Photoplay Magazine held a little star identification quiz in 1927 and so let’s take the test ourselves and see how many stars we can recognize.
There are a dozen photos here. Some of these stars are more famous than others but every single one of them has at least one title available on home video, so this is a pretty fair quiz for modern silent fans, methinks. Have fun!
Do you have your guesses jotted down? Okay, here’s the answer key….
And there we have it! Twelve big names. I personally think that Blanche Sweet and Richard Barthelmess are the easiest to guess but I am terrible at star identification so what do I know? Anyway, I hope you had some fun!
I have not yet reviewed Betty Compson or Alice Joyce (though I have made her sandwich) or Claire Windsor in a picture (though I have cooked her sweetbreads recipe!) but here are some choices for everyone else:
Watch Bebe Daniels in Feel My Pulse
Watch Jean Hersholt in The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
Watch Edna Purviance in Burlesque on Carmen
Charles Ray in The Busher
Blanche Sweet in Judith of Bethulia
Laura La Plante in The Cat and the Canary
House Peters in The Captive
Eleanor Boardman in She Goes to War
Richard Barthelmess in Tol’able David
You can look up lots of swell clippings like these at the Media History Digital Library.
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