Tag Archives: #Silent Films

Eve Golden’s YouTube Theater: Do not Get Me Started With Marion Davies and Orson Welles

“American Heiress” via Amazon.com. Rush out and get Jeffrey Toobin’s new book about the Patty Hearst kidnapping, American Heiress. It’s really one of the best-written, best-researched books I’ve read lately, and is actually laugh-out-loud funny at points. I am quite … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Silver Screen Revue Salutes Silent Days

  A matchbook from the Wilshire Bowl, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $9.95. Within just a few years of sound motion pictures becoming the approved film format, silent films became a virtual pariah in popular culture. They … Continue reading

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John Bengtson on Silent Films and Hollywood History

John Bengtson, who does so much amazing research into tracking down the sites where early films were shot, is giving a luncheon talk and book signing Nov. 16 at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. The event … Continue reading

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Pordenone Screens the Best of Silent Films

A PDF of the film festival’s 240-page catalog can be downloaded here. Note: Mike Hawks recently returned from the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and this is what he tells Mary Mallory. By Mike Hawks as Told to Mary Mallory For … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: San Francisco Silent Film Festival Jazzes Up Fall

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival spices up the fall with a presentation of silent films Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the glorious Art Deco Castro Theatre for its Autumn Film Festival. The one-day event highlights the glories of what … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘While the City Sleeps’ — Part I

It’s worth spending a bit more time on our recent mystery movie “While the City Sleeps” for several reasons. It’s not widely available and most copies seem to be missing large chunks of the film, making the complex narrative even … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Joseph Farnham, Script Doctor

Joseph Farnham in an undated photo, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Title writers are the mostly forgotten men of the silent film era, the scribes who relayed important plot points and character arcs through witty or descriptive lines employed on cards … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Silent Film Festivals, Then And Now

  Northern California plays host to two wonderful silent film festivals in the next few weeks, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum’s Bronco Billy Silent Film Festival, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Both celebrate the art of silent … Continue reading

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Witzel Photo – Found on EBay

A glass slide for the apparently missing film “Neptune’s Bride” has been listed on EBay. Notice the use of a Witzel photo of Pluvia. The slide is listed as “Buy It Now” for $74.99. July 25, 1920: Pluvia in “Neptune’s … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Horse-drawn hearse for sale on EBay – listed as Buy It Now for $8,000. Queen of the Dead—dateline October 24, 2011 •  A 68-year-old literary scholar and media theorist died on Oct. 18, which is very sad, of course, but … Continue reading

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