Dennis James will return to Miami Saturday to play the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Coleman Theatre.
He will accompany the presentation of the silent movie “Girl Shy” starring Harold Lloyd.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children.
“We can't wait to have Dennis back,” said Barbara Smith, theatre manager. “He was here earlier this year for our last silent movie. He's reknown for accompanying silent movies and has been here several times.”
Jim Peterson, former owner of the Mighty Wurlitzer, will be back to tune the organ before the performance.
“We're showing another Harold Lloyd movie because everyone enjoyed the last one so much,” Smith said. “Also ‘Girl Shy' comes highly recommended by Dennis James.”
Early silent films were a transition of vaudeville gags from stage to the screen and Lloyd did plenty of them.
Lloyd acted, directed and/or produced more than 200 films.
He was originally influenced by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Each actor had his own trademark. While Chaplin had his mustache, Lloyd had his horn-rimmed, round glasses. That was even the name of some of his characters.
In 1919 he posed for a publicity photo with what he thought was a fake bomb. After losing his thumb and index finger he wore a prosthetic glove.
Released in 1924, “Girl Shy” was Lloyd's first independently produced film and a major transition to a character story, as he called it.
Described as accomplished and mature, the movie, written by Thomas Gray and Sam Taylor, is the story of a painfully shy young man who falls in love with a rich girl who is already engaged to another man.
The young man lives in a fantasy where he is an expert on women and he has gone so far as to write a book of advice for other men.
Lloyd respects the feelings and hopes of his female character as much as he does his young male dreamer.
The lengthy finale of the film is one of the most exhilarating, non-stop action sequences of Lloyd's career.