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Silents are Golden: The Rise Of The “Underworld”– 5 Gangster Films From The 1910s

Silents are Golden: The Rise Of The “Underworld”– 5 Gangster Films From The 1910s Long before James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson starting making a splash in Hollywood, gangsters had been showing up on the American silent screen. While the … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – Tol’able David (1921)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – Tol’able David (1921) One of the great joys of American silent film is not only the “up close and personal” look at times gone by, but seeing how people regarded even earlier … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – The King of Kings (1927)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look At – The King of Kings (1927) In the mid-1920s, after being known primarily for melodramas and light comedies with battle-of-the-sexes themes, famed director Cecil B. DeMille was starting to move in a more … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Directors – The Ingenious F.W. Murnau

Silents are Golden: Silent Directors – The Ingenious F.W. Murnau Very tall and described as having an “icy, imperious disposition,” F.W. Murnau certainly fit the stereotypical idea of a German silent film director. Highly cultured, his love of the arts … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Vernon & Irene Castle

Classic Movie Travels: Vernon & Irene Castle Long before Fred and Ginger, Vernon and Irene Castle were lauded as an exceptionally talented dancing duo. Though a tragedy ended their partnership, their influence as dancers as well as Irene’s activism continues … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The Marvelous Mabel Normand

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The Marvelous Mabel Normand If Charlie Chaplin is considered the king of slapstick, then Mabel Normand certainly is its queen. Much-loved by audiences in her day, everyone who knew and worked with Mabel also … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Way Down East (1920)

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at – Way Down East (1920) One of the most influential early directors of all time was D.W. Griffith, who rose to acclaim for the excellent short dramas he directed for Biograph and went … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The One and Only Douglas Fairbanks

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – The One and Only Douglas Fairbanks With his endless energy, impressive athletic skills, muscular physique, and winning smile, Douglas Fairbanks was the all-American role model that the early 20th century needed. His films were good, … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: “For the Sake of the Picture” – The Dangerous Era of Silent Filmmaking

Silents are Golden: “For the Sake of the Picture” – The Dangerous Era of Silent Filmmaking Most of us are familiar with the incredible stuntwork done for the 1910s and 1920s films – often by the main stars themselves, such … Continue reading

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Silents are Golden: The Iconic Careers of Lillian and Dorothy Gish

Silents are Golden: The Iconic Careers of Lillian and Dorothy Gish “I remember one day in the early summer going through the gloomy old hall of the Biograph Studio when suddenly all gloom seemed to disappear. This change in atmosphere … Continue reading

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