Scram, Scat, Shoo: The Best Silent Movie GIFs for Telling People to Shove Off

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.

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’49 – ’17 (1917) A Silent Film Review

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.

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Cooking with the (Silent) Stars: Thelma Todd’s Scripture Cake

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.

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Theme Month! December 2016: Early Sound Technology, Part-Talkies & the Sound Transition

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.

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Silent Movie Haul: Cleopatra, Shakespeare and Animation

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.

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Fun Size Review: Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913)

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!

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Manslaughter (1922) A Silent Film Review

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!

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Silent Movie Romance Fails! or, This love affair isn’t going so well, is it?

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.

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Lobby Card Dissection: The Sheik, or, “Rudolph Valentino? Who’d pay to see him?”

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!

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News from the Silent Movie Front: More Kickstarting for Marion Davies, modern music and Bluray debuts

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!

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Silents in Talkies: Merton of the Movies (1947)

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.

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Fun Size Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1909)

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.

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A Little Princess (1917) A Silent Film Review

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.

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Movies Silently’s Gift Guide: Silent Movies for the Hopeless Romantic

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.

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I don’t want to get out of bed and neither do these silent movie characters

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

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Cooking with the (Silent) Stars: Bodil Rosing’s Berliners (Four o’Clock Tea Cookies)

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!

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News from the Silent Movie Front: Lost films found, flappers, women directors and new releases

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.

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Fun Size Review: The Campus Vamp (1928)

Carole Lombard joins the Sennett Bathing Beauties in a beach baseball game but is attacked by aggressive crustaceans. Hey, it’s a living.

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The Colleen Bawn (1911) A Silent Film Review

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.

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The Readers have Spoken! The Ultimate Silent Movie Crushes are…

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.

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Circus Clowns (1922) A Silent Film Review

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.

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Things to Do and What to Wear on #NationalFlapperDay

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.

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Unboxing the Silents: Accidentally Preserved Vol. 4 (9.5mm prints!!!)

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.

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Silent Star of the Month for November 2016

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…

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Fun Size Review: The Great Train Robbery (1903)

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.

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The Beloved Blackmailer (1918) A Silent Film Review

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!

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Mini Haul: Three Vintage Celebrity Cookbooks!

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!

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Survey Results: You told me which site features you want to see more often

Last week, I held a poll to determine which site features you think need to show up more often. The results are in!

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Party Like it’s 1908! The Cubs won the World Series! Here’s what was going on in movies the last time that happened.

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.

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Theme Month! November 2016: A Woman’s Place is in the Writers’ Room

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.)

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