Capra pic getting Silent treatment

In honor of director Frank Capra’s centennial, the newly established Silent Film Guild will present the filmmaker’s 1928 comedy “That Certain Thing” on Thursday, June 5.

The first feature Capra directed as a Columbia contract director stars Ralph Graves and Viola Dana as a young couple who open a restaurant in direct competition with the man’s father.

The nonprofit Guild will also screen “Beggars on Horseback,” starring Edward Everett Horton in the adaptation of the George S. Kaufman-Marc Connelly stage hit. Only half of the latter film survives, and the org’s Susan Kurtz said the decision to screen it is due in part to its extraordinary quality and also to underline the importance of film preservation for our cultural heritage.

Turner Movie Classics will be saluting Capra beginning June 8 with a series that includes the recently re-discovered “The Matinee Idol.”

The Guild screening will be held at Laemmle’s Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. For information and reservations call, (213) 389-2148.

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