One of Buster Keaton’s Popular Silent Film Classics Brought to Life by Organist Jerry Nagano

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Two men on paddleboat deck Image from "Steamboat Bill, Jr."

Fremont, CA-Performing music from the golden age of Hollywood, with a few bells and whistles to accentuate the humor, renowned organist Jerry Nagano accompanies Buster Keaton's 1928 silent comedy "Steamboat Bill Jr." this Friday, November 1, at 8:30pm, at the Smith Center at Ohlone College. The combination of Keaton's comedian/director masterpiece and Nagano's musical score truly makes this silent movie experience worthwhile.

The inspiration for Disney's breakout Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie, "Steamboat Bill, Jr.," is another classic Buster Keaton plot: the brainy but clumsy boy trying to get the girl. Set against the backdrop of the paddleboat business, the film is full of wild stunts and physical comedy. Buster Keaton's onscreen performance is sure to keep audiences laughing hilariously while they enjoy the fabulous organ stylings of virtuoso Jerry Nagano, whose popularity draws people back each season.

Two men on paddleboat deck.Organist Jerry Nagano.

For the third year in a row, Jerry Nagano performs as part of the Smith Center Season of the Arts at Ohlone College. Nagano is well known not only for his ability as a concert musician, but also for his expertise in musical accompaniment for silent films. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nagano began his musical training at age ten, and studied under Gaylord Carter, one of the great silent film organists of the time. For the past twelve years Nagano has delighted audiences by performing at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto where classic films are screened.

Don't miss out on this incredible journey to the past with Jerry Nagano and Buster Keaton's 1928 silent masterpiece "Steamboat Bill, Jr." Tickets are available online or at the Smith Center Box Office. Please visit, or call the Smith Center Box Office at (510) 659-6031 for more information.


  • Smith Center Presents!
    Buster Keaton's "Steamboat Bill, Jr."
    Accompanied by Organist Jerry Nagano
  • Friday, November 1, 2013
  • 8:30 pm
  • Tickets:
    • $10 General Admission
    • $12 Promo Package: Admission, Popcorn & Parking - includes admission, parking permit and a bag of popcorn
  • $2 Event Parking
  • Smith Center at Ohlone College
    43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
  • Smith Center Box Office: (510) 659-6031
  • Online Tickets:

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