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New book! 50 movies to start your discovery of Old Hollywood

'The Crowd' (1928): Full movie now available for free

"The Crowd" is a 1928 silent movie nominated for the very first best picture Academy Award as "Unique and Artistic Achievement" and is considered today one of the best silent films in history. "The Crowd" was directed by King Vidor and stars James Murray, Eleanor Boardman and Bert Roach. IMDB plot summary: The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles, and downfalls. Watch the full silent movie "The Crowd" (for free!) now at Youtube *** Follow @ReelOldMovies for the latest classic movie news. On: Instagram  |  Mastodon  |  YouTube  |  Google News x

On this date: Birthdays for Mabel Normand and Joel McCrea, Lon Chaney as a Marine, more

On this date in Hollywood history -- November edition: Lon Chaney stars as a tough Marine sergeant, birthdays for Joel McCrea and Mabel Normand, "The Big Parade" premieres and more ... 

Classic movie treats: 5 hidden gems from silent horror

No trick, all treats: Horror movies lurk in every corner of classic film. This Halloween, go beyond the usual suspects and sample of few of these frightfully fun movies from the silent era that may not be as well known. 

11 must-see silent movies on National Silent Movie Day

In honor of 2023’s National Silent Movie Day on September 29, check out these silent film classics that are considered must-see favorites by silent film fans. 

Now available: 'Visual History of Silent Movies' book

Now available! "Visual History of Silent Movies: A reissue of the 1927 pictorial survey 'Masters and Masterpieces of the Screen'"  — order your paperback at Amazon 

Watch the first movie version of 'Peter Pan' with Betty Bronson, Anna May Wong

Today, audiences are going to the movies to watch Alexander Molony and Jude Law in the 2023 "Peter Pan and Wendy"  released this week, but almost 100 years ago, audiences were flocking to the theaters to see the first big screen appearance of "Peter Pan." 

1923’s ‘The Ten Commandments’: Rediscovering the movie – and the lost city of DeMille

Watching old movies is a bit like archaeology: you can study human history via the artifacts, language and sets used at the time. 1923’s “The Ten Commandments” offers a few things to unearth, both on the screen and beneath the sands of a small town in California. 

Gloria Swanson's 1957 interview: 'Am I through with Hollywood, or are they through with me?'

Gloria Swanson, one of Hollywood's most popular and bankable stars of the early Golden Age of movies, talks to TV journalist Mike Wallace in 1957 about why she is not making films, sex appeal, Hollywood in the 1920s, marriage, plastic surgery and more.

(Re)discover the first epic Western movie from 100 years ago

"The Covered Wagon" is not as well known today as some classic movies, but the silent movie is considered the first big budget epic Western, or as Variety said at its 1923 release: "It is the biggest thing since Griffith made 'The Birth of a Nation.'" The movie was one of the era's top box office hits, premiering in New York on March 16, 1923. Even Warren G. Harding, president at the time, screened it at the White House and sent an endorsement. It was also ground-breaking in the ambitious scale in its production of the tale of the pioneers heading West across the United States in the 1840s.  The plot of "The Covered Wagon" covers ground that will be well-trod in later Westerns: A wagon train sets out in 1848 for Oregon territory and encounters treacherous river crossings, internal power struggles, prairie fires, Indian attacks, an action-packed buffalo hunt, gold fever and more.  J. Warren Kerrigan and Lois Wilson J. Warren Kerrigan plays Will,

Once lost footage from Lon Chaney horror classic to screen in NYC

Ten minutes of lost footage is now restored to the Lon Chaney classic silent horror movie, “The Unknown” (1927), and the new print is screening for audiences for the first time in the United States. 

Ramon Novarro in 1925's 'Ben-Hur' chariot race -- video

Watch an edited down chariot race scene of the 1925 movie blockbuster “Ben-Hur” with overlay of modern cinematic action music (Adobe free music).  The 1925 silent movie blockbuster "Ben-Hur" catapulted Ramon Novarro to stardom. 

Now available: '101 Classic Movie Trivia Questions' book

Now available!  "101 Classic Movie Trivia Questions" -- order your ebook or paperback at Amazon  You may love classic movies, but how much do you really know? This collection of 101 trivia questions (and answers!) puts your knowledge to the test.  Who dated who in Old Hollywood? What movies set records at awards shows and at the box office? Who made silver screen history? From Charlie Chaplin to “Citizen Kane,” from sci-fi firsts to iconic final films, from “The Jazz Singer” to “The Quiet Man” – the questions pull from a range of classic movie history, from easy tidbits about the most famous films to more deep dives into hidden gems that only true classic connoisseurs may know.  Generally, the questions span movies and stars from early cinema to the 1960s, with emphasis on the Golden Age of Hollywood (roughly the 1930s and 1940s).  The topics covered include: Historic firsts Award winners Early days of cinema Famous quotes Scandals Romantic entanglements in real Hollywood And

Holiday gift ideas (that aren’t movies) under $25 for classic movie lovers

Movie lovers know that old movies are priceless: the memories, the enjoyment, the emotion. But what to get that classic movie lover as a holiday gift that they don’t already have – and that isn’t a copy of a movie they already own? 

Anna May Wong’s resurgence in popularity – on screens and on quarters

A hundred years after her first leading role, classic Hollywood actress Anna May Wong will appear on U.S. coins as part of the American Women Quarters program, which celebrates pioneering women in their fields. 

The many echoes of classic horror movie ‘The Man Who Laughs’

It’s not Joaquin Phoenix’s The Joker. It’s Conrad Veidt’s Gwynplaine from 1928’s “The Man Who Laughs.” 

'A Trip to the Moon' dazzles 120 years later

Audiences went on "A Trip to the Moon" with Georges Méliès 120 years ago, and the world of cinema was forever changed.

11 must-see silent movies in honor of National Silent Movie Day

In honor of 2022’s National Silent Movie Day on September 29, check out these silent film classics that are considered must-see favorites by silent film fans. 

FAQ: National Silent Movie Day 2022

September 29, 2022 is National Silent Movie Day. But what exactly is it, when did it start and what is its purpose? A few frequently asked questions (and answers) around National Silent Movie Day 2022.

'Cleopatra': Seconds of lost history

Watch the only seconds of footage that survive from 1917’s “Cleopatra.”

eBook release: 'Movie Posters from Silent Films'

NOW AVAILABLE!  Movie Posters from Silent Films: Pictorial highlights from early cinema and the silent movie era