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Buster Keaton Comedy Festival continues tonight

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The Silent Film Society of Chicago opened their Buster Keaton Weekend Silent Comedy Festival last night at the Leela Arts Center, 620 Lee Street, Des Plaines, with the showing of the classics, The General (1927) and Cops (1922).

The festival continues this evening with screenings of Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) and The Garage (1923), beginning at 8 pm, with live photo-play accompaniment by Jay Warren.

Directed by Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton, Steamboat Bill, Jr. follows the adventures of a young, wannabe sailor who joins his father—a cantankerous riverboat captain—and his crew in a 70-minute, silent romp of fun.

The Garage was written by and stars Stan Laurel of Lauren and Hardy fame.

The 3-day festival concludes on Sunday, March 9, at 3 pm, with the showing of Buster Keaton’s College (1927) and the 1921, William H. Watson short Back Stage. College follows a nerdish college student who, in his attempt to win back a girl, tries his hand at becoming a star athlete. Directed by James Horne, it’s 66 minutes of Keaton at his finest.

Tickets for all shows are $12. For more information, visit


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