DR JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920) – Spend Halloween Night At Davies Symphony Hall

John Barrymore and Nita Naldi star in silent screen classic
Organist Dennis James accompanies on the Ruffatti organ

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Halloween Night at Davies Hall is all about the strange case of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. From 1920, produced by Adolph Zukor, the film stars John Barrymore in the dual role, with Martha Mansfield as “Millicent Carew” his socialite fiancée, and Nita Naldi as “Gina” — the singer “…who faced her world alone.” Alone. No one to care. Or miss you. The perfect kind of girl for a guy who’s in touch with his evil side. In this scenario, created by Clara Beranger, the atmosphere is influenced by the unsolved case of Jack the Ripper. Coloring it all on the Ruffatti Organ is the best and most popular accompanist in the world – DENNIS JAMES.

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JOHN BARRYMORE and NITA NALDI

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MARTHA MANSFIELD – as “Millicent Carew”

Master Showman Dennis James will be joined by percussionists Mark Goldstein and Todd Manley. The trio was a sensation last Halloween at Davies with the fantastic and emotionally charged scoring of the F.W. Murnau horror classic, Nosferatu. Earlier this year at the Silent Film Festival, James was unstoppable for John Ford’s 1924 epic on the construction of the first transcontinental railway, The Iron Horse. The Castro Theatre’s mighty Wurlitzer was smoking. Once again, Mr. James proved himself the master at uniting images with music, while exalting the image and presence of Hollywood’s legendary stars. Later this month Mr. James will be in Salzburg at the Grosse Salle, Mozarteum to accompany Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks. On December 3rd he will appear at the University of South Carolina to re-create his magnificent score for The Student Prince In Old Heidelberg starring Norma Shearer and Ramon Novarro.

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JOHN BARRYMORE and ALMA AIKEN
“If you do one thing I don’t approve of while I’m gone, the least little thing,
mind you… I’ll show you what horror means!”

Robert Louis Stevenson’s mesmerizing tale is a perfectly ghoulish way to enjoy the spookiest night of the year. The evening’s presentation also features the uproarious Buster Keaton short, The Haunted House.
Click here to order tickets on-line:DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

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DENNIS JAMES and SEÁN MARTINFIELD
Photo, Rory McNamara

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Seán Martinfield
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