My Articles

A handy compilation of my various writings, organized for your reading pleasure.

Learning To Love Silent Films

How To Watch A Silent Film (If You’ve Never Seen One)
Getting Into Silent Films–Where To Begin?
Why You Should Learn To Stop Worrying And Start Loving The Title Cards
Check Those Sources!–A Handy Guide
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Movie Star Biographies
5 Examples Of How Silent Films Will Change Your Perspective
Thoughts Of A Twenty-Something, 21st Century Silent Film Fan
What’s Your Silent “Gateway” Film?

Thoughts On Various Films

Thoughts On: Bangville Police
The Birth of a Nation
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Cameraman
The Cat and the Canary
Ella Cinders
Fatty and Mabel Adrift
The Four Troublesome Heads (1898)
Frankenstein (1910)
The Freshman
Ghosts Before Breakfast
Hearts of the World
Hugo (2011)
The Kid
Kid Auto Races At Venice
The Knockout (1914)
La La Land (2016)
Le Roi des Champs-Elysees (1934)
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)
One Week
Pandora’s Box
The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Phantom of the Opera 
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
The Sheik
Synthetic Sin
Three’s a Crowd</em
A Trip to the Moon 
True Heart Susie
Way Down East
Why Be Good?
The Wizard of Oz (1925)

Obscure Films: Au Secours!
Behind the Door (1919)
The Female of the Species
From Morn to Midnight (Von morgens bis mitternachts)
Hearts and Flowers (1919)
Her Sister From Paris
His Wife’s Mistake
The Hoodlum
L’Inhumaine (1924)
The Lucky Dog
The Merry Frolics of Satan (1906)
Moran of the Lady Letty
1776, or The Hessian Renegades
Shot in the Excitement (1914)

Lost Films: A Country Hero
Saved From the Titanic (1912)
In the Year 2014 (1914)


Meet The Keystone Kops
100 Years Of Charlie Chaplin–A Celebration Of The Cinema
RIP Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)
Gertie the Dinosaur!
Arthur Housman, Gloom Dispeller
Introducing Mirth-Maker Marcel Perez
The Extraordinary Talent of Robert “Bobby” Harron
Mack Sennett, King of Comedy
Sybil Seely, Buster’s Most Charming Leading Lady
“Splashes of Fun and Beauty”–Sennett’s Famous Bathing Beauties
Fantabulous Ford Sterling
Polly, Minta and Louise: Three Unsung Keystone Ladies
Silent Boris and Silent Bela: The Early Careers of Two Horror Icons
Learning to Laugh at Larry Semon
Will the Real Mary Pickford Please Stand Up?
Defending Jack Pickford
Charlie, Doug and Mary–An (Almost) Ideal Friendship
Elinor Glyn And Her (Infamous) Three Weeks
Segundo De Chomon–The Man You Think Is Melies
Hats Off To Charlie Murray
Josie, Lige, “Pimple,” And Other Uber Obscure Comedians
The Quirky Charm of Charley Bowers
Forever Debonair: The Enduring Legacy Of Comedy Pioneer Max Linder
“The Biograph Girl”–The Career Of Early Star Florence Lawrence
Georges Méliès, Pioneer of Cinematic Spectacle
Remembering Florence LaBadie
Louise Fazenda, Comic Venus

History & Culture

Buster Keaton and the Minnesota State Fair
What Is The World’s Oldest Film?
The Addictive Fun Of Reading Old Fan Magazine Letters
Some Crazy Flapper Slang (That You’ve Never Heard Before)
1920s Teens And Their Favorite “Pictures”
A Reminder Of The Edwardian Era (And Why It’s Important)
So Just What Exactly Was German Expressionism?
Timelessly Cool: The Art of 1920s Soviet Film Posters
The History of Those Darn Banana Peels
How Do Silent Films Become “Lost”?
From Magic Lanterns to Fred Ott’s Sneeze–Cinema Begins
Tiny Pennants, Satin Pillow Tops, And Other Early Movie Merchandise
Vamps! Your Great-Grandfather’s Femme Fatales
What Are The World’s Oldest Horror Movies?
Silent Film Makeup: What Was It Really Like?
Georges Méliès And The Féerie

Exploring the Silent Era–Stories, Trivia, and Analysis

“Skyscraper”–The Silent Film Buster Keaton Almost Made
Eisenstein on Chaplin
Why Tim Burton Should Thank Pola Negri
Some Fantastic Old-Timey Magazine Ads
“He Really Can Smile”–A Charming 1921 Buster Keaton Interview
Batman, Superman And Douglas Fairbanks
Were Chaplin And Keaton Rivals?
Learning to Love the Keystone Film Company
My Favorite Scene In All Of Silent Comedy (Yes, All)
“What’s the matter with the Talmadges?”–Some Fan Magazine Letter Drama
The Scandalous Secret of Lew Cody’s Door
What It Costs To Be a Well-Dressed Clubman
The Most Famous Curls in the World
The Power of Greed…And McTeague
The Villains of D.W. Griffith Films
How I Learned To Love Intolerance (And So Can You!)
Should We Judge Stars By Their Personal Lives?
John Barrymore’s Amazing Transformation In Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
In Defense Of “The Big Four” Of Silent Comedy


5 (Very) Early Pickford Films
5 Silent Films That Would’ve Terrified Me As A Child
Living Cartoons: 5 Silent “Grotesque” Comedians
Ray Guns and Mechanical Monsters: 5 Obscure Sci-Fi Silents
7 Silent Christmas Movies (From The Horse-And-Buggy Era)
My Top Ten Favorite Silent Films (So Far)
My Top 5 Favorite Silent Stars
6 Things Méliès Did First
Silent Ireland: 5 Dramas From The Emerald Isle

Book & DVD Reviews

Bebe Daniels: Hollywood’s Good Little Bad Girl by Charles Epting
The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel
The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd by Michelle Morgan
Larry Semon, Daredevil Comedian of the Silent Screen by Claudia Sassen
Mabel Normand: The Life and Career of a Hollywood Madcap by Timothy Dean Lefler
1907 Chicago Projector Co.’s Entertainer’s Supplies Catalog No. 122 by Darren Nemeth
Like Any Other Monday by Binnie Brennan
Documentary: The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema
DVD: Found at Mostly Lost

Silent Films Today–Blogathons, Film Festival Recaps, and More
Silent-ology Interviews Susan Buhrman About New The General Finds
World War I in Classic Film: A Historical Blogathon
Farewell, 2014: The Silent Community Year In Review
Goodbye, 2015: The Silent Community Year In Review
So Long, 2016: The Silent Community Year In Review
Silent-ology Turns One Today!
It’s Silent-ology’s 2nd Anniversary!
Silent-ology Is Three Years Old Today!
My Very First Visit To Hollywoodland
Silent-ology’s Handy Tips for Visiting (Silent) Hollywood
The Return To Hollywoodland
San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2016: The Recap
A Newbie’s Visit To The Margaret Herrick Library
Happy Centennial of Buster Entering Films!!!
The First Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon
The Second Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon
The Third Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon

Fun Stuff!

The Theda Bara Sandwich Recipe–Try It Today!
Something I Noticed About Chaplin Discussions
Something I Noticed About Keaton Discussions
Rudolph Valentino’s “Secret” Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
How Silent Fans Feel About D.W. Griffith
The Most Awesome Keystone Screengrab Ever
How To Make A Genuine Silent Comedy Pie (For Throwing!)
Film Preservation Don’t Get No Respect
The Silent Comedy Mustache Hall of Fame

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