A Slight Case of Murder in the Silent Movies

A good murder mystery is always in style. Modern audiences can’t get enough of their forensic shows and police procedurals. Well, silent era audiences felt the same way and here are some splendid mystery scenes.

You’d Be Surprised addresses this disconnect between hating actual murder and loving a good murder mystery. The zippy dark comedy deals with a dead body, a stolen necklace and a coroner who just wants to go to the theater.

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Available on DVD.

Few directors were as stylish as Paul Leni and when he staged a murder in The Last Warning, he really pulled out all the stops. The film was shot on the old Phantom of the Opera sets.

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Available on DVD.

George Beranger’s hitman is the hit (get it, get it?) of Flirting With Fate and here he is breaking the fourth wall over the body of one of his victims.

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Released on DVD.

Asphalt is one of the great unsung German silents. A tale of cops and robbers and cops romancing robbers, it also features a bit of murder in the bargain.

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Available on DVD.

The Charlatan is a tidy little manorhouse mystery. It has everything, a dark and story night, a cast of killers and a very deadly magic trick.

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Available on DVD.

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5 Replies to “A Slight Case of Murder in the Silent Movies”

  1. I’ve got a much-more-than-slight-case of needing some Silents Immersion this evening. Thinking a good double bill will be Last Warning and Asphalt.

    Also, many thanks for being a welcome respite from reading/viewing current news.

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