Students in the King’s College professional writing program, in collaboration with the Luzerne County Historical Society, will host a screening of two silent films made in the Wilkes-Barre area, “Flesh and Spirit” and “Her Fractured Voice,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Burke Auditorium on the King’s Campus.
Community members are invited to return to a movie palace of the “Roaring ’20s.” Guests of all ages are encouraged to arrive in 1920s attire for a costume contest. Admission is free, and complimentary refreshments from the era will be served during the evening. Live musical accompaniment for the films will be provided by Dos Noisemakers.
“Flesh and Spirit” (72 minutes) was directed by Joseph Levering and produced in the Wilkes-Barre area in 1922. This ghost story features innovative stop-action and double-exposure techniques to depict ghostly hauntings (101112_fleshspirit4.jpg). The film features actress Belle Bennett, who later became a Hollywood silent film star in “Stella Dallas.” Bennett plays the sweet, faith-filled, ingénue Truth Eldridge, who is killed in a laboratory accident and returns as a ghost. Also in the cast is Broadway actor Walter Ringham as Donald Wallace, a logical scientist who fiercely rejects any notion of spirituality or religion.
“Her Fractured Voice” (16 minutes) stars Leatrice Joy, who would later star in a number of Hollywood silent films as a flapper. This one-reel comedy features Susie, the “dimpled darling of the dairy,” as an ambitious, untalented singer whose honor is endangered by the attentions of a slick city boarder until a faithful farmhand saves her.