You came, you saw, you voted and now it’s time to unveil the winners! (Spoiler: It was a complete and utter slaughter!)
Granted, this is a silent film blog and so the voters would have been self-selected with a silent film preference but still… wow. Not a single talkie emerged victorious here.
78% for the Douglas Fairbanks film and 22% for the Tyrone Power.
I also went for Fairbanks in my Silents vs. Talkies review but it was a close shave since both films are so good.
The Unholy Three
83% went for the silent, 17% went for the talkie.
In my review, I went for the silent too. This one is particularly interesting because the silent and talkie share much of the same cast and almost exactly the same screenplay.
The Blue Bird
74% went for the silent, 26% went for the talkie.
I went for the silent as well (I do actually have talkies win once in a while, honest!) as the plot is not my cup of fairy juice but the cinematography by Maurice Tourneur is unbeatable.
72% went for the silent and 28% went for the talkie.
I went for the silent as well and it wasn’t even close. When we talk about how they don’t make ’em like they used to, this is the film we are referring to.
82% went for West of Zanzibar, 18% went for Kongo.
Being a devotee of Chaney, I went for the silent as well. Did you know the plot was used again for The Shanghai Gesture?
The Lost World
86% went for the silent and 14% went for the talkie and quite right too.
I strongly prefer the silent here as well because the special effects are so much better and the story is much more fun.
So there you have it! We may be singing to the choir but it’s sometimes fun to confirm that the silents really had something going for them.
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