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Duck Soup Cinema: The Kid Brother (also 7 p.m.)

  • Capitol Theater 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A Harold Lloyd classic follows the exploits of a runt on the frontier. Info/tix

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Harold Lloyd's 1927 silent masterpiece The Kid Brother showcases the strengths of a genre often defined by its limitations. Carl Davis' evocative, re-mastered score, and Lloyd's superb physical comedy carry a charming story that's much more than a series of gags and spectacles. In a burgeoning frontier town, Harold Hickory (Lloyd) is the Hickory family's adorable, acrobatic runt. While Harold's brothers and father, a respected sheriff, are burly men of industry, Harold gets by on his wits. Without the familial strength, Harold is relegated to house chores, cleverly constructing a washing machine from a butter churn and a kite.  Meanwhile, the father spearheads efforts to collect town money for a federally funded dam. When the patriarch attends a town meeting to finalize plans, a traveling medicine show slips into town, and Harold poses as his father to impress a dancer (Jobyna Ralston). When the con artist and his strongman steal the dam money, and everyone suspects the sheriff, it's up to Harold to outwit the brutes. The final fight scene is a hilarious triumph of the sprightly little guy over barbaric oppressors. The Kid Brother screens here as part of the Overture Center's Duck Soup Cinema series, which also features vaudeville-style entertainment and live musical accompaniment on the Capitol Theater's pipe organ. —Reid Kurkerewicz

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