Theme Month! April 2013: Silent Swashbucklers

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

The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)

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

The Sea Hawk (1924)

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

The Mark of Zorro (1920)

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

Scaramouche (1923)

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?