June 21, 2005 > Heroes, Legends and Female Daredevils
Heroes, Legends and Female Daredevils
by Linda Stone
Saddle up and get ready for the 8th Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival presented by the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum beginning Friday evening in Fremont. This year's festival features a salute to women of the early serials including "The Lost Express" with Helen Holmes and "The Leap from the Water Tower," an episode from "The Hazards of Helen." Meet film stars Diana Serra Cary (aka Baby Peggy) of "The Kid Reporter" and Dorothy DeBorba of "The Little Rascals."
While looking for the ideal location to shoot his movies, "Broncho Billy" Anderson decided on Niles, turning it into a major film production center in 1912 when he and his partner George K. Spoor, who owned Essanay Film Manufacturing Company based in Chicago, Ill., moved their production company out West. The name Essanay is derived from the letters "S" and "A" for Spoor and Anderson. Among the most notable movies shot in Niles is "The Tramp" starring Charlie Chaplin.
This year's festival will include, for the first time, the Great Nickelodeon Show. This authentic recreation from the 1900 - 1910 era will feature a live vaudeville acts, sing-along and movie shorts.
So come and immerse yourself in some "old tyme" fun for the whole family.
Schedule of events:
Friday Evening, June 24
6:30 - 10:30 p.m. in the Niles Edison Theater
Sneak Preview-Salute to Ray Hubbard: The Age of Ballyhoo, the Weird and the Wonderful: Chris Snowden hosts Clowning the Game, An Overall Hero, The Fun Factory, Once Over Lightly, The Conquest of the Pole, El Spectro Rojo and others, with Jon Mirsalis at the piano. ($10 Adults, $5.00 Children Under 12)
Saturday, June 25
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Niles Edison Theater
Meet Diana and Dorothy. Diana Serra Cary hosts The Kid Reporter and Dorothy DeBorba hosts Pups is Pups with Molly Axtmann at the piano. (Free event)
10:45 a.m. - Noon in Niles Hall
Centennial Salute to Greta Garbo. David Shepard hosts the last major studio silent film The Kiss w/Greta Garbo (1930), Bruce Loeb at the piano. ($5 Adults, $2.50 Children Under 12)
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Niles Hall
Heroes of the West: Tom Mix; Bob Birchard hosts Drag Harlan, Fox (1930) and Just Tony (1922), Jon Mirsalis at the piano. ($5 Adults, $2.50 Children Under 12)
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Niles Hall:
Richard Roberts hosts Legends: Early or First Films of the Great Clowns, Making a Living Charlie Chaplin, Keystone (1914), The Butcher Boy Buster Keaton & Roscoe Arbuckle, Paramount (1917), Courthouse Crooks Harold Lloyd & Ford Sterling, Keystone (1915), Picking Peaches Harry Langdon, Sennett-Pathe (1924), Battle Royal Oliver Hardy, Vim (1916), Hustling for Health Stan Laurel, Roach-Pathe (1918) with Joseph Rosenberger at the piano. ($5.00 Adults, $2.50 Children Under 12)
5:15 - 7:30 p.m. - Niles Hall Patio
Banquet Dinner-sumptuous buffet dinner prepared by Laura Wilks. ($25.00)
8:00 - 10:00 PM in Niles Hall:
The Great Nickelodeon Show, an authentic re-creation of a nickelodeon show with live acts and films Gertie, the Dinosaur, The Golden Beetle, The Acrobatic Fly, The Dancing Pig, The "Teddy" Bears, The Girl and Her Trust, and A Trip to the Moon. Hosted by Dr. Russell Merritt with Reed Kirk Rahlman, DGA Thespian Ensemble, Lori Leigh Gieleghem and Sean Sharp. ($10.00 Adults, $5.00 Children Under 12)
Sunday, June 26
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Niles Edison Theater
Double Bill-Sprague Anderson discusses the challenges of film making in the early years and David Shepard discusses the challenges of restoring the early Charlie Chaplin shorts (includes new extended versions of One AM and A Night Out), Bruce Loeb at the piano. ($5.00 Adults, $2.50 Children Under 12)
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in Niles Hall
Daredevils: A Salute to the Early Serial Queens. A look at early daredevils of the silver screen Thrills from the Lightning Raiders and other Pathe Cliff Hangers, The Leap from the Water Tower (Hazards of Helen), The Lost Express with Helen Holmes (1926), and Woman In Grey (1920), hosted by Larry Telles with Bruce Loeb at the piano. ($5.00 Adults, $2.50 Children Under 12)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Niles Hall
Legends of the West; David Shepard hosts The Iron Horse, a John Ford epic, with a new score by Jon Mirsalis. ($5.00 Adults, $2.50 Children Under 12)
8th Annual Broncho Billy Film Festival
Heroes, Legends and Female Daredevils
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
June 24, 25, 26
Niles Edison Theater
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
To get to the Edison Theater, continue a couple blocks through downtown Niles until you get to G & H Streets, the Edison Theater is in between them on the right.
37270 Niles Blvd., Fremont
Niles Hall will be on the left hand side directly after the Sullivan Underpass.
For more information visit www.nilesfilmmuseum.org or call (510) 494-1411 or (510) 796-1940.