Silents in the Cathedral Offers a Night of Thrills

Come to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s 15th annual Silents in the Cathedral Friday, Oct. 26 at 7pm. This year we feature Blackmail (1929). An Alfred Hitchcock classic, Blackmail follows a beautiful blond whose act of self-defense turns into a case of murder investigated by her boyfriend, a Scotland Yard detective.

Anny Ondra plays the blonde heroine, Alice White

Anny Ondra plays the blonde heroine, Alice White

The film is hosted by Grace Episcopal Cathedral at 701 SW 8th Ave. Parking is adjacent to the Cathedral. Popcorn and bottled water will be sold as a fundraiser for the Cathedral’s youth group. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Along with the suspense thriller Blackmail, you will watch two short films. Bewitched Matches, an animated film from 1913, and Eve’s Love Letters, a 1927 comedy starring Stan Laurel, will lighten the mood before the Hitchcock film brings it back to a more serious tone.

Marvin Faulwell, noted theater organist, and Bob Keckheisen, percussionist, will provide musical accompaniment to the films. Denise Morrison, film buff and historian, will share the history and little known Hollywood gossip about the productions.

For more information, contact the library’s Special Collections department at 785-580-4510.

This program is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is a partnership program between the library and Grace Episcopal Cathedral, in cooperation with Kansas Silent Film Festival Inc.

Do you like silent or classic films? Explore our DVD section for thousands of titles to check out and watch at home. Watch at the library; attend the Classic Film Series, the second Friday of each month.

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

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