I have been knee-deep in research about 1910s stars and one thing that struck me was the number of big, big names I have never seen on celluloid. Oh, stills exist but silent stars can’t really be appreciated properly until you see them move.
I consider myself to be a fairly intense silent film fan but I am once again taken aback by just how much we do not know and cannot experience firsthand.
Based on my research, the star I would love to see in a movie is Elsie Ferguson. From what I can tell, only one of her silent films, Witness for the Defense, still survives and it is preserved in Russia. (Her talkie debut survives too but we’re all about the silents here.)
Ferguson’s elegance was praised and she was a constant fixture of fan magazines and popularity lists. I want to enjoy the same star power that silent era audiences loved so much.
How about you? Your star can be famous or obscure and they may or may not have films on home media. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who would really like to see a Marie Doro movie. Maybe you’re a newcomer who has not yet experienced a Marion Davies or Lon Chaney or Gloria Swanson movie.
Whatever your choice, please share!