Help Wanted: You choose my theme month

Time to get my readers involved once again! I’ve had reader request months for individual films but this time I am asking you to help choose a theme for the entire month of November!

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It’s finals week! Test your silent movie knowledge

Every now and again, I like to post quizzes so that my readers can test their silent movie knowledge. And win prizes! Like this beautiful GIF!

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Movies Silently’s Top 6 Accidentally Hilarious Silent Films

It’s list time! We’ve already covered the five silent films that I consider to be the worst and least enjoyable. In short, silent films that I wish had been lost. Now we’re going in a slightly different direction. The films on this list are just as bad but they are also entertaining as heck. Whether it’s hilariously inept acting, bizarre title cards, weird stories or some combination, these movies will have you laughing through the groans.

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Fun Size Review: The Red Mill (1927)

Marion Davies directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle should have been comedy gold but this Dutch-themed picture trips over its own sabot and never recovers.

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The most unsanitary greeting in the world (and lots of it)

It’s a mark of sophistication but I am quite relieved that it never particularly caught on in the United States.

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The Cossack Whip (1916) A Silent Film Review

They raided her home, killed her family, stole her horse and now they’re gonna pay! Viola Dana stars as a Russian peasant who sets out to avenge her murdered family. It’s a stylish drama of vengeance and ballet in the waning days of Imperial Russia.

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The Great No-Machine Silent Star Ice Cream

Here’s a real treat: ice cream that doesn’t need an ice cream maker! Even better, you only need a few basic ingredients and a mixer to make it. Here’s my silent movie twist on a fabulous recipe.

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In which people are wrong on the internet, or, “Is it too much to ask for you to check a few dates?”

I know this will come as a complete shock but it seems that people are actually wrong about things on the internet. And in print. And then they’re wrong when the internet quotes the in-print errors. Sigh.

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Onésime vs. Onésime (1912) A Silent Film Review

A violent and surreal (and FUNNY) comedy from director Jean Durand. Forgotten French comedian Ernest Bourbon stars as Onésime, who has managed to create an exact double of himself. When the double’s antics prove troublesome, Onésime decides that drastic measures are called for.

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Fun Size Review: Her Sister from Paris (1925)

Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman star as an unhappily married couple on the verge of a breakup. What he doesn’t know, though, is that his mousy wife has a sexy identical twin.

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5 Movies on an Island: What would you pack if you were trapped in sand and sun?

If you were stuck on a desert island, which classic movies would you want to take with you? That is the question Rick of Classic Film and TV Cafe has asked as part of his celebration of Classic Movie Day.

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Corporal Kate (1926) A Silent Film Review

Vera Reynolds and Julia Faye are a couple of manicurists who end up going “over there” during the First World War. Naturally, army life is more dangerous than either of them imagined.

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Your First Year of Silent Films: This is where the chicks take over. Nya, nya, nya.

Sorry, boys, silent movie heroism is for girls!

Welcome back to my curated list of silent films selected with the newcomer in mind and designed to be viewed one weekend at a time. This time, we’re going to celebrate women who took center stage and turned gender tropes on their head.

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Silent Movie Myth: Everything you know about silent film villains is wrong

Ask the average person to describe a silent movie villain and you’ll probably hear something like this:

“Big, curly mustache, black top hat, black cape. Always terrorizing damsels.

The thing is, they’re describing Snidely Whiplash and Professor Fate, both of whom were created decades after the silent era. Time to smash some myths!

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News from the silent movie front: Destiny (times two!), army chicks and lost film found

All you lovely guys and gals have been saying that you want more real world silent movie news so here we are. Let me know if you like this feature and it may come back.

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I captured the sand that once caressed Rudolph Valentino’s face, or, things to do in Yuma of a Sunday afternoon

Ninety years ago, Rudolph Valentino’s final film was released. Son of the Sheik was a direct sequel to his smash hit and it created just the right combination of romance, adventure and humor.

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Fun Size Review: The White Devil (1930)

Love! Honor! Furry hats! Intense staring! I think we have some Russians in the house.

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Unboxing the Silents: Buster Keaton, the Shorts Collection (1917-1923)

A brand new set of Buster Keaton shorts with new footage, restorations and scores? You’d better believe that’s going to make some waves. Let’s unbox this set and see if it lives up to our expectations.

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The Girl of the Rancho (1919) A Silent Film Review

Nightclub queen Texas Guinan made a series of westerns in the 1910s and 1920s. We’re going to be looking at her adventures in ranching as she tries to save her kid sister, Waco, from bandits. (Waco?) Much action and shooty-bang stuff.

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What you said was stupid and/or annoying but we’re too polite to say so

Reaction shots. Silent movies understood the importance of interesting reactions and they are filled with them. We’re going to be enjoying some of the more amusing ones.

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Silent Star of the Month for May 2016

It’s a new month, which means that last month’s featured silent star, Enid Markey, will be passing the title to a new performer. Our new star is probably more famous for his wife than his films but I’m trying to change that.

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And the best silent movie cowboy is…

Last week, I asked my readers to vote in a poll to determine the very best silent movie western star. The results are in!

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Fun Size Review: The House of Mystery (1923)

While serials have the reputation (sometimes deserved) of being sloppy affairs, this French-Russian series turns the genre into art. Gorgeous cinematography, imaginative stunts, genuine suspense and an enthralling plot lift this serial head and shoulders above the competition.

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“You can’t judge a silent film by today’s standards” or “You want I should be an idiot?”

I wanted to take a minute to discuss a nasty little red herring that shows up now and again in discussions of silent film: the notion that criticizing a silent film from a modern viewpoint is somehow wrong and naughty and will just blow up the earth. (faints) I’ve been wanting to cover this for a while so here goes…

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Theme Month! May 2016: Danger Girls

It’s time to pick a new theme and this month’s is a doozy. We’re going to be celebrating danger girls of the silent era.

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The Prairie Pirate (1925) A Silent Film Review

Harry Carey plays a cowpoke who turns to a life of crime after his sister kills herself. His only clue to the identity of the man who drove her to it is a twisted cigar butt so Harry naturally starts holding up saloons and stealing their ashtrays. Wait, what?

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Your First Year of Silent Films: This is where they slime you with sleaze

Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

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Science proves that silent movies are the most beautiful movies

Okay, so I lied about the “science” part. I think “science” is way overused in clickbait headlines so I used it in my own clickbait headline. Mwahahaha!

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Your handy-dandy road map to Movies Silently

As my site gets bigger, it’s easy for older content to get lost in the shuffle. I have almost 250 silent film reviews and hundreds of other posts besides so I decided to make a list that will help newer readers dig through and find posts that are on the more mature side. Enjoy!

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Celebrate Silent Film

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