Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but today, I am taking a little break in order to prepare a 1916 recipe from the #1 male star of the time: Francis X. Bushman.
Celebrity power couple Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne play a pair of lovers caught in royal intrigue in this Ruritanian romance. He’s a nice American fellow who offers to take his friend’s place in an arranged marriage. What could possibly go wrong?
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Religion. Politics. Chariot races. Pirates. Ben-Hur the novel has all the ingredients to make a great film. The 1959 version is the most famous but the 1925 film is the one that got it right. Big, beautiful and an epic’s epic, what’s not to love?
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The 1950’s were the dawn of the television age and this new form of entertainment was so different from silent films that we sometimes forget that barely two decades had passed since the last major American silents were released. (Chaplin’s 30’s work being the notable outlier.)