Welcome to the theme for April 2013 here at Movies Silently. It’s time to celebrate the gallant Silent Swashbucklers.
Throughout the month, I am going to be reviewing some of the most famous and best silent swashbucklers. I will also be covering the novels that inspired them as well as the talkie remakes.
Review #1: I thought I looked familiar, or, It’s good to be the king
Most remembered today for being the film that launched Ramon Novarro’s career, this version of Zenda is a classy swashbuckler with style to spare. But how will it measure up to its 1937 remake?
Review #2: How to be a Barbary pirate in three easy lessons, or, the Cornish game
Rough-and-ready star Milton Sills takes the lead in this Elizabethan tale of murder, revenge, piracy and romance. Epic and impressive ship battles abound. Can the 1940 Errol Flynn-led remake measure up?
Review #3: The very first Zorro, or, Foxy Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks chose well for his first all-costume film. His Zorro is athletic, funny, smart and brash. Fast-paced and entertaining, this is one of the best Zorro pictures. Can Tyrone Power’s 1940 remake compete?
Review #4: The versatile attorney, or, Bastilles don’t storm themselves
Ramon Novarro re-teams with the Zenda crew to tell the tale of a lawyer seeking revenge against the aristocrat who murderer her best friend. On the eve of the Revolution, yet! Will the 1952 remake be able to compete?