Friday Facts

Silent Film Villian Death

More facts of the silent-era taken from the 1947 article: Hollywoods Green Years! A regular practice at the start of a production was  for a hunt, whereby a spectacular place to kill a villain was found. This was usually a high cliff. Fifty feet of the heroine in the heroes arms was shot and then a 20 foot walk into the sunset. At this point the whole production company sat down and figured out  the first part of the production which resulted them in getting to the finished point. The universal motto was “Do and Die First; Reason why Later!”

Silent Film StuntsAnother report from this article was that $1.50 was paid daily to extra players. It was also reported that good extra players were contracted to $10 a week. And there were bonuses of $1 if they performed stunts like jumping over a cliff, wrestling a berserk steer, or swimming a river that is in flood.

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There was no such thing as doubles in the silent film era. Seemingly if the script called for the hero to fall from a precipice, the actor would would fall personally. Acorroding to the article this would usually be into a haystack or into the sea. The article goes onto say that in one saga the leading man was strung up by the neck and then to be rescued in the nick of time by a posse, however the horse that he was on bolted. He was then literally hung for a few moments. Talk about really getting into the part. The report says that he got a sore neck for his trouble and asked for a raise.


A Quote on Thursday

Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford:

“It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkie instead of the other way round.”

Pedro Almodovar

Pedro Almodovar:

“The silent film has a lot of meanings. The first of the film is comic. It represents the burlesque feel of those silent films. But I think that the second part of the film is full of tenderness and emotion.”

Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson:

“As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation'”

Mary Pickford 2

Mary Pickford:

“Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo”

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks:

“A well dressed woman, even though her purse is painfully empty, can conquer the world.”