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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 30 — November 1, 2014)

Glass slide for The Witching Hour (Paramount, 1923). Courtesy of Joe Yranski.

Thursday, October 30 (7:30 p.m.)
The Witching Hour (Paramount, 1923)
In this second of three film adaptations (1916, 1923 and 1934) of Augustus Thomas’ hit Broadway play, Jack Brookfield (Elliot Dexter)–a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers–is able to win at cards through his unique gift. However, when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Whipple (future director Edward Sutherland), Whipple kills an enemy of Brookfield’s while in a trance. No one believes Brookfield’s protestations that Whipple is innocent of any murderous intent, so Brookfield teams up with a retired lawyer in hopes of saving the young man from the gallows. Made a year before director William Desmond Taylor was mysteriously murdered, this mystery-drama is one of the few films that he directed that is known to have survived. Film historian and silent-film-score composer Jon Mirsalis will provide live musical accompaniment. Mirsalis viewed this print that was preserved by the Library of Congress in 1985 and remarked that it was “very spooky with lots of visual touches.”

Friday, October 31 (7:30 p.m.)
Halloween Double Feature
The Company of Wolves (Cannon Film Distributors, 1984, R-rated *)
Neil Jordan directed this dark and foreboding take on “Little Red Riding Hood” set in modern times.  Rosaleen’s (Sarah Patterson) grandmother (Angela Lansbury) tells her cautionary stories about innocent girls led astray by handsome men with heavy eyebrows and wolves howling at the full moon. This prompts Rosaleen to create her own fantasies about men and sexuality. David Warner and Stephen Rea co-star in this disturbing tale.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Halloween Mystery Movie (9:30 p.m., R-rated *)
This late-night screening is a skin-crawling, R-rated horror film.
* No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Alice Terry in Scaramouche (Metro, 1923)

Saturday, Nov. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Scaramouche (Metro, 1923)
Rex Ingram directed this captivating adaptation of the romantic adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, set during the French Revolution. Ramon Novarro stars as Andre, a law student who joins the revolutionaries after his friend is killed by a nobleman. In his adventures, Andre hides out with a troupe of actors while playing the role of the clown Scaramouche, becomes a famous swordsman and a member of the new government. The film also stars Alice Terry as the woman Andre loves and Lewis Stone as his nemesis, the Marquis. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.

For more information on our programs, please visit the web site at www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

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