I guess I should have tried harder for a pithy title, eh? Oh well, sometimes it’s best to just speak plainly, even when it isn’t particularly concise, and especially when the title cards in question are so much fun!
As usual, I will be listing the titles of the films that were the sources for these GIFs and I will link to my reviews. Enjoy!
Oh, and a quick note: silent movie intertitles were NOT a one-to-one substitute for dialogue. They were used to deliver important information or (in these cases) the punchline of a joke. Random chit-chat and simple phrases like yes, no, maybe or hello were pantomimed or intended to be lipread.
We should be proud of these American title card writers:
This is from John Ford’s Shakespearean ensemble comedy Upstream. It was thought lost for decades before emerging in New Zealand. It proved to be worth the wait.
Here’s the glorious Marion Davies delivering a spoof of melodramatic performances:
This is from Show People, which you have seen, right? Right? What are you waiting for?
Talking to inanimate objects is fun and Reginald Denny is doing a wonderful job.
This is from Oh Doctor! in which Denny plays a hypochondriac who overcomes his imagined condition in a bid to win the love of Mary Astor.
Sometimes the supporting cast gets the best lines:
This is from The Lucky Devil, a Richard Dix comedy in which he plays an ex-department store model who ends up driving a jinxed car across the country and into a wild dirt road race. Fun stuff.
I just had to include this one, given the recent news that an actress in her twenties was deemed too old to play the wife of an actor who was pushing forty. Take that, foxy grandpas of Hollywood!
This is from Daddy Long Legs and the fellow delivering the line is the film’s director, Marshall Neilan.
Here’s a call and response title card.
Appalled at overpriced salons? Clyde Cook hears you, man.
This is from The Winning of Barbara Worth, more noted as Gary Cooper’s breakout role than its commentary on barber shop pricing.
Finally, we have a silent movie version of Star Trek!
Okay, so it’s The Trail of ’98. Picky, picky.
P.S. Since people have asked, yes, you may share my GIFs on social media. That’s what the buttons are for! A link back is always appreciated, of course, but knock yourselves out!