Silent movie stars were armed and dangerous, more often than not. It’s hardly surprising as villains and bandits and villainous bandits and bootleggers could be around any corner. Here are the assorted steps taken for offense and defense.
What’s this? Oh, Conrad Veidt surrounded by a sea of swords. I’m sure nothing bad or deadly will come of this. By the way, the movie is called The Last Performance, which is not menacing.
Here’s an interesting one from a fantasy sequence in the Chilean film The Hussar of Death. One of the villains imagines our hero (the aforementioned hussar of death) in various disguises, each more heavily armed than the last.
Two Arabian Knights is a fun buddy comedy that starts out as POW picture and ends up, well, in the Arabian Nights. Louis Wolheim, one of the buddies, has his work cut out for him.
Not available on home video but sometimes airs on TCM.
William Boyd is mad as heck and he isn’t taking it anymore! “It” in this case is systematic oppression under the czar’s regime. Exactly what you would expect from a Cecil B. DeMille movie. (That was sarcastic.)
Lest you think this is a boy’s club, here is Sally Rand. Miss Rand has traded in her bubble and fan for a pistol in The Fighting Eagle and I think it suits her.
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