A Hero For A Night
Special recording of our Valentine’s Day Livestream
See the film that opened the Michigan Theater in January 1928. Plus, our special Love Stories from the Michigan & State preshow!
Featuring an original music score by organist Andrew Rogers on the recently restored Barton Theater Organ.
Glenn Tryon heads the cast of this American silent film comedy as Hiram Hastings, who drives a taxi at an eastern United States summer resort and wants to become an aviator. He takes a correspondence course in aviation and builds his own aircraft, hoping to enter a race from New York to Europe. Samuel Sloan (Burr McIntosh), a wealthy soap manufacturer, arrives with his daughter Mary (Patsy Ruth Miller), a trained nurse (Ruth Dwyer), and his confidential secretary (Lloyd Whitlock), the last two secretly plotting to get Sloan’s holdings. Hiram, infatuated with Mary, crashes a banquet in honor of a visiting French aviator and takes it upon himself to be the speaker of the evening. Although he is ejected, Hiram perseveres. Mary learns of the plot against her father and with the aid of Hiram and his aircraft sets out for New York, but Hiram pilots them across the ocean into Russia and there makes a forced landing. The success of the flight, however, saves the Sloan fortune.
1927. 150 minutes (full presentation). Silent/Comedy. NR.
“Only seven months after Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, Universal Pictures cashed in on the “Lindy craze” with “A Hero for a Night.” …[A] breezy entertainment from start to finish, a comedy of the “programmer” order, made by the studios to provide their theaters with lighter fare in between the prestige pictures. …[This Romantic Comedy stars Glenn Tryon who] has considerable charisma, as well as a talent for both comedy and pathos. He also has a charming chemistry with the very lovely Patsy Ruth Miller [who starred with Lon Chaney in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”]”