There are times when people just need to go away. In the real world, we can hang up the phone, close the door, walk away. Online, it can be a little trickier and some people never take the hint.
An eccentric millionaire decides he wants to spend his golden years reliving his youth as a gold miner in California and so he sends his secretary out west to set things up. This is the only known surviving film directed by Ruth Ann Baldwin.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 edition of the Photoplay Cookbook and you’re invited to tag along. (You can catch up on all my past taste tests here.) Today, we’re going to be testing a recipe from one of the loveliest funny ladies of the screen.
Hold onto your corset covers, kids, because this silent movie site is going to talk about sound! Nothing so coarse as actual talkies, of course, but all the sound technologies that led up to full-blown talking pictures.
We’re back with another selection of silent movie purchases! These titles are a little off the beaten path but I hope you’ll enjoy seeing what I have hauled home. All DVDs again, no Blurays this time.
Mabel Normand is as cute as a button in this little comedy about a country girl who makes it big in the movies. Mabel is betrayed by her lover (Mack Sennett) but he’s in for a shock when he sees her on the silver screen!
Leatrice Joy is hell on wheels and in a designer gown. She plays a wild heiress whose naughty ways catch up with her when she accidentally kills a police officer with her reckless driving. Her prosecutor boyfriend throws the book at her and she ends up in prison. Also, Roman orgies. Why yes, Cecil B. DeMille did direct!
Silent movies are famous for their love scenes but even in their romantic world, affairs do not always go as planned. We’re going to be enjoying some romance fails of the silent era.
Like most silent movie fans, I also enjoy the quirky marketing materials of the era. Posters, lobby cards, ads, etc. I recently ran across a lobby card for The Sheik and a few things struck me as pretty funny. Let’s share!
I know we just did a news post but so many exciting things have happened in the last week that I had to share them with you!
Welcome to another installment of Silents in Talkies. In this series, I review sound movies that are either about the silent era or that incorporate silent films into their story. I will review the film itself and then briefly discuss whether the film helped or harmed public perception of the silent era. This time, we’ll be looking at a movie that is both a remake of a silent movie and has its story set in the silent era: Merton of the Movies.
A tale of love in ancient Greece, penned by Shakespeare and squashed down to ten minutes by the Vitagraph film company. We get the expected drug-toting fairies, forbidden love and dudes with donkey heads.
Mary Pickford returns to child roles as the princess of the title, a sweet young heiress whose sunny disposition is threatened when she loses her family and is forced to work as a maid. ZaSu Pitts nearly walks off with the picture as Pickford’s slavey pal.
Since everyone seemed to enjoy my last gift guide (box sets for the film snob who has everything), I thought I would share another list of silent movies. This time, it’s all about love! Romantic silent movies and box sets that will make hearts go pit-a-pat.
I say all summer that I can’t wait for cold weather. Well, it’s here and the problem with cold weather is that it’s cold. It makes waking up a decidedly unpleasant process. #FirstWorldProblems
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 edition of the Photoplay cookbook (150 recipes of the stars, you can catch up on my past taste tests here) and today, we’re going to be trying out some tea cookies!
Dibs and dabs of exciting news for silent movie fans and I also have some updates on stories previously reported here. Let’s start with the best news of all: a missing silent film possibly rediscovered.
Carole Lombard joins the Sennett Bathing Beauties in a beach baseball game but is attacked by aggressive crustaceans. Hey, it’s a living.
A real murder in nineteenth century Ireland formed the basis for a novel, a play and this motion picture. It’s a darker, more twisted Cinderella variation with the poor girl marrying the rich boy but finding herself caught in a whirlwind of love, lust, ambition and greed. Prime melodrama, in other words.
We’ve been having a crush-tastic few months here at Movies Silently. First, everyone named their top silent movie crushes, then I asked everyone to vote on the top 4 in the ladies and gents division. Well, the results are in and we’re ready to crown our crush king and queen.
Baby Peggy stars as a kidnapped tot who ends up performing at the circus. There’s a goofy detective, an ineffectual father, a cute dog and all the other expected silent kiddie comedy tropes.
A while back, I announced that November 16, 2016 would be #NationalFlapperDay. It will be a day for watching flapper movies, sharing flapper GIFs and generally having fun in a ‘teens and Roaring Twenties manner. I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for the celebration that will work in the real world.
A few years back, silent film accompanist Ben Model successfully crowdfunded a DVD release of silent films that are only known to exist as 16mm home theater editions. The release proved to be so successful that it spawned sequels and this is the fourth volume in the series. And there’s a twist! Instead of 16mm, the films in this collection are preserved in the European 9.5mm format.
It’s a new month and October’s featured star, Norma Talmadge, will pass the crown to a new performer. This month’s star was really more of a character actor, one of those “that guy” performers.
The featured star is…
There was this train robbery… and it was great!
Seriously, this film is often listed as the first movie with a plot or the first movie, period, neither of which isn’t true at all. The Great Train Robbery‘s real claim to fame is as one of the first American blockbusters.
What do you do if your boyfriend is a hopeless hypochondriac and his father is trying to bankrupt your family’s railroad? Well, you could hire pugilists to kidnap said boyfriend to get him into shape and then blackmail his dad into submission. Yeah, that sounds like a perfect plan for killing two birds with one stone and only a few felonies to commit!
Greetings, all! I don’t have enough stuff to really call this a proper haul but I am really anxious to share my latest cookbook acquisitions. I hope you enjoy!
Last week, I held a poll to determine which site features you think need to show up more often. The results are in!
I’m not a real sports watcher but, like much of the world, I was charmed by the idea of the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series. Last night, the Cubs declared victory after a nail-biter game 7 and walked away as champions. The last time they accomplished this? 1908.
Nobody knows exactly how many silent films were penned by women. Screen credits were a bit odd back in the day and a good number of studio records are gone forever. However, it has been estimated that as many as 50% of all silent films were written by women. Other estimates hover around 30-40% but that’s still a darn sight better than the 15% of modern Hollywood. (Oh, and they’re paid less for their work too.)