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