The Silent Movie Debunk-o-Matic: Were Woodrow Wilson and Florence La Badie an item?

Welcome to a new feature! Regular readers know that I love a loooooong debunking but some people would prefer to cut to the chase. Hey, we’re all busy, I understand. So, in the spirit of my Fun Size Reviews, here are bite-sized bits of debunking for people who want quick and convenient silent film facts. Enjoy, friends!

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Silent Movie Myth: President Woodrow Wilson had an affair with Florence La Badie—and then had her murdered

Welcome. We are about to descend into the realm of scandal-mongering, myths, gossip, innuendo, with a side helping of just plain mean. It doesn’t get worse than this. We are dealing with a rumor that sullies three reputations: Woodrow Wilson, one of the most famous and influential American presidents of the twentieth century; motion picture pioneer Edwin Thanhouser; and Florence La Badie, a popular film star who died at the height of her fame.

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Silent Take: “Star Wars” circa 1915

Like most people in my age group, Star Wars was a huge part of my childhood. And like many others my age, I fell out of love with Star Wars around the years 1997-99, when the not-so-special editions and the prequels were being inflicted on us. Around the same time, I was starting to get into silent film. I had never really liked Cecil B. DeMille’s clunky sound epics but I decided to give his early silent work a chance.

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