The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a restored version of the comedic silent film “Show People” (1928) on Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Kevin Brownlow, who received an Honorary Award (an Oscar® statuette), will introduce the film, which was restored under his supervision and features a stereo musical score by composer Carl Davis.
Produced and directed by King Vidor, “Show People” served as a key inspiration for the 2011 Best Picture winner, “The Artist.” Venturing behind the scenes into Hollywood filmmaking of the 1920s, “Show People” features not only wonderfully comedic performances by Marion Davies and William Haines, but a unique string of cameo appearances by the biggest stars of the day, including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Norma Talmadge. Davies stars as Peggy Pepper, who arrives in Hollywood from Georgia to claim the film stardom that her father believes is rightfully hers. Haines portrays a comic performer who helps her find work even though Peggy sees herself as a “dramatic” actress.