It’s time to test our knowledge of silent stardom circa 1914! This is an interesting time period because, while we love and recognize a decent number of stars from this colorful period, there are still a great many who are met with a “HUH?!” even by nerdy fans.
Let’s have fun and acquaint ourselves with some big names. These entries are from March and April 1914 issues of Motography. I am not presenting an exhaustive filmography for each star, just linking to a film or two for the convenience of anyone who wants to sample their work.
Ben F. Wilson
Harry Benham played the title role in Nicholas Nickleby for Thanhouser and was one of the company’s stars.
I have not seen any of Mignon Anderson’s “Desperate Desmond” roles but should very much like to. You can see her in Just a Shabby Doll, which also features Harry Benham.
Another Thanhouser player, you can see Fealy in King Rene’s Daughter.
You can look up lots of swell clippings like these at the Media History Digital Library.
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