IT (1927)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to announce that Carl Davis will be unable to join us in person at this event.
Robert Ziegler will be conducting Carl Davis’ score for IT, in his stead.

Dir. Clarence G. Badger

Nobody could ever really say what "it" was, not even the term's popularizer, romance novelist Elinor Glyn. But when this 1927 comedy took box offices by storm, everybody agreed that star Clara Bow had "it" in abundance. Glyn was so popular at the time that Paramount signed her to co-write and appear in this tale, which was inspired by one of her short stories but was at best a loose adaptation. (Though in the film, Bow and her friends are all reading the story for inspiration.) The flapper star is a shop girl who sets her cap for the boss (Antonio Moreno), but on her own terms. When he dumps her after a misunderstanding, she turns herself into the ultimate party girl just to drive him and the audience wild. Bow had top-lined films before, but this is the one that made her the biggest star of the late 1920s and gave her a new identity as "The It Girl." Thought lost until the 1960s, the film gets a new life with an original score commissioned by Photoplay Productions for the Thames Silents series by composer Carl Davis and conducted by Robert Ziegler.

In attendance: David Stenn, Robert Ziegler.

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