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With Chuck Liddell A history of the Silent Film Benefit Interesting/unusual questions/ comments concerning Catalina Island: Seeing a frustrated tourist fam- ily pushing their rented 'golf cart backwards, I walked over and over- heard them, "WHY DIDN'T THEY INVENT A WAY FOR THE GOLF CARTS TO GO REVERSE!" I walked over the showed them the "R" position. When told that our toilets utilize salt Water, "Do you make your own salt water?" I was asked where our local "Lambergini Dealership" was. "Where is your local 'Islanders' Boat Schedule' posted? I know you DON'T use the same one that the tourists do!" "Where is your Underwater Museum?" To read additional questions and comments, visit www.eatalinais- landman.com. rea es a 'Silent movies were never silent.'--Lillian ' Gish to Gayiord Carter) .You have a WONDERFUL opportunity to experience ~r rare showing of a classic silent movie, the original 1924 version of "Peter Pan," with scenes made on Catalina Island, in the magnificent historic "Casino Theatre," with li~e musi- cal accompaniment, Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. This will be the 30th Annual event so I thought you would be interested in learning how that yearly tradition got formulated, be asked to perform for FREE!?! Somehow, I got the "short stick" and so off to a luncheon with Gaylord I went. During our :"uncomfortable" lunch, I finally bridged the issue• You would have thought a bomb was ready to go off. He gave me that now famous "Carter Gaze" and I was afraicl that I was going to melt! Hethen made me realize that he was a professional organist much in demand and it wasn't his habit to do these "benefits." He verbally thought through the process, real- izing that one of his students, Bob Salisbury, was involved, as well as Catalina Island, which he loved! After much deliberation, he decided to perform for us "gra- tis," with two stipulations. First, the movie he would show would be his personal copy of "Wings," the first film to receive an "Academy Award" in 1927, which would mean that this would be it's 60th Anniversary showing• Second, we would invite the star of the movie, Charles "Buddy" Rogers (1904-1999), a personal friend of Gaylord's, as our "special guest." Without hesitation or permission from the Museum, I said "YES"! At a later time, I will share my experi- ences from this first "Silent Film" event in a later column. VERY MEMORABLE! Saturday's version of "Peter Par," had in it's cast. Esther Ralston (1902 - 1994). She had come to Catalina to be the Museum's "special guest" for "Old Ironsides," shown as part of the Silent Movie concerts in It all started in 1987 when the: 1990: This film was also made on Museum Board, realizing that the 100th Anniversary of the found- ing of Avalon was fast approach- ing, and wanting to participate in some way, directed the head of the Museum, Patricia Moore, to formal- ize an event. She called together President of the Board Ran Doutt, who was also the vice president of the Santa Catalina Island Co. (now called Catalina Island Co.), and a few members of the Board, including myself. It was decided that showing silent movies in our magnificent theatre would be a great contribution! Bob Salisbury, who was playing the organ at the beginning of films being shown in the theatre, was contacted and his ideas were requested. It seemed only appropriate for us to contact Gaylord Carter (1905-2000), who was originally designated to be our theatre's first organist, in 1929. He was unfortunately already commit- ted to the "Million Dollar Theatre," so he never was employed by our theatre, except for special concerts over the last 58 years. Who would be sent to San Pedro to have a meeting with Mr. Carter, regarding, this event, especially considering that he was going to Catalina Island, atl Catalina Harbor (Two Harbors), in 1926. • For some reason, unlike Buddyl Esther and I didn't seem to hit it off especially well. I turned on my • "charm," but that didn't seem to break down the barrier. As I was driving her to her guest condo at Hamilton Cove, I decided to give her my ALL! I shouted, "Stick with me kid and I'll take you places!" She told me to stop the car and, after slapping her leg and kicking (she did that quite often for emphasis sake), she let out a scream of laughter and said, "I haven't heard th.at line since 1914 when Mary Pickford and I firs'[ started making movies!" I now had her in the palm of my hand. Her traveling companion, a young lady, certainly didn't know ANYTHING about make-up as it looked as if Esther's face was cov- ered with blotches of paint applied by a putty knife. I diplomatically suggested that she might want to freshen up at the condo, which I was hoping would mean that she wouldn't look so much like a circus clown! Before I went back to pick her up, most of our guests were waiting in line to get into the theatre and {3110} 510-2 50 www.4cire.com • 11 9/B Sumner Ave. 301 and (]125 Creicont iilvenue the protocol was for our Hollywood -guest to be Chuck Liddell escorted in . Columnist first. I made an announcement to all within hear- ing distance, letting them know that I was now going to get Miss Ralston so they would be allowed to enter the theatre, but 1 mentioned, as delicately as I could, that Miss Ralston didn't look as she did when the movie was made some 65 years ago and they probably wouldn't rec- ognize her! I had felt that she might be a tad bit vane, as Gloria Swanson was in "Sunset Boulevard," so l requested that when I arrived with an elderly woman on my arm, "Please applaud immediately, as that will be Miss Ralston!" I pick her up, we arrived, much, much applause, she smiled and LOVED the attention, and I escorted her to the seat of honor in the front row. A wonderful friend of mine, Carolyn Renton (she was Bostrom then), asked me to intro- duce her to Esther. I took Carolyn down to Miss Ralston and, with a big smile, Carolyn said, "I've known this young man since he was just a boy!" "And you let him live?" was Esther's response, with a giant grin, and her traditional leg slapping and kick! All went according to plan as we all bid her a fond farewell as we escorted the two of them to the cross channel boat. Unfortunately, she was the last of the special guests connected with our Silent Film seri~s as almost all of those who starred in silent movies were now dead. 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