William S. Hart gets dark (well, darker than usual) in this western revenge yarn. He is supported by Anna Q. Nilsson, whose sensitive performance does much to enhance the picture.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: The Toll Gate (1920)”
No relation to the Tracy-Hepburn vehicle of the same name but a fun little domestic romp for Cecil B. DeMille nonetheless. Milton Sills and Anna Q. Nilsson deal with her affair while their daughter, Pauline Garon, chases her friendly neighborhood paleontologist (Elliott Dexter), who just wants to put his brontosaurus together.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: Adam’s Rib (1923)”
Welcome back! I am cooking every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you are invented to join me. This week’s recipe is from a star who is most remembered for a sound era cameo.
Anna Q. Nilsson plays a Northern spy who has been sent to discover the location of the South’s ironclad battleship. Miriam Cooper is the Southern railroad engineer’s daughter who must race to save the ship. Oh, yeah, there’s a guy in it too but he doesn’t do much. American Civil War adventure from Kalem.
Think gangster films first came along in the early 1930s? Think again! They were present from the very earliest motion picture days and Regeneration is one of the first gangster features. It was directed by some guy named Raoul Walsh.
Raoul Walsh remains one of the most influential directors of the gangster film genre and he was already practicing his craft back in 1915. This is a film about the then-hot topic of poverty cycles and the redemption of career criminals. Walsh filmed on location to ensure that his picture had the proper amount of grit.
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Mr. Yankee Doodle Dandy himself, George M. Cohan stars in an early version of this oft-filmed tale of intrigue, murder and writer’s block. It’s a mixed bag all around but there is some unintentional hilarity as one of the side characters reenacts Weekend at Bernie’s with Hedda Hopper’s corpse.
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George M. Cohan tries his hand at the silent screen in this adaptation of his hit play. He plays a schlock writer who wagers he can create work of literature in 24-hours. Our hero goes to an isolated and deserted inn to work but of course you know he will be interrupted. By a reporter. And criminals. And a crazy hermit. Who steals corpses. Because.
I shall also be covering the 1983 remake, House of the Long Shadows. Click here to skip to the talkie.
William S. Hart is back in the saddle with one of his most villainous roles. He plays a bandit betrayed by his own lieutenant and out for revenge. We have holdups, posses and plenty of brooding between the action scenes. In short, a Hart film.
Cecil B. DeMille takes another stab at the domestic comedy– this time with cavemen thrown in for good measure. The tale concerns married couple on the shady side of thirty. Their union seems doomed when the wife starts stepping out with an exiled aristocrat. The couple’s teenage daughter, a modern maiden, has other ideas and she intends to save her save the marriage at any cost– all while romancing a stuffy paleontologist.
Continue reading “Adam’s Rib (1923) A Silent Film Review”