The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a 1910 American silent fantasy film and the earliest surviving film version of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, made by the Selig Polyscope Company without Baum’s direct input. It was created to fulfill a contractual obligation associated with Baum’s personal bankruptcy caused by The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays, from which… Read more →
The Lost World is a 1925 American silent fantasy monster adventure film adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name. The film was produced by First National Pictures, a major Hollywood studio at the time, and stars Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger. It was directed by Harry O. Hoyt and featured pioneering stop motion special effects by… Read more →
Daddy-Long-Legs is a 1919 silent comedy-drama film directed by Marshall Neilan, and based on Jean Webster’s novel Daddy-Long-Legs. The film stars Mary Pickford. By Marshall Neilan (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
A Mormon Maid is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Charles Sarver and Paul West. The film stars Mae Murray, Frank Borzage, Hobart Bosworth, Edythe Chapman, Noah Beery, Sr., and Richard Henry Cummings. The film was released on April 22, 1917, by Paramount Pictures. By Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, Robert… Read more →
The Worldly Madonna is a 1922 American drama silent film directed by Harry Garson and starring Clara Kimball Young (in her last film from Equity) and William P. Carleton. By Harry Garson (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz is a 1914 American silent fantasy adventure film directed by J. Farrell MacDonald and written and produced by L. Frank Baum. It stars Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Vivian Reed, Todd Wright, Pierre Couderc, and Fred Woodward. The film had a troubled distribution history; it opened on October 14, 1914, to little success, though it… Read more →
Smouldering Fires is a 1925 Universal silent drama film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Pauline Frederick and Laura La Plante. The movie’s plot is similar to the 1933 talking picture Female, starring Ruth Chatterton. Copies of this film are archived by UCLA and George Eastman House. In 1953, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to… Read more →
The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he “loves” a star…. Read more →
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1923 American romantic drama film with horror elements starring Lon Chaney, directed by Wallace Worsley, and produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg. The supporting cast includes Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Nigel de Brulier, and Brandon Hurst. The film was Universal’s “Super Jewel” of 1923 and was their most successful silent film,… Read more →
Beau Brummel is a 1924 American silent film historical drama starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor. The film was directed by Harry Beaumont and based upon Clyde Fitch’s 1890 play, which had been performed by Richard Mansfield, and depicts the life of the British Regency dandy Beau Brummell. Several years after Barrymore’s death, his daughter Diana Barrymore was shown a… Read more →