TICKETS AT DOOR !!! Seven Years Bad Luck (silent film, live pipe organ $20)

Join us for Seven Years Bad Luck, a 1920s silent comedy film directed and starring Max Linder, the French comedy master that Charlie Chaplin called "his professor".

The film will be accompanied by a live performer on the Mighty Wurlizter theatrical pipe organ at Casa Loma. This will be a screening of a silent film the way it was meant to be heard!

Buy your ticket(s) early to avoid disappointment. This highlight of the 2014 Toronto Silent Film Festival will sell out!




Max returns from his last bachelor party a little worse for wear. Groggy and confused, he wakes up the next morning to more than just a hangover. His maid and butler have broken his mirror and in trying to hide the deed, have convinced Max that he’s responsible. Certain that he is cursed with seven years bad luck, everything starts to go wrong: his fiancée decides to break off their engagement.

Thinking that a change of scene may improve his fortunes, Max decides go on a train journey. Unfortunately, on the way to the station he loses his wallet in a fracas with a pair of muggers. Undeterred, he finds a way to get onto the train without a ticket, only to be pursued by a hoard of over-zealous railway staff.  Meanwhile, Max’s fiancée is being courted by his mischievous rival...

Nowadays, Max Linder is only known to a few silent comedy fans. At the height of his popularity before the second world war, Linder  was revered in his native France, lauded internationally as a comedic icon and made hundreds of films. His sophisticated style was years ahead of its time and became a major influence to well-known comedians Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and others into the sound era.

As David Cook explains in A History of Narrative Film, Max "became world famous for his subtle impersonation of an elegant but disaster-prone man-about-town in prewar Paris." Despite his monumental popularity on both sides of the Atlantic, today Linder is relatively unknown".

Clark Wilson, a master silent film accompanist, will command the console to provide just the right musical background for this heart-warming movie.

The film will be part of the 2014 Toronto Silent Film Festival.  For more information, see Toronto Theatre Organ Society and IMDb.

TORONTO THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY: The society presents silent feature film classics the way they were originally presented in the movie palaces of yesteryear, their musical scores played on the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. The society relives this history at in the palatial surrounding's of Casa Loma's Great Hall with live accompaniment by masters of this musical art. More information.


WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2014

TIME: Film starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Meet Belinda at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Ontario (nearest to Dupont station on the University subway line)

FILM LENGTH: About 62 minutes plus a 20- to 30-minute intermission

PRICE: $20 (includes HST and service fees)

MEETUP FEE: $2 per attendee (Please pay Belinda exact change at the meetup spot)



RSVP on this event page and then pay via one of the following three options:

Option # 1: Online

Option # 2: Make $20 cheque out to the Toronto Theatre Organ Society and mail to 3555 Don Mills Road, Unit[masked], Toronto M2H 3N3

Option # 3: Pay $20 cash at the door (if tickets still available)

Call Judy at (416)[masked] or email [masked] if you have any questions.

Please post the words "purchased ticket" when you purchase your ticket.

Members are responsible for purchasing their tickets directly from the Toronto Theatre Organ Society.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: Seating is unreserved so members will enter the seating area together and sit together as a group.



Meet Belinda at 7 p.m. in the lineup to enter the seating area or in the seating area. She is very short and will be wearing a bright pink hat. If you can't find Belinda, text or call her at (416) 879-7575.

INTERMISSION AND AFTER SHOW MEETUP SPOTS: Look for Belinda at her seat. She will have her bright pink hat on.



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  • Daphne

    I hadn't realized there were only six Thumbs up people there, I just assumed there were several people I hadn't talked to. We were a small but select group! Loved both films and the Wurlitzer organ, would love to see more of this type of entertainment. It was nice to see everyone too

    April 8, 2014

  • Nancy G

    Loved both movies! I'd never heard of Max Linder before and now I want to see all of his films. And The Kid really tugged at my heartstrings. I've been to silent movies accompanied by piano, but what a difference a Wurlitzer makes! It really increased my appreciation of the films. The organist was so talented and versatile. Thoroughly enjoyed chatting with everyone too. Thanks, Belinda!

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Daniel W.

    These were two very entertaining and funny films! I was particularly impressed by the acting of the young boy in "The Kid". Thank you Belinda for arranging this

    April 8, 2014

    • Belinda

      @ Dan: That cute kid later played Uncle Fester in TV's The Addams Family!

      1 · April 8, 2014

  • Belinda

    A fantastic evening with a great surprise ... an extra film: Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. Thoroughly enjoyed the double feature with a wonderful Wurlitzer organ performance by Clark Wilson. A warm welcome to first-time guest Katrina (Dan's friend).

    April 7, 2014

  • Nancy G

    I mailed them a cheque about 10 days ago. It still hasn't been cashed and I haven't received a ticket.

    April 4, 2014

    • Belinda

      @ Nancy: Just call Judy at the box office and leave a message. You don't have to worry there will be 70 tickets available at the door.

      April 4, 2014

    • Nancy G

      Judy left me a voicemail message. She received my cheque and will leave my ticket at the box office. See you at the show!

      April 7, 2014

  • Gloria I.

    Bonjour Belinda,
    I can't remember if I have paid you for 2 for this event. How can I find out for sure. Gloria

    April 4, 2014

    • Belinda

      @Gloria: I am not selling tickets for this event so, therefore, I haven't sold you any tickets. Please follow the purchase instructions under the HOW TO BOOK section on this event page. I believe this show may be almost sold out, with only rush tickets available at the door.

      April 4, 2014

  • Candice

    Purchased tickets a couple of weeks ago.

    April 4, 2014

  • Melody X.

    purchased ticket

    April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ticket reserved!

    February 26, 2014

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