Harry Langdon plays a college sap who just wants to marry the girl of his dreams but is blocked at every turn by his woman-hating uncle, a chief in the local fire department. Will little Harry find love at last or will his dreams go up in smoke?Continue reading “His First Flame (1927) A Silent Film Review”
Mabel Normand plays a moviestruck small town girl who leaves the boy she loves (Ralph Graves) for a chance to make it big in Hollywood. Naturally, chaos ensues, especially when she mixes up a Great Dane and a lion…
In early 1914, movie audiences saw the Little Tramp for the first time and the world of comedy was never the same. This little short is refreshingly modern and is just as enjoyable today as it was a century ago.
Mabel Normand is as cute as a button in this little comedy about a country girl who makes it big in the movies. Mabel is betrayed by her lover (Mack Sennett) but he’s in for a shock when he sees her on the silver screen!
Mabel Normand stars as a lively young lady who is dating a race car driver. Charlie Chaplin plays a caddish motorcyclist who decides to rain on the young couple’s parade by kidnapping the driver just before his big race. Well, you can probably guess what happens next based on the title of this film…
Mabel Normand is imperiled by Ford Sterling yet again and it’s up to Mack Sennett to save the day with a little help from famous racecar driver Barney Oldfield. This zany comedy makes use of a very old cliché… and that’s where things get sticky. Time for some myth-busting.
Continue reading “Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913) A Silent Film Review”
Hell hath no fury like Ford Sterling scorned and he comes up with a doozy of a revenge plot in this Keystone classic. This anarchic bit of fun is one of the wackiest films from a famously wacky studio and it also manages to make movie history with its (reportedly) clever use of a scheduled lake draining to create its messy climax.
The story is as old as they come: Boy meets girl, boy dumps girl, girl makes good, boy left to stew. The plot may be old but that made it ripe for the Keystone treatment in this mad bit of slapstick.
Mabel Normand was one of the spunkiest ladies of the silents. Associated with the infamously rough Keystone studio, she could be as rowdy as any of the boys.
Here she is backhanding studio head and real-life boyfriend Mack Sennett in the kisser.
(The GIF is from the 1913 short Mabel’s Dramatic Career)
Mack Sennett stars in one of his own comedies. He is a rube whose ex has become a film star. Being a bit thick, he believes that the villainous Ford Sterling is really threatening his erstwhile love. Sennett was a much better producer than he was an actor but this scene really cracked me up. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of The Musketeers of Pig Alley? In any case, enjoy.
(This is from Mabel’s Dramatic Career)
Welcome to another installment of Silents in Talkies. In this series, I review sound movies that are either about the silent era or that incorporate silent films into their story. I will review the film itself and then briefly discuss whether the film helped or harmed public perception of the silent era.
This time around, Alice Faye and Don Ameche play the leads in movieland’s love letter to itself, Hollywood Cavalcade.
Fast-paced offering from Mack Sennett’s famous studio. Silent comic Billy Bevan is a zany mechanic who enters an auto race to defend the honor of his garage. Bevan is supported by Sidney Smith and Any Clyde, two familiar faces to silent comedy fans.
Continue reading “Lizzies of the Field (1924) A Silent Film Review”