‘Fever’ tops silent night

The Silent Film Guild will present an evening of rarities Wednesday that includes early film appearances of Joan Crawford, Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester.

The evening’s centerpiece is Crawford’s first starring role, in 1927’s “Spring Fever.” Directed by Edward Sedgwick, the romantic comedy casts her as a well-heeled flapper who falls for seemingly upwardly mobile William Haines on the club’s golf course. In fact, he’s a clerk with a glib tongue who may, or may not, be in pursuit of her money.

“Day Dreams,” directed by Ivor Montagu, marked the first film appearances of Lanchester and Laughton, who were not yet married. The short subject — influenced by the surrealists of the era — involves a maid and her flights into fantasy.

The program also includes the animated “Koko’s Earth Control” from the Fleischer Bros. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Laemmle’s Music Hall. For information and advance ticketing, call: (213) 389-2148.

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