Enjoy This Gallery Of Stars Posing With Turkeys

In honor of this here Turkey Day, I’ve decided to craft a small collection of photos showcasing a hot 1920s autumn trend: pictures of silent stars posing with turkeys. Apparently, no November issue of a movie magazine was complete without at least one of these.

Here, for instance, is Anna Q. Nilsson posing with a studio’s best stuffed turkey. Some of you might remember Nilsson’s cameo in Sunset Boulevard:

Thnxgiving Nilsson exh herald Nov 20 '26

And here’s May McAvoy, warning a turkey that each passing second was that much closer to his scheduled death. This photo’s circa 1928, and you might recall that Thanksgiving was generally celebrated the last Thursday of the month–before FDR put his foot down about the matter:

Thnxgiving May McAvoy exh her mov pic wor Nov 24 '28

Charlie Murray looks a little leery of his future “dinner” (although I’m pretty sure that’s the same fake turkey Anna Q. posed with earlier):

Thnxgiving Charlie Murray exh herald Nov 20 '26

Mary Philbin, on the other hand, has no problem hauling around this heavy live bird:

Thnxgiving Mary Philbin univ weekly Nov 20 '26

And Colleen Moore likes this one so much that she up and invited it to Thanksgiving dinner:

Thnxgiving Colleen photoplay Nov. '24

Carmel Myers apparently thought, “Well, the studio may be making me pose with a turkey, but there’s no reason I can’t turn it into a glamour shot!”

Thnxgiving Carmel Myrs exh herald Nov 20 '26

Along with these stars-with-turkeys photos, there’s also a sub-genre of stars luring turkeys to their doom, or otherwise trying to hunt them. Here’s adorable forgotten child star Big Boy with the chopping-block ready to go:

Thnxgiving Big Boy univ weekly Nov 20 '26

And the Ton of Fun, a comedy team composed of Frank “Fatty” Alexander, Hillard “Fat” Karr, and Kewpie Ross, trying to sneak up on their eventual feast:

Thnxgiving Ton of Fun mot pic news Dec 5 '25

Cheery Jeanette Loff has both an ax in hand and a bowl for catching the bl–okay, maybe it’s just supposed to be a bowl of feed.

Thnxgiving Jeanette Loff univ weekly Nov 20 '26

In the meantime, the not-so-cheery Patsy Rush Miller can’t quite go through with it:

Thnxgiving Patsy mot pic mag Dec '26

Sally O’Neill has just decided to join PETA:

Thnxgiving Sally Oneill ex her Nov '25

…But not gleeful Fay Lanphier, who’s enjoying sharpening the ax a little too much.

Thnxgiving Fay Lanphier exh her Nov '25

Speaking of Sally, let’s not forget this early bit of Photoshop:

Sally oneill turkey exhib trade rev '25

I’m sure she didn’t consider this photo embarrassing at all later in life!

Happy Thanksgiving Silent-ology readers–wherever you are, and whatever you are doing today, I’m deeply thankful for each and every one of you!


8 thoughts on “Enjoy This Gallery Of Stars Posing With Turkeys

  1. I’m thankful for you, too, Lea, and your beautiful site—always interesting to see what you’ll come up with next! Nice collection of photos—and captions—here. Concerning Anna Q., at the time I saw Sunset Boulevard many years ago, I didn’t know who she was. I’ll have to go back and watch it again. She was great in Regeneration.

    • She’s popped up in a couple silents I’ve seen, can’t recall their names though..

      I’m thankful to have you as a reader, Donnie! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. 🙂

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Lea! This site of yours is one of the things I’m thankful for. It’s my “happy place” on the net. 😁

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