The California Theatre

345 South First Street, downtown San Jose

Silent Film Screening

with Dennis James at the California Theatre's mighty Wurlitzer Organ


Friday March 11 at 7:30 PM

Girl Shy (silent, 1924)

(Girl Shy will be preceded by the Harold Lloyd short comedy Never Weaken).

Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd: the three comic geniuses of film’s silent era. Chaplin’s little tramp was the wistful, romantic, melancholic yearner. Keaton was the “great stone face”, stoically tumbling his way through a chaotic, harsh, surreal world.

And then there was Lloyd. The charming, awkward guy with the glasses, the “everyman” to whom audiences could relate. Although his travails were the more common battles faced in daily life, they were no less poignant, thrilling and hilarious than his comedic film rivals. His films were the highest grossing of the three, perhaps because of his relatability and wit.

In Girl Shy, Harold plays a timid young man who longs for romance, but is too shy to talk to women. In his spare time, he writes a book entitled “The Secrets of Making Love”, imagining what it would be like to tame a vamp and a flapper (among other tips). On his way to a publisher, he meets sweet Jobyna Ralston, but the course of true love is always complicated. The thrilling climax comes in the chase scene to end all silent chase scenes, through the city of Los Angeles in 1924, as Harold rushes to the church to stop Jobyna’s wedding (ala The Graduate). Will he make it in time?

With Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Richard Daniels, Carlton Griffin.

Directed Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Photographed by Walter Lundin, Henry Kohler. Harold Lloyd Corp. Approx. 100 minutes. With Dennis James at the Wurlitzer organ. Films.

Friday March 11 at 7:30 PM, with Dennis James at the Wurlitzer organ.