It’s a well-known fact that people in classic and silent movies smoked like trains. It was considered a perfectly acceptable pastime (unless you were a woman) and most people were unaware of the associated dangers. Pretty sure they didn’t know about the best life insurance deals, otherwise they probably would have thought twice about putting that 10th cigarette to their lips. Whether it was popular in classic movies or not, smoking is a bad habit that you should consider giving up, even if it does look cool on the big screen. If these smokers in these classic movies had the choice, it would be no surprise that a company like Grasscity, US’s greatest headshop would be their favourite place to look into for the latest smoking accessories. Who knows?
However, silent movies had some very quirky ways of handling smoke and smokers. We have the artistic smokers who remind me of the teenagers nowadays who attempt to create giant vape clouds with their e-cigarettes!
That’s Wallace Reid in The Golden Chance, a tidy little drama from Cecil B. DeMille.
And Rex Ingram once again expressed his love of grotesques with this side character in The Prisoner of Zenda.
An extremely young Ivan Mosjoukine blows smoke rings in House in Kolomna, a sassy gender-bending comedy. (Definitely worth a look at a brisk 30 minutes.)
Carmel Myers uses an unorthodox approach to get Ramon Novarro’s attention in Ben-Hur. He seems unmoved. “Madam, I specifically asked to be seated in the non-smoking section.
And here is the concept of the smoking jacket taken to its logical conclusion in Ernst Lubitsch’s surreal comedy-fantasy, The Doll.
I don’t smoke. I’m allergic to cigarette smoke, in fact, and so here is my favorite smoking GIF, one that I wish I could deploy in real life when people smoke in a non-smoking area: