Shown as part of the Ocean Film Series
OLD IRONSIDES (USA, 1926, 111 min.)
Set at the time of Stephen Decatur’s defeat of the Barbary pirates in Tripoli, the film follows three young men who join the Merchant Marines, particularly an able-bodied seaman and his romantic interest, a damsel-in-permanent-distress. Based on the poem, “Constitution,” by Oliver Wendell Holmes, a reconstruction of the USS Constitutionactually appears in the film. Starring Wallace Beery, Boris Karloff, Esther Ralston and Charles Ferrell, it remains a classic story of action and adventure with unforgettable battle scenes. Directed by James Cruze. Produced by Paramount.
Introduced by Brian Taves, Staff Member, Library of Congress and author of The Romance of Adventure: The Genre of Historical Adventure in the Movies.
Shown with THE COURTSHIP OF THE NEWT
FREE. Seating is limited to 60 seats. Reservations must be made by phone, beginning one week before the first screening. Call 202-707-5677 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before show time, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats.