100 Years Ago, These Were the Tropes and Mistakes that Annoyed Moviegoers

We sometimes think of ourselves as terribly modern and sophisticated but it is always appropriate to remember that silent era audiences were pretty darn sharp themselves. Photoplay had a regular feature that allowed readers to write in with complaints about tropes, mistakes and annoyances at the movies.

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Cooking with the (Silent) Stars: Robert Cain’s Tapioca Wine Soup

Welcome back! I am taking a little detour from my mission to cook every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay cookbook in order to bring you this little recipe from 1915. The author, Robert Cain, is all but forgotten but I have to tell you that it’s no exaggeration to say that this recipe has taken over my life.

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Here Are the Movie Mistakes Audiences Complained About 100 Years Ago

Movies have a way of infuriating audiences these days, especially if there are perceived errors to pick at (and forcing filmmakers to respond). But movie audiences were perfectly capable of publicly kvetching even before the internet or sound movies. Today, we’re going to be airing some grievances from the January 1918 edition of Photoplay Magazine.

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Cooking with the (Silent) Stars: Harry Houdini’s Deviled Eggs (RECIPE FAIL)

I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I sometimes take detours along the way. I’m going to be dusting off a recipe that I made a year ago but was so bad that I decided to bury it. But then I realized that my most popular recipes are really gross, so here we go!

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