Madalena weekend at MoMA
Old Ironsides is an okay-to-good big-budget Paramount helmed by James Cruze. I'm glad I got to see it and play for it twice – spotted Spec O'Donnell in an unbilled bit part in the last third of the film – but I have yet to be really impressed by Cruze's dramas. Sally played much bhetter than I expected it would with the crowd; it's not a film I'm wild about, between Dempster's lack of screen presence and Griffith's mis-handling all the comedy, but the audience was really into it and cheered at a few moments and laughed at a lot of Fields' business.
Miditzer sounded great, and I added a piano rank for the last day of shows. There's a nice sense of whimsy in adding a piano to an organ registration, and it was nice having that in the "orchestra".