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24th Annual Silent Film Benefit


Saturday, May 14th at 1:00-4:00pm

24th Annual Silent Film Benefit

A stirring tale of romance and deception staged on an epic scale by director Frank Lloyd, The Sea Hawk (1924) captures the majesty and vigor of silent cinema at its most spectacular . The feature film of the Catalina Island Museum`s 24th Annual Silent Film Benefit is based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini, the author of Scaramouche and Captain Blood. The film is a swashbuckling epic of the highest order, spanning several years and continents as it tells the story of Oliver Tressilian, a British nobleman falsely accused of murder, and dramatizes his valiant efforts to restore honor to his name.

The ocean scenes were filmed off the coast of Catalina Island, which was frequently used as a stand-in for exotic locales. According to production manager Harry E. Weil, 150 tents were erected in order to house and support the 1,000 extras, 21 technicians, 14 actors and 64 sailors on the island.

Two-time Academy Award winner Frank Lloyd helms the excitement, hewing closer to the Sabatini novel than would the later Errol Flynn movie, using full-sized ships during filming and finding his sea legs years before guiding 1935`s Oscar-winning Best Picture Mutiny on the Bounty (also filmed on Catalina Island).

The museum is proud to welcome Isabel Falck, the daughter of Lloyd Hughes ( Lionel Tressilian in The Sea Hawk) as a special guest. Silent film historian Joe Yranski will also be a special guest of the museum this year.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! General Admission tickets: $15
Museum Members and Children (under 12 years): $13 Groups of 20 or more: $13 (Call 310-510-2414 for more details.)

35 mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive Photos courtesy Joseph Yranski

Enhance your Silent Film experience by becoming a VIP: Be treated like a real VIP before you even attend the Annual Silent Film Benefit. On the evening before our Benefit, a special premiere of the film`s original score will be performed by its composer: the award-winning organist Robert D. Salisbury. Mr. Salisbury will offer his own narration while performing portions of his score on the world famous 1929 Page Theatre Pipe Organ, one of only four remaining in the United States and a treasure of the Avalon Casino`s magnificent theatre. The concert will be followed by a private reception in the Catalina Island Museum for two very special guests: Isabel Falck, the daughter of Lloyd Hughes, the star of The Sea Hawk , and silent film historian Joseph Yranski. Guests will be treated to cocktails and hors d`oeuvres by Island Caterers, and to a private viewing of the museum`s special exhibition: Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and Eric Clapton as Photographed by Pattie Boyd .

Click here to purchase your VIP tickets ($250/person) (Call 310-510-4650 with questions.)



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