SILENTS, Please! is the Hollywood’s monthly series that features silent movies with live music by local musicians.
The Flying Ace w/ live music by Tom Roberts
February 19th, 2017 – 2:00PM – Tickets here!
Our monthly series of silent films with live musical accompaniment returns with a screening of the 1926 film THE FLYING ACE!
The film will be introduced by African American film historian and Riverbends CEO Joseph Kennedy IV, and resident pianist and early jazz expert Tom Roberts will accompany with live music.
The screening will be presented on 35mm, with a print loaned by The Library of Congress.
Made by The Norman Film Company, which was founded by two white producing and directing brothers, Richard and Kenneth Norman, and based in Jacksonville Florida, the company made some six feature films with all-black casts, though, unfortunately, The Flying Ace is the only one to survive, and was restored by the Library of Congress in 2010.
The film deals with a crime fighting World War I ace fighter pilot Captain Billy Stokes (played by Lawrence Criner), who investigates the disappearance of a $25,000 railroad company payroll and the paymaster. Assisting Strokes is his flying pilot sweetheart Ruth Sawtelle (played by Kathryn Boyd).