Category Archives: Silent Films

The World’s Most Daring Drivers (and Cameramen)

The World’s Most Daring Drivers (and Cameramen) May 31 marks the 104th anniversary of the first Indy 500 race. While it may be difficult to imagine turn of the century cars taking on such an intense endurance test, it’s possible … Continue reading

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“Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” Book Giveaway Twitter Contest (Week of November 24)

Book Giveaway: “Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” by Peter Ackroyd  — Qualifying Entry Task for this week’s  Twitter Contest Okay, here we go… This is our first Charlie Chaplin Book Giveaway — and I’m happy to say that, in honor of the … Continue reading

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The Fairy Tale Blogathon: Cinderella (1914)

And they Lived Happily Ever After… Ah, Cinderella! What little girl didn’t grow up hearing, in some version or other, the classic tale of Cinderella?  As for me, it first came in the form of a dazzling, illustrated oversized storybook … Continue reading

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Murder in the Windy City: The Story Behind “Chicago”: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 8)

  Murder in the Windy City: The Story Behind “Chicago” The story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly has been told time and time again in the form of musicals, Broadway shows and films, but it began as a play … Continue reading

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The Diamond from the Sky: American’s Crown Jewel: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 7)

  The Diamond from the Sky: American’s Crown Jewel The serial film was nothing new when the American Film Manufacturing Company released “The Diamond from the Sky” in 1915. In fact, just months before, the Thanhouser Film Corporation had wrapped … Continue reading

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Flying High With Flying A in the Windy City: The American Film Manufacturing Company: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 6)

  Flying High With Flying A in the Windy City: The American Film Manufacturing Company Formed by Samuel Hutchinson and Charles Hite, the American Film Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1910 and held the distinction of being the only independent … Continue reading

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The Little Colonel Meets Poe: Henry B. Walthall at Essanay: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 5)

  The Little Colonel Meets Poe: Henry B. Walthall at Essanay Henry B. Walthall is widely remembered today for his performance as The Little Colonel in D.W. Griffith’s controversial “The Birth of a Nation,” and for his work under Griffith … Continue reading

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S & A and the Windy City: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 4)

  S & A and the Windy City Though not the first film studio to be built and based in Chicago, Essanay grew to be one of the largest and most popular of the Chicago-based studios. The sheer number of … Continue reading

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Lions and Tigers and Colonel Selig: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 3)

  Lions and Tigers and Colonel Selig In the early days of silent cinema, Chicago was responsible for 20% of the total output of the US film industry. One of the biggest contributors to this staggering statistic was Chicago’s own … Continue reading

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The Selig Polyscope Company and the Birth of Film in the Windy City: The Chicago Silent Era (Part 2)

The Selig Polyscope Company and the Birth of Film in the Windy City “Colonel” William Selig By the time William N. Selig died in 1948, he had produced thousands of films via the Selig Polyscope Company, discovered a number of … Continue reading

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