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Douglas Fairbanks is D’Artagnan in “The Three Musketeers” (1921) – reviewed by George

In this second American silent version of the Dumas novel, we have a movie twice as long as the first, with more time for diversions and expansions. Hence it is a better movie, but most of that is due to … Continue reading

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Elstree Calling (1930) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 11th film is, in a sense, not his film, at least not his alone. For a little over a minute we have a lovely little melody with a black screen. Then we get the start of the credits … Continue reading

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The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) – reviewed by George

This is Douglas Fairbanks the elder’s last film, and it must have been personal for him since it deals with a man who has lived past his reputation. Don Juan is a littler thicker around the waist, a little older-looking … Continue reading

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Short and Silent Sherlock Holmes (1900-1916) – reviewed by George

Working with and enjoying “The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes” got me interested in looking at Sherlock Holmes movies and shorts in chronological order, the same way I did “Christmas Carol” movies a couple of years ago. So here’s the first … Continue reading

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The Black Pirate (1926) – reviewed by George

As the film begins, pirates are walking past their captain carrying the bodies of the seamen killed during the boarding of their ship. The captain checks the corpses’ fingers and removes any rings. The pirates march on, making a pile … Continue reading

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Douglas Fairbanks is “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924) – reviewed by George

At the time of its release this was the most expensive movie ever made, and it’s easy to see why. The sets are enormous and finely detailed and there are lots of special effects. Some shots emphasize the height of … Continue reading

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The Good Bad Man (1916) and The Half-Breed (1916) – reviewed by George

Two silent films, released the same year, from the same studio (D.W. Griffith’s Fine Arts Film Co.), with the same star (Douglas Fairbanks), the same director (Allan Dwan), and the same theme (illegitimacy), and the same actor, Sam de Grasse, … Continue reading

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