Silent Sunday: Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)

Max Linder returns home drunk after his bachelor party. The next morning, he is awakened by a loud noise. His valet John, while chasing his pretty maid, has broken his mirror. John claims Mary, the maid, dropped a napkin. By the time Max drags himself out of bed, Mary has cleared away the broken glass... Continue Reading →

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Silent Sunday: One Week (1920)

The story involves two newlyweds, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in "one week". A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton's struggle to assemble the house according to this new "arrangement". The end result is depicted in the picture. As if this... Continue Reading →

Silent Sunday: Outside the Law (1920)

In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian philosophy, and Black Mike Sylva, a murderous rake of the San Francisco underworld. A mob boss trying to go straight is framed for murder.  "Silent" Madden is sentenced... Continue Reading →

Silent Sunday: Tango Tangles (1914)

Mack Sennett arranged for Keystone's most important comedians to improvise a film set in a dance hall to capitalize on the names of his actors and America's tango dance craze.  Charles Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle, Ford Sterling, and Chester Conklin were let loose on the unsuspecting extras to uproarious results. Not only does the film feature... Continue Reading →

Silent Sunday: The Bat (1926)

"The bat, a master criminal terrorizing the city wearing a fearsome bat costume, sets his sinister sights on the eerie Fleming mansion.  Within the walls of this spooky estate, a bank-robber has stashed $20,000 in stolen loot.  Leasing the mansion is the wealthy Cornelia Van Gorder, along with her niece Dale.  Dale's fiancé, Brooks Bailey,... Continue Reading →

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