When a "ghost sign" from 1922 reappeared at Granville and Robson last week, pointing eager filmgoers round the corner to catch Harold Lloyd’s smash hit comedy Grandma’s Boy, well, the folks at the Vancouver International Film Festival thought thought they'd better pay attention.
After all, silent movies are all the rage again, judging by the Oscar triumphs forThe Artist and Hugo.
So here it is: Harold is a weedy boy given a "magic" amulet by his grandmother. Believing it will give him special powers he goes off to catch a killer... Vintage slapstick genius, they don’t make em like this anymore!
"Amusing nearly always and hilarious a good part of the time," said the New York Times in 1922.
The 2012 revival of this forgotten classic screens:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7:00pm
Directed by: Fred C Newmeyer
Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Anna Townsend
(USA, 1922, 60 min.)
And kudos the VIFF for seizing this wonderful opportunity to celebrate a bit of Vancouver's own past.