The Second Movies Silently Podcast with Special Guest Kelley Smoot

My second podcast episode is here at last! Delayed by a horrendous flu, we have nevertheless persevered to deliver silent movie nerdiness straight to your eardrums! My special guest is Kelley Smoot, who has spearheaded the republication of The Fourth Musketeer by Letitia Fairbanks.

A huge thanks to Eduardo and Julie for their help with the pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese and Dutch! (I received so many willing volunteers and if you sent a recording, please know it is deeply appreciated and will be used in a future episode.)

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Show Notes

Book tour dates for Kelley and The Fourth Musketeer can be found here.

You can order The Fourth Musketeer from most major retailers.

Letitia Fairbanks’ fantasy picture book (inspired by the work of Douglas and her father, as well as her own Hollywood experiences) Princess April Morning-Glory can be found here.

Flicker Alley’s excellent Douglas Fairbanks set, which includes When the Clouds Roll By, Flirting with Fate and The Mark of Zorro.

My review of The Mark of Zorro covers Fairbanks’ contributions.

The original Zorro story, The Curse of Capistrano.

Kino’s release of The Good Bad Man.

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Stella Maris (1918)

The 1925 Ben-Hur is included on this DVD.

Read the first four Boston Blackie short stories here:;view=1up;seq=19;view=1up;seq=141;view=1up;seq=231;view=1up;seq=307

You can watch The Bargain (1914) for free here, courtesy of the wonderful Library of Congress.


  1. Joe Thompson

    Hi Fritzi. That was another enjoyable podcast. I like your use of music and the advertisements. I found your talk with Kelley Smoot informative. I hope you are feeling well. The flu has been miserable this year.

  2. Gustavo

    Thanks for the great talk. I feel I’ve learned so much from just these two episodes. I also volunteer if you ever need any help with Brazilian cinema (my great passion). Mário Peixoto’s story is really interesting and also sad, since he only directed one film. He was also a writer. There’s a very good documentary on his life and work by Sérgio Machado called Onde a Terra Acaba (the title to what would have been his second film).

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