Director Boris Barnet could and did make heaver fare but few of his pictures are as charming as this one. Plus, we get to see the much-maligned Anna Sten showing us what she could really do when people weren’t trying to turn her into Marlene Garbo 2.0.
Harry Houdini attempted to parlay his legendary career as an illusionist into a film career and this was his final effort. (He also directs.) Playing the titular secret service agent, Houdini must track down some counterfeiters and rescue a young lady tangled in their web. Par for the pulp course.
The best thing about silent films? Their unpredictability. The rules of filmmaking were still being written and silent cinema had a way of going gloriously off the rails. Here’s to the madness!
Welcome back to my regular-ish news feature. Lots of interesting tidbits this time around.
Welcome back! I occasionally make posters for modern films reimagined as silents. This time around, I will be seeing what a certain 1980s comedy classic would look like in the silent era.
Last week, I asked my readers to vote on their favorite non-Hollywood source for silent cinema and I am happy to announce that the results are in.
The good news: Richard Dix wins a flashy car in a raffle. The bad news: Richard Dix wins a flashy car in a raffle. The car in question, you see, seems to have a jinx and Dix needs to win a race with it. Oh dear.
Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki and Frank Borzage star in an Inceville version of Madame Butterfly (but with, like, a happy ending). If you manage to get through this one without throwing something at the screen, you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
Some people just don’t get it. That’s okay, it happens in silent movies too. Let’s see how they deal with the problem.
In January, I started to select silent stars to feature on a monthly basis. As the year is half over, I figure there are enough stars to warrant a directory. (Yay! Organization!)
We haven’t done a for-funsies poll in just ages and so I thought it would be diverting to discuss foreign silent films because we’re not weird enough already.
Today, we’re going to be a little silly. It’s never a bad thing to let our hair down and embrace the wackiness of silent movie fandom. The topic at hand: crushes.
Think genre mashups are a new invention? Think again! This French epic blends historical drama with science fiction and the results are pretty satisfying. You gets swords, ballrooms, puffy dresses and robots, what’s not to love?
I’m not super open about silent films in the real world. It’s not that I keep my interest a secret, it’s just that mentioning a love of silent films often requires more explanation than I am prepared to give.
Lon Chaney stars as Tito, a clown who finds an orphan girl and raises her as his daughter. He falls in love with her (ew!) but she falls for a debauched count, as one does. Everyone ends up in hysterics and it’s a race to see who can off themselves first. Not my favorite. Is it obvious?
When it comes to animals, silent movies can be a little… eccentric.
I asked my readers to vote on which theme my site would adopt for the month of November and I am happy to say that there is a decisive winner.
Welcome back! I am cooking assorted recipes from notable silent film personalities and you are invited to tag along. (I have listed all the recipes I have tested on this dedicated page. Check back often.) Today, we will be testing a recipe from one of the greatest costume designers of all time.
Well, kids, I have a flu. It’s a known fact that summer (or almost summer in this case) illnesses are the worst. It’s nothing life-threatening, just annoying.
It’s a new month, which means that last month’s featured silent star, Rod La Rocque, will be passing the title to a new performer. Our new star is a leading lady who just may have saved Hollywood’s biggest film.
Babe Ruth stars in this highly fictionalized and idealized biopic of his early life. Not a word of it is true but it is not without its corny charm.
Continue reading Headin’ Home (1920) A Silent Film Review
I asked, you responded and now I have a nice list of options for the November theme month. Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their wonderful suggestions in the comments and on Twitter.
Hey, we can all use a few writing GIFs, right?
Marion Davies throws herself into this wacky comedy about a young woman who is undeniably second place in her mother’s affections. She responds by acting out and delightful chaos ensues.
All right, my darlings, it’s time to expect the unexpected. I feel that my site is not random enough (hee hee heeeee) and I am going to fix that by selecting silent films that star people who are NOT known for silent films.
Some silent movie title cards are best described as… odd. Some have typos, others are just weird out of the context of the film. Whatever the reason, let’s enjoy some oddballs!
We’re back with more news about silent films! This time around, I am happy to spread the word about some new releases and crowdfunding campaigns.
Pearl White plays the perpetually imperiled heroine of this iconic serial. She’s set to inherit a fortune but her evil guardian wants to make sure she won’t live to claim it. Looks like he’s going to have to pull some perils out of his bag of tricks.
Here’s a query that has shown up a lot lately:
“How do I make my own silent movie?”
Well, kids, there are hundreds of ways this could go wrong but here goes.