Silent Movie Guys Making Dramatic Entrances (da-da-DUM!)

When there are no spoken lines of dialogue, you have to figure out how to make a spectacular and silent entrance. That’s just what these silent movie fellas manage with assorted techniques employed.

Director/star Lois Weber’s character gets her first look at the villainous tramp in Suspense from a decidedly dramatic angle. The 1913 is a stylish study in suspense and displays remarkable visual sophistication.

Read my review here.

Released on DVD and Bluray as part of the Early Women Filmmakers box set.

Forrest Stanley’s super-Mountie in Tiger Rose always gets his man, thanks to his patented hide-in-the-straw-and-wait-for-him-to-show-up technique. Really smashing Mountie picture, by the way, full of more wilderness adventure than you can shake a stick at.

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Released on DVD by Grapevine.

Conrad Veidt cut quite a figure as Ivan the Terrible in Waxworks. If anyone could lay claim to King of the Slow, Dramatic Walk, it was him. Brrr!

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Released on DVD by Kino.

Speaking of dramatic Russian themes, Ivan Mosjoukine makes quite the entrance in the finale of The White Devil, based on Tolstoy’s Hadji Murat. The undisputed master of intense stares, Mosjoukine knocks this one out of the park.

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Available on archive.org with English intertitles.

Back to the U.S.A. with Harry Carey making good use of saloon doors in Straight Shooting. There’s no point in playing an old west killer if one cannot open saloon doors and allow one’s eyes to sweep the room in a menacing manner.

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Released on DVD by, oh dear, Alpha.

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4 Replies to “Silent Movie Guys Making Dramatic Entrances (da-da-DUM!)”

  1. Terrific .gifs, all!

    We re-watched The Burning Crucible this evening, and there were so many dramatic entrances (and exits) I lost count.

    [Fun Aside: our visiting Midland, Ontario relatives had never seen the film and watched Crucible intently, not quite knowing how to react to it. Partner handled the whole thing with aplomb by pointing out, “No need to analyze, folks. Just sit back, eat the snacks, have a beer, and enjoy the ride!”]

  2. No one could play this “Tiger Rose” moment better than Forrest “Super-Mountie” Stanley. Whenever I watch this film, I can’t help but feel the story might have been a bit more robust had it explored Stanley’s character further — A missed opportunity or cuts from the theatrical release?

    In contrast to this thrilling example of Mountie always-gets-his-man know-how, is the entrance made by Sam de Grasse earlier in the film: While Rose is distraught and frantic, Sam de Grasse enters and scans the room as calmly and smoothly as ever (a Harry Carey moment to be sure – who, by the way, was Sam de Grasse’s Step-Son In-Law).

    A scan of the “Tiger Rose” 1917 script can be found at https://archive.org/details/tigerrosemelodra00mack

    1. Thanks for the link! Oh yes, I definitely could watch Stanley’s Mountie character for hours. I do think this was a missed opportunity as the studio bigwigs were all about Lenore Ulric.

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