Hell’s Hinges is a 1916 American Western silent film starring William S. Hart and Clara Williams. Directed by Charles Swickard, William S. Hart and Clifford Smith, and produced by Thomas H. Ince, the screenplay was written by C. Gardner Sullivan. Hell’s Hinges has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, and is considered by some to be one… Read more →
In the Land of the Head Hunters (also called In the Land of the War Canoes) is a 1914 silent film fictionalizing the world of the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples of the Queen Charlotte Strait region of the Central Coast of British Columbia, Canada, written and directed by Edward S. Curtis and acted entirely by Kwakwaka’wakw native people. The film was selected… Read more →
The Bat is a 1926 American silent film based on the 1920 Broadway hit The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, directed by Roland West and starring Jack Pickford and Louise Fazenda. The film was an influence in the creation of the fictional character Batman. By Roland West (Internet Archive) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
Night of the Ghouls is a 1958 horror film (not released until 1984), written and directed by Ed Wood, and a sequel of sorts to the 1955 film Bride of the Monster. Tor Johnson returned to the role of Lobo, first seen in Bride, Paul Marco plays the familiar character of Kelton, while the Amazing Criswell plays himself in the… 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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
Bride of the Monster is a 1955 American science fiction horror film directed, written, and produced by Edward D. Wood, Jr., and starring Bela Lugosi, along with Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, and Loretta King. The film is considered to have Wood’s biggest budget ($70,000). Production commenced in 1953 but, due to further financial problems, wasn’t completed until 1955. A sequel,… Read more →