I wouldn’t trade email and other instant communication for anything but there is something wonderful about a handwritten letter, especially one written on lovely stationary. Of course, letters were still alive and well during the silent era so let’s enjoy a few letter scenes with the stars of the era.
Action superstar Pearl White receives some welcome news in her iconic serial, The Perils of Pauline. You can read my review here.
Love letters! Don’t they make you want to squee? That’s exactly what happens in The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador, a perfectly smashing little melodrama from France. Read my review here.
Julia Faye receives a bit of good news in Corporal Kate. She and her BFF are going “over there” as entertainers for the troops. A rare wartime buddy comedy with female leads. Read my review here.
Some letters are more obscure, especially if you happen to be a ruthless bandit who never went to school. Pola Negri struggles in The Wildcat. Read my review here.
Negri’s character had no problems with literacy in Gypsy Blood but Harry Liedtke ain’t sharing. Read my review here.
Roxane and Christian share a letter and a moment in the gorgeous 1925 version of Cyrano de Bergerac, noted for its stunning stencil color. Read my review here.
Finally, some letters just aren’t worth keeping, as Bernhard Goetzke demonstrates in The Indian Tomb. Read my review here. (I also cover the 1959 remake directed by Fritz Lang and noted for Debra Paget’s paste-on dancing garb.)