Shelfie: Colleen Moore, Louise Brooks and Stencil Color

I’m back with another peek into my silent movie 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.

Broken Hearts of Broadway

A 1923 Colleen Moore vehicle all about Broadway… and murder. I have the 2010 Grapevine release.

The Sky Pilot

One of Colleen’s pre-flapper pictures co-starring John Bowers and directed by King Video. The only easily-available home video edition is Alpha.

The Show Off with The Plastic Age

A double feature with Louise Brooks in The Show Off and Clara Bow in The Plastic Age. Definite before-they-were-stars feel to it but that’s not a complaint. The Image disc I own is now out of print.

Cinema Antique: The Stencil Color Collection

Okay, you KNOW how I feel about stencil color. (If you don’t, I love it. And, yes, color was literally applied one print at a time with stencils. It’s so amazing!) This collection includes eighteen short films, many with their original stencil color intact. Swoon! This disc was released in 2013 by Grapevine.

Cyrano de Bergerac

This 1925 film is a rarity: a full-length feature with stencil color in every frame. The result is absolutely stunning and the adaptation of Cyrano is pretty good in its own right too. I have the out of print Image edition but the Flicker Alley reissue is identical.

You can read my review of the film here. I also cover the Oscar-winning Jose Ferrer version.

Polly of the Circus

Mae Marsh is characteristically vulnerable as a bareback circus rider who falls in love with a small town minister. I have the 2013 Grapevine edition.

Read my review here. I also cover the Marion Davies/Clark Gable remake.

The Confession

Henry B. Walthall stars as a priest who hears a murderer’s confession and must watch as his own brother is sentenced to death for the crime. I have the 2012 Grapevine edition.


  1. bP

    That Plastic Age dvd now goes for serious $. I’ve been keeping an eye out for it on ebay, may have to settle for a VHS copy. Would like to see that one get a re-release at some point on DVD (or make it’s blu-ray debut).

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      Yes, here’s hoping Flicker Alley saves this from scalpers as it has with so many other David Shepard produced Image releases. The star power is certainly there.

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