• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

Here's a running list of upcoming screenings of silent film with live music by Jeff Rapsis.

• Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, 2:30 p.m.: "Peter Pan" (1924); Bedford Public Library, Bedford, N.H.; The original silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie's immortal tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. Join the Darling children as they follow Peter to Never Never Land to do battle with the evil Captain Hook. A film that has lost none of its power over children of all ages. Silent film with live music, part of a monthly series of performances at my hometown's public library.

• Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, 7 p.m.: "The Wandering Image" (1921) and "Fighting Hearts" (1922), both directed by Fritz Lang. Presented by the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, Mass. Admission $9. (617) 496-3211. Two early Lang silents that show his development as a filmmaker. In "The Wandering Image" (1921), a tormented woman trudges through the Swiss Alps attempting to escape the respective grasps of various men whose identities, morals and beliefs wander as mysteriously as the statue of Virgin Mary referred to in the title. "Fighting Hearts," (1922) also known as "Four Around a Woman," explores the life of a wealthy broker obsessed with delusions of his devout wife’s infidelity. Both films were thought lost until prints surfaced in Brazil in the 1980s.

• Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, 4 p.m.: "I Was Born, But..." (1932) directed by Yasujiro Ozu; screening of film for silent cinema class at Harvard University; at the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, Mass. A blithe portrait of the financial and psychological toils of one Japanese family, as told from the rascally point of view of a couple of stubborn little boys. For two brothers, the daily struggles of bullies and mean teachers is nothing next to the mortification they feel when they realize their good-natured father’s low-rung social status.

• Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.: "The Little American" (1917) starring Mary Pickford, directed by Cecil B. DeMille; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. Current events drama in which American woman (Pickford) is in love with both a German and a French soldier during World War I. Production began only a week after the U.S. declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, and the movie was released in July, making it one of the first to reflect on the attitude of American involvement at the time. Also on the program: the Chaplin Keystone short "Those Love Pangs" (1914). Suggested admission $5 per person.

• Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: "Running Wild" (1927) starring W.C. Fields; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Long before he entertained movie audiences with his nasal twang, W.C. Fields was a popular leading man in silent film comedies! This one finds Fields as a hen-pecked husband finally driven to make surprising changes in his life. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, 7 p.m.: Encore screening! "Nosferatu" (1922); Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. A repeat performance due to sold-out screening in October. Experience the original silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous 'Dracula' story. Still scary after all these years—in fact, some critics believe this version is not only the best ever done, but has actually become creepier with the passage of time. See for yourself, if you dare. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, 2 p.m.: "The Strong Man" (1926); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. With World War I over, baby-faced soldier Harry Langdon searches for the girl who sent such moving letters to him in the trenches. Directed by a very young Frank Capra, 'The Strong Man' is today hailed as Langdon's best feature, and also one of the greatest comedies of the silent film era. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful moviehouse that's committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting projection work of the legendary David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, directed by William Wellman. Sweeping drama about fighter pilots in World War I; one of the great achievements of the silent cinema, winner of "Best Picture" at the first-ever Academy Awards. Compelling story, great performances, battle scenes filmed on an immense scale, and in-air aviation sequences that remain thrilling even today. For course at Harvard University; Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, Mass. Open to the public.

• Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, 6 p.m.: "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" (1927) starring Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. A cloistered, overprotected Austrian prince falls in love with a down-to-earth barmaid in this European fairy tale directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, 7 p.m.: "Charlie Chaplin Comedy Night"; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Spend part of Thanksgiving weekend with the Little Tramp on the 100th anniversary of his first screen appearances. The whole family will enjoy restored prints of some of Chaplin's most popular comedies shown the way they were intended: on the big screen, with live music, and an audience! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Seven Chances" (1925); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Finish off the long Thanksgiving weekend with laughter courtesy silent comic Buster Keaton. A pair of Keaton's classic short comedies are a prelude to 'Seven Chances' (1925), in which Buster has until sundown to get married or lose a fortune. Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Tuscan Opera House, Dixfield, Maine; fundraiser for local historical society organized by students at Dirigo High School. More details to come!

• Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, 4:30 p.m.: "Chaplin's Best Short Comedies"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. This Christmas, get laughs! Mark this year's 100th anniversary of Chaplin's iconic 'Little Tramp' character with a selection of his best short comedies. A great way for the whole family to cap off the holiday weekend. Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.



• Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, 7 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929) directed by Fritz Lang; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. A grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Welcome the year 2015 by pondering a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. A grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. The rarely-screened final silent feature from German filmmaker Fritz Lang (director of 'Metropolis'), 'Woman in the Moon' laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come, complete with melodramatic plot and eye-popping visuals. Welcome the year 2015 by pondering a vision of the future as imagined by one of yesterday's great moviemakers. Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Nanook of the North" (1922) directed by Robert J. Flaherty; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. One of the first full-length documentaries in which director Flaherty captures the struggles of the Inuk man named Nanook and his family in the Canadian Arctic. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 5 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Campton Historical Society, Campton Town Hall, Route 175, Campton, N.H.; Campton Historical Society. (Tentative booking as of fall 2014.) Silent film program preceded by potluck supper beginning at 5 p.m. Film program to start approximately 6:15 p.m. Free and open to the public!

• Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 2 p.m.: "Rin Tin Tin Double Feature"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Legendary dog star Rin Tin Tin returns to the big screen in a rip-roaring double feature. In "Clash of the Wolves" (1925), Rinty must aid his adopted master in vanquishing a foe (filmed on location in what would later become Joshua Tree National Park), while "The Night Cry" (1926), our hero must clear his name after being accused of killing sheep. Featuring 35mm prints from the Library of Congress. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "Don't Change Your Husband" (1919) starring Gloria Swanson, directed by Cecil B. DeMille; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Just in time for Valentine's Day! A riotously dated look at marriage through the eyes of a woman who is bored with her oafish onion-eating husband and decides to take action. A prestige project helmed by the legendary Cecil B. DeMille and featuring silent-era superstar Gloria Swanson. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Love" (1927) starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Silent-era mega-stars (and off-screen lovers) Greta Garbo and John Gilbert heat up the screen in this 1927 adaptation of Tolstoy's novel 'Anna Karenina.' (Great if you forgot to do anything special on Valentine's Day.) Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, 7 p.m.: "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. The film that turned then-little-known actor Rudolph Valentino into a superstar and associated him with the image of the Latin Lover. The film also inspired a tango craze and such fashion fads as gaucho pants. A great way to celebrate Valentine's Day!Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Friday, Feb. 27 & Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Annual pilgrimage to wonderful two-day celebration of silent film with live music. Check it out at www.kssilentfilmfest.org.

• Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Hula" (1927) starring Clara Bow; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Directed by Victor Fleming, a romance set among the early Western settlers of the the Hawaiian islands. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2 p.m.: "W.C. Fields Double Feature"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Long before his nasal twang resounded throughout movie theaters, a somewhat younger W.C. Fields had a very successful career as a silent comedian. In "Sally of the Sawdust" (1925), Fields plays a circus con artist who adopts an orphan (directed by no less than D.W. Griffith!); "Running Wild" (1927) finds Fields as a hen-pecked husband who turns to hypnosis to assert control in his household. Prints from the Library of Congress. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" (1927); The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. You won't hear his iconic yell, but everything else about the Tarzan legend is present in this rip-roaring action adventure that plays like an early version of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22, 2015:, Cinefest, four-day festival of silent and early sound films. Most titles are rarely screened 16mm prints. Live accompaniment for the silents! All screenings at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, N.Y. Check it out at www.syracusecinephile.com.

• Sunday, March 29, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: The original "Ten Commandments" (1923); Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Long before Charlton Heston played Moses in technicolor, director Cecil B. DeMille filmed this silent blockbuster on a grand scale. Many say it surpasses the remake! See for yourself, a week before Easter. Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, April 5, 2015, 2 p.m.: The original "Ten Commandments" (1923); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Long before Charlton Heston played Moses in technicolor, director Cecil B. DeMille filmed this silent blockbuster on a grand scale. Many say it surpasses the remake! See for yourself, on Easter Sunday, in a print provided by the Library of Congress. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6 p.m.: "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922); Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. When the king is drugged and abducted by his ambitious brother, a lookalike relative must take his place to keep the evil sibling off the throne. Early silent adaptation of the famed Anthony Hope novel. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "The Three Ages" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Keaton's first feature-length comedy interweaves tales of romance from three epochs: the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and "Modern Times," meaning 1920s California. See why Buster is regarded as one of the great clowns of the silent era. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Kelly Library, 234 Main St., Salem, N.H.; (603) 898-7064; http://www.salem.lib.nh.us/. Silent film with live music at the public library in Salem, N.H. Free admission but come early as venue is limited to about 50 seats.

• Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Silent Comedy and the Civil War" with Raymond Griffith, Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end: Confederate spy Raymond Griffith outwits Northern foes in 'Hands Up!' (1926), while Buster Keaton plays a Confederate train engineer in his masterpiece, 'The General' (1926). Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Three's a Crowd" (1927) starring Harry Langdon; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. In his directorial debut, Harry stars as a slum-dweller who invites a freezing woman, pregnant with another man's child, into his home. Nursing mother and child back to health, he achieves his dream of having a family... or so he hopes. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1922) starring John Gilbert; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. The original screen adaptation of the Andre Dumas swashbuckler about a man unjustly imprisoned who later seeks revenge. A film thought lost for decades until a print surfaced in the Czech Republic! Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Sunday, May 24, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "The Birth of a Nation" (1915) starring Lillian Gish; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. D.W. Griffith's controversial Civil War epic reaches a major milestone. Flawed by overt racism that many find offensive even today, the picture nonetheless showed the world the potential of the then-new medium of film. Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7 p.m.: "Chaplin's Funniest Short Comedies"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Nore than a century after his iconic "Little Tramp" character first appeared onscreen, Charlie Chaplin's timeless silent comedies continue to delight new generations of movie-goers. See for yourself with this collection of Chaplin's best short comedy films. Join us for series silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Manslaughter" (1922) directed by Cecil B. DeMille; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Big early Paramount melodrama about a wild, wealthy woman brought to heel by a sermonizing district attorney after she accidentally hits and kills a motorcycle cop. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2 p.m.: "Show People" (1928) starring Marion Davies, William Haines, directed by King Vidor; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. A young woman tries to break into the movies as a dramatic actress, but can only find work as a pie target in slapstick comedies. Director King Vidor's insider valentine to silent-era movie-making is packed with eye-popping cameo appearances of everyone from John Gilbert to Charlie Chaplin! Plus warm-up comedy "Play Safe" (1927) starring Monty Banks, with what's regarded as the greatest train chase sequence of the silent era. Prints from the Library of Congress. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, June 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Just in time for Flag Day! Epic saga of American flyboys in World War I took the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture. One of the all-time great silents, just as moving, thrilling, and exciting as when first released. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7 p.m.: "The Lost World" (1925); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The original silent film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's evolutionary thriller 'The Lost World,' the motion picture that first brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen! Also, companion feature "The Sign of the Claw" (1926) a rip-roaring police adventure and the only surviving film of dog star Peter the Great. Join us for series silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, June 21, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Program To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, July 5, 2015, 2 p.m.: "The Big Parade" (1925) starring John Gilbert, Renee Adoree, directed by King Vidor; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Sweeping World War I saga about U.S. doughboys signing up and shipping off to France, where they face experiences that will change their lives forever—if they return. Print from the Library of Congress. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, July 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "A Dog Double Feature" spotlighting silent-era canine stars Peter the Great and Rin Tin Tin; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. In 'The Sign of the Claw,' a police dog helps solve a crime wave. The only surviving film of Peter the Great, a popular German shepard performer. 'The Night Cry' (1926) finds iconic dog superstar Rin Tin Tin accused of killing sheep. Can he find the real bandit and clear his name? Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7 p.m.: "Hands Up!" (1926) starring Raymond Griffith; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. We mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with this uproarious Raymond Griffith comedy. A southern spy must work every angle to prevent a shipment of western gold from reaching Union forces. Plus Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts! Join us for series silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Program To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Open All Night" (1924) starring Adolphe Menjou, Viola Dana, Raymond Griffith; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. A comedy about gender roles with a strong cast. A couple with a dull marriage want different things from each other. When they meet a macho professional bicyclist and his girlfriend, the wife becomes attracted to the muscular, if not particularly bright, athlete and the husband finds himself drawn to the girlfriend. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m.: "Grandma's Boy" (1922) starring Harold Lloyd; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. A ccowardly young man must learn to conquer his fears before dealing with a larger menace to his community. Riotous small town comedy that helped propel Harold Lloyd into the most popular movie comedian of the 1920s. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, 7 p.m.: "The Three Ages" (1923) starring Buster Keaton; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Keaton's first feature-length comedy interweaves tales of romance from three epochs: the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and "Modern Times," meaning 1920s California. See why Buster is regarded as one of the great clowns of the silent era. Join us for series silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, 4:30 p.m.: "Program To Be Announced"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Part of a series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Sadie Thompson" (1928) starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Intense drama of a "fallen woman" who comes to an island in the South Seas to start a new life, but encounters a zealous missionary who wants to force her back to her former life in San Francisco. One of the best performances of Swanson's career. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, 7 p.m.: "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" (1927); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. You won't hear his iconic yell, but everything else about the Tarzan legend is present in this rip-roaring action adventure that plays like an early version of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' Plus companion feature "The Devil Horse" (1927) starring Rex the Wonder Horse. Join us for series silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 6 p.m.: "Wolf Blood" (1925); Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Get ready for Halloween with this early try at turning the werewolf legend into a movie. An injured lumbercamp boss receives a transfusion of wolf blood during an operation, and...well, take it from there. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 7 p.m.: "The Lodger" (1927) directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The search is on for the man responsible for a series of murders in fog-shrouded London. Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock's career began in the silent era, when then young director first produced his brand of darkly suspenseful thrillers. Join us for series silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 6 p.m.: "My Friend from India" (1927) starring Franklin Pangborn; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. A light-hearted mistaken identity romp featuring one of the lesser-known stars of early cinema. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, 6 p.m.: "The Road to Yesterday" (1925), starring William Boyd (in his pre-"Hopalong Cassidy" days) and directed by Cecil B. DeMille; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Bizarre drama about a married couple who discover their strained relationship is the result of unhappiness in their past lives; epic tale encompasses a fiery train wreck, flappers, ministers and a touch of time travel. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.