Saturday, January 12, 2013


What a fun evening! The films were wonderfully hilarious, and Gene Traas' accompaniment on the organ was excellent and just right.  Buster Keaton was my favorite, but all the comedies provided many laughs.  I am old but not old enough to have seen the silent comedies in the first showings, but, as a child, I spent a good deal of time at the movies, and, from time to time, the silent film comedies were shown as short subjects before the feature movie began.  Thus, I am not altogether unfamiliar with Laurel and Hardy, Chaplin, and Buster Keaton, and it was a very good thing to see them again.  Plus, laughter is good for the soul.

The gathering was a fund raiser to help pay for the restoration of the pipe organ at St John, which, while it still plays, is not in top form and is in need of repair

Pictured above is the organ in the balcony of the church. To the left is the console, which is located in the front right of the nave.


  1. Too bad you are at such a distance. I would have enjoyed this. Definite truth in the phrase "oldies but goodies."

  2. Ooh! Did he play the church organ for the movies? It would have been fun to be there!

    1. susan s., Gene played the church organ during the comedies. It was a hoot.

    2. It can still happen for you, susan s! By popular demand (and since I'm still in southern LA, I will be reprising the Silent Comedy Trifecta on two occasions, both on Saturday, January 26th: One matinee at St. John's Episcopal Church in Thibodaux at 2PM (another fundraiser for the organ), and at the Bayou Playhouse in Lockport LA at 6 pm. Get here and enjoy!


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