Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays return to The Paramount this week with the first of five programs celebrating the comic genius of Harold Lloyd. In the '20s, Lloyd stood shoulder to shoulder with Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton - and for sheer laugh-getting expertise, often eclipsed both.
The series consists of four silent-film double features and a fifth evening highlighting an early Lloyd talkie. The silents all will be accompanied live by Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.
On Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. two 1922 films, "Grandma's Boy" and "Dr. Jack," will be shown. The following week, May 7, is the 1923 "Why Worry?" - with Lloyd as a hypochrondriac caught up in a Latin American revolution - and the 1924 "Hot Water," a marital comedy. May 14 brings the 1932 "Movie Crazy" - the talkie - directed by Buster Keaton collaborator Clyde Bruckman. Arguably the two best of Lloyd's movies are paired May 21: "The Kid Brother" (1927), with startlingly powerful dramatic elements, and "Speedy" (1928), appropriately enough building to a frenetic race through Manhattan traffic. The series winds up with a Friday, May 25, showing of Lloyd's famous collegiate comedy "The Freshman" (1925) and "For Heaven's Sake" (1926).
Tickets for each film are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors (not including fees), by phone at 292-ARTS (2787), at The Paramount and Moore Theatre box offices and Ticketmaster or via www.theparamount.com. Purchase the complete Harold Lloyd Series package by April 30 and receive a discount and a complimentary ticket to "Movie Crazy."
The Paramount Theatre is at 911 Pine St.