Fun Size Review: The Girl with the Hat Box (1927)

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.

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Haldane of the Secret Service (1923) A Silent Film Review

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.

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Things that will get you kicked out of the local Starbucks

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!

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News from the Silent Movie Front: African-American cinema, headstones and Mae Marsh

Welcome back to my regular-ish news feature. Lots of interesting tidbits this time around.

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Silent Take: “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” circa 1927

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.

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The best place for non-Hollywood silent cinema is…

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.

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Fun Size Review: The Lucky Devil (1925)

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.

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Movies Silently’s Top Five Silent Movie Directors

Well, we’ve covered actors and actresses. Now, it’s time to cover the people behind the camera. Here are my five favorite silent era directors.

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The Wrath of the Gods (1914) A Silent Film Review

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.

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Okay, you go bye now.

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.

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Seeing Stars: A directory to featured performers

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!)

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Foreign Affairs: Which country makes the best silent film?

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.

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Reel Infatuation: This is where I get goofy about you-know-who

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.

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Fun Size Review: The Chess Player (1927)

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?

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The #1 FAQ: How did you get into silent films?

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.

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Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) A Silent Film Review

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?

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Disturbing animal interactions, or, “You have had your shots, right?”

When it comes to animals, silent movies can be a little… eccentric.

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The readers have spoken! The results of my theme month poll are in!

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.

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Cooking with the (Silent) Stars: Adrian’s Tea Wafer

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.

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In which I dramatically suffer

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.

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Silent Star of the Month for June 2016

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.

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Headin’ Home (1920) A Silent Film Review

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.
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The Great Theme Month Vote is here!

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.

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Silent movie writing GIFs!

Hey, we can all use a few writing GIFs, right?

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Fun Size Review: The Patsy (1928)

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.

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Theme Month! June 2016: THEY made silent movies?!?!?!

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.

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Reveal your immoral strength! (And other perfectly mad title cards)

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!

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News from the silent movie front: Crowdfunding, Marion Davies, more Destiny and a happy return

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.

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The Perils of Pauline (1914) A Silent Film Review

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.

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Questions from the Google: How do I make my own silent movie?

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.

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