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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Sentimental Bloke (1919) & The Kid Stakes (1927) Australian silent classics





The Sentimental Bloke (1919) is an Australian silent film based on the 1915 poem The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis. It is generally considered the greatest Australian silent film, and one of the best Australian movies of all time.

Directed by Raymond Longford
Starring Arthur Tauchert, Lottie Lyell
Produced by Raymond Longford
Written by Raymond Longford, Lottie Lyell
Based on The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis
Cinematography, Arthur Higgins
Studio: Southern Cross Feature Film Company
Distributed by E.J. Carroll
Release date: 4 October 1919
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Country: Australia


The Kid Stakes (1927) is based on the Fatty Finn comic strip drawn by Syd Nicholls for the Sydney Sunday News, until his death in 1977. Syd Nicholls is featured in the opening scenes, sketching a cartoon of Fatty.

This charming film is one of the all too few surviving features from Australia's prolific silent film heritage. It's enhanced by the witty inter-titles and gentle humour of the story.

This is unique as a silent film because it is a full feature aimed at children and includes wonderfully fresh performances by the young actors. There are also sub-plots to entertain the adults. Because it was based on the well-known comic strip, the Kid Stakes was very popular at the time

The amusing story centres on the exploits of rivals Fatty Finn and Bruiser Murphy and their gangs who play in the backstreets of Woolloomooloo. Girlfriend troubles, cricket with the local police, a broken window and a chase scene are all part of the action, which culminates with an authentic goat race including bribes and attempts to nobble Fatty's goat, Hector.

This film has all the elements that make the medium such a delight. There's the chase scene, cheeky inter-titles, a tin can band, a dream sequence including Fatty imagining he's a racing car driver, and the genuine goat race, which was actually called the Kid Stakes, filmed in Queensland. It was quite common for silent filmmakers to include actuality in the narrative of their films. Goat races were popular at the time, but this one was filmed in Rockhampton because these races were banned in New South Wales when the film was made.

The Kid Stakes is the only feature film directed by Tal Ordell, who was a popular stage and screen character actor. His son, Robin 'Pop', played the role of Fatty. Location shots in Woolloomooloo and Potts Point illustrate the living standards and social conditions at the time.

Director: Tal Ordell
Producer: Tal Ordell and Virgil Coyle
Cinematographer: Arthur Higgins
Production company: Ordell-Coyle Productions
Art titles: Syd Nicholls
Scenario: Tal Ordell, based on the comic strip by Syd Nicholls

Original Score by Brian Pinette

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

1929 ~ Corinne Griffith is The Divine Lady & Gloria Swanson in The Trespasser


The Divine Lady is a 1929 Vitaphone sound film with a synchronized musical score and sound effects. The film, however, featured no spoken dialogue.

The film tells the story of the love affair between Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton. It stars Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi, H.B. Warner, Ian Keith, Marie Dressler, Dorothy Cumming, William Conklin, and Montagu Love. It featured a theme song entitled "Lady Divine" with lyrics by Richard Kountz and music by Nathaniel (Nat) Shilkret. The song became a popular hit in 1929 and was recorded by numerous artists such as Nat Shilkret, Frank Munn, Ben Selvin (as The Cavaliers), Smith Ballew, Adrian Schubert, Sam Lanin and Bob Haring.

The movie was adapted by Harry Carr, Forrest Halsey, Agnes Christine Johnston, and Edwin Justus Mayer from the novel The Divine Lady: a Romance of Nelson and Emma Hamilton by E. Barrington. It was directed by Frank Lloyd.

It won the Academy Award for Directing and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Corinne Griffith) and Best Cinematography.

Release date: March 31, 1929
Running time: 99 minutes


The Trespasser is a 1929 American film directed and written by Edmund Goulding, starring Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall and Wally Albright.

The Trespasser was distributed by United Artists. It was a Joseph P. Kennedy Production of a Gloria Swanson Picture and was released as both a silent and sound version for a total negative cost of $725,000.

The film earned an Academy Award nomination for (Gloria Swanson) in her talkie debut. It was written and directed by Edmund Goulding and was first filmed as a silent film. A quickly made talkie version was made and was a smash hit for its star - Gloria Swanson. Her second and last Academy Award nomination was for Sunset Boulevard (1950).

Goulding remade the film as That Certain Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda.
Running time: 1hr 30min

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The Divine Lady (1929) Corinne Griffith





The Divine Lady is a 1929 Vitaphone sound film with a synchronized musical score and sound effects. The film, however, featured no spoken dialogue.

The film tells the story of the love affair between Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton. It stars Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi, H.B. Warner, Ian Keith, Marie Dressler, Dorothy Cumming, William Conklin, and Montagu Love. It featured a theme song entitled "Lady Divine" with lyrics by Richard Kountz and music by Nathaniel (Nat) Shilkret. The song became a popular hit in 1929 and was recorded by numerous artists such as Nat Shilkret, Frank Munn, Ben Selvin (as The Cavaliers), Smith Ballew, Adrian Schubert, Sam Lanin and Bob Haring.

The movie was adapted by Harry Carr, Forrest Halsey, Agnes Christine Johnston, and Edwin Justus Mayer from the novel The Divine Lady: a Romance of Nelson and Emma Hamilton by E. Barrington. It was directed by Frank Lloyd.

It won the Academy Award for Directing and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Corinne Griffith) and Best Cinematography.

Release date: March 31, 1929
Running time: 99 minutes

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Trespasser (1929) Gloria Swanson






The Trespasser (1929) Gloria Swanson

The Trespasser is a 1929 American film directed and written by Edmund Goulding, starring Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall and Wally Albright.


The Trespasser was distributed by United Artists. It was a Joseph P. Kennedy Production of a Gloria Swanson Picture and was released as both a silent and sound version for a total negative cost of $725,000.

The film earned an Academy Award nomination for (Gloria Swanson) in her talkie debut. It was written and directed by Edmund Goulding and was first filmed as a silent film. A quickly made talkie version was made and was a smash hit for its star - Gloria Swanson. Her second and last Academy Award nomination was for Sunset Boulevard (1950).

Goulding remade the film as That Certain Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda.
Running time: 1hr 30min

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Legendary Louise Brooks




Pandora’s Box (1929)

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 the actress a star.

Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Diary of a Lost Girl (German: Tagebuch einer Verlorenen) is a 1929 silent film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and starring the American silent star Louise Brooks.

It is shot in black and white, and various versions of the film range from 79 minutes to 116 minutes in length. This was Brooks' second and last film with Pabst, and like their prior collaboration (1928's Pandora's Box), it is considered a classic film.

The film was based on the controversial and bestselling novel of the same name, Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (1905) by Margarete Böhme. A previous version of the novel, directed in 1918 by Richard Oswald is now considered a lost film.

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It's the Old Army Game (1926) W. C. Fields & Louise Brooks

Director: A. Edward Sutherland ... Writers: J.P. McEvoy (play), W.C. Fields (play)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures ... Release dates:
May 24, 1926 (premiere) ... July 11, 1926 (USA)

The film was directed by A. Edward Sutherland, billed as Eddie Sutherland, and co-stars Sutherland's aunt stage actress Blanche Ring in one of her few silent film appearances. The film is based on an original screen story by Fields based on several skits from his stage plays. Sutherland and Brooks married in June 1926 and divorced in June 1928.

The film was shot at Paramount's Astoria Studios facility in Astoria, Queens and in Manhattan and is preserved complete in the Library of Congress.


The Show Off (1926) Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson & Louise Brooks

A silent film comedy produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Mal St. Clair, and starring Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson and Louise Brooks. The film is based on a 1924 Broadway play that had Lee Tracy in the cast.

This film is one of two films that co-starred popular Broadway actor Gregory Kelly (first husband of Ruth Gordon) who died shortly after The Show Off wrapped production. The film was produced in Philadelphia and New York City thus becoming a sort of time capsule record of buildings long gone and neighborhoods changed.

Preserved at the Library of Congress the film can be found in near mint condition...

The film was a big success when released and further enhanced the career of Lousie Brooks who is more revered today than in her film-making heyday.

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John Gilbert ~ The Show (1927, Downstairs (1932) & Monte Cristo (1922)



 


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The Show (1927) ... silent American drama film directed by Tod Browning, based upon C.T. Jackson's 1910 novel, The Day of Souls. Starring John Gilbert, Renée Adorée

Directed by Tod Browning
Produced by Tod Browning
Written by Charles Tenney Jackson, Waldemar Young, Joseph Farnham
Distributed by MGM
Release date: January 22, 1927

Downstairs (1932) ... a 1932 dramatic film. It stars John Gilbert as a charming but self-serving chauffeur who wreaks havoc on his new employer's household, romancing and fleecing the women on the staff, and blackmailing the employer's wife. Gilbert had written the story in 1928 for a proposed silent film that was never made.

Producer Irving Thalberg revived the project in 1932 as a special Gilbert production. The actor was so jubilant about the opportunity that he sold his original story to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $1.

Directed by Monta Bell
Produced by Monta Bell
Written by John Gilbert (story), Lenore J. Coffee, Melville Baker
Starring John Gilbert, Paul Lukas, Virginia Bruce
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Monta Bell
Release date: August 6, 1932

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Monte Cristo (1922) John Gilbert
A film adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune...

Stars: John Gilbert, Estelle Taylor and Robert McKim
Director: Emmett J. Flynn
Writers: Alexandre Dumas père (novel), Charles Fechter (additional story)
Release Date: 3 September 1922 (USA)
Also Known As: The Count of Monte Cristo
Production Co: Fox Film Corporation
Running time: 106 minutes


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Olive Thomas: The Flapper (1920) Love's Prisoner (1919) & Mary Miles Minter: Nurse Marjorie (1920)


Olive Thomas
(October 20, 1894 – September 10, 1920)
was an American silent film actress and model.

Thomas began her career as an illustrators' model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as a Ziegfeld girl, she also appeared in the more risqué show, The Midnight Frolic. In 1916, she began a successful career in silent films and would appear in over twenty features over the course of her four year film career. She married actor Jack Pickford, the younger brother of silent film star Mary Pickford, in 1916.

On September 10, 1920, Thomas died of acute nephritis in Paris five days after consuming mercury bichloride. Although her death was ruled accidental, news of the incident and Thomas' subsequent death were the subject of media speculation. Thomas' death has been cited has one of the first heavily publicized Hollywood scandals.



Mary Miles Minter
(April 25, 1902 – August 4, 1984)
was an American actress. She appeared in 54 silent era motion pictures from 1912 to 1923.

In 1922, Minter was involved in scandal surrounding the murder of director William Desmond Taylor, whom she professed her love for. Although gossip implicated her mother, former actress Charlotte Shelby, as the murderer, Minter's reputation as a demure young lady was tarnished. Taylor's murder remains a cold case.

Minter, whose mother was a shrewd businesswoman and invested her daughter's money wisely, gave up her movie career in 1923.

Minter commented she was content to live without her Hollywood career. She later reconciled with her mother and proclaimed her love for Taylor throughout her life. Minter's money had been invested in Los Angeles real estate and she seems to have lived in relative comfort and prosperity. She later moved to a house in Santa Monica, California. Her mother, Charlotte Shelby, died at Minter's house in Santa Monica, in 1957.

In 1981, Minter was severely beaten in a burglary at her home in which more than $300,000 worth of antiques, china and jewelry were taken. A former live-in companion and three other people were later charged with attempted murder and burglary.[9] The police described her as a frail old woman and people were often shocked to learn she had once been a famous movie star.

Mary Miles Minter died at age 82 from a stroke in Santa Monica. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea.

For her contribution to motion pictures, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood.

While some of Minter's film appearances are lost, many still exist. A print of her 1919 movie, The Ghost of Rosy Taylor surfaced in New Zealand in the 1990s. Other known surviving movies include Youth's Endearing Charm (1916), A Dream or Two Ago (1916), Innocence of Lizette (1916), The Eyes of Julia Deep (1918), Nurse Marjorie (1920), A Cumberland Romance (1920) and The Little Clown (1921).


Mary Miles Minter is Nurse Marjorie (1920)
Stars: Mary Miles Minter, Arthur Hoyt, Vera Lewis
Director: William Desmond Taylor

Under the direction of William Desmond Taylor, Mary Miles Minter gives a charming performance as Nurse Marjorie, whose aristocratic family is unhappy with her career choice. Particularly when she is to begin working in a prestigious hospital, better she should care for the poor than the new rich. There Marjorie is charged with the care of two needy patients, the wealthy orphan Dick Allen and the popular labor leader John Danburry, who both become smitten with her.


Olive Thomas is The Flapper (1920) It was the first movie in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle which would soon become a 1920's fad.

Starring Olive Thomas, Warren Cook
Directed by Alan Crosland
Produced by Myron Selznick
Written by Frances Marion
Cinematography, John W. Brown
Distributed by Selznick Pictures Corporation
Release date: May 10, 1920
Running time: 88 mins.
Original Score, Brian Pinette

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Love's Prisoner (1919) Olive Thomas

A poor girl named Nancy (Olive Thomas) leaves to take care of her two younger sisters, Sadie (Ann Kroman) and Jane (Dolly Dare), while their father (Walter Perry), who is a former criminal, is sent to prison for a crime which he has not committed and dies there. At that time Jonathan Twist, a quaint philosopher and their somewhat mysterious neighbor, offers their help and Nancy finds with of the help of him a job as a seller of Cocoa Climax. Nancy marries with a British business man and peer Lord Cleveland, and she becomes Lady Cleveland. However, Lord Clevelend dies very soon, and Nancy hasn't enough income to keep up the estates of Lord Cleveland in England.

Starring Olive Thomas, Ann Kroman, Dolly Dare
Directed by John Francis Dillion
Written by E. Magnus Ingleton
Cinematography, Stephen S. Norton
Distributed by Triangle Distributing Corporation
Release date: June 8, 1919
Running time: 47 min

The Flapper (1920) It was the first movie in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle which would soon become a 1920's fad.

Starring Olive Thomas, Warren Cook
Directed by Alan Crosland
Produced by Myron Selznick
Written by Frances Marion
Cinematography, John W. Brown
Distributed by Selznick Pictures Corporation
Release date: May 10, 1920
Running time: 88 mins.
Original Score, Brian Pinette

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Evelyn Brent: Border River (1919), Underworld (1927), The Last Command (1928)




Evelyn Brent

Edgar Jones stars and directs the silent 2-reel drama "Border River" (1919), one of Evelyn Brent's earliest surviving films in which she has a supporting role.

Underworld (also released as Paying the Penalty) is a 1927 silent crime film directed by Josef von Sternberg co-starring Clive Brook, George Bancroft and Larry Semon.

The Last Command is a 1928 silent film directed by Josef von Sternberg, and written by John F. Goodrich and Herman J. Mankiewicz from a story by Lajos Biró.

Star Emil Jannings won the very first Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performances in this film and The Way of All Flesh, the only year that multiple roles were considered.

In 2006, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The supporting cast includes Evelyn Brent and William Powell.

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Anna May Wong in Piccadilly (1929) Dir. by E.A. Dupont





Piccadilly is a 1929 British silent drama film directed by Ewald André Dupont, written by Arnold Bennett and starring Gilda Gray, Anna May Wong, and Jameson Thomas. The film was produced by British International Pictures and released by Wardour Films Ltd. in the UK, and distributed in the US by Sono Art-World Wide Pictures.

Release date: June 1, 1929

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John Gilbert in The Show (1927) Dir. by Tod Browning


The Show (1927) ... silent American drama film directed by Tod Browning, based upon C.T. Jackson's 1910 novel, The Day of Souls. Starring John Gilbert, Renée Adorée

Directed by Tod Browning
Produced by Tod Browning
Written by Charles Tenney Jackson, Waldemar Young, Joseph Farnham
Distributed by MGM
Release date: January 22, 1927

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bucking Broadway (1917), The Blue Eagle (1926), Upstream (1927) Dir. John Ford



Bucking Broadway is a 1917 film by John Ford, probably his sixth feature film. Long thought to be lost, along with about 60 of Ford's 70 silent films, it was found in 2002 in the archives of the CNC (the French National Center for Cinematography).

Starring Harry Carey, Molly Malone. Released in the U.S.A. December 24th, 1917.







The Blue Eagle (1926) George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor - Dir. John Ford

American action film directed by John Ford. Prints of the film exist in the Library of Congress film archive and in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date: September 12, 1926
Running time: 58 minutes



Upstream (1927)

Upstream is a 1927 American comedy film directed by John Ford. A "backstage drama", the film is about a Shakespearean actor and a woman from a knife-throwing act. The film was considered to be a lost film, but in 2009 it was discovered in the New Zealand Film Archive.

It is considered to be the first Ford film to show some influence of German director F. W. Murnau, who began working at Fox Studios in 1926. From Murnau, Ford learned how to use forced perspectives and chiaroscuro lighting, which the American director then integrated into his own more naturalistic and direct filmmaking style.

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starring Nancy Nash, Earle Foxe
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date: January 30, 1927
Running time: 60 minutes

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The Cat and the Canary (1927), The Last Warning (1929) Laura LaPlante; Dir. Paul Leni





The Cat & The Canary (1927) Laura LaPlante. Dir. by Paul Leni

An American silent horror film adaptation of John Willard's 1922 black comedy play of the same name. Directed by German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni, the film stars Laura La Plante as Annabelle West, Forrest Stanley as Charles "Charlie" Wilder, and Creighton Hale as Paul Jones. The plot revolves around the death of Cyrus West, who is Annabelle, Charlie, and Paul's uncle, and the reading of his will 20 years later. Annabelle inherits her uncle's fortune, but when she and her family spend the night in his haunted mansion they are stalked by a mysterious figure. Meanwhile, a lunatic known as "the Cat" escapes from an asylum and hides in the mansion.

The Cat and the Canary is part of a genre of comedy horror films inspired by 1920s Broadway stage plays. Paul Leni's adaptation of Willard's play blended expressionism with humor, a style Leni was notable for and critics recognized as unique. Leni's style of directing made The Cat and the Canary influential in the "old dark house" genre of films popular from the 1930s through the 1950s. The film was one of Universal's early horror productions and is considered "the cornerstone of Universal's school of horror." The play has been filmed five other times, with the most notable in 1939 starring comedic actor Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard.


The Last Warning (1929) is a mystery film directed by Paul Leni. It is a companion piece to Universal Pictures 1927 production of The Cat and the Canary. This was the last film directed by Leni before his death from blood poisoning in Los Angeles on September 2, 1929.

The Last Warning was directed by Paul Leni, a German import who established Universal Studios’ atmospheric style with his 1927 Hollywood debut The Cat and the Canary — this chiller about a murder in an apparently cursed theater stands as one of the few true silent whodunits. Laura La Plante and a young John Boles star.

The Last Warning was re-made in 1939 by Joe May under the title The House of Fear.

Synopsis

Five years after a theater was closed following a murder of one of its actors during a performance, a producer decides to solve the mystery by again staging the play with the remaining cast. During the repeat performance another murder occurs. Eventually it is discovered that the murders were part a ploy devised by the stage manager to sabotage the production.

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John Barrymore in Eternal Love (1929) & General Crack (1929)




Eternal Love is a 1929 American silent romantic drama film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring John Barrymore and Camilla Horn.

Based on the novel Der Koenig der Bernina by Jacob Christopher Heer, the film is about two lovers living in the Swiss Alps who struggle to be together and escape their loveless marriages. Lubitsch tells much of the story with very few intertitles, reminiscient of the approach taken by F. W. Murnau in The Last Laugh. Eternal Love was the last silent film of both Lubitsch and Barrymore.


General Crack (1929)

General Crack is an all-talking historical costume drama originally filmed with Technicolor sequences which was produced by Warner Bros. in 1929 and released early in 1930. The film was directed by Alan Crosland and stars John Barrymore in his first full-length all-talking feature.

The silent version of this film survives but it does not have any color sequences. No prints of the sound version are known to exist. The complete sound-track survives on Vitaphone disks. Unfortunately, the silent version was either a B negative or an alternate take with intertitles. So while this is a valid version, it does not match up with the Vitaphone sound-track at all.

1hr22min., silent; Black & White with Original Music Score by Brian Pinette.

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Nurse Marjorie (1920) Mary Miles Minter, Dir. by William Desmond Taylor

 

 


Nurse Marjorie (1920)
Stars: Mary Miles Minter, Arthur Hoyt, Vera Lewis
Director: William Desmond Taylor

Under the direction of William Desmond Taylor, Mary Miles Minter gives a charming performance as Nurse Marjorie, whose aristocratic family is unhappy with her career choice. Particularly when she is to begin working in a prestigious hospital, better she should care for the poor than the new rich. There Marjorie is charged with the care of two needy patients, the wealthy orphan Dick Allen and the popular labor leader John Danburry, who both become smitten with her.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Silent film star Patsy Ruth Miller ~ So this is Paris (1926), Lonely Wives (1931), Mother (1978), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)




So This Is Paris (1926)

American silent comedy film produced and distributed by Warner Brothers and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. The film is based on an old stage play Reveillon by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy. It stars Monte Blue and Patsy Ruth Miller. Preserved at the Library of Congress and the Turner Entertainment Company.

Release date: July 31, 1926


Lonely Wives (1931)

Lonely Wives is a 1931 pre-code American comedy film directed by Russell Mack and starring Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston, Patsy Ruth Miller and Laura La Plante.

The three female leads were all top female silent film stars during that era.

In 1959, the film entered the public domain in the USA due to the copyright claimants failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.






The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

An American silent film directed by Wallace Worsley, starring Lon Chaney & Partsy Ruth Miller which was produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg. The supporting cast includes Norman Kerry, Nigel de Brulier, and Brandon Hurst. The film was Universal's "Super Jewel" of 1923 and was their most successful silent film, grossing over $3 million.

The film is most notable for the grand sets that recall 15th century Paris as well as Lon Chaney's performance and spectacular make-up as the tortured bell-ringer of Notre Dame. The film elevated Chaney, already a well-known character actor, to full star status in Hollywood, and also helped set a standard for many later horror films, including Chaney's The Phantom of the Opera in 1925. In 1951, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.


Mother (1978) An indie "dramedy" film shot in Houston, Texas with a world premiere at NYC Museum of Modern Art. It was written for & starred film noir icon Coleen Gray and former silent film star Patsy Ruth Miller (Esmeralda in Lon Chaney’s The Huncback of Notre Dame, 1923). It was Miss Miller’s last film appearance. It was written, directed & produced by Brian Pinette.

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