Shelfie: Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes and the Headless Horseman

I’m back with another peek into my silent movie collection, a selection of mysteries and programmers this time. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.

I’m based in California, so while these films might be region-free, they are quite possibly region 1 or region A. Readers living outside the region will need to check their equipment before purchasing.

The House of Shame (1928)

This is a proper poverty row melodrama with a cheating husband and a flashy blonde. I own the 2013 Grapevine release.

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The Woman in the Suitcase (1920)

In spite of its title, this is not a horror film but rather a story of a daughter playing detective to track down her cheating father’s mistress. It’s a rare Enid Bennett solo picture, which is why I was interested in it. I have the 2012 Grapevine release.

You can read my review of the film here.

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Sherlock Holmes (1922)

This John Barrymore version of William Gillette’s play (and film) had to be pieced together from a mountain of unedited footage. I have the Kino DVD but a Bluray has since been released.

Read my review of the film here.

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Head Winds (1925)

This one’s pretty squicky. House Peters disguises himself as Patsy Ruth Miller’s fiance so that she will marry him under false pretenses. I am fairly certain that was illegal but ’tis a movie. I have the 2013 Grapevine edition.

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Through the Breakers (1928)

Another squicky film, this one set in the South Seas. Lesson: be nice to the guy who wants to marry you or he might kill you. I have the 2004 Grapevine edition but ReelClassicDVD also has a version out.

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Richard III (1912)

This one is a bit special as it is the earliest surviving complete American feature film. (Quite a mouthful!) Thought lost for decades, it was recovered in the 1990s. I have the 2001 Kino DVD.

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The Headless Horseman or The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1922)

Will Rogers takes on the famous Washington Irving story (he’s Ichabod) in this 1922 production. I have the 2002 Grapevine DVD.

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The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1924)

A post-Civil War costume drama about the loves and adventures of a schoolmaster. This is the second of three versions of this story. I have the 2006 Grapevine release.

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  1. Leslie Mitchell

    I have that Richard III. But then, I own every filmed version of Richard III I know of, since I am both a huge Shakespeare fan and a member of the Richard III Society (we think he didn’t do most of the nasty things history and Shakespeare attributed to him). It’s a little weird to see the play performed without the words, but it’s a lot of fun to see what they did with it.

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