One of the biggest political debates of the silent era was the question of alcohol. Should it be legal? Was it evil? Is a vodka martini really a martini? (It is not. A “vodka martini” is a kangaroo.)
Prohibition was enacted at the height of the silent era and it died just before the rise of the Breen era of film censorship. However, the movies stayed wet even when the country was (officially) dry. And they preached dryness back when things were still wet. Americans are an eccentric people.
(This is from 49-17, a rather numerical silent film directed by Ruth Ann Baldwin. Read my review here.)
(This is from The Narrow Road. You can read my review here.)
(This is from Alias Jimmy Valentine. Read my review here.)
(This is from The Vagabond Prince. Read my review here.)