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Buster Keaton stars in this comedy as the captive of hostile Indians. His captors tie him to a stake and prepare him for death by fire. Keaton moves with the stake as the Indians try frantically to place the firewood around him. When he survives the flames due to his fire-resistant clothes, Keaton is made a member of the tribe and named Little Chief Paleface. He then foils the scheme of unsavory oil speculators to steal the land from his Indian companion.

The opening scene, a dream sequence prior to the vaudeville routines which follow, is what makes this film famous. In it Keaton plays everyone in a theatre simultaneously (through multiple exposures). He is the band leader, all its members, the dancers on the stage and everyone in the audience.

Buster and Sybil exit a chapel as newlyweds. Among the gifts is a portable house you easily put together in one week

This is the movie that made Rudolph Valentino a star. Written by June Mathis it was released in 1921 and was the best selling movie of that year. It went on to tbe th 6th best selling silent of all time, and at one point it was likely the highest grossing movie of all time due to rereleases (it was bumped by Gone with the Wind's release). For more info about the film and production please see http://forgetthetalkies.com/2008/06/valentino-review-four-horsemen-of.html

Steamboat Bill, Jr. is the story of a naive, college-educated dandy who must prove himself to his working-class father, a hot-headed riverboat captain, while courting the daughter of his father's rival, who threatens to put Steamboat Bill, Sr. and his paddle-wheeler out of business.

1926 directed by Roland West starring George Beranger, Charles Herzinger and Emily Fitzroy. Sets designed by William Cameron Menzies. A criminal who dresses like a bat, intent on finding hidden money, scares the guests at an old, dark house rented by a mystery writer.

Original Silent released in 1929 with music

Our Gang Silent Young Sherlocks

A Corner in Wheat was directed by D W Griffith in 1909. It uses intercutting between the poor farmers and the wealthy society people for effect but its greatestinterste lies in its social message of greed and its effects.

Spinster Lulu Bett lives with her sister, Diana, and is a servant in Diana's household. Diana's brother-in-law, Ninian, visits, and smitten with Lulu, arranges a dinner party in her honor. At the party Ninian jokingly proposes marriage to Lulu, and recites the wedding ceremony, which Diana's husband, a justice of the peace, realizes is binding. Lulu lives with Ninian until she discovers he is already married. She goes back to her sister's home where she is treated poorly.

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