Classic Film : Favorite silent movie stars

Favorite silent movie stars

We had a similar thread on the CFB a while back (I think Strelnikoff started it).

Female:

Lillian Gish

Theda Bara

Mary Pickford

Olive Borden

Eleanor Boardman

Male:

Lon Chaney

John Barrymore

Richard Barthelmess

William Haines

John Gilbert

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Chaplin, while not a personal favorite is perhaps the most brilliant of them all.

Glad to hear you love silent films, nimda!! :)

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Chaplin is indeed an icon, not many are known simply by their last name. Bogart. Garbo. Chaplin. The man is legend!

His honorary Oscar in 1972 was well-deserved!

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Female:

Lillian Gish
Maria Falconetti
Greta Garbo
Janet Gaynor
Clara Bow

(I don't remember seeing Theda Bara, but I think she would probably be on the list if I had.)


Male:

Charlie Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Emil Jannings
Lon Chaney
John Gilbert
William Powell

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I've never seen William Powell in a silent, do you know if there are silents still around that feature him?

William Powell

The one I remember the best is The Last Command (1928), co-starring Emil Jannings and directed by Josef von Sternberg. Very good film.

Here it is on youtube (best seen full screen):

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Ok thanks so much spiderwort, I've bookmarked it for weekend viewing!

The Last Command

I haven't seen it in about 20 years, but I remember really liking it. In fact, when I got the link for you, I looked at a bit, and I might have to look at it over the weekend, too.

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I did a sneak peek of the first scene with Powell and it looks intriguing, thanks again for the recommendation and link!

You're welcome! (nm)

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:)

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Buster Keaton must be named and acknowledge in this category.

simple like so

Buster Keaton

Couldn't agree more. Keaton was a giant, right up there with Chaplin in terms of his extraordinary skills - acting, producing, writing, and directing.

His directorial genius in The General (1927) (shared with Clyde Bruckman; tragic story, that one) is rather breathtaking, especially for an art that was still in its infancy.

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Harold Lloyd, Louise Brooks, Fritz Rasp, Mabel Normand, Eric Campbell, Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton.

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Two names for me to ponder: Fritz Rasp, and Eric Campbell. I know their films, but can't find pictures of them, so I'm not sure who they are. I look forward to discovering that.

And I just wanted to comment on Mabel Normand. She's of great interest to me because of her history before Hollywood and while in Hollywood. You seem to be highly educated in classic films, so you probably know this. But for those who don't, here's just a bit of her story, forgoing the well-known scandals:

Before she came to Hollywood she worked at the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch in Bliss, Oklahoma, performing in their Wild West show, along with Will Rogers, Tom Mix, Buck Rogers and others. A bit later she began appearing in films they made through their Bison film company in California, which got her to Hollywood.

And once in Hollywood, she became not only a star, one of the most successful and popular of the early silent screen comediennes, but was also a pioneering female writer and director. Mabel's Blunder (1914), is a good example of one that she wrote, directed and starred in.



All things considered, I find it so fascinating that this New York born silent star first performed in an Oklahoma Wild West Show before finding her way to Hollywood. I've always felt that her life story is a good film waiting to be made.

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Hi Spiderwort,

Here's Fritz Rasp:





Eric Campbell:





I'm the opposite - I know their faces but can't recall some of their movies!

Rasp and Campbell

Oh, thank you, mike! Yes, I know these faces (especially Campbell), and now I know their names. Campbell had such a unique face. He almost upstages Chaplin at times - and, honestly, who can do that? I remember Rasp primarily from Metropolis, but I know I've seen him other films, too; titles, who knows? Thanks again for filling in the blanks.

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Harold Lloyd.

I loved him in a few of his "talkies" also.
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