This is just how it is done. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
Caligari co-star Lil Dagover later said that Conrad Veidt did not break character during the shoot and lurked through the hallways of the studio startling people. He said he did it for a better performance. but you can’t tell me he wasn’t having just a bit of fun playing the ghoul and scaring his friends.
Lupino Lane is at it again! This time, he is a less-than talented operatic soprano. The zoom effect just cracks me up. This is yet another persona he adopted for the comedy short Only Me.
Lane made a successful talkie transition but his stage work is supposed to be his best. A pity we cannot see it now but this will do nicely.
(He’s a cousin of Ida Lupino, by the way.)
Ossi Oswalda is posing as a mechanical doll and is it ever hungry work! No one can see her eat (she is a doll) which explains her frantic face stuffing.
This GIF is from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1919 charmer The Doll.
I just thought I would have some fun with Photoshop. Here is my idea of The Dark Knight if it had been made in 1926. What’s your take? Who is your silent movie cast for The Dark Knight?
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There are times when you’ve just go to bluff your way through a bad situation. Answering the door with your face covered in pie is not one of those times.
This comes from the climax of Show People. Marion Davies delivered the offending pie.
Maybe I’m the only one who found this funny. Who knows? Anyway, the top GIF is from The Volga Boatman (1926) and the bottom one is from The Ten Commandments (1956). 30 solid years of sore necks for the ladies.
I wish I could come up with a more clever description. But the plain description is pretty great.
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There’s a reason why long dresses with trains have lost favor with the general public. Lupino Lane once again takes aim at impractical fashion in Only Me.
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Think of the arguments you can win with this GIF! Haven’t we all felt this way at one time or another? James II certainly felt this way in Lorna Doone.
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Bebe Daniels is the hypochondriac heiress of Feel My Pulse. Her uncle advised her to have adventure and romance. She ended up battling rum runners (led by William Powell!) and single-handedly saving the life of dishy undercover reporter Richard Arlen. But she also read his column and, well, he kind of dissed her in it. Said she was pretty but dumb. So she is not overly inclined to consider him the Romance of her adventure.
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The cape is out of favor for everyday wear with just about everyone except those select few who wear masks or spandex as part of their day job (or who are trying to throw a pesky ring into an active volcano). The Incredibles showed us how capes can be dangerous. Lupino Lane shows us how capes can just be silly.
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Ronald Colman is attempting to explain his nocturnal home invasion to an incredulous Constance Talmadge.
I think I will try this excuse next time I am in the doghouse.
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This is how I react to those four words, how about you? What terrible news does this GIF symbolize for you? Let me know!
(Actually, Constance Talmadge was startled by Ronald Colman in Her Night of Romance but let’s have a bit of fun!)
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Okay, here’s a little bit of advice for Ronald Colman: If you are posing as someone’s doctor, don’t diagnose. Just don’t do it. Especially if you have been, er, examining a hypochondriac heiress and have just told her she will live. Who know what she will do! Her Night of Romance continues…
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Ronald Colman has had a few in Her Night of Romance. And he just sold his house. And the new occupant has taken residence. And it’s Constance Talmadge, whom he has just dumped.
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“Not much. Not much at all. Just… a sleepwalker who does my bidding, up to and including murder!”
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Ronald Colman is trying to beat a retreat in Her Night of Romance but a “fainting” Constance Talmadge has a grip on his jacket and she is not letting go!
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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.
Availability: Released on DVD and via streaming.
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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