Posts tagged with "silent movie"

Watch It: The Great Gatsby (1926)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 8, 2013 3 Comments 3877 views

Speaking of The Great Gatsby, I thought we could take a minute to talk about the first film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby from 1926. The film was directed by Herbert Brenon, produced by Adolph Zukor and Jesse Lasky, and distributed by Paramount. Warner Baxter starred as Jay Gatsby, Lois Wilson as Daisy Buchanan, Neil Hamilton as […]

Watch It: The Heart of Texas Ryan (1917)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 10, 2013 0 Comment 2450 views

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 […]

The Patsy (1928)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 5, 2013 1 Comment 5596 views

Marion Davis is best known these days as the long time mistress of William Randolph Hearst and the inspiration for Susan Alexander Kane in Citizen Kane. While both of these facts are indeed facts, the portrait they paint is of Davies is not only unfair, it’s flat out erroneous. Davies was already building a nice […]

Watch It: Salome (1923)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 3, 2013 2 Comments 3217 views

Salome (1923), directed by Charles Bryant and starring Alla Nazimova, is the third film adaptation of  the Oscar Wilde play of the same name., after a short Salome (1910) and the Theda Bara version of Salome (1918, lost). The play itself is a loose retelling of the biblical story of King Herod and his execution […]

10 Things About City Lights (1931)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 30, 2013 5 Comments 9192 views

Released on January 30, 1931, Charlie Chaplin’s silent City Lights turns 82 today. While that’s pretty old, it’s actually pretty young for a silent movie. Chaplin, worried about how his Little Tramp would translate in the world of talkies, Chaplin remained a lone holdout long after Hollywood had gone talkie crazy. Though it was well […]

Gallery of Images from Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Posted by Brandy Dean January 15, 2013 0 Comment 7417 views

For people who both love silent movies and love to rank things, F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans consistently ranks number one. Pretty Clever Film Gal is not entirely on-board with that statement. While I also love silent movies and ranking things, I would bump Murnau’s other masterpiece The Last Laugh above Sunrise. […]

Watch It: Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 9, 2013 1 Comment 3173 views

Fatty and Mabel Adrift was released on January 9, 1916 by Keystone. Arbuckle plays a naive farm boy marrying his sweetheart, Normand. The pair honeymoons – with Fatty’s dog Luke in tow – at a cottage on the seashore. At high tide that night, Fatty’s romantic rival, played by Al St. John, and his confederates […]

Watch It: The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 1, 2013 0 Comment 3043 views

Happy new year to all! I know you’re feeling a little sluggish today and I just read that NetFlix is suffering outages! What’s a movie fan to do? Well, you can watch Victor Victor Sjöström’s The Outlaw and His Wife (1918). You may also know the film as Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru, if that’s how you roll. […]

Watch: Just Rambling Along (1918)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 3, 2012 0 Comment 775 views

The earliest surviving Stan Laurel movie and the first film he made with Hal Roach, the silent Just Rambling Along, was released on November 3, 1918. The story is what you might expect – a nice boy gets into scrapes until he meets a pretty gal – who gets him into the biggest scrape at […]

Review: The Hands of Orlac

Posted by Brandy Dean October 25, 2012 0 Comment 4510 views

If you like silent movies, you gotta admire those Germans. And if you’re a fan of the horror genre, you’ve got to raise a toast to those Germans. That style of movie-making known as “German Expressionism,” with it’s peculiar tension between clinical reality and feverish expressionism is often terrifying, even when it doesn’t mean to […]

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