Mabel Normand plays a moviestruck small town girl who leaves the boy she loves (Ralph Graves) for a chance to make it big in Hollywood. Naturally, chaos ensues, especially when she mixes up a Great Dane and a lion…
We all know that color was in the movies long before sound and that hand-colored dance films were part of Edison’s early screenings. So tell me this: What’s your favorite kind of cinematic color that was used during the silent era?
Many apologies for the lateness of posts this week. My older dog has been sick for the past couple of days. We thought he was over it yesterday but he relapsed today.
I’ve been a little quiet these past few days because I have been working on something that has been percolating in my brain for a bit and I finally had a design idea that tickled me pink: Movies Silently t-shirts and swag!
Sometimes, things just don’t go well for silent movie stars. Maybe they were bonked on the bean, maybe their horse fails to cooperate. Whatever the reason, they’re just a little woozy.
An American production team shooting in Ireland with a screenplay based on a true crime scandal that fascinated the entire nation… Who said silent films were boring?
Think Eadweard Muybridge pioneered the idea of cinema? Think again! It was going on back in caveman times, as this amusing silhouette cartoon shows.
I’m back with another peek into my silent movie collection, a grab bag of mainstream American releases this time. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
Here’s a fun little exercise. Many people dream of meeting their favorite entertainers in their prime so let’s indulge ourselves. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite anybody who worked in silent movies. Who makes the cut?
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I am taking a slight detour to prepare a sandwich recipe from 1915. This sandwich was inspired by one of the great beauties of the silent era.
Silent movie stars were often up to no good and their antics included everything from minor mischief to outright villainy. But what to do if they were caught in the act? The old innocent routine!
James Williamson, a Scottish chemist turned motion picture pioneer, adapts Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic fable for the screen and showcases some impressive special effects in the process.
Ruth Ann Baldwin wrote and directed this western comedy about a forty-niner who wants to relive the good old days. As an added bonus, there’s quite a bit of footage shot in San Diego’s Balboa Park.
In early 1914, movie audiences saw the Little Tramp for the first time and the world of comedy was never the same. This little short is refreshingly modern and is just as enjoyable today as it was a century ago.
Douglas Fairbanks is known as the king of costumed swashbucklers and rightly so but the movies from the start of his career, the movies that allowed him to build his stylish empire are fascinating in their own right. Kino Lorber has just released two rare 1916 Fairbanks features in HD!
Look, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… the star of the movie? Silent film stars knew how to go incognito.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and looks aren’t everything… but they are today! Just for fun, tell me which silent stars are just plain breathtaking.
This month’s theme should be particularly fun because it was chosen by my readers. They want silent movies about movies and I am going to deliver!
It’s time to announce the winners of my Douglas Fairbanks Bluray Giveaway sponsored by Kino Lorber!
Have you ever gone into a movie not expecting much and ended up being delighted? That’s the case here. Tiger Rose isn’t on anybody’s best-of lists but it’s a fun, solid Mountie flick and that ain’t nothing.
Charley Chase’s mother has just remarried but she hasn’t told her new husband about her adult son. Charley poses as his step-father’s valet and, of course, chaos ensues, especially when the new maid (Martha Sleeper) gets in on the act.
I asked my readers to vote for the silent movie superstar who would provide the recipe for my 100th Cooking with the Silent Stars post. You voted, I counted and here we are!
Here’s to you, silent movies! A salute from the major stars of the period. A very literal salute.
I’ve been cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but sometimes I take a little detour. This time, I’ll be preparing a dish that was designed to capture the essence of a popular western star of the 1910s.
Douglas Fairbanks is one of the most beloved stars of the silent screen and he’s getting a brand new double feature release in HD. Even better, you can win a copy!
I haven’t posted any news in quite some time and exciting things are happening in the world of silent films!
Thomas Edison decided that movies were okay but what everybody REALLY wanted was a talkie short. Alas, this was the 1910s and silent features were actually the way ahead. That being said, this is a perfectly serviceable miniature musical.
The Romanovs had been in power for three centuries and motion picture cameras captured the family and the Russian people on the eve of the First World War and the Ten Days That Shook the World.
I was feeling a little mischievous on Twitter today (and every day) and so I decided to poke a bit of fun at the raging Cannes Film Festival vs. Netflix debate currently underway.
Silent cinema is not only flammable, it made use of smoke and fire as a plot device and a showstopper. Enjoy the little firebugs at work!