Silent Quote: “In the time of silent film there used to be a lot of good pictures. Now that’s all come to an end.”

I ran across this little gem over the weekend and just had to share it. By 1935, silent films were considered creaking jokes by most of Hollywood, fit for punchlines and little else. Comedies got a bit more respect but dramas bore the brunt of the scorn. Charlie Chaplin was the lone holdout for silence. Some of the former silent stars tried to defend their art but others conveniently forgot that such films ever existed. It was the Golden Age, the Code was in force and sound was there to stay.

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Test Your Silent Movie IQ: Intermediate

Welcome back, dear readers! We had a lot of fun with the Beginner edition of this quiz so let’s dial things up a notch and go intermediate.

How it works:

Answer twenty questions and hit the “submit” button on the bottom of the quiz. Be careful when scrolling as the answer buttons are “radio” and will flip to a different answer if you have them selected when you scroll. (Many apologies for this, it was the only option on PollDaddy.) Also, double check to make sure the selection stuck. Darn those radio buttons! All questions are mandatory but the quiz will tell you if you missed one and mark the one you missed with a big blue box. As this is intermediate, there will be no “I don’t know” options.

Your score will appear at the top of the answer score card, right above the answer for Question 1. Below it will be the rest of the correct answers

Click the button below to display the quiz. If it doesn’t display, make sure to turn off your popup blocker.

 

 

Scores

0-30% – Uh oh!

31-40% – It’s a start.

41-50% – Respectable.

51-60% – Not bad at all!

61-70% – Very good.

71-80% – More than good! Great, even!

81-90% –  Nerd alert!

91-100% – You really are a specific dream rabbit.

Test Your Silent Movie IQ: Beginner

Welcome to a fun little quiz I whipped together. I hope to release an intermediate, advanced and maybe even a murderous level at some point. In the meantime, enjoy!

How it works:

Answer twenty questions and hit the “submit” button on the bottom of the quiz. Be careful when scrolling as the answer buttons are “radio” and will flip to a different answer if you have them selected when you scroll. (Many apologies for this, it was the only option on PollDaddy.) Also, double check to make sure the selection stuck. Darn those radio buttons! All questions are mandatory (there are “I don’t know” options for all of them) but the quiz will tell you if you missed one and mark the one you missed with a big blue box.

(If the quiz is not displaying properly on the page for you, try clicking this black button, which will open the quiz in a lightbox.)

 

 

Your score will appear at the top of the answer score card, right above the answer for Question 1. Below it will be the rest of the correct answers.

Enjoy and please forgive the primitive methods.

Phew! All done. How did you do?

 

Scores

0-20% – You know about as much about the silents as the producers of The Buster Keaton Story. That’s okay, though! Here are some tips for getting started.

21-30% – You have a few of the facts down but could use a bit more familiarity with the era.

31-40% – It’s a start but you still have a lot to learn.

41-50% – You have the makings of a silent movie nerd hidden within.

51-60% – Not bad at all! A silent movie diamond nerd in the rough. Wait, that makes no sense…

61-70% – Very good. A few more silent films and you will be ready for the big time. (Whatever the “big time” entails in silent movie nerdom.)

71-80% – More than good! Great, even! You have silent knowledge that impresses.

81-90% –  Beginner? You’re no beginner! Nerd alert!

91-100% – You really are a specific dream rabbit.

Silent Movie High School!

You know those school movies and their stock characters? The jock, the clown, the bully… Well, who in the world of silent movie stars would fill those roles?

Dell on Movies came up with a movie classroom for a blogathon. The original version calls for your class to be populated by movie characters from school films but I wanted to use silent actors. So, here is my variation on his invention.

(Do check out the original and support it.)

Wow, these are some of the oldest high school students I have ever seen! Oh well. Please stay with me on this.

silent-movie-high

Who would be in your silent movie/classic movie class? Leave a comment and let me know!

The Lighter Side: Silent Movie Bingo

How’s about we play a little game of Silent Movie Bingo? Take this handy card with you and mark every time someone says a variation of one of these phrases. First one to get a Bingo wins a prize! (There is no prize.) I am not responsible for any odd looks you might get playing this in public. And, yes, every single one of these has happened either to me or to a silent m0vie fan of my acquaintance. Anyway, enjoy!

silent-movie-bingo

Note: Some of these remarks are boneheaded. Others are not bad of themselves, they just tend to get overused. (Keaton vs. Chaplin, turn down the volume, etc.)

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If you were a silent star, which silent star would you be? Take the new and improved personality quiz!

I made a “Which Silent Star Are You?” quiz a while back but I wanted to return and improve it. This time around, I have divided the ladies from the gents. There are seven possible results for each gender and seven important questions that you must answer to find out what silent star you are.

I know you’re just on pins and needles waiting.

The Ladies

The Gents

I hope you enjoyed the new and improved quiz!

(If you are unacquainted with Milton Sills but find that you came out as… Milton Sills, here is my mini bio. Fascinating guy, great actor, highly underrated.)

The Lighter Side: $15 Silent Film Casting Challenge

Hey, let’s have some fun! I saw the $15 Casting Challenge over at The Motion Pictures and decided to swipe it for the silent era. Here are the rules that were put forth:

  • You have only $15 to spend, and you must spend exactly this amount.
  • Choose one person only from each category.
  • If you have a couple of bucks left over after making your initial selections, you can choose one person from any category for a cameo role. The person you choose must exactly match the dollar value that you have left.
  • If you’re feeling extra creative, come up with a genre and short plot synopsis for your film!

(Do check out Lindsey’s original for a classic Hollywood flavor.)

Select your cast of tens!
Select your cast of tens!

Many apologies for leaving out so many favorites. I tried to select and price by the performer’s value in the actual silent era. (So, for example, Louise Brooks would not fetch $5 as her reputation grew after the silent era.) I also opted to leave out the famous comedians because the comic side of Hollywood had a very different set of personnel.

Director:

F.W. Murnau ($5)
Cecil B. DeMille ($4)
John Ford ($3)
Fred Niblo ($2)
William deMille ($1)

Lead Actor:

Lon Chaney ($5)
Rudolph Valentino ($4)
John Barrymore ($3)
Milton Sills ($2)
William Boyd ($1)

Lead Actress:

Gloria Swanson ($5)
Clara Bow ($4)
Norma Talmadge ($3)
Renee Adoree ($2)
Phyllis Haver ($1)

Supporting Actor:

Conrad Veidt ($5)
Wallace Beery ($4)
Ernest Torrence ($3)
Hobart Bosworth ($2)
Clyde Cook ($1)

Supporting Actress:

Marie Dressler ($5)
Zasu Pitts ($4)
Lilyan Tashman ($3)
Margaret Livingston ($2)
Louise Dresser ($1)

Here is what I came up with:

Cecil B. DeMille ($4)
Milton Sills ($2)
Gloria Swanson ($5)
Ernest Torrence ($3)
Louise Dresser ($1)

Total: $15

I am seeing a marital comedy that turns into a swashbuckler. Ernest Torrence and Louise Dresser can be a pirate king and queen. Milton Sills and Gloria Swanson can be a bickering couple that finds love through fighting pirates. I would totally pay to see this!

So, what are your choices?

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