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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Classic silent film comedies! Alice Howell “Cinderella Cinders” (1920) & Colleen Moore “Ella Cinders” (1926)


Alice Howell

When Stan Laurel was asked to name the ten greatest comediennes of all time, one of the first on the list was Alice Howell ... Her films were sometimes advertised - "Every one a Howell!"

Alice Howell (May 20, 1886-April 11, 1961) was a silent film comedy actress from New York City.

Early reviews of her movies describe her as the scream of the screen. One reviewer likened her to a "sort of Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and Max Linder." All of this was compressed into "one more or less diminutive package of femininity." She was sometimes called "the girl Charlie Chaplin." she worked for Mack Sennett and later L-KO Kompany and her early comedies were often produced by Universal Pictures.

Among more than one hundred screen credits Howell made such motion pictures as Caught in a Cabaret (1914), Mabel and Fatty's Married Life (1915), Neptune's Naughty Daughter (1917), Green Trees (1924), and Madame Dynamite (1926). Her Bareback Career (1917) was the first of twelve two reel comedies for a new corporation which was formed to manufacture and distribute Alice Howell comedies. Alice appeared in many of Charlie Chaplin’s early short films.

In this era such female slapstick stars as Howell, Dorothy Devore, and Billie Rhodes were inhibited by second-rate films and the absence of genuine star buildup.

Howell's film career continued into the sound movie era with a role as a mute servant of the master murderer in the motion picture The Black Ace (1933).

Alice Howell died in Los Angeles, California in 1961.

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Colleen Moore
Ella Cinders (1926)
(August 19, 1899 – January 25, 1988) was an American film actress, and one of the most fashionable stars of the silent film era.
Her films out-box officed Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish. She was loved and beloved by her peers and a worldwide audience.

At age 15 she was setting her first step in Hollywood. Her uncle arranged a screen test with director D.W. Griffith. She wanted to be a second Lillian Gish but instead she found herself playing heroines in Westerns with stars such as Tom Mix.

She and her husband, John McCormick (1923–1930) co-produced some of her greatest hits including “Cinderella Cinders” which was released by First National Pictures.

She retired from film in 1934 after a few talkies which were not very successful.

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At the height of her fame, Moore was earning $12,500 per week. She was an astute investor, and through her investments remained wealthy for the rest of her life.

In her later years she would frequently attend film festivals, and was a popular interview subject always willing to discuss her Hollywood career. She was a participant in the 1980 documentary film series Hollywood, providing her recollections of Hollywood's silent film era.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of her: "I was the spark that lit up Flaming Youth, Colleen Moore was the torch. What little things we are to have caused all that trouble."

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