Posts Tagged ‘silent film’

Metropolis production photo, 1927

October 19, 2010

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Greta Garbo, 1926

September 20, 2010

Publicity still for Torrent

The Divine Garbo

Stolen Love poster, 1928

August 30, 2010

Images Vintages

The Eye of Death poster, 1919

August 14, 2010

Starring former world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett.

Celebrity poster, 1928

August 8, 2010

High and Dizzy publicity still, 1920

August 7, 2010

Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis

La Contessa

The Thief of Bagdad publicity still, 1924

July 12, 2010

Julanne Johnston as the Princess.

from it is not safe here.

20 Shots: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), part 2

April 27, 2010

Reform school riot! With Louise Brooks, Edith Meinhard, Valeska Gert, and Andrews Engelmann.

part one

20 Shots: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

February 1, 2010

Part one. With Louise Brooks and the sublimely loathsome Fritz Rasp.

Part two.

Lady Of The Night (1925), interrupted

May 4, 2009


Of course all praise to TCM for their early Monday morning series of silent movies. The recently aired Lady Of The Night features Norma Shearer in two roles: as the fortunate daughter (Florence) of the local judge who goes to an elite private school, and as an orphan (Molly) who is sent to reform school. They of course both grow up to resemble Norma Shearer (who is a powerhouse silent actress – I’d only previously seen her in talkies) and both fall in love with the same man, handsome young inventor David. (The ostensibly more naughty Molly struts around for most of the movie sporting one of the more absurd and impractical pieces of headwear ever seen in film, putting me in mind of Róisín Murphy’s sad/hilarious video from a couple of years ago.) David’s been seeing the streetwise Molly but when he presents his new safe-cracking invention to the judge (instead of crooks, at the behest of good-hearted Molly, and against the wishes of her squirrelly fiance “Chunky” Dunn) he falls for Florence. Inevitably Florence and Molly learn of each other (the scene in the car where they are both in the same frame still dazzles to this day) and Molly heroically surrenders David to the saintly Florence… at least that where it seems to end, but my DVR recording of it ended at the hour mark, a minute or two before the conclusion! Not available on DVD at this time, apparently I’ll have to wait until TCM gets around to showing this little charmer again and pad the timing by a few minutes. (Feel free to chime in with “spoilers” – knowing Hamlet’s going to die doesn’t ruin the play, after all.)