Silent Movie People Set Things on Fire

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.

Read my review here.

Released on the Méliès Encore disc from Flicker Alley, designed to supplement their excellent Méliès box set.

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.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

There’s no way this post could go any further without something from Hell’s Hinges, William S. Hart’s brilliant, apocalyptic western.

Read my review here.

Released on DVD.

Where there’s smoke… Some fun title cards from Paul Leni’s delightful locked theater mystery, The Last Warning.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

Finally, the false alarm. Marion Davies lures her neighbors away with shouts of fire, murder and mice.

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Released on DVD.

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3 Replies to “Silent Movie People Set Things on Fire”

  1. Lovely GIFS, particularly Marion Davies this late afternoon! Was up taking out-of-town guests on a Hearst Castle tour this morning. Marion’s sunny smile inhabited every corner of the place, I’m delighted to say 🙂

    And yeah, mice can still be a problem there, particularly in the guest houses (more like mini-mansions each). Fires, let’s not talk about- some got too close for comfort to La Cuesta Encantada during the local “Chimney” fire! The burnt smell lingered for months.

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