Theme Month! November 2016: A Woman’s Place is in the Writers’ Room

Nobody knows exactly how many silent films were penned by women. Screen credits were a bit odd back in the day and a good number of studio records are gone forever. However, it has been estimated that as many as 50% of all silent films were written by women. Other estimates hover around 30-40% but that’s still a darn sight better than the 15% of modern Hollywood. (Oh, and they’re paid less for their work too.)

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Theme Month! July 2015: Hitch’s Picks

For the month of July, I shall be turning my site over to a Mr. Alfred Hitchcock. Let me explain. In 1939, Hitchcock was asked to list his ten favorite films. You will be delighted to know that this list contained only one talkie; the rest were silent. Further, all but two of these films not only survive, they are available on home media! The opportunity is too good to resist. This month, I will be reviewing Hitch’s picks and seeing how they measure up.

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Theme Month! March 2015: Reader Requests


You asked for ’em and now you’re going to get ’em! This month, I am going to be reviewing films that were requested by my readers.

When I made my call for requests back in Novemeber, I was overwhelmed by the excellent suggestions that flooded in. (You can read them here.) It was a challenge to choose, to be honest.

I will be listing my selections (and who requested them) right here. If you’re request was not among those selected, don’t lose heart. I really do pay attention to every single request and I appreciate your valuable feedback as to which films you would like to see covered on the site. Your request puts these films on my radar, so to speak.

Check back throughout the month to see which films were selected and who suggested them. In the meantime, please enjoy selections from my last reader request month.

Your requests last time:

The Wizard of Oz (1925)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

The Red Lily (1924)

Lizzies of the Field (1924)

Silent Movie (1976)

This Month’s Requests:

Request #1: Double Whoopee (1929)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are employed at a swanky hotel but they cause their usual chaos, including the destruction of a gown belonging to a very young Jean Harlow.

Requested by Stevie of stevielounicks.

Request #2: The Married Virgin (1918)

A pre-fame Rudolph Valentino plays the villain of the family melodrama. He’s all of twenty-three and just as cute as a bug’s ear.

Requested by Emily of nitrateglow.

Request #3: The Bat (1926)

It’s a dark and stormy night and some guy in bat ears is lurking about. Influential horror comedy that should be of considerable interest to fans of the Caped Crusader.

Requested by reader George W.

Request #4: Asphalt (1929)

Brilliant, imaginative and a ton of fun to boot, this German crime melodrama is one of the best silent films you’ve never heard of.

Requested by reader Christopher Bird.

Request #5 A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Yes, that iconic film with a rocket in the moon’s eye. Enjoy!

Requested by John of Hitchcock’s World.