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Hollywood A Celebration of American Silent Film

Hollywood: A Celebration of American Silent Film is a comprehensive documentary on the silent era. It was directed by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill with narration by James Mason. It was released in 1980 by Thames Television with each 13-part … Continue reading

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Cobra 1925

Cobra is a 1925 silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, Nita Naldi, Casson Ferguson, and Getrude Olmstead. Valentino plays a penniless nobleman whose weakness is women. “There are times when friendship becomes the most important thing in a man’s life, stronger … Continue reading

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Carla Laemmle

“Among the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age …. “ This is the first line of dialogue delivered in Bela Lugosi’s 1931 film Dracula by actress Carla Laemmle who … Continue reading

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The Screen’s Most Pefect Lover – Wallace Reid

Before Rudolph Valentino set the screen on fire with his smoldering good looks there was silent matinee idol Wallace Reid. He has been called the screen’s most perfect lover. He was a star of the early 1900’s and by 1915 … Continue reading

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The Sheik’s Physique

The Sheik’s Physique is a short that is a little over three minutes with Rudolph Valentino filmed sometime around 1925.  It can be found on the special edition DVD of The Sheik/The Son of the Sheik. I really love this … Continue reading

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Douglas Fairbanks

Before Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks was the original swashbuckler.  Before Clark Gable, he was the original King of Hollywood.  Prior to the movies Fairbanks had a successful career on Broadway.  Although he started out in comedies and westerns, his costume … Continue reading

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The IT Girl

In the 1920’s Clara Bow was the Queen of Hollywood.  She had an expressive face, universal appeal and was carefree.  She became a Flapper icon.  Bow was a sensation and her movies were box office gold.  She made 57 films.  … Continue reading

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Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Before big name comedians like Chaplin, Keaton or Lloyd there was Roscoe Arbuckle.  He was one of the most famous silent actors of the early 1900’s.  At the height of his career he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood … Continue reading

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America’s Sweetheart

Mary Pickford is a silent movie icon.  She was a true pioneer of early films.  At the time she was the most famous woman in the world.  She pioneered a more naturalistic style of acting that was less theatrical.  She … Continue reading

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