The silent movie era returns to Mortdale

The Moving Picture Show screening of classic silent movies is returning to Mortdale RSL on Sunday, November 12.

Organised by Jan Thorp, The Moving Picture Show screens classic silent films  shown in Sydney during the 1920s, all accompanied pianist Bernard Walz playing music of the era.

Following the successful screening of Rudolph Valentino in The Son of the Sheik (1926) earlier this year, the Moving Picture Show is presenting silent films featuring the women of the twenties and a short film of Laurel and Hardy before their success in talkies.

“I feel their silent films were even funnier than their later films and in this one Two Tars, they destroy so many cars that their record of destruction was only to be beaten by the Blues Brothers over fifty years later,” Jan said.

“The second film is Girl Shy with Harold Lloyd. He is a wonderful actor with more of a modern style than the earlier actors.

“He is always interesting to watch his hands as he lost a thumb when a stunt went wrong in one of his earlier films.

“Perhaps best feature is having Bernard Walz as our pianist. He is popular and has unbelievable skill. Any pianist has to be very brave to take on playing for these films.

“I have asked the audience to wear twenties gear and all children in appropriate gear will have free admission.

“As last time, all profits will go to Autism Spectrum Australia,” she said.

The show will be held at Mortdale RSL November 12.

There is a 2pm start and tickets are  $25 or $21 for seniors. Kids dressed as flappers free.

Ring 95852408 to book tickets, email at or just turn up.


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