie also starring Lloyd and Bebe Daniels. This movie tells the story of a young playwright who gives his last cent to pay the rent of a struggling actress. Pursuing her, he winds up at a gambling club where he wins big just before a police raid. (25 m)
Wilson, one of the most recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America, works exclusively with the organ to develop historically accurate musical accompaniments as they were performed in major pictures during the heyday of silent film.
He began his scoring career in 1980 and has successfully toured North America with hundreds of film presentations at universities, performing arts centers, theaters, film festivals and conventions.
Wilson’s work has led to performances for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Society.