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Lottie Pickford, [Mary Pickford]'s party-hearty sister, headlines the 1921 silent drama They Shall Pay (8:30 p.m.), followed by that same year's Love Never Dies (9:30 p.m.), director King Vidor's drama of romance, scandal and train wrecks that a long-ago Variety review dubbed as "an exceptional photoplay." The Last Trail (10:50 p.m.) is Fox's 1933 horse opera, derived from a Zane Grey yarn, with George O'Brien, Claire Trevor and comic relief supplied by El Brendel. Topping the night is 1937's low-budget crime story What Price Vengeance (11:55 p.m.), a Canadian-filmed quota quickie starring Lyle Talbot as an undercover copper in pursuit of some pistol-packing hombres.Before the Sunday-morning auction commences, Cinefest threads up Universal's 1940 musical-comedy The Boys from Syracuse (9 a.m.), which transplants Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors with a Rodgers-Hart score, as Allan Jones and Joe Penner play dual roles as mixed-up twins. The world premiere took place on July 18, 1940, at three downtown Syracuse bijoux (RKO Keith's and Schine's Paramount and Eckel), with stars such as Abbott and [Dolores Costello] on hand for the festivities. Syracuse wouldn't host another premiere of that magnitude until 2008's The Express, the story of SU gridiron great Ernie Davis, which proved to be a box-office disaster throughout the nation-except at Central New York's multiplexes.After the auction will be a noontime salute to Justin Herman, the writer-director behind three 1949 comedy shorts from the Paramount Pacemaker series: The Football Fan, My Silent Love and Roller Derby Girl. Hard-to-see programmers round out the afternoon, such as silent-film star Billie Dove's attempt to revive her career in Warners' 1931 diamond-smuggling yarn The Lady Who Dared (12:30 p.m.). Fox contract player Don Ameche marks time in the Ellis Island drama Gateway (1:30 p.m.), followed by Preston Foster in Fox's 1942 wartime melodrama Little Tokyo U.S.A. (2:45 p.m.), a rarity these days because of t

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 Beauty shopping: Charles “Buddy” Rogers (center)
 is surrounded by lovelies (clockwise from lower left,
 Kathryn Crawford, Carole Lombard, Virginia Bruce,
 Geneva Mitchell and Josephine Dunn) in 1930’s Safety
 in Numbers, screening Thursday at Liverpool’s Holiday
 Inn as part of this weekend’s Cinefest 29.

film                                                                                                                                                                            BY Bill delapp

Have Sprockets, Will Travel                                                                                                                          Following a lunch break will be the 1934
                                                                                                                                                 short The Caretaker’s Daughter (1 p.m.) with
                                                                                                                                                 Billy Gilbert and Eddie Foy Jr.; the 1919
                                                                                                                                                 silent marital farce All Wrong (1:25 p.m.) with
Cinefest 29 launches another blowout of unearthed Tinseltown treasures, featuring frames,                                                        Mildred Davis, soon to become Mrs. Harold
dames and forgotten names                                                                                                                        Lloyd; a batch of old coming attractions (2:25

                                                                                                                                                 p.m.) presented by host Ray Faiola; Patrick
     ilm fanatics will be gleefully sitting    35mm prints on Saturday morning and early        already reached its reservation capacity, with   Aherne in the 1929 British yarn City of Play
     on their acetates for more than 50        afternoon, March 21.                             latecomers encouraged to billet at the nearby    (3:30 p.m.), all about the downsides of hyp-
     hours during the Syracuse Cinephile          Cinefest 29 will feature author and film      Comfort Inn on Buckley Road, with shuttle        nosis and parachuting; and director Frank
Society’s annual Cinefest, a movie mara-       historian Norm Keim, who will autograph          buses provided.                                  Borzage’s Doctors’ Wives (4:50 p.m.) with
thon of hard-to-see titles from old-school     copies of Our Movie Houses: A History of             Thursday kicks off with Duke Elling-         Warner Baxter and Joan Bennett in a 1931
Hollywood, which is set to unspool Thurs-      Film and Cinematic Innovations in Central        ton in the 1933 Paramount musical short A        20th Century Fox drama—and it’s not part
day, March 19, through Sunday, March 22.       New York (Syracuse University Press; $24.95)     Bundle of Blues (9 a.m.), then segues into       of the recent Borzage DVD box set issued by
Founded in 1980 by the late Cinephile Soci-    on Saturday, March 21, 4 to 5 p.m. Returning     Paramount’s 1930 pre-Code musical comedy         Fox Home Entertainment, either. (Nor should
ety honcho Phil Serling, most of this year’s   once more with piano accompaniments on           Safety in Numbers (9:10 a.m.) with three         it be confused with the 1970 soaper starring
Cinefest again holds court at Liverpool’s      the silents will be Philip C. Carli and Makia    Manhattan chorines (Carole Lombard, Kath-        Dyan Cannon and Carroll O’Connor.)
Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway,          Matsumara, plus Cinefest newbies Donald          ryn Crawford and Josephine Dunn) assigned            Two shorts open the evening. including
with screenings galore of 16mm films in        Sosin and Ben Model. Film critic-historian       to baby-sit a budding millionaire-songwriter     1955’s abstract, clay-animated Gumbasia
the hotel’s convention center. Also back for   Leonard Maltin, a Cinefest regular, will again   (Charles “Buddy” Rogers). Rogers’ wife,          (8:10 p.m.), director Art Clokey’s test run
another year is Eastwood’s Palace Theater,     be pressed into service as the co-host of the    Mary Pickford, follows this flick in 1916’s      for his eventual Gumby career. Then Fred
2384 James St.; out-of-town Cinefesters        annual auction of movie memorabilia on           silent Less Than the Dust (10:40 a.m.), with     Allen plays a Jersey newspaper editor with
should appreciate the lovingly restored        Sunday at 10:30 a.m. And despite the global      the star playing a Hindu Indian (!)—or is she?   some debts to square in the 1929 one-reeler
vaudeville-era bijou as it showcases rare      economic downturn, this year’s Cinefest has                                                                                 continued on next page

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cinefest 29                                              including a 1950s TV appearance with Buster
                                                         Keaton; the 1931 RKO comedy short Next
                                                         Door Neighbors (3:15 p.m.) features the slow
                                                                                                             1920 silent Everybody’s Sweetheart with flap-
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