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  1. WaylonMercy5150

    WaylonMercy5150 Silver Belt

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    1918
    Mickey directed by F. Richard Jones and James Young
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    After initial concerns that caused a delayed release and a parting ways with their star, Mickey would go on to capture the hearts of American audiences bringing in a total of 8 millions dollars over a 250k budget.
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    The film stared the gorgeous and talented Mabel Normand who would sign a very lucrative deal with Samuel Goldwyn after the delayed release of Mickey.
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    1919
    The Jinx directed by Victor Schertzinger
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    The Jinx was Mabel's first film release since the mega-success of Mickey and also her first under Samuel Goldwyn. The Jinx was not a huge success instead the box of winner of 1919 was The Miracle Man staring screen icon Lon Cheaney. The film would gross just over 3 million less than half of what Mickey did the year prior.
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    1920
    Treasure Island directed by Maurice Tourneur
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    A film staring a well desguised-and creepy- Lon Chaney.
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    The fifth version of the film made in a twelve year span, Treasure Island was a lavish production that included color sequences unheard of during that time period. It also was a great showcase for Lon Chaney who would once again provide a masterpiece in creative makeup. The film also showcased the dashing Shirley Mason.
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    1921
    Wing Toy directed by Howard M. Mitchell
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    Wing Toy was a miss for basically all parties involved. The film didn't stick with audiences who were more than willing to part ways with their hard earned money for better pictures such as The Four Horsemen of Apocolypse and Charlie Chaplin's classic The Kid. Shirley's career would only last the decade unlike the co-star of The Kid, Jackie Coogan would remain in film for the next forty years.
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    1922
    Oliver Twist directed by Frank Lloyd
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    Back to back box office hits would turn young Jackie Coogan into a household name. Although not a hindrance, it wasn't Coogan who was most remembered, that would be the man of 1000 faces Lon Chaney who was prepared as always to put his creative touch of the role of Fagin.
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    The film grossed 2 million just 500k below the number one film Robin Hood. Coogan's films the following year would fail to reach the two million mark, as for Chaney? His next film, which some say is his signature picture, would easily surpass the two million mark becoming one of three films in 1923 to succeed in this.
    1923
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame directed by Wallace Worsley
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    Haunting, eerie, strange, beautiful all words used to describe this silent picture. Grossing 3.5 million at the box office, the film was the 3rd highest grossing of the year. Lon Chaney hand picked the director whom he worked with the year prior on A Blind Bargain where Chaney played a hunchback.
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    A pet project for many years, Chaney had purchased the rights to story several years before the film was made and helped put up the 1.5 million dollar budget. Chaney would once again see box office success the following year with He Who Gets Slapped, however, it was a former collaborator, Frank Lloyd, who would dominate the box office.
    1924
    The Thief Of Baghdad directed by Frank Lloyd
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    A visually amazing film starring Box Office sensation Douglas Fairbanks, The Thief of Baghdad was the most expensive film ever made at the time at 1.4 million dollars. The filmed also starred Anna May Wong who was the first Chinese American film star.
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    This also marked the year DW Girffin left United Artists, a film he company he created with Charlie Chaplin.
     
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    1925
    The Gold Rush directed by Charlie Chaplin
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    The film that Chaplin said he wanted to be remembered for, The Gold Rush was universally loved and took in close to 6 million at the box office.
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    Considered by many to be the best Chaplin film of the silent era, it earned Charlie 2 million dollars and United Artists 1 million. The Film also starred Georgia Hale in her film debut, strangely her memorable career only lasted seven movies.
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    1926
    The Great Gatsby directed by Herbert Benson
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    The Great Gatsby was a lightweight film focused on popular entertainment, playing up the party scenes at Gatsby's mansion and emphasizing their scandalous elements. It starred Georgia Hale and Warner Baxter but was not well received at the box office, failing to make the top ten for the year. Aloma of the South Seas and For Heaven's Sake would rule the box office in 1926.
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    1927
    The Jazz Singer directed by Alan Crosland
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    Jazz Singer was the first motion picture with not only a synchronized recorded music score, but also lip-synchronous singing and speech in several isolated sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of sound films and ended the silent film era.
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    The Jazz Singer was the box office champion in 1927 but lost the 1st ever academy award for best picture to Wings.
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    Emil Jannings would win best actor for The Way of all Flesh.
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    1928
    The Last Command directed by Josef von Sternberg
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    A silent film that won Jannings his second Academy Award for Best Actor. A critical hit that was a dud at the box office losing out to more commercially successful films such as the follow up of the The Jazz Singer ; The Singing Fool, and Chaplin's The Circus.
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    Despite its "commercial failure" the movie garnered a nomination for Best Original story, and Emil Jannings took the Oscar for best Best Performance.
    1929
    The Broadway Melody directed by Harry Beaumont
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    Winner of the Best Picture Academy Award in 1929, The Broadway Melody was proof that the era of the sound film was now taking over the movie industry. Not only was The Broadway Melody a critical success it was also the number one movie at the box office grossing nearly 4.5 million.
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    Historically, The Broadway Melody is often considered the first complete example of the Hollywood musical. While the film was seen as innovation for its time and helped to usher in the concept and structure of musical films, the film has become regarded by contemporary critics as cliché-ridden and overly melodramatic.
     
  3. Jack Reacheround

    Jack Reacheround Never Go Black

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    What’s insane is that when I was only 8 years old, 1918 was only 72 years ago. It didn’t seem that long at all. But now, that was 100 years ago. In my life, a century ago had always been a time when there was no such thing as movies.

    Just think, in not too many years, WWII will have been a century ago.
     
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    I like Chaplin because that dude would do some crazy stunts




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    The only thing I could get into in this era is the slapstick. Buster Keaton has always been the best.
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    The only thing I could get into in this era is the slapstick. Buster Keaton has always been the best.
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    No German love? I love Metropolis. One of the best movies to watch blasted out on edibles.
     
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    1930
    Tom Sawyer directed by John Cromwell
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    Jackie Coogan was back, bringing in box office gold for Paramount. A loyal conception of the book, Coogan would help this film gross over 11 million at the box office. It spawned a sequel the next year, Huckleberry Finn, starring the same cast. But critically, 1930 belonged to another film. Winner of the 1930 Academy Award for Best Picture, All Quiet on the Western Front was the choice of critics and remains to this day the first realistic war film ever made.
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    1931
    Frankenstein directed by James Whale
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    Taking home 12 million, double what the next closest film took in- Chaplin's City Lights- Frankenstein was the first big money monster film and was the second film after Dracula in a series of monster films to be released by Universal Pictures. Boris Karloff played the monster and would play The Mummy later for universal as well.
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    1932
    Grand Hotel directed by Edmund Goulding
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    Starring brothers Lionel and John Barrymore and mega-star Greta Garbo as well as Joan Crawford and Wallace Berry, The Grand Hotel would win the 1932 Academy Award for best picture. Perhaps less a true film than a series of star-studded vignettes, Grand Hotel still remains an entertaining look back at a bygone Hollywood era.
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    Winning the box office in 1932 was Shanghai Express, starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna May Wong.
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    1933
    Cavalcade directed by Frank Lloyd
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    The winner of the 1933 Best Picture Award and the top box office earner, Cavalcade earned Frank Lloyd and academy award for Best Director as well.
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    Starring Clive Brook and Diana Wynyard the film still failed to earn blockbuster money, only earning 3.5 million at the box office this left Fox Pictures searching for a real money maker.
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    1934
    It Happened One Night directed by Frank Capra
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    This film became the first to sweep the Academy Awards winning in all major category's. However, like all the films made in 1934 it failed to earn more than 3 million at the box office. A classic movie often forgotten, it did provide us with an often copied, unforgettable scene.
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    1930 also marked the death on screen icon Lon Chaney. Who's final film was released that same year; The Unholy Three.
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    Fritz Lang is the shit. M is my favourite film of his

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    Damn, that OMG dude must really love Buster Keaton.
     
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    Slick_36 Bad Man from Borger, Texas

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    No Nosferatu, Metropolis, or Cabinet of Dr. Caligari?
     
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    All great films that deserve recognition.
     
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    ShinkanPo I'll be the one to pluck that fleur

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    The Charlie Chaplain era really intrigues me Silent Man films etc.
     
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    ShinkanPo I'll be the one to pluck that fleur

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    Interesting thread!
     
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    Why is that?
     
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    ShinkanPo I'll be the one to pluck that fleur

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    I duno
     
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    RTL NostraMMAus™ Platinum Member

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    A refreshing thread in the Mayberry, for once.
     
  18. WaylonMercy5150

    WaylonMercy5150 Silver Belt

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    I feel like when I look at a silent film it is hard to believe that it took place during the same century that I was born.
     
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    Job Interview Sticking in thumbs, pulling out plums

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