Gangsters! Petty thieves! Blackmailers! Rum runners! The silent era was a hotbed of crime and if you think that the gangster movie was invented with the talkie, well, prepare to be enlightened!
This month, I will be reviewing silent movies with one thing in common, all of them are about some sort of crime.
In the meantime, here are just a few of my older crime-oriented reviews:
The Bells: Robbery and murder most foul!
Below the Surface: Con games!
Carmen: Banditry and more murder!
The Cradle of Courage: The gangs of ‘Frisco!
Little Annie Rooney: The gangs of New York!
Raffles: Gentlemanly robbery!
The Sheik: Abduction and abduction!
Review #1: Fraud and embezzlement!
The Doll (1919)
In order to avoid marriage (but still claim a hefty dowry) a young man weds a life-size doll. Uproarious comedy from Ernst Lubitsch.
Review #2: Highway robbery and identity theft
A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)
Mary Pickford is a city girl who goes west only to discover that a bandit has stolen the identity of the relative she was to stay with.
Review #3: Safe-cracking
Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915)
A bank robber leaves his life of crime behind after a stint at Sing Sing but the police are not inclined to believe him.
Review #4: Bootlegging
Feel My Pulse (1928)
Bebe Daniels is a hypochondriac heiress who stumbles on a nest of ruthless bootleggers. I feel sorry for the bootleggers.
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Can’t wait to read!! I love the silents, and a good gangster flick! Right up my alley!
I may start i=with gentler fare but never fear, gangsters are on the way!
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