Theme Month! November 2022: Before They Were Stars

November is almost over but my theme month has been going strong! I am covering the careers of famous stars in silent movies before they hit it big.

One thing I have learned is that star charisma is undeniable but it sometimes closes our eyes to the less-famous-today co-stars. I have enjoyed exploring the work of the fairly forgotten Carmel Myers as I examined the early work of Rudolph Valentino.

I have also discovered that some stars were literally the only things to recommend some of their early films (like Carole Lombard in her early Sennett work). And in other cases, the future stars were the icing on the cake of otherwise excellent pictures (like a briefly visible Richard Barthelmess in the 1916 version of Snow White). It was great fun to see Clara Bow stepping out in one of her first grownup parts, even if the film itself was a bit dull.

The month is winding down but I still have a few surprises in store, so enjoy yourselves!


Like what you’re reading? Please consider sponsoring me on Patreon. All patrons will get early previews of upcoming features, exclusive polls and other goodies.

Disclosure: Some links included in this post may be affiliate links to products sold by Amazon and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a Reply (Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately.)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.