What Was the Last Silent Movie You Watched?

Quick! Name the last silent movie you have viewed! Not your favorite, not the best (though they may very well be) but the last one you viewed.

It can be a rewatch, a new-to-you film or anything in between. It just has to be silent.

Mine is the 1912 Thanhouser release of Nicholas Nickleby (you can watch it here), which I will be reviewing on Sunday.

Now it’s your turn and I’m nosy. Looking forward to your responses!

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53 Replies to “What Was the Last Silent Movie You Watched?”

  1. I’ve been gradually working my way through the Pioneers of African-American Cinema set on Netflix, so my last was The Symbol of the Unconquered! It’s definitely an awesome piece of history, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Within Our Gates or some of the other films in the set — which could be due to the missing footage.

  2. It was A Trip Down Market Street. What makes this weird is that I literally just finished watching San Francisco with Clark Gable. Apparently, I have quakes on the brain.

  3. Wife and I watched “Children of Divorce” on blu-ray last week. A few days before that, we watched “Wings” on blu as well. Both films were first time watches and we definitely enjoyed them!

  4. I watched It’s the Old Army Game with WC Fields and Louise Brooks. I like Louise Brooks but am not much of a WC fan. Funny thing is, I was disappointed by her part in the movie but thought he was great. It’s almost like she was just in the background the whole time. Overall a pretty funny movie though. Picked it up on that big Kino sale a few weeks ago.

  5. Wicked Darling (1919). Lon Chaney, Priscilla Dean, and (unfortunately) a short part by Gertrude Astor. Tod Browning, Director. I have always admired and enjoyed Lon Chaney but he played such a sleaze in this film, I thoroughly enjoyed it when he got his comeuppance.

  6. Another ‘Pioneers of African-American Cinema’ entry: “Hell Bound Train” James and Eloyce Gist 1930. I wondered whether Rev Gist and/or his wife may have added a commentary when it was screened to their congregations, benshi style?

  7. Bao, the animated short that accompanies The Incredibles 2. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but I certainly enjoyed it.

  8. “The Lost World” with live accompaniment by Ben Model at the Huntington Cinema Arts on Long Island. Try to go monthly for that experience

  9. The Birth of a Nation. Still working my way through it as it is really a hard slog. Lee is about to surrender at Appomattox.

  10. “The New York Hat”–Reviewed not that long ago here and really cute. Thanks for introducing it to me!

  11. Dr. Pickle and Mr. Pryde which was one of the bonus features with the John Barrymore version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I found a poster of the Barrymore film when I was moving to my new apartment in the local retirement community and decided to add the film to my collection.

  12. I watched Frank Borzage’s “Lazybones” a little while ago when it was up on FilmStruck. It was a pretty cute movie overall, but it kind of went off the rails at the end by diving into quasi-incestuous territory…

  13. My last one was ‘Heliogabale, L’orgie romaine’ aka ‘A Roman Orgy’ which managed in less than 10 minutes to show the downfall of the Roman emperor Heliogabalus. Found it on YouTube. Has a big finale with lots of lions LOL

  14. “Les ombres qui passent” (1924) at the Cinémathèque française, preceded by “L’angoissante aventure” (1920) and “L’enfant du carnaval” (1921). Aiming to see “Michel Strogoff” tomorrow. Quite a festival I am doing on my own. Thank you for making me discover Ivan Mosjoukine, he is really wonderful. It gave me another reason to come to Paris, too.

  15. My most recent Silent clip was What The Daisy Said 1910 with Mary Pickford. The last full film was The Water Nymph 1912 with Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett. I love seeing the clothes and hats people used to wear and they look such fun!

  16. The 1916 version of Sherlock Holmes as part of TCM Silent Sundays. William Gillette was amazing. I was so glad they were able to rediscover this gem.

  17. My last silent movie viewing was comedy shorts night at Niles… and the last movie of the night was Double Whoopee with Laurel and Hardy.

    My answer was *almost* Kidnapped, since the DVD just arrived–but we’re about to spend a week’s vacation at a remote location, so I’m stockpiling entertainment, and Kidnapped arrived just in time! Looking forward to seeing it 🙂

  18. Pioneers of African American Cinema: Mercy the Mummy Mumbled. I think this needs a modern remake: Boy meets Girl. Boy wants to marry Girl. Boy must provide ancient Egyptian mummy to Girl’s mad scientist father. Cue shenanigans!

  19. I’d like to know where MIB got a copy of The Overcoat, I’ve been wanting to see that one for years. Last one I saw was Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman – TCM DVD muted, because Arthur Barrow totally missed the boat with his score.

  20. I just watched Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1927. I enjoyed it upto a point. But the two white actors playing the mixed-race lovers was off putting and it also felt a bit D.W. Griffithish. Looking forward to watching Kidnapped very soon. Can’t wait!

  21. Exit Smiling, a surprisingly bittersweet and completely hilarious comedy starring the incomparable Beatrice Lille at her best and the pedestrian Jack Pickford standing around grinning. Saw it last night in a binge which included The Dancer’s Peril, Lorna Doone and Wolf Blood. I probably need to get a life.

  22. John Barrymore’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Perhaps the only version of Mr. Hyde that gave me the heebie jeebies. I might have to brave through watching it again because I’m so fascinated >.<

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