Zorro’s Black Whip is a 1944 Republic Pictures film serial starring Linda Stirling. The film was made after the 1940 20th Century-Fox remake of The Mark of Zorro and Republic wasn’t able to use the character himself, but still wanted to capitalize on it. However, and despite the title, Zorro does not feature in this serial. The hero(ine) is actually… Read more →
Sherlock Holmes (released as Moriarty in the UK) is a 1922 American silent mystery drama film starring John Barrymore as Sherlock Holmes and Roland Young as Dr. John Watson. The movie, which features the screen debuts of both William Powell (credited as William H. Powell) and Roland Young, was directed by Albert Parker and written by Earle Browne and Marion… Read more →
The Virginian is a 1914 American silent western film based upon the novel The Virginian by Owen Wister. The film was adapted from the successful 1904 theatre play Wister had collaborated on with playwright Kirke La Shelle. The Virginian starred Dustin Farnum in the title role and was directed by Cecil B. DeMille. By Cecil B. DeMille (YouTube) [Public domain],… Read more →
Steamboat Bill, Jr. is a 1928 silent comedy film starring Buster Keaton. Released by United Artists, the film is the last product of Keaton’s independent production team and set of gag writers. It was not a box-office success and became the last picture Keaton made for United Artists. Keaton ended up moving to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer where he made one last film… Read more →
Frankenstein is a 1910 film made by Edison Studios. It was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley. This 16-minute short film was the first motion picture adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The unbilled cast included Augustus Phillips as Dr. Frankenstein, Charles Ogle as Frankenstein’s monster, and Mary Fuller as the doctor’s fiancée. Frankenstein was among the earlier silent films… Read more →
A Romance of the Redwoods is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Mary Pickford. A print of the film survives in the film archive at George Eastman House. By Paramount Pictures (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
The Violent Years is a 1956 American exploitation film starring Jean Moorhead as Paula Parkins, the leader of a gang of juvenile delinquent high school girls. The film is notable for the input of Ed Wood as author of its screenplay. By Directed by William Morgan and written by Ed Wood. (YouTube: 1Oo5RAEN6dY) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
The Three Musketeers is a 1921 American silent film based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Fred Niblo and stars Douglas Fairbanks as d’Artagnan. The film originally had scenes filmed in the Handschiegl Color Process (billed as the “Wyckoff-DeMille Process”). The film had a sequel, The Iron Mask (1929), also starring Fairbanks… Read more →
Resisting Enemy Interrogation is a 1944 United States Army docudrama training film, directed by Bernard Vorhaus and written by Harold Medford and Owen Crump. The cast includes Arthur Kennedy, Mel Tormé, Lloyd Nolan, Craig Stevens and Peter Van Eyck. Resisting Enemy Interrogation was intended to train United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) crews to resist interrogation by the Germans. Resisting… Read more →