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Silent Films and Early Talkies

I'm currently working on a book describing silent films and early talkies that are currently available on DVD. This seems to be a good way to get started. I thought the number would be rather limited, but there are over 500 such films available.
Jan 1, 2017

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What are your favorite movies?
Speedy, Rose of Washington Square, Hello Frisco Hello, Citizen Kane, A Place in the Sun, The Lovers of Verona, Love Me Tonight, Tales of Manhattan, Casablanca, The Third Man, Go Into Your Dance, Wake Up and Live, Stagecoach, The Scarlet Empress, Sunset Blvd, Lady from Shanghai, The Big Clock, The Shepherd of the Hills, I Married a Witch, Double Indemnity., The Letter, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Laura, Bees in Paradise
Who are your favorite stars?
Alice Faye, Harold Lloyd, Wheeler and Woolsey, Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Maurice Chevalier, George Formby, Arthur Askey, Laurel and Hardy, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Basil Rathbone, Groucho Marx, James Cagney, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich. Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Milton Sills, Jean Harlow, Stanley Holloway, Joan Crawford, Conrad Veidt, Eddie Cantor, Leslie Howard, Charles Laughton, Fred Astaire, Will Hay, William Powell, Kay Francis
Who are your favorite directors?
Orson Welles, Julien Duvivier, Max Ophuls, Albert Lewin, Rouben Mamoulian, Michael Curtiz, Josef Von Sternberg, Rene Clair, William Wyler, Frank Capra, Clarence Brown, John Farrow, Henry Hathaway, Otto Preminger, Sam Wood, Fritz Lang, Fred Zinnemann, Ernst Lubitsch, Carol Reed, Anthony Mann, Alfred Hitchcock, H.G. Clouzot, Billy Wilder, Busby Berkeley, Carmine Gallone, Michael Powell, Robert Siodmak, William A. Wellman, Anatole Litvak, John Ford, Joseph H. Lewis, Gregory Ratoff
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Professional film critic for over 50 years. Author of numerous books.
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At 12:03pm on June 21, 2010, Abdullah aka Chuck said…

At 1:55am on July 5, 2009, Philip C Binstead said…
Hi John, Have just bought your book: Silent films and early talkies from amazon uk, really looking forward to receiving it, the 1923 - 1931 era is my main area of interest, it'll be interesting to see how many films I have are listed in the book, Best Regards, Phil.
At 5:54pm on July 4, 2009, Philip C Binstead said…
Hi John, I have a fair few features and shorts released during the 20's and early 30's, b/w with colour sequences, all colour and b/w, 2 strip colour of course, during the past two years a fellow collector has been sending me some rare films some not commercially availble. for instance The Viking made completely in two strip colour, Show Girl in Hollywood, Showboat with talkie sequences, Noahs Ark with talkie sequences, and many others if you would like a list please let me know at: I don't have much time during the week to reply to messages so at weekends is best for me to get back to you. Best regards, Phil.
At 10:25am on June 21, 2009, Abdullah aka Chuck said…

At 7:38pm on March 20, 2008, John Howard Reid said…
The problem is of course that VHS tapes are starting to deteriorate. Even expensive tapes. To my amazement, I found that generally the cheaper tapes were in much better condition. Even some expensive, pre-recorded tapes were unplayable.

How did I start? Writing reviews for university newspapers. Then I graduated to weekly newspapers and monthly magazines like "Films & Filming". Then I started my own magazine. And after that I finally graduated to writing books.
At 4:21am on March 10, 2008, John Howard Reid said…
For a representative sample of good "B" westerns, bad "B" westerns and in-between, Mill Creek's 250-movie set would be impossible to beat. However, be warned that some of the movies are in extremely poor condition, But as a friend of mine said, "At that price, if I enjoy even 50 of the movies, I'm well ahead of the game!"
At 5:15am on March 9, 2008, Rosie Sayer said…
Hi, John. I've only seen half of your favorite films. I guess I'd better get busy. I've focused so much on comedies that I have a huge knowledge gap when it comes to other genres, but I have been making an effort the past year to see all the essential classics I've missed. I still have a long way to go. I look forward to learning from you!
At 12:14am on March 8, 2008, Ktrek said…
Hey John,

I know you are somewhat an authority on Hollywood Westerns and I was wondering what you thought of Mill Creeks 250 Western set for someone not well acquainted with Westerns, except for the major films. Here is the Amazon link:
At 10:57pm on March 7, 2008, Ktrek said…
Hi John! Glad to see you join!!

I hope you will frequent the network and post some blogs or even start a subnetwork. Thanks for participating!



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