You know when you are going along minding your own business, thinking of cake or butterflies or something, and someone tells you this: It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. This annoys me. I’m sorry but I don’t like my emotions and facial expressions dictated by strangers. And, secondly, I was not frowning. Just thinking about cake or butterflies or something.
I think I will adopt Boris Karloff’s approach. This is from The Bells, in which he plays a combination mesmerist-private detective. Small part but marvelously creepy.
Read my review here.
Availability: Released on DVD.
Poor Reginald Denny was just trying to make Mary Astor feel better. The girl does not know her own strength!
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Reginald Denny, the hypochondriac hero of Oh, Doctor! has never danced before. It would kill him! But he also wants to impress Mary Astor and so dance he does. But he feels just a little naughty about it…
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Ever had an experience like this with a chiropractor or masseuse? Poor Reginald Denny is undergoing a disastrous treatment from an Amazonian osteopath in the silent comedy classic Oh, Doctor!
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Captain Ramon (Robert McKim) has some seriously weird ideas as to what constitutes a capital offense.
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I love this old guy! He looks like something Aardman would animate. Three conspirators are discussing who they should hire to nurse their victim, a rich hypochondriac. Not just any nurse, a peach, a beauty! Someone to look forward to seeing every day. And one with shiny stockings.
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When people say things like:
“I hate silent movies because I don’t like to read.”
“Why would you watch an old movie?”
“Black and white movies put me to sleep.”
“I watch old movies! Why, my favorite movie is from 1991!”
There is only one proper response!
This is from Don Juan (1926). Read my full-length review here.
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This lady needs her own movie, that’s all there is to it.
Storm the Bastille, citizens!
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This isn’t an insult. He literally is telling a pork chop where it can get off. In Oh, Doctor! Reginald Denny is charming as a malingerer who discovers that there is more to life than milk and pepsin.
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Noah Beery’s Sgt. Gonzalez is determined to be the one to catch the mysterious Zorro. Why do I get the feeling that things are not going to go the way he plans?
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When can you tell if the guy you are fighting is really Zorro? Well, maybe when he carves a “Z” into your forehead. Just a thought.
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Danton cannot help giving Ramon Novarro a few fighting tips. The aristocrats are out the kill the revolutionaries in duels. What they don’t know is that Novarro has been working as a swordmaster for the past year.
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Gentlemen in starched collars insulting each other. What would we ever do without them? Milton Sills is not going to take this snotty talk lying down!
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The tables are turned and Milton Sills (who is rocking those chandelier earrings) needs to decide what to do with Wallace Beery. Hang him or let him join the crew?
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Wallace Beery stole quite a few scenes in The Sea Hawk. Here he is, trying to charm the hero (whom he has kidnapped and kept locked in his ship’s hold) into forming a profitable (for him) alliance. Vowing by the ten holy toe bones always helps matters, I think.
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Douglas Fairbanks plays Zorro as a trickster who is not above playing a joke or two on the boisterous Sgt. Gonzalez (Noah Beery). In this case, Zorro takes the opportunity to slice Gonzalez in the pants — but it’s the hapless henchman who gets the blame!
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Marguerite De La Motte is not pleased with Douglas Fairbanks and his wooing. In all fairness, pretty girls do not expect suitors to put on puppet shows for them.
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Pola Negri’s bandit girl leads her men on a raid but they end up completely wasted on stolen wine. Being a resourceful girl, Pola is determined to bring them all home again.
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Pola Negri’s feral little bandit girl in The Wildcat wants to get married. However, she has beaten up the boys in her gang once too often and so she only has one taker… and he is terrified!
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Clarine Seymour has found drunk-as-a-lord Richard Barthelmess on the beach. Her daddy is tired of her always bringing things home so Clarine must ask for permission to keep her new pet.
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Ossi Oswalda’s character is an, um, eccentric young lady with violent habits. She smashes vases, mirrors, heads when she is happy, sad or in love. In this case, she is thrilled that her daddy has promised to buy her a prince to marry.
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Ossi is practicing her maternal skills for her upcoming marriage to a German prince. Of course, where to powder the baby is not as obvious as one would think…
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Poor Prince Nucki (Harry Liedtke) comes to in a strange room and is confronted by something that is most definitely not his. Where are his pants anyway? Zany romantic comedy from Ernst Lubitsch. This is one of the funniest intertitles, in my opinion. Enjoy!
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Yup, I went back to the Beloved Rogue well one more time. John Barrymore has just been catapulted into Paris (don’t ask) and has landed in the room of Marceline Day.
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This GIF sums up everything I like about John Barrymore’s swashbucklers. He was an incredibly handsome leading man and respected actor who was not afraid to act in a manner befitting a Wascally Wabbit.
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Gertrude Claire is ready to take on William S. Hart, who plays her son. His crime? Becoming a cop instead of a decent everyday crook. I love this lady!
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Carol Dempster’s evil step-mother does not approve of her frolicking in The Love Flower. Gotta say, though, I am on the side of the step-mother this time.
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