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Kenneth Turan's critic's pick of the week: Music Box Steps Day Film Festival

October 21, 2010 |  8:45 am

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There are numerous iconic film locations in Los Angeles, places like the Griffith Park Observatory,  beloved by fans of  "Rebel Without A Cause." But for sheer joy, it's hard to top a certain 133 steps in the Silver Lake area.

As all fans of Laurel & Hardy know, those stairs were the site of the classic short "The Music Box," a one-of-a-kind opus showing the hard time these two had moving a piano on that unforgiving terrain.

Celebrate that film and those guys at the 16th annual Music Box Steps Day Film Festival on Oct. 23 between noon and 3 p.m. The location is just across the street from those stairs at Laurel & Hardy Park, between 923 and 935 Vendome St. in Silver Lake.

In addition to showings of the film, there will be a raffle, crafts, free refreshments and Laurel & Hardy lookalikes. In other words, fun for the entire family.

-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

Photo: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in a scene from the 1932 film "The Music Box." Credit: file photo


 
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Music Box Steps Day is a joy for every member of the family.

The event is sponsored by the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Council District 13, Council President Eric Garcetti and Council District 4, Councilmember Tom La Bonge in addition to local area businesses who have contributed to the raffle, food and beverages.

The event centers around the location of the filming of "The Music Box" a wonderful film released in 1932.

Laurel and Hardy Park is where all the fun began and it is today much like it was in 1932. The steps are the same and so are the homes surrounding it.

A free lunch is served to all those in attendance while supplies last --pizza, soft drinks and cookies.

The film is shown in a big tent in the middle of the park.

Laurel and Hardy look alikes, music, a magician and art tables supplied by Living Art Los Angeles where children can draw, color and make crafts. Silver Lake businesses supply prizes for the fun filled raffle.

The following synopsis from the Internet Database gives the story highlights.

Storyline
The Laurel & Hardy Moving Co. have a challenging job on their hands (and backs): hauling a player piano up a monumental flight of stairs to Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen's house. Their task is complicated by a sassy nursemaid and, unbeknownst to them, the impatient Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen himself. But the biggest problem is the force of gravity, which repeatedly pulls the piano back down to the bottom of the stairs. Finally, the irate Professor explodes in fury to discover the "mechanical blunderbuss" in his home, not knowing it was a surprise birthday present from his wife. Written by Paul Penna

If you are a serious movie buff, a lover of comedy or you don't even know who Laurel and Hardy are...please come out and take a step back in time and watch the comic genius of Laurel and Hardy at work. A truly enjoyable expereince.


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