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Chariot Races and Copyright Infringement: A Tale of Ben Hur (Remakes and the Early Days of Film, 4)

  Chariot Races and Copyright Infringement: A Tale of Ben Hur In 1907, the state of the American film industry was rather poor and was still, largely, in its infancy. D.W. Griffith had just joined the industry as an actor, … Continue reading

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Nevermore! Eclair and Essanay Pursue ‘The Raven’ (Remakes and the Early Days of Film, 2)

  Nevermore! Eclair and Essanay Pursue ‘The Raven’ As recent as 2012, Edgar Allan Poe has been portrayed in a medium which he never lived to see. His works and his life have provided ample material for film. In fact, … Continue reading

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TCM – The Silent Stars of the Month

  Turner Classic Movies – The Silent Stars of the Month This month Turner Classic Movies is shaking up their ‘Star of the Month” programming. Instead of focusing on just one star, TCM is focusing on a whole slew of … 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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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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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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A Star is Born – Gloria Swanson at Essanay

  A Star is Born – Gloria Swanson at Essanay “You ought to screen wonderfully, if you don’t screen terribly,” the director challenged the young woman touring the studio. The petite young girl was not intimidated. “Try me,” she fired … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Mary Astor

  Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Mary Astor, born May 3rd, 1906. The Lovely Mary Astor Sometime between the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Modern era, a lot has changed. Take for instance the media’s treatment of, and the populace … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Douglas Fairbanks

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Douglas Fairbanks, born May 23 in 1883! Douglas Fairbanks – the Original Zorro! ….. Douglas Fairbanks – the Original Robin Hood! ….. Douglas Fairbanks – the Original Don Juan! ….. Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie … Continue reading

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