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Silent Movie Stars

Silent film actors and productions of 1910-1940Created by: PICRYLDated: 1915
Josie's Declaration of Independence (cinema 1914)
The height of the silent movie era (the 1910s-1920s) was a period of artistic innovation. Silent film stars had to use their faces to express every emotion — a skill that was lost on most actors when talkies replaced silent movies. Several silent stars including Wallace Beery, Shearer, Laurel and Hardy, Greta Garbo, and Janet Gaynor made a successful transition to talkies.
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Bostadshus, en ung kvinna och en häst framför huset.
Fröken Westin och hästen "Grällan".

Bostadshus, en ung kvinna och en häst framför huset. Fröken Westin och...

Bostadshus, en ung kvinna och en häst framför huset. Fröken Westin och hästen "Grällan".

Con. i.e. Connie and Norma Talmage i.e. Talmadge

Con. i.e. Connie and Norma Talmage i.e. Talmadge

Photograph shows American silent movie star Constance Alice Talmadge (1898-1973). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2019) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George ... more

Con. i.e. Connie and Norma Talmage i.e. Talmadge

Con. i.e. Connie and Norma Talmage i.e. Talmadge

Photograph shows American silent movie star Constance Alice Talmadge (1898-1973). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2019) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George ... more

Two men using a movie camera indoors

Two men using a movie camera indoors

Title devised by cataloger. "Le Parvo" and "J. Debrie, Paris" on 35 mm movie camera. No Detroit Publishing Co. no. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

Betty Mack and Talmages i.e. Connie and Norma Talmadge

Betty Mack and Talmages i.e. Connie and Norma Talmadge

Photograph shows American silent movie star Constance Alice Talmadge (1898-1973). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2019) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George ... more

Hagnäs hallar market and Bio Hagnäs cinema to the right, Siltasaarenkatu, Helsinki

Hagnäs hallar market and Bio Hagnäs cinema to the right, Siltasaarenka...

Broholmsgatan med Hagnäs hallar och Bio Hagnäs till höger. .Foto Gustaf Sandberg..sls1849_128..Ur boken Helsingfors i ord och bild..Utgiven av Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, 2012..www.sls.fi ( http://w... more

May Allison with movie camera, Helen Taft

May Allison with movie camera, Helen Taft

Photograph shows actress May Allison (1890-1989) with Helen Taft and a motion picture camera. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2018) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part... more

Familjegrupp åtta personer och två hundar i gröngräset.
Sommaren 1901.

Familjegrupp åtta personer och två hundar i gröngräset. Sommaren 1901.

Familjegrupp åtta personer och två hundar i gröngräset. Sommaren 1901.

En båt vid bryggan, 6 personer.
"Adieu Julia"

En båt vid bryggan, 6 personer. "Adieu Julia"

En båt vid bryggan, 6 personer. "Adieu Julia"

Grupp sex personer vid kaffebordet i trädgården.
Troligen år 1901.

Grupp sex personer vid kaffebordet i trädgården. Troligen år 1901.

Grupp sex personer vid kaffebordet i trädgården. Troligen år 1901.

Familjegrupp sex personer, picknick.
Sommaren 1901.

Familjegrupp sex personer, picknick. Sommaren 1901.

Familjegrupp sex personer, picknick. Sommaren 1901.

Terrible Teddy, the grizzly king /

Terrible Teddy, the grizzly king /

"A burlesque on Theodore Roosevelt hunting mountain lions in Colorado and taken from the New York Journal and Advertiser. The scene opens in a very picturesque wood. Teddy with his large teeth is seen running d... more

Laura Comstock's bag-punching dog

Laura Comstock's bag-punching dog

Opens with the head and shoulders of a woman in full dress and hat and the front paws and head of a boxer visible behind a sign that reads "Miss Laura Comstock's Bag Punching Dog." Cuts to the dog sitting on hi... more

President Roosevelt reviewing the troops at Charleston Exposition /

President Roosevelt reviewing the troops at Charleston Exposition /

President Roosevelt is standing on a platform in front of an auditorium, photographed from across the street. At his left is Mrs. Roosevelt, holding carnations. They review the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps foot... more

Foxy Grandpa and Polly in a little hilarity

Foxy Grandpa and Polly in a little hilarity

Opens on a stage with a stone fence and a painted backdrop of a forest or garden. Husband and wife team of Hart and DeMar as cartoon characters Foxy Grandpa and Polly enter hand-in-hand from behind the fence. G... more

The boys think they have one on Foxy Grandpa, but he fools them

The boys think they have one on Foxy Grandpa, but he fools them

Opens on a stage with a stone fence and a painted backdrop of a forest or garden. In front of the fence is a bench, on which sits Joseph Hart as the cartoon character of Foxy Grandpa, reading a newspaper or mag... more

Portrett, Sarah Bernhardt, filmstjerne, skuespiller mm. Kristianiabesøk i 1902.

Portrett, Sarah Bernhardt, filmstjerne, skuespiller mm. Kristianiabesø...

Portrett, Sarah Bernhardt, filmstjerne, skuespiller mm. Kristianiabesøk i 1902.

New York City dumping wharf /

New York City dumping wharf /

The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles ... more

Panorama from the tower of Brooklyn Bridge /

Panorama from the tower of Brooklyn Bridge /

The view was taken from the tower on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. As the film begins, the camera is looking southwest, towards the southern tip of Manhattan (the Battery). The camera pans very rapidly north... more

Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3

Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3

Opens on a set of a saloon or tavern with a long bar and pictures on the wall that include boxers, a ballerina, and a reclining female. At the end of the bar stands the bartender, reading a newspaper. Two men d... more

The President's carriage /

The President's carriage /

This film shows President Roosevelt in San Francisco, passing in the arrival parade on Market Street on Tuesday, May 12, 1903. The camera view is from the north side of Market Street, just east of Grant Avenue.... more

Takoma, Washington. Old movie theatre

Takoma, Washington. Old movie theatre

Photograph shows four men standing at the entrance of movie theater; signage in background "Edison's moving pictures, Entertainment for ladies and children"; man on far right points to sign "Moving pictures - A... more

Alice In Wonderland [1903] - Silent movie

Alice In Wonderland [1903] - Silent movie

Alice In Wonderland [1903] silent movie. This movie is in the Public Domain under Creative Commons licence.

Little Miss Lillian

Little Miss Lillian

"Little Miss Lillian, the marvelous child toe dancer, and youngest premiere danseuse in the world. The picture shows her in four different dances, her beautiful costumes changing mysteriously after each dance"-... more

Parade of floats, St. Louis Exposition /

Parade of floats, St. Louis Exposition /

One of the parades of floating craft held in the waterways of the St. Louis Exposition is shown in this film. The cameraman placed equipment on shore at a distance to include each of the competing craft. Photog... more

Coil winding section E, Westinghouse works /

Coil winding section E, Westinghouse works /

Rows of women are shown at tables with winding machines. They wind using material from spools behind them, apparently putting the finished products on the table in front of them. Various supervisory staff, male... more

The lost child

The lost child

A woman brings a small boy into the backyard of a house in the suburbs. She puts him on the ground to play and returns later to find him missing. Unaware that the baby has crawled into the dog house, she admoni... more

Pictures changed / D'Artois.

Pictures changed / D'Artois.

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design. "No. B 14." Copyright claimant: The Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Title from item.

Good night / D'Artois.

Good night / D'Artois.

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design. "No. B 16." Copyright claimant: The Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Title from item.

Gentlemen will please remove their hats and kindly refrain from smoking / D'Artois & Cie.

Gentlemen will please remove their hats and kindly refrain from smokin...

Paper print made from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design. "No. A 13." Copyright claimant: Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Title and o... more

Films changed / D'Artois & Cie.

Films changed / D'Artois & Cie.

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design. "No. A 14." Copyright claimant: The Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Title ... more

Adjusting film. Show will continue in a few minutes

Adjusting film. Show will continue in a few minutes

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with photo of girl hammering at a film projector. "No. C 6." Copyright claimant: The Electro Mechanical Co., Cl... more

If you expect to rate as a gentleman, you will not expectorate on the floor

If you expect to rate as a gentleman, you will not expectorate on the ...

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with a border design. "No. B 17." Copyright claimant: Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Title from item.

Those coming in late may remain to the next performance / D'Artois & Cie.

Those coming in late may remain to the next performance / D'Artois & C...

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design. "No. A 12." Copyright claimant: Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Title and ... more

Good night / D'Artois.

Good night / D'Artois.

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design. "No. A 16." Copyright claimant: Electro Mechanical Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Title and ... more

Call again. Always something new / D'Artois.

Call again. Always something new / D'Artois.

Paper print made from lantern slide used as announcemenet in motion picture theaters. Text appears with an Art Nouveau design showing donkey and words "Maud, her stall." "No. A 15" and "23." Copyright claimant:... more

Over the hills to the poor house

Over the hills to the poor house

The widowed elderly mother of three adult children, two sons and a daughter, wishing to relieve herself of the burden of care of her property, decides to divide it up among her children. To her son Charles, a w... more

The taming of the shrew

The taming of the shrew

"Two suitors have come to the home of the popular Bianca to court her. But her bad-tempered sister Katharina interrupts, deals with the men roughly and chases them out. Later she also assaults her music teacher... more

Adventures of Dollie

Adventures of Dollie

After an altercation with her father, a vengeful gypsy kidnaps little Dollie from her family's yard. She is placed in a barrel which travels down a stream and over a waterfall. As her father searches frantical... more

The light that came

The light that came

Grace, a disfigured young woman with two beautiful sisters, Vivian and Daisy, falls in love with Carl Wagner, a blind violinist, and they become engaged. Though she fears losing his love when he sees the scar o... more

The necklace

The necklace

The Kendricks are a young couple, excited to have been invited to an important social event. Mrs. Kendrick buys a new gown and borrows a jeweled necklace from a friend. At the ball, the necklace it is stolen, ... more

What's your hurry?

What's your hurry?

At a birthday party, the father of the house is given a double-barrel shotgun, over which he is most enthusiastic. Meanwhile, his daughter recieves a letter saying that her boyfriend will be home from college e... more

The Gibson goddess

The Gibson goddess

An attractive young lady at a beach resort draws unwanted attention from a group of unruly young men, so she disguises herself with a long beach coat and plenty of padding. Not recognizing the beauty they had s... more

A Bird in a Gilded Cage (Scene 2)

A Bird in a Gilded Cage (Scene 2)

Movie still showing one man holding another man by the throat as a woman and girl watch. Photoprint copyrighted by the Edison Manufacturing Co. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Copy negat... more

A corner in wheat

A corner in wheat

A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. Shows the differences between... more

Herbert G. Ponting and his camera / H.G.P.

Herbert G. Ponting and his camera / H.G.P.

Photograph shows Herbert G. Ponting, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, with movie(?) camera on tripod, during the British Antarctic Expedition. J181346 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. Copyri... more

On the lake, Tuxedo

On the lake, Tuxedo

Photograph shows people seated on chairs on a frozed pond with skaters in Tuxedo Park, New York State. A man with a movie camera films the scene. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2017) Title from data provided ... more

Muggsy becomes a hero

Muggsy becomes a hero

Mabel sends a note to Muggsy asking him to meet her after church. While he is waiting for the services to end, another note is handed to him, requesting him to escort the Frost sisters through a bad area. Thoug... more

A gold necklace

A gold necklace

Mazie lends her gold necklace to her friend Nellie, who loses it. She and her boyfriend, Sam, look for it in vain. Sam, thinking it belongs to Nellie, promises to replace it, and she describes it to him in deta... more

Fate's turning

Fate's turning

John Lawson, Jr. has taken over the family business due to the illness of his father, and he has suffered a nervous breakdown. His father,regaining health, suggests the son take a rest at a summer hotel. John b... more

Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manager

Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manage...

Photo shows a cow and pansy flowers. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved... more

If annoyed when here, please tell the management

If annoyed when here, please tell the management

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame.

Loud talking or whistling not allowed

Loud talking or whistling not allowed

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame. J170028 U.S. Copyright Office... more

Welcome

Welcome

Photo shows a woman with open arms who appears to be rising from an opening tulip flower. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humor... more

Change of song to-morrow

Change of song to-morrow

Photo shows a woman playing a musical instrument while a man admires her. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, ... more

Ladies and children are cordially invited to this theatre. No offensive pictures are ever shown here

Ladies and children are cordially invited to this theatre. No offensiv...

Photo shows song birds and roses. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved fr... more

3 minutes intermission while changing pictures

3 minutes intermission while changing pictures

Photo shows woman pointing at pocket watch dial. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a ... more

Madam, how would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing

Madam, how would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame. J170034 U.S. Copyright Office... more

Ladies kindly remove your hats

Ladies kindly remove your hats

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame. J170054 U.S. Copyright Office... more

Don't forget your umbrella or other parcels

Don't forget your umbrella or other parcels

Photo shows a woman holding an umbrella while crossing a wet street. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and t... more

Iola's promise

Iola's promise

Iola, an Indian girl, is held captive by a gang of cutthroats. She is rescued by Jack Harper, a prospector. In gratitude, she promises to help him to find gold, and, when his fiancee is about to be burned at th... more

Won by a fish

Won by a fish

Harry teases his girl's father about his bad luck with fishing and is consequently forbidden to see his girl. The next day, Dad goes fishing again. After he leaves, the young couple goes for a walk. They pass a... more

An Indian summer

An Indian summer

An elderly widower takes lodgings at a seaside boarding house owned by a widow and her daughter. Attracted to the widow, but self-conscious about his thinning hair, the widower writes a letter to inquire about ... more

The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle

A lonely widower is told to bomb Senor Cataldo's house by the Inner Circle, a secret society of which he is a reluctant member. Sr. Cataldo's offence is that he has gone to the police with an extortion note he ... more

Kindly remain seated

Kindly remain seated

Photo shows children at beach. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame... more

Lena and the geese

Lena and the geese

An aristocratic woman is forced to give up her newborn daughter to be raised by Gretchen, a peasant woman. The girl grows up with Lena, the peasant's real daughter, who tends a flock of geese. On her deathbed, ... more

Please applaud with hands only

Please applaud with hands only

Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame.

Good night

Good night

Photo shows a woman yawning in her night clothes while holding a lit candle. Positive paper print from lantern slide used in motion picture theaters as announcement. Each text superimposed on humorous photograp... more

Woman in black

Woman in black

"Mary, a young gypsy girl, is seduced by the immoral Robert Crane and abandoned. She is exiled from the gypsies and, along with her mother Zenda, known as "The Woman in Black," she vows revenge. Meanwhile, Cran... more

Josephine Victor, King Baggot, Maidel Turner

Josephine Victor, King Baggot, Maidel Turner

Photograph shows movie actors Josephine Victor, William King Baggot (1879-1948) and Maidel Turner (1888-1953) reviewing letters sent to Santa for the Santa Claus Association at the Hotel Astor in New York City.... more

The bargain

The bargain

Outlaw Jim Stokes robs a stagecoach using stuffed dummies as "accomplices". Pursued and wounded, he collapses by a water hole. He is found by a kindly miner and nursed back to health by the miner's daughter, Ne... more

Beverly of Graustark

Beverly of Graustark

Beverly Calhoun is invited by her friend, Princess Yestive of Graustark, to pay her a visit. On her journey, she is waylaid by bandits, and becomes entangled in the political problems of a neighboring country, ... more

Partner Patter Purveyors

Partner Patter Purveyors

This image shows two entertainers on a stage, apparently in the middle of a stand-up comic turn. Both are in dark suits. One has a red clown's nose and a bowler hat. He is wearing dancing shoes, so probably did... more

Ambrose's nasty temper

Ambrose's nasty temper

Ambrose is fired by his boss, garment factory owner and rejected by her as a suitor for her daughter. Vengeful Ambrose then arranges to have the owner kidnapped, but his henchmen nab the daughter by mistake. LP... more

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, full length portrait, standing, facing right, in front of building, holding dog, in movie "Rags" (western), with 3 men and 2 women - Rags Farewell to the West]

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, full length portrait, standing, facing right, i...

L5688 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Motion pictures Stills Rags; BI; Shelf.

Burr McIntosh

Burr McIntosh

Photograph probably shows William Burr McIntosh (1862-1942) who was a movie studio owner, silent film actor, photographer and a pioneer in the early film and radio business. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014)

Geraldine Farrar as "Carmen" for "Movies"

Geraldine Farrar as "Carmen" for "Movies"

Photograph shows Cecil B. deMille(?) gesturing to opera singer Geraldine Farrar on the set of the 1915 motion picture, "Carmen." (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012) Title from data provided by the Bain News ... more

June i.e. Jane & Kath. Lee

June i.e. Jane & Kath. Lee

Photograph shows child movie stars Jane Lee (1912-1957), dressed as a nurse and her sister Katherine Lee (1909-1968), dressed as a soldier, at the automobile fashion show, Sheepshead Bay Speedway, New York City... more

Ambrose's little hatchet

Ambrose's little hatchet

"The shadows caused by dressmaker Ambrose while disassembling a female dummy are mistaken for a brutal murder by onlookers"--Mack Sennett's fun factory. LP4746 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: The Keystone Film... more

Mae Murray

Mae Murray

Photograph shows Mae Murray (1885-1965) was also film producer and screenwriter. In 1922 she appeared in the movie "Peacock Alley". (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2018) Title from data provided by the Bain N... more

Vitagraph "Movie" Battle

Vitagraph "Movie" Battle

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... more

Ghosts

Ghosts

A tragedy in which the sins of a father are visited upon his children as revealed in the story of a young man who unknowingly falls in love with his half-sister. When the family doctor, who knows of the father'... more

NO CAPTION

NO CAPTION

Photo shows a man with a movie camera. Date based on date of negatives in same range. Gift; American National Red Cross 1944 and 1952. General information about the American National Red Cross photograph collec... more

Mabel and Fatty's wash day

Mabel and Fatty's wash day

It's wash day. Mabel works hard while her husband sleeps in. Next door, Fatty also works hard, while his wife bosses him about as she dresses to go out. Finishing the washing in their adjacent yards, Fatty offe... more

Chas. Charlie Chaplin

Chas. Charlie Chaplin

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantham Bain Collection is availabl... more

Sam Ash

Sam Ash

Photograph shows Samuel Howard Ash (1884-1951), American vaudeville performer, singer, and movie star. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2016) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. F... more

Sam Ash

Sam Ash

Photograph shows Samuel Howard Ash (1884-1951), American vaudeville performer, singer, and movie star. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2016) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. F... more

"Movie" class

"Movie" class

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... more

Class in "Movies"

Class in "Movies"

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantham Bain Collection is availabl... more

Mary MacLane

Mary MacLane

Photograph shows author Mary MacLane (1881-1929) in a still from her silent movie "Men Who Have Made Love to Me." (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2016) Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the ... more

Vitagraph "Movie" Battle

Vitagraph "Movie" Battle

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the George Grantha... more

Coming ashore from naval plane

Coming ashore from naval plane

Photograph shows a F5L Flying Boat after landing from a trip from Hampton Roads, Virginia to Rockaway Naval Air Station, Queens, New York City. A movie camera is mounted in the forward gunner's position. (Sourc... more