Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Women in the Film Series continues with “Beverly of Graustark”

Published: 08/09/2022 12:48:10

Modified: 08/09/2022 12:45:45

A long-unavailable film starring a popular silent-era actress is the Town Hall Theatre’s next summer tribute to female stars of the silent screen.

“Beverly of Graustark” (1926), a romantic comedy starring Marion Davies, will screen with live music on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton. Admission is free, but a donation of $10 per person is suggested to help defray expenses.

In “Beverly of Graustark”, Davies plays the dual role of American gal Beverly Calhoun who poses as her cousin Oscar, who happens to be the prince of Graustark, a small European monarchy. The film was based on a popular book series by George Barr McCutcheon set in a small fictional Eastern European country called Graustark. The novels revolved around court intrigues, dramatic deaths, wrongful imprisonments and forbidden romances.

It was Davies’ second time portraying the opposite sex, having done so in “Little Old New York” (1923). It was Davies’ first team with Antonio Moreno, who played the royal bodyguard. Davies’ severe haircut, dubbed the “Beverly Bob”, sparked a fashion craze.

For many decades “Beverly of Graustark” was unavailable to the public. However, in 2019 the Library of Congress restored the film, digitizing an original 35mm nitrate print in the Marion Davies Collection which included the two-tone Technicolor sequence in the second half of the film’s final reel. The restoration was screened in October 2019 at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Italy. In April 2022, Undercrank Productions released the restoration on Blu-ray and DVD, which will be used for the Town Hall screening.

The screening of “Beverly of Graustark” is the latest in a summer series from the Town Hall Theater featuring female stars of the silent screen, all with live music from accompanist Jeff Rapsis. On Sunday August 28 at 2 p.m. there will be a double feature with Gloria Swanson and Mae Marsh. Swanson starred in “Fine Manners” (1926), a comedy about a chorister trying to keep up with her high-society stepfather. In “Daddies” (1924), Mae Marsh plays an unlikely orphan adopted by the manager of the local Bachelor’s Club.

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