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The Mishaps of Musty Suffer was a cartoony and surreal series of silent comedy shorts produced in 1916 and 1917. Wildly popular during its release, the series has been oddly overlooked and neglected ever since, but the films are getting a new life thanks to a recent DVD release. These unique slapstick films are being seen again for the first time in nearly 100 years. Musty was played by Ziegfeld Follies star and former Ringling clown Harry Watson, Jr. On this program, four prime examples of the Musty Suffer comedies will be shown in new HD digital transfers.


Film historian Steve Massa, who has researched Watson and his films in the scrapbooks and files of the Library’s Billy Rose Theatre Collection, will introduce the program. The program will have live musical accompaniment by Ben Model, who also produced the new Mishaps of Musty Suffer DVD.

The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to programs on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program.  At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information. All programs are subject to last minute change or cancellation.