Deliciously over-the-top, slightly goofy, always fun… Who among us hasn’t wanted to say, “Kiss me, My Fool!” at least once? The funny thing is, people say the line without even realizing that they are quoting a silent movie.
It’s my fiftieth taste test of a vintage celebrity recipe! (Read all my past taste tests here.) I asked my readers to vote on which silent movie star recipe I would prepare for the occasion and the winner turned out to be someone who never admitted to acting in silent films.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but today, I am taking a little break in order to prepare a 1916 recipe from the #1 male star of the time: Francis X. Bushman.
Have you ever wondered if you could make it in silent films? Well, you’re not alone. Thousands of hopefuls streamed to California with ambitions of screen stardom. This vintage checklist was used to screen applicants at the studio gate.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook and today’s recipe is from one of the big western stars of the era, Colonel Tim McCoy.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook (150 recipes of the stars!) and this time around, we’re going to be trying out a plagiarized pudding from a starlet.
Ready for another taste test of a vintage celebrity recipe? Here we go! This time around, we’re trying a breakfast/brunch dish from Marion Davies. As you may recall, we tried her recipe for cheese patties a while back. (You can catch up on all my past taste tests here.) This recipe is from a 1933 souvenir booklet.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through all 150 recipes in the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you’re invited to tag along. This time, we’re trying out an intriguing recipe from a forgotten cowgirl.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through Photoplay Magazine’s 1929 cookbook (150 recipes of the stars!) and today, I’m going to be preparing a dish from one of the top stars of silent comedy. (You can catch up on all my past taste tests here.)
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook but today, I’m taking a little detour to 1933 so that I can prepare a dessert contributed by Clara Bow. (You can catch up on all my past taste tests here.)
The hard-working folks at the Library of Congress need some more help identifying mystery stills! So, fellow film nerds, we get to help the LoC and have fun solving a mystery at the same time. Pretty cool, huh?
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 edition of the Photoplay Cookbook and you’re invited to tag along. (You can catch up on all my past taste tests here.) Today, we’re going to be testing a recipe from one of the loveliest funny ladies of the screen.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 edition of the Photoplay cookbook (150 recipes of the stars, you can catch up on my past taste tests here) and today, we’re going to be trying out some tea cookies!
A while back, I announced that November 16, 2016 would be #NationalFlapperDay. It will be a day for watching flapper movies, sharing flapper GIFs and generally having fun in a ‘teens and Roaring Twenties manner. I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for the celebration that will work in the real world.
I’m not a real sports watcher but, like much of the world, I was charmed by the idea of the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series. Last night, the Cubs declared victory after a nail-biter game 7 and walked away as champions. The last time they accomplished this? 1908.
The good people at the Library of Congress have more mystery stills to identify and they are hoping that you, dear readers, will be able to assist. I think you’re the best in the west at this sort of thing, so let’s give this a try!
The Library of Congress needs our help and since they do so much for film preservation, it’s only fair that fans of classic cinema would pitch in. What do they need? Our braaaaaaaains!
I like to read reviews of silent films that were written by people who are unfamiliar with the art. It helps me remember what it was like to be a newcomer, which things seemed confusing or odd to me. On that note, I have decided to post a quick and handy answer to some common questions.
While some silent movie costumes are imaginative and undeniably awesome, a good number are chintzy, cliched and reveal the fact that the designers and wearers have never, ever seen a silent movie. (Don’t believe me? Google “flapper costume” and see what sequined, beplumed nonsense comes up.)
Welcome back to the test kitchen! I am cooking my way through Photoplay’s 1929 cookbook but today, we’re taking a little detour. I’m going to be preparing a 1916 recipe inspired by one of the most popular leading men of the 1910s.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through Photoplay’s 1929 star recipe cookbook and you’re invited to join me. This week, an appetizer from an elegant leading lady.
Okay, so readers of this site know that the fastest way to get me annoyed is to claim that silent films were filled with women tied to tracks. I have debunked this myth again and again and again but then an offhand remark in the New York Times sends silent movie fans back to mythbusting square one. Sigh.
The news that Fritz Lang’s Destiny (Der müde Tod) was being restored has been met with great excitement in silent film circles. A highly elaborate and influential production, Alfred Hitchcock was among its fans.
Have you ever met one of THOSE fans? You know the kind I mean, the people who are so obsessed with a particular star that they consider attention for anyone else to be an insult. They’re the fans who hate a star’s girlfriend for dating their favorite. Alas, Rudolph Valentino has them in spades.
We’re back to cooking! It’s been a while so here is a refresher on the project: I am attempting to cook my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook (recipes of the stars!) and I am sharing the results. You can catch up on all my previous attempts here.
With a new version of Ben-Hur set to open in the United States in just a few days, I thought I would take this opportunity to answer a few questions that seem to come up a lot regarding the 1925 silent original.
Regular readers have probably guessed already that I am obsessed with color in early film. While Technicolor and hand-color get a lot of attention, I wanted to take time to celebrate the workhorses of silent movie color: tinting and toning. Continue reading “Tinted and Toned Nitrate: Taste the Rainbow (Actually, don’t. I’m pretty sure it’s toxic.)”
The time has come, the walrus said, to talk about opening scenes, those iconic moments that kicked off great films. Star Wars (1977) started things off with a literal bang, its heroes on the run from a gargantuan, relentless enemy. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) kept its bangs in check until the end of the scene and contented itself with a rusty windmill and three bored killers. Yojimbo (1961) set the stage with Masaru Sato’s cocky score and a shot of Toshiro Mifune’s shoulders swinging as he walked down a dusty road.
I have to admit it, I have an addiction. I love, love, love celebrity cookbooks from the good old days. Quirky, zany and often inedible, the recipes of the stars are an intriguing window into the early days of celebrity culture.
Welcome back! I am cooking celebrity recipes from the silent era and you’re invited to tag along. You can catch up on all my previous efforts here. Today, we’re trying out a dessert from one of the biggest stars of the silent era.