silent_films

"The Pawnshop" is one of Charlie Chaplin's Mutual short comedies, featuring Edna Purviance, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

You can see a slideshow of stills from this film and other interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org.

Silent Hall of Fame is the only place where we actively work to bring back from oblivion the names and legacy of formerly illustrious silent movie stars, which have made a major contribution to the industry and the world but do not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The original French title is Sorcellerie culinaire. IMDb Page

"Neighbors" is a Joseph M. Schenck short comedy, starring Buster Keaton and featuring Joe Roberts, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. 

This film is one more demonstration of Buster Keaton's extraordinary physical abilities and enjoys a very strong 7.8 rating in IMDB.

Canned Harmony (1912) is directed by Alice Gay Blache who was the first woman director and the first persons to direct a fiction film in 1896. She also co-owned with her husband one of the first film studios, where she posted a sign reading "ACT NATURALLY" She also directed "Algie the Miner" which is found elsewhere in the Archive.

"The Scarecrow" is a Joseph M. Schenck short comedy, starring Buster Keaton and featuring Joe Roberts, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. 

 The film is full of hilarious moments and a lot of fast action. It enjoys an outstanding 8.0 rating in IMDB.

From Edison films catalog: Marguerite is seated before the fireplace, Faust standing by her side. Mephistopheles enters and offers his sword to Faust, commanding him to behead the fair Marguerite. Faust refuses, whereupon Mephistopheles draws the sword across the throat of the lady and she suddenly disappears and Faust is seated in her place.

This is a film of the children's story made in 1903 by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow. I have added a generic music track.

The original French title is Éruption volcanique à la Martinique. IMDb Page

"Back to God's Country" is a rousing drama of the Northern Frontier, packed with thrilling action and suspense, featuring Nell Shipman, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

Nell Shipman was an actress portraying strong female characters that liked the outdoors and adventures.  Her love for animals was extraordinary, as manifested in this film. 

Nell Shipman was a Canadian and "Back to God's Country" is considered the best and most successful of all Canadian silent movies.

"Tess of the Storm Country" is a moving drama, included in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of director John S. Robertson, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

The film grasps the viewer's attention from beginning until end.  A rich man has built a house on top of a hill and is going out of his way to get rid of his poor squatter neighbors living at the bottom. The rich man's son, however, is not only sympathetic to the plight of the poor, but also is attracted to a squatter girl by the name of Tess (Mary Pickford).

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