RIP Silent Move Star Carla Laemmle

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Dancer and silent movie star Carla Laemmle (whose uncle founded Universal Studios) died last night, leaving just Mexican silent movie star Lupita Tovar, child stars Baby Peggy, Dickie Moore, Fay McKenzie and a couple of Our Gang kids left as the only living stars from the silent era. Carla was 104. “Her heart just stopped,” Laemmle’s great niece, ... See the Rest

The Trailer for Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight

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It's the French Riviera, in the 1920s. Colin Firth is an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindler – Emma Stone as a psychic to the rich and famous. Personal and professional complications ensue, as they so often do in Woody Allen movies. I'm partial to these minor efforts of his, and I especially love these gentler period pieces.  A ... See the Rest

Casting News: Queen Latifah Will Play ’20s Blues Icon Bessie Smith

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Queen Latifah has long wanted to bring the life story of "The Empress of the Blues"  Bessie Smith  to the screen (probably because the resemblance is so uncanny), and now it looks as if she may finally have the chance. ... See the Rest

Flashback 1928: Buster Keaton Writes His New Year’s Resolutions

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Umph. the things I would do to Buster Keaton. ... See the Rest

Flashback 1924: Tower of Alcohol Barrels to be Burned During Prohibition

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(via Philthy Phil) ... See the Rest

Flashback 1928: Joan Crawford by Ruth Harriet Louise

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Corinne Griffith Appreciation Post

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First of all: Stunning headpiece. Dutch Deco. You don't see THAT very often. That's silent film star Corinne Griffith wearing it in 1926's Mademoiselle Modiste. A cursory look at Wikipedia reveals a woman who led an extrodinary life. Unlike most silent film stars, she went on to have a highly lucrative career after her film days were over. With the ... See the Rest

Retro Glam

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Now THAT'S how you do a smoky eye! Is this Theda? Or Clara? Or some other hoochie vamp like Nita Naldi, Louise Glaum, or Valeska Suratt? I'm pretty sure it's Theda, but I never miss an opportunity to name drop Valeska Suratt. And link to pictures of her. ... See the Rest