Silent cinema is not only flammable, it made use of smoke and fire as a plot device and a showstopper. Enjoy the little firebugs at work!
The grand finale of The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship, which remains the best movie title of all time.
Things go very wrong in the projection booth in The Cameraman’s Revenge, which is a Lubitsch-esque boudoir comedy starring stop motion dead insects. You’re welcome.
There’s no way this post could go any further without something from Hell’s Hinges, William S. Hart’s brilliant, apocalyptic western.
Where there’s smoke… Some fun title cards from Paul Leni’s delightful locked theater mystery, The Last Warning.
Finally, the false alarm. Marion Davies lures her neighbors away with shouts of fire, murder and mice.
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