Silent Movie People Stop and Smell the Onions

Onions were a controversial subject during the silent era, it seems. They could ruin your workday or cost you your marriage!

Elliott Dexter is an onion fiend in Don’t Change Your Husband, a fact not at all appreciated by his young wife, Gloria Swanson. (But what about all that salt? His cardiologist cannot be happy!)

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Albert Austin has weaponized scallions in Behind the Screen and Charlie Chaplin is not having it!

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Mabel Normand uses onions as an excuse in The Extra Girl. She’s not crying, you’re crying!

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Of course, it could be worse. They could be eating carnations! (This is from The Patsy.)

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4 Replies to “Silent Movie People Stop and Smell the Onions”

  1. I snickered at the Mabel Normand clip, then I watched it again, and . . . look where that knife blade is! She MUST have done that on purpose. If I didn’t laugh, I’d have to cry.

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