The Top Stars of 1918: YOU Decide

Since everyone seemed to have so much fun picking their favorite top-recommended silent film, I thought we could have some fun choosing our favorite stars from 1918.

The source of information will be a write-in contest from Motion Picture Magazine. This will be American-centric due to where the original voters were located.

Obviously, many of these stars are a bit hard to judge due to the fact that their films are lost or are unavailable to the general public, therefore, I will be running two polls: One that is just the plain top 10 from the contest, easy enough. The other list is made up of stars who made the top 50 or so but didn’t crack the top ten. However, they do have a decent body of work or at least one super famous title on home video or who are still recognized by reasonably savvy movie nerds. Let’s see who emerges on top!

You can read my original piece on the top stars of 1918 here.

So, pick at least one and UP TO FIVE favorites from each list and most of all, have fun! The polls will remain open for a week and I will announce the next round after that.

If you have any issues with the poll displaying correctly, here is a direct link.

Also, be sure to share any film recommendations, especially for the more obscure stars in the top 10!


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12 Replies to “The Top Stars of 1918: YOU Decide”

  1. So many ‘if onlys’ … not only lost films, as with Bara, but also careers shortened by death or scandal, as with Thomas, Reid, and Minter.

  2. Great game! List two contains two stars I actually met. By that I mean, as a child, I gamely hung on to my Dad’s arm as we worked our way through a reception line at the Eastman House. Looking forward to the second round.

  3. Glad to see Sessue Hayakawa on this list. He was just as huge as Chaplin if not huger and was a precursor to Valentino. Pity many only know him for his post WW2 work. Him and Anna May Wong were both victims of the harsh anti-miscegenation laws of the day. Though where Wong is remembered, Hayakawa seems largely to be forgotten.

    1. Hayakawa received 48,000 votes (Mary Pickford had 159,000) which put him in the popularity ballpark with Olive Thomas and Viola Dana, so quite respectable. He did wonderful work.

  4. I saw MMM in The Ghost of Rosy Taylor, and The Eyes of Julia Deep. I found both to be quite charming.
    I recently read the biography of Francis X. A movie titled “The Second in Command” was mentioned, and sounds good. It was said a print was held by Kodak at one point, but I don’t know if it exists today. Would love to see it.

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