The Stark Finger of Denunciation

July 11, 2010 at 1:40 am (Photo Gallery)

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If you’ve watched very many silents, you’ve seen someone standing in a pose of utter condemnation: the scowl, the glare, and that outstretched arm pointing the index finger of fury.

You saw it when Burr McIntosh sent Lillian Gish out into the snow in Way Down East. Here are some more examples.

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The penalty of a flirtation only begins with the stark finger. 1914.

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Myrna Bonillas gets the finger from William Farnum in Shackles of Gold (1922).

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Gloria Swanson faces multiple fingers in The Impossible Mrs. Bellew (1922).

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Gloria must have been really bad.

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It’s finger time for Jetta Goudal in Lady of the Pavements (1929). William Boyd does the honors.

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– – – Christopher Snowden

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3 Comments

  1. JESCIE said,

    .relevant though not a silent.

  2. John Bengtson said,

    Another delightful post – always so much fun to read!

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