Hell’s Hinges is a 1916 American Western silent film starring William S. Hart and Clara Williams. Directed by Charles Swickard, William S. Hart and Clifford Smith, and produced by Thomas H. Ince, the screenplay was written by C. Gardner Sullivan. The film was released on March 5, 1916, so happy bday Hell’s Hinges. Hell’s Hinges tells the story of a minister, Rev. Bob Henley (played by […]
Today, my friends, is the anniversary of one Mr. Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial debut. The Pleasure Garden, Hitch’s first credited as director, debuted for the London press on March 1, 1926. It was officially released in 1927, after the success of The Lodger. This is the movie that launched a brilliant career in film and ultimately lead to […]
The Finishing Touch is a 1928 short comedy silent film produced by Hal Roach, directed by Clyde Bruckman and starring Laurel and Hardy. It was shot in November and December 1927 and released February 25, 1928 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. For serious, what else needs to be said? I know I had you at Laurel and Hardy.
Now that you’ve got a few hours to kill ’til Oscar time, I present to you The Hitchhiker, a 1953 crime drama directed by none other than Miss Ida Lupino. In the comments section of The Top 5 Film Noir Bad Guys, Grand Old Movies posted: I would add William Talman in the title role of […]
If you’re like me, and I think you are, you’re crying into your beer right now because you’re not at the Kansas Silent Film Festival. Unless of course you’re at the fest and reading this on your phone right now – in that case, boooooo! But do not fret my pets! I’ve scoured the interwebs and […]
The Iron Mask, starring Douglas Fairbanks, was released on February 21, 1929. It’s the first talking role for Fairbanks and it’s also one of those inter-period, half silent, half talkie movies. Typically, the movie has been shown in its silent version. The Iron Mask stars Fairbanks as d’Artagnan, Marguerite De La Motte as his beloved Constance (who is […]
Today we’ve got a treat in this rare silent from director Howard Hawks. A Girl in Every Port follows the adventure of sailors on shore leave (always a good time). This little comedy gem features not only real-life stripper Sally Rand, but none other than Louise Brooks. It’s quite a change from her heavier roles […]
Got a hitch in your giddy up, pardners? Relieve the stress with John Ford’s first sound western, Stagecoach (1939). Starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role, Stagecoach follows a group of stagecoach travelers as their journey is complicated by the threat of Geronimo. Your Sunday doesn’t have to be complicated though. You can watch Stagecoach right now online!
The Heart of Texas Ryan (1917) stars silent cowby hero Tom Mix as Jack Parker. Until he met Texas Ryan, the Eastern-bred daughter of rugged cattle king William Ryan, Jack Parker was just a straight-shooting, hard-riding cowboy. Hoping to see Texas again, Parker accepts a job on the Ryan ranch. While there, he succeeds in upsetting […]
Pandora’s Box (German: Die Büchse der Pandora) is a 1929 German silent melodrama film based on Frank Wedekind’s plays Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (1904). Directed by Austrian filmmaker Georg Wilhelm Pabst, the film stars Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, and Francis Lederer. Brooks’ portrayal of a seductive, thoughtless young woman whose raw sexuality and uninhibited nature bring ruin to herself and those who love her, although initially unappreciated, eventually made […]