Girl Shy - Silent Film



California Theatre, San Jose Fri, Mar 11, 2016 7:30 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Section:Spotlight Film
Rating:Not Rated
Production Country:United States
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Fred Newmeyer
Sam Taylor
Cinematographer:Walter Lundin
Henry Kohler
Cast:Harold Lloyd
Jobyna Ralston
Richard Daniels
Carlton Griffin


Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd are 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 film were the highest grossing of the three, perhaps because of his relatability and wit.

In Girl Shy, Lloyd 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 a sweet girl (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 he rushes to the church to stop her wedding (a la The Graduate). Will he make it in time? - Cynthia Mortensen

Accompanied by the magnificant sounds of the world-renowned organist Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer.