March 10th, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. in Burbank!!!
Famous Players Orchestra
“The Goose Woman” (1925)
Starring: Louise Dresser
“The Goose Woman”, (1925) Silent drama-suspense • Directed by Clarence Brown, Production: Universal Pictures Corporation, Producer: Carl Laemmle, Based on a short story by Rex Beach..Starring: Louise Dresser (Marie de Nardi/Mary Holmes), Jack Pickford (Gerald Holmes), Constance Bennett (Hazel Woods), Spottiswoode Aitken (Jacob Riggs), Gustav von Seyffertitz (Thomas Vogel), George Nichols (Detective Lopez), Marc McDermott (Amos Ethridge), George Cooper (Reporter). Louise Dresser gives an outstanding performance as the once world-famous opera soprano, Marie de Nardi, now living on a dirty, extremely rundown goose farm under the name Mary Holmes. Slovenly, bitter, and drunken, she pours over old scrapbooks and photos of herself during her triumphant years, while listening to an old recording of her voice. Having given up her career for motherhood, she is resentful and full of hatred towards her only son, Gerald (Jack Pickford), When a murder is committed near her house, she invents a story in order to get herself back in front of the public again. However, the story she comes up with results in her son being arrested for the murder. The Goose Woman became one of Universal’s “Jewels,” a prestige production with a better than average script, an excellent cast and production values, and an up-and-coming director. Accompanied by a period orchestral score performed live by The Famous Players Orchestra. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. The venue is Christ Lutheran Church 2400 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506. Tickets go on sale February 1st, 2018 and can be purchased from this page.
“The City of Stars” (1924)
Produced by Carl Laemmle, Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
A Rare ALL STAR CAST Behind The Scenes Tour and Promotional Film for Universal Pictures from 1925
Accompanied by a period orchestral score performed live by The Famous Players Orchestra
With: Joe Bonomo , Clive Brook , Alexander Carr, Ruth Clifford, Reginald Denny, William Desmond, Louise Dresser, Jacqueline Gadsdon, Hoot Gibson, Jean Hersholt, Jack Hoxie, Alice Joyce, Jack Kearns, Norman Kerry, Laura La Plante, Cullen Landis, May McAvoy, Marian Nixon, Eugene O’Brien, Pat O’Malley, Gertrude Olmstead, House Peters, Mary Philbin, ‘Snub’ Pollard, Margaret Quimby, Raymond L. Schrock, William A. Seiter, Hayden Stevenson, Lola Todd, Virginia Valli, Mickey Walker, Broderick O’Farrell.
Thank goodness “Uncle” Carl Laemmle was around near the beginning of the Motion Picture Industry as he was as great a showman and promoter as anyone today. This truly fascinating glimpse of the Universal City Studio in 1925 utilizes the entire lot, most of its stars and sets and gives a preview for, at the time of its premiere, unreleased film clips for future release.
The cast is seen in either new footage unique to this short subject or from an actual film in production. Using the premise of giving a studio tour to an important visitor from out of town, we get a private view of the land of Universal Pictures make believe. Along the way, we get to meet many of the top talents at the studio.
The property and its mountain landscape haven’t changed over the past hundred years but the buildings have. This film takes you back to a different time and as some of the photography shows, you can almost imagine being in front of the Notre Dame church that Lon Chaney rescued Patsy Ruth Miller or the front office that so many people went through.
This film can boast of more talent from 1925 than almost any other film. Universal Pictures had the good sense to make behind the scenes films over the decades; this offering is one of the best from any studio at any time. Thank you “Uncle” Carl. – Stan Taffel
FPO at Cinecon 53!
On August 31st 2017, The Famous Players Orchestra was honored to perform at the gala opening night of the 53rd annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood at the Egyptian theatre. We were thrilled to receive a standing ovation after performing our score to “Steamboat Bill Jr.” (1928). Thank you Cinecon!!!
Here are highlights from our June 10th, 2017 concert: