Silent Movie Stars are Amused at Your Expense


Yes, silent movie stars had their fair share of moments that required smirks and giggles and here are a few of my personal favorites.

Pierre Blanchar’s “nyah nyah nyah” game is strong in the French swashbuckler Captain Fracasse. (A pre-stardom Charles Boyer is the target.)

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

Anna May Wong takes a more subtle approach in The Thief of Bagdad.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD and Bluray.

Lon Chaney, on the other hand, could not be more obvious if he had a “I am laughing at your unexpected but inevitable demise” t-shirt in The Ace of Hearts.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

Irish actress Mary Moore (sister of the famous Moore brothers) is the lone bright spot in The Great Divide, mainly because she doesn’t take a bit of it seriously.

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Not yet available on home video.


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4 Replies to “Silent Movie Stars are Amused at Your Expense”

  1. When Anna May Wong gives you that particular lids-half-closed-sideways-glance look…oh, yeah. And love Lon Chaney’s “Heh, you’ll get yours, and soon” smirk!

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