Silent Stars in the Twilight Zone: Joseph Schildkraut

Welcome to a new variation of After the Silents, in which I examine the careers of silent movie personnel in the sound era. For this outing, I’m going to be periodically sharing my reviews of Twilight Zone episodes that feature veterans of the silent era. Today’s guest of honor is a personal favorite of mine: Joseph Schildkraut.

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After the Silents: No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

When I’m not watching silent movies, I spend a lot of time in the swinging sixties. Sixties movies have this wonderful freewheeling quality but there is still a touch of the old studio class without the overwhelming squareness of golden age films. The film I am reviewing today is one of my all-time favorites, a twisted little black comedy with great acting and zany writing.

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After the Silents: Walpurgis Night (1935)

Ingrid Bergman is legendary for her Hollywood films and respected for her thoughtful comeback pictures. One aspect of her career that is rarely discussed is the collection of films she made in her native Sweden before becoming an international sensation. Of the six films she made in 1935-1936, only the original version of Intermezzo has been released on DVD in the U.S. Her other films from this period have been passed down to modern audiences in fuzzy VHS.

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After the Silents: Golden Earrings (1947)

Welcome to After the Silents, in which I examine the careers of silent film personnel after the talkies took over.

Today, we are going to be looking at one of the cheesiest films ever to come out of post-WW2 Hollywood. Golden Earrings was a vehicle for Marlene Dietrich and the public ate it up even if the critics sniffed and smirked. It’s an extravagant, exotic confection with a few Nazis thrown in. The golden earrings of the title are not worn by Dietrich but by her leading man, Ray Milland. Interested yet?

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After the Silents: A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Would you like to see a magic trick? I can tell what movies you’ve seen! Here goes:

Andy Griffith is one of the best actors ever to grace the silver screen and he gave one of the best performance of the 1950s.

If your reaction was, “Huh? I mean, he’s charming and all but best actor? And of the 1950s?” then you have never seen A Face in the Crowd, his motion picture debut. It’s also one of the smartest, most underrated films to come out of mid-century Hollywood.

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After the Silents: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

This is my favorite movie of all time, bar none. Celebrated and studied ever since its initial release, Lawrence of Arabia is the thinking viewer’s epic. It sets the bar high for itself and leaps over with ease. I’m very happy to be sharing it for the My Favorite Classic Movie Blogathon, hosted by Rick’s Classic Film and TV Café in honor of the first National Classic Movie Day. Be sure to read all the posts!

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After the Silents: The Glass Key (1942)

While I am not a noir expert by any means, I do like to watch something from the seedy side of Hollywood on occasion. The Glass Key is a kind of pre-noir hybrid that boasts some impressive acting and manages to stay fairly faithful to its famous source material. (As much as the Motion Picture Production Code allowed, anyway. Or didn’t. It’s amazing how much the movie got away with.) Dashiell Hammett is my favorite hard-boiled writer and I am delighted to be reviewing one of the best adaptations of his work.

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After the Silents: The Walking Dead (1936)

Boris Karloff is, of course, best known for his monstrous roles in films like Frankenstein and The Mummy. While his big break came in the talkies, Karloff was quite active in silent films as well. The Walking Dead came along after Karloff had found fame playing assorted creepy characters. While not his most famous film, it contains one of his best performances.

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After the Silents: Silent Stars in William Castle Films

What do you think of when you hear the name William Castle? Classic chillers? Clever marketing gimmicks? If you asked a movie-goer in the forties, though, they would have thought of mysteries.

In the forties, Castle was known as a B director who could get films done on-time and on-budget. His output varied during this decade but two series kept cropping up on his resume: The Whistler and The Crime Doctor. Both were low-budget films series involving amateur sleuths and both featured former silent leading men: Richard Dix and Warner Baxter, respectively.

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