SILVER LAKE — The public stairway that cuts down the hillside in the 900 block of Vendome Street is not the city’s longest or most grand. But thanks to Laurel & Hardy’s 1932 Oscar-winning short film The Music Box, the stairway is perhaps the city’s most famous, with the scenes of the comedic duo trying to deliver a piano up 132 steps still capable of generating laughter among today’s audiences. On Saturday, Silver Lake will celebrate the stairway’s legacy with the 20th annual Music Box Steps Day.
The festival was created by Vincent Brooks, a media studies professor and member of the Silver Lake Improvement Association. Brooks, in a story posted on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s website, explains what prompted the idea to celebrate the steps and a bit of film history:
“The Music Box is a cinematic treasure and we are proud to keep its memory alive,” Brook says. “We are thrilled that this classic film was shot in the heart of Silver Lake. Music Box Steps Day is our way of honoring the comic genius of Laurel & Hardy and reminding local youth, their families and others of this historical jewel in our midst.”
In addition to an outdoor film screening at Laurel & Hardy Park, this year’s event includes a real piano being delivered to the site via Frank Capra’s house in Hollywood Dell, according to organizers. Music Box Steps Day will be held on Saturday, October 18, from 12 noon to 5pm at Laurel & Hardy Park, 900 Vendome Street. The event, organized by the Silver Lake Improvement Association with support from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, is free and open to the public.