I’m sharing more titles from my silent film collection. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
I’m based in California, so these films are quite possibly region 1. Readers living outside the region will need to make sure they have a region-free player before grabbing one of these titles.
You may surmise from this list that I like Mary Pickford movies just a tiny little bit.
Stella Maris (1918)
An absolute masterpiece from director Marshall Neilan and star Mary Pickford, Stella Maris is a Dickensian dive into the dark side of human nature. Pickford plays dual roles and is just brilliant. I own the out-of-print 2000 Milestone edition but have not viewed the in-print MOD disc.
Through the Back Door (1921)
Another fab Pickford vehicle featuring a score by Robert Israel with the bonus inclusion of her 1914 version of Cinderella. I own the 2005 Milestone release.
Heart o’ the Hills (1919)
A pair of rural pictures from Mary Pickford, who just loved doing this kind of thing. Heart o’ the Hills has an early role for John Gilbert and M’Liss has a considerable dose of squick. I own the 2005 Milestone edition.
My Best Girl (1927)
Mary Pickford’s final silent film is a delightful rom-com co-starring her future husband, Buddy Rogers. I own the 1999 Milestone edition, which is now out of circulation, alas.
Clara Bow plays a manicurist who marries Ernest Torrence (!) and goes to live with him in the backwoods. I have the DVD from the now-defunct Sunrise silents but you can also get a copy from Grapevine. The absolute best version is included in the Treasures 5 box set.
Without Lying Down
A documentary on pioneering screenwriter Frances Marion and her friendship/collaboration with Mary Pickford. The disc also includes the 1917 version of A Little Princess. I have the 2003 Milestone disc.
Parisian Love with Down to the Sea in Ships
Two early Clara Bow films. Down to the Sea in Ships is a whaling melodrama in which she plays a teen in lace pantaloons. Parisian Love is a cheapo Apache film with a bit of an ick factor. I own the 2002 Kino edition.
The Garden of Eden (1928)
The Lost World (1925)
Oh, how I love this movie! It has dinosaurs in abundance and nothing could be more pleasing to the kid me. I have the 2001 Image edition, which has been reissued by Flicker Alley. There is also a snazzy new restored Bluray edition from Flicker Alley.
Bardelys the Magnificent with Monte Cristo
A pair of swashbuckling roles for John Gilbert. Bardelys was thought lost for years before being rediscovered, while Monte Cristo is a deeply slashed adaptation of the Dumas novel. I own the 2009 Flicker Alley edition.
Open All Night (1924)
Open All Night has a fabulous cast and a despicable plot: Viola Dana is upset that her husband, Adolphe Menjou, won’t beat her. In the plus column, Jetta Goudal and Raymond Griffith. I own the Grapevine edition.
That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed.
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