Silent Movie People Are Sprinkled with Fairy Dust

Silent movie audiences loved their fairy tales and the era had its fill of the fair folk, particularly the 1910s. Of course, not every fairy was benevolent…

We start up with a real classic: the fairy godmother. This is from Mary Pickford’s 1914 Cinderella and the fairy is played by Inez Marcel.

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I think this is actually a muse but I won’t tell anyone if you won’t. She is visiting the title character in the 1912 German biopic Theodor Körner and blessing him with, presumably, a skill for poetry.

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This is actually a talkie, the 1913 Edison musical entitled Nursery Favorites. The fairy queen gives a graceful twirl and (technology permitting) introduces herself.

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And now we have a very rude little fairy indeed. Gladys Hulette plays the sassy pixie in Princess Nicotine.

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2 Replies to “Silent Movie People Are Sprinkled with Fairy Dust”

  1. Really nice gifs! Dancers make great benevolent fairies, don’t they- something about that grace of movement. But personally I prefer among these Gladys Hulette’s insouciant little sprite. I remember someone I know who was setting up a small side yard at her home as a “Fairy Garden,” a sort of welcoming place for the Wee Ones. She told me that you must be careful what sort of fairies you’re welcoming, though. Some are apparently very much like Hulette, and beyond.

    So, watch it! When you’re picking avocados off your trees and a pesky branch snaps back in your face………a mischievous, insouciant fairy may be out and about!!! 😉

    1. Yes, I think Hulette’s little scamp is probably closer to the original Fair Folk than sweet fairy godmothers. I could easily see her stealing children for giggles. I mean, she tries to burn the house down, so it’s not much of a stretch.

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