The ensemble cast includes Dom DeLuise, Marty Feldman, Bernadette
Peters, and Sid Caesar, with appearances by Anne Bancroft, Liza Minnelli,
Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Marcel Marceau and Paul Newman playing
While indeed silent (except for one word, music and numerous sound effects),
the film is a parody of the silent film genre, particularly the slapstick comedies
of Charlie Chaplin, Mack Sennett, and Buster Keaton. Among the film's most
famous gags is the fact that the only audible word in the movie is spoken by
Marcel Marceau, a noted mime!
. Sound is a big factor in the film's humor, as when a scene that shows New York City , begins with the song "San Francisco", only to have it come to a sudden stop as the musicians realize they are playing the wrong music. They then go into "I'll Take Manhattan" instead.
A play on the 1970s trend of large corporations buying up smaller companies is parodied in this film by the attempt of the Engulf and Devour Corporation to take control of a studio (a thinly veiled reference to Gulf+Western's takeover of Paramount Pictures).
Saturday May 16, 2015 7PM Swinging in Spring Aussie style, BTOS Jazz Band, Scott Harrison on organ (Rob Weinberger, Arslan Kachadourian, Ryan Zawel, Michael Wellen, Chris Mann)
Saturday March 28, 2015 7 PM the "KING OF KINGS" Cecil B DeMiille's 1927 Crucifixion story Jim Ford - organist
Sunday, December 28, 2014 Jim Ford- Conceptor and organist. "SILENT FILM FUNNIES
"JACK FROST" (This film was not seen due to projector problems )
“THE INSECTS' CHRISTMAS” (1913) 9” Russian film
“THE CONQUEST OF THE NORTH POLE” (1912) 30" sci-fi/adventure by Georges Melies
“BIG MOMENTS FROM LITTLE PICTURES” (1924) 20” Will Rogers
TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE” (1914). 84" Chaplin-- 1st (ever) Full lengt
September 28, 2014 -- GENE ROBERSON with the Johnson City High School Sophisticats pop chorus
July 20, 2014 NATHAN AVAKIAN and the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band.
April 8, 2014 - BEN HUR with Scott Foppiano at the console
Dec 28. 2013 THE GENERAL with Civil War Re-enactors -- Jim Ford at the console
August 13, 2013 Nathan Avakian -- exclusive engagement
April 13, 2013 CHARLIE CHAPLIN Festival -- Jim Ford -- Joyce jesionowski, guest Lecturer
jAN 6, 2013 THE ARTIST -- Jim Ford World Premiere of thie NEW Silent Film
Nov 10, 2012 . BUSTER KEATON " Sherlock Jr" - Steven Ball Matinee
Nov 10, 2012 SAFETY LAST Harold Lloyd Steven Ball
July 21, 2012 - JOHN LEDWON Disney and Hollywood -Mickey Mouse "Airplane
Oct 23, 2010 Jelani Eddington - Laurel and Hardy Habeous Corpus plus an allmusical program
Mar 27, 2010 WINGS Jim FordDec 5,. 2009 The Snowmanin My Window -- Musical play Claudia kachmarick 0 organ
Dec 13, 2008 THE SNOWMAN IN MY WINDOW - Wiorld Premier as a Musical Play - Richard Van Auken and Claudia Kachmarick organists..
Sep 19. 2009 JIM CHVATAL An Evening of Nostalgic Music.
Sept 20, 2008 KEN DOUBLE - Laurel and Hardy ; the Jersey Boys musical evneing
April 12, 2008 DAVID PECKHAM Buster keaton film
Dec 29, 2007 TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER ( EVERYTHING HOLIDAY ) Richard Van Auken - Savoyards chorus, , Yelverton Dance Studio, Rafael Grigorian Dance studio. Gregory Keeler, Steven nanni Katrina Cox
Aug 25, 2007 IRENE MARTIN Concet honoring Robert and Harries Nash, President of the BinghamtonSavigns bank, sponsor of the Robert-Morton Organ being installed int he Forum
Apr 15,2007 SCOTT FOPPIANO - Musical Evening with Silent Film
Feb 18, 2007 DONNA PARKER - Musical evneing with Chaplins Sunnyside and One AM
Sa Aug 23 2006 Richard Van Auken Musical evening including RHAPSODY in Blue, , 2003 Le Melomane, Melius Le Monstre 1903, George Melies -Voyage ti dans la lune 1920, Transformation, Singalon Feb 11 2006 JELANI Eddington Laurel and Hardy "Should Married men go Home\
Aug 20, 2005 DAVID PECKHAM GRAND RE-OPENING of the Forum Theater's Theater Organ
May 8, 2004 Richard Van Auken, Andrew Meagher - Organists, GRAND REOPENING of the LINK organ at Roberson Museum and Science Center. Girl Shy (Harold Lloyd)
Dec 27, 2003 WORLD'S GREATEST VIOLIN MUSIC Emil Altschuler - violinist, Andrew Meagher, Paul Stapel - organists, Margaret Miler Dance interprettio
OUTLINE OF THE FORUM’S THEATER ORGAN’S HISTORY
The Forum’s Five keyboarded ( including 32 notes of pedal keys) Theatre Organ (originally called a “Unit Orchestra” was built in 1926 specifically to enable a Theatre Organist to create the sounds needed to imitate a pit orchestra which was not affordable in the majority of the movie theatres of the 1920’s. The instrument we have was designed originally for a Denver Theatre (the America) by the Robert-Morton Company of Los Angeles. It eventually found its way, in pieces, to Binghamton in the 1970’s where local engineer George Melnyk and a talented crew of volunteers made the organ look and sound new again. The Binghamton Theater Organ Society’s mission is to preserve the organ, keeping it working and used to show the incredible existing repertoire of Silent Films which started Hollywood’s road to current fame.