Silent Comedy Queen

By | Feb 23, 2017

Mabel Normand was born on November 9, 1892, in New Brighton, Staten Island, New York. Her parents were Mary Drury Normand and Claude G. Normand. There are accounts that give her birth as November 10, with the year given usually being 1894 or 1895. Of their children, only four survived childbirth: Ralph, Claude, Jr., Gladys, […]

The Tramp’s First Appearance

By | Feb 7, 2017

Whenever anyone speaks of Charlie Chaplin, the image that will come to mind is his signature character, the Little Tramp. Chaplin himself called him The Little Fellow. The character rarely was referred to by any name onscreen. The Little Tramp was first seen by the public when Keystone released the comedy short Kid Auto Races […]

Best Film of the Decade – 1910’s – 1960’s

By | Jan 23, 2013

1910’s While the Silent Film Era and the beginning of films actually started before 1910, in fact even before the the beginning of the 20th century, it really until the teens that the movies actually began to take shape. It’s now hard to determine the best film from this time since so many of them […]

Uncle Miltie

By | Jul 12, 2012

He was the first Superstar of Television and in the late 40s/Early 50s he was the one of the most watched, with people scheduling their evening around his show. Uncle Miltie was Milton Berle and June 12 is the anniversary of his birth. He was born Mendel Berlinger in New York in 1908. He spend […]

Louise Fazenda

By | Jun 17, 2012

One of the many silent film stars who appeared in films made by Mack Sennett and Keystone Pictures was Louise Fazenda. Fazenda was born in Lafayette Indiana on June 17, 1895 to a merchant broker named Joseph Fazenda. He moved his family to Los Angeles when she was a young girl. Louise Fazenda got her […]

Screen’s First Sex Symbol

By | Apr 6, 2012

Nearly 100 years ago Theda Bara was one of the biggest Silent Screen Stars, now other than those who are fans of Silent Movies she is almost completely unknown. She made more than 40 feature films between 1914 and 1926 however most of these films are considered ‘Lost films’ since complete prints of only six […]

A Silent Star and His Fall

By | Mar 24, 2012

Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle was born on March 24, 1887 in Smith Center, Kansas, to Mollie and William Goodrich Arbuckle. His mother died in 1899 and his father abandoned him shortly afterward. Arbuckle survived by doing odd jobs at a hotel in San Jose, California. He entered an amateur night contest where he caught the attention […]

History Writ with Lightning

By | Feb 8, 2012

‘The Birth of a Nation’ was produced and directed by D.W. Giffith and released on February 8, 1915. It starred Lillian Gish, Henry Walthall and Mae Walsh. The 3 hour 10 minute film was originally presented in two parts separated by an intermission. The film cost $110,000 (over 2 Million in 2006) and grossed over […]

A Silent Death

By | Feb 1, 2012

On the morning of February 2, 1922, the body of silent film director William Desmond Taylor was discovered at his home. The director had been killed by a shot in the back. In his pockets was his wallet with 78 dollars, a silver cigarette case and an ivory toothpick. A 2 caret diamond ring was […]

Hardy Before Laurel

By | Jan 18, 2012

It was towards the end of the Silent Film Era that Oliver Hardy joined Stan Laurel to form the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. Hardy was in his mid-thirties when the pair joined and had already had a long career in Silent Films. Oliver Hardy was born on January 18, 1892 in Harlem, Georgia […]

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