Shelfie: Americana, Swashbuckling, Divorce and Anarchists

People sometimes ask me how many silent films I own. Let’s find out! I’m sharing more titles from my absurd and eclectic silent film collection. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.

I’m based in California, so these films are quite possibly region 1. Readers living outside the region will need to make sure they have a region-free player before grabbing one of these titles.

True Heart Susie with Hoodoo Anne

Two suffering sweetheart films from D.W. Griffith (he only wrote Hoodoo Ann) in this double feature. I have older, out-of-print editions but this Flicker Alley release is the best version available now.

Way Down East (1920)

More Americana from the D.W. Griffith brand. There are many public domain editions of this film but do stick to brand names for the best experience. I have the 2008 Kino DVD but there is also a Bluray release.

Read my review here.

Hawthorne of the U.S.A.

Wallace Reid made his name with breezy adventure-comedies. In this one, he’s an American who tries to save a kingdom from anarchists, as one does on one’s vacation. I have the 2003 Grapevine edition.

Read my review here.

Joan the Woman (1917)

Cecil B. DeMille’s very first historical super epic! Obviously, it’s Joan of Arc and it’s a pretty fun picture too. Geraldine Farrar plays the title role and Wallace Reid supports. I have the out of print 2001 Image edition, which has been reissued by Flicker Alley.

Read my review here.

Why Change Your Wife with Miss Lulu Bett

A DeMille boys double feature! It’s Cecil’s saucy bedroom comedy supported by William’s sensitive feminist drama Miss Lulu Bett. Excellent stuff! I have the 2005 Image version.

Read my review of Why Change Your Wife? here.

Read my review of Miss Lulu Bett here.

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Douglas Fairbanks’s Arabian Nights epic is shown to best advantage in the out-of-print Cohen Collection Bluray complete with Carl Davis score but it’s also available as a DVD from Kino.

Read my review here.

The Unknown Soldier (1926)

We know about war pictures and unwed mother pictures. Well, this one does BOTH at the same time. Produced by Cecil B. DeMille, it was made during the revival of interest in war pictures. I have the 2012 Grapevine edition.

The Three Musketeers (1921)

Doug is at it again! I have the 2004 DVD release of the film but it is also available on DVD from Ben Model’s Undercrank Productions.

The Mark of Zorro with Don Q, Son of Zorro

Two more Fairbanks swashbucklers. The Mark of Zorro was his first costumed swashbuckler and Don Q was his first sequel. A fantastic double feature. I have the 2002 Kino DVD.

Read my review of The Mark of Zorro here.


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  1. Marie Roget

    Great Shelfies all! Miss Lulu Bett and Hawthorne of the U.S.A . are long-time faves around here 🙂

    Personally speaking, I’m solo for the next few days and plan on binge watching in the evenings anything I can ID as filmed at Fort Lee NJ. Started out the binge earlier with Milestone’s wonderful The Champion (doc and films). Good times.

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