The megawatt smile is pretty much a requirement for a film star but sometimes… Whether for laughs or for menace, some silent stars had smiles that inspire more shrieks than sighs.
Snub Pollard’s violent and surreal comedy Sold at Auction opens with the main character as a baby in a basket. Snub’s teeth were blacked out except for a single one up top and that smile… Brr!
This one always receives a double take. Marion Davies has fallen through the ice in The Red Mill and the result after she is pulled out is… pretty horrifying.
Lon Chaney was the king of creepy, scary, “My mind just went!” smiles and laughs and he has a doozy in The Unknown. Yeah, the one with the arms.
My favorite kind of smile: the one you give to people who demand one. Constance Talmadge handles a reporter this way in Her Night of Romance.
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