Welcome back to another silent movie list! This time, I will be sharing six movies that manage to get both love and humor to fit into the story.
Reginald Denny demonstrates that there is absolutely no wrong way to dance in a silent movie. Just put aside your shyness and cut a rug!
Reginald Denny plays a hypochondriac who is being bilked out of his inheritance by swindlers. Things go awry when Denny falls for his pretty nurse (Mary Astor) and becomes an adrenaline junkie in order to impress her. What if he dies before the swindlers can collect? Hilarious situation comedy and charming lead actors make this a forgotten gem.
If it were a dessert it would be:
Soda Cracker Chocolate Candy. Seems safe enough for an invalid but packs a sugary punch.
Read my full-length review here.
Harry Leon Wilson is not a household name nowadays but back in the ‘teens and twenties he was a popular novelist and many of his books were adapted into movies. His books often featured prissy, emotionally immature heroes who were saved from their plights by spunky young ladies. (You can read my review of Wilson’s most famous novel, Merton of the Movies, here.) Oh, Doctor! was adapted in 1925 by Universal. The film starred Reginald Denny and Mary Astor.
Reginald Denny stars as a hypochondriac whose condition is being exploited by a trio of loansharks. Mary Astor is the pretty nurse who inspires Denny to try to be healthy– and just may be able to save him from bankruptcy.
Poor Reginald Denny was just trying to make Mary Astor feel better. The girl does not know her own strength!
Reginald Denny, the hypochondriac hero of Oh, Doctor! has never danced before. It would kill him! But he also wants to impress Mary Astor and so dance he does. But he feels just a little naughty about it…
Ever had an experience like this with a chiropractor or masseuse? Poor Reginald Denny is undergoing a disastrous treatment from an Amazonian osteopath in the silent comedy classic Oh, Doctor!
I love this old guy! He looks like something Aardman would animate. Three conspirators are discussing who they should hire to nurse their victim, a rich hypochondriac. Not just any nurse, a peach, a beauty! Someone to look forward to seeing every day. And one with shiny stockings.
This isn’t an insult. He literally is telling a pork chop where it can get off. In Oh, Doctor! Reginald Denny is charming as a malingerer who discovers that there is more to life than milk and pepsin.