The Silent Movie Blog is an ongoing compendium of photos, reviews, facts, trivia, quotes, gossip and crackpot opinions concerning the silent movie era. It’s also the textual offshoot of my other ongoing silent movie endeavor, UnknownVideo.com, where a number of exquisitely fine DVDs that I’ve produced may be obtained for a mere pittance.


  1. marymiley said,

    Just found your great blog. May I link to it in my own Roaring Twenties blog?

    • unkvid said,

      Sure, Mary, and thanks for the compliment!

  2. Joan said,

    I love your site! Stumbled across it while doing a search about horses, came across the ‘Rex’ silent films. That lead to your archives, which I devoured. Thanks for doing such a fine job! I’ll be visiting regularly . . .

  3. Kaye Marie said,

    I have an original book with cover intact. It is the “Sea Hawk” , Sabatini with pix. of the movie, scenes with the stars, etc. With scenes from the Photoplay. ” A First National Picture, Produced by Frank LLoyd Productions Inc.” Scaramouche The Photoplay edition. Illustrated with scenes fromThe Great Rex ingram-Metro Production with Alice Terry, Ramon Novarro and Lewis Stone. The Front cover is an illustration of the charatures in the movie with a ship and ocean as the background. It is printed by Grossett & Dunlap. The Library of Congress has only one such book and they have not provided me with the date of pub. it is not in the book. (no Pages missing) My question is, how old is this book and is it a collectable? There is one tear on the front paper cover – it is a hard back book. Thank you for any information you may have for me.

  4. Jessica Hall said,

    Totally fun blog. I’m wondering if you have any advice for how to find locations for silent movies – I am trying to use film locations to help piece together images of old LA landscapes. Thanks!

    Jessica Hall

  5. The Siren said,

    Great blog. I’m blogrolling it, and would like to invite you to check out the Film Preservation Blogathon at my place, 2/14 to 2/21/10. We are trying to raise money for the National Film Preservation Foundation. If you want to contribute a post, we would love to have you. If not, this is still a great blog. 🙂

  6. ~N said,

    I like your blog.Very interesting.I am looking forward to hearing your scores.
    Thank you for being there.

  7. Robert Moulton said,

    Can’t believe that I have only stumbled on to this blog now, it’s wonderful! Reading the sections about film collecting and Blackhawk made me say to myself over and over: That happened to me too! Ditto on the scanning TV Guide every week from top to bottom to find out when once in a lifetime movies were going to be on at 3am on a school night. I can only add the experience of running home from school in order to catch the start of Charlie Chaplin Theatre on TV. I was finally going to be able to see Tillie’s Punctured Romance!

  8. Vincent said,

    Wonderful site! Learned a lot, and the pictures are splendid (e.g., Anita Page with Kathlyn Williams).

    I cordially invite you to visit my classic Hollywood blog, “Carole & Co.” Just finished an entry on how to access high-quality PDFs of some film related magazines, including Photoplay:


  9. Sören Åkerlund said,

    Nice blog!
    Maybe you know something about the Colleen Moore / Clara Bow
    fight for the flapper crown 1923-1924.

  10. Allen Hefner said,

    I recently started a film blog of my own at bitactors.blogspot.com. It is just a personal expression of my thoughts and experiences, but it is fun to write. I have been looking for other movie blogs, and let me say, yours is intelligent and refreshing. With your permission, I will add a link to your sites.

    My wife and I recently attended a silent film fest at Montgomery County Comm College in Bluebell, PA. http://faculty.mc3.edu/jeckhard/betzwood.htm We are lucky enough to live within a mile of Siegmund Lubin’s old Betzwood studio, a portion of which has been renovated as offices. The most enjoyable part of the fest was the wonderful organ music by Don Kinnier. I spoke with Mr. Kinnier for a while after the program.

    Just for fun, here is a clip from the Betzwood archive. A train wreck filmed in 1914.

    I will try to get thru your archives over the next few days/weeks, and I believe you can count me in as a regular. BTW, when did you start the blog? I only saw archives back to January 2010, and would like to see whatever you have.

    Thanks for a good time, Allen

    • unkvid said,

      Hi Allen! The blog has been reeling along for over a year now, but I take old posts down after a few months. The better ones will appear as re-runs sooner or later, though. Thanks for your kind words!

  11. Beth Corzo-Duchardt said,

    Hi There,
    I love the blog! I’m subscribed to receive emails when you update it and every time I get one it just makes my day. I’m a PhD candidate at Northwestern, writing on the cultural reception of silent film and I was wondering if you and/or some of your readers might be able to help me with one of my research questions:
    I am attempting to compile a list of silent films in which we see people
    watching films.
    I’m especially interested in depictions of naive spectatorship — where the
    viewer takes the image for reality as in Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture
    Show or Buster Keaton’s dream in Sherlock Jr.
    Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated. Thanks so much for the excellent images and information!

    • unkvid said,

      Thanks, Beth. You’ve probably already thought of these, but a few silents that include scenes of movie-watching are HOODOO ANN (1916), THOSE AWFUL HATS (1909), THE EXTRA GIRL (1923), THOSE LOVE PANGS (1914) and LUKE’S MOVIE MUDDLE (1916). Don’t miss Felix the Cat’s FLIM FLAM FILMS (1927), and I *think* the Our Gang kids watch their own home-made movies in BETTER MOVIES (1925). It’s been a while. You might also pose your question over at Nitrateville.com. The group there will definitely come up with more and better examples!

      • Beth Corzo-Duchardt said,

        This is wonderfully helpful. Thanks!

  12. Daniel Buck said,

    Great blog. The Ken Maynard post was excellent.

    Question. Do you know of any early 1900s Western movie actor nicknamed “Butch”?

    I’ve got an image, off an early 1900s photographic post card, supposedly signed on the back, “Butch.”

    The man in image is dressed like a cowboy, but wearing a necktie and Gabby Hayes type hat, making him look less like a cowboy and more like an actor.

    I can send you a copy of the image, if you wish.


    • unkvid said,

      Hi Dan! I’ve never heard of an actor from that era by the name of Butch… sorry!

      • Daniel Buck said,



  13. Danny Hahn said,


    The photos are beautiful! Very pleased I came across this blog.

    If you like silent movies, there are interesting articles and films to watch on my blog http://www.neokitsch.com

    I’ll be back shortly to view some more.


    Danny Hahn

  14. Bruce Long said,

    Regarding your blog post about predictions of the stars, one of the most remarkable that I have seen was this one by Will Rogers (Photoplay, Aug. 1923, p. 45):

    Will Rogers…writes that he will pick out a couple of good presidential types to run on the republican and democratic tickets. “I’m bound to find ’em,” says Will; “there are all sorts of types in Hollywood.”

  15. Ana said,

    Can I link your blog to mine? It’s about illustrations but I love doing cartoon drawings of silents actors.
    I really enjoyed the Louise Brooks’ letters.

    • unkvid said,

      Hello Ana,
      Yes, of course you may link your blog to mine, and thank you!

  16. Allen Hefner said,

    I still love your blog. You have a great collection of pics, too. Please take a look at the Classic Movie Blog Association at – http://clamba.blogspot.com/

    Your blog would be a perfect fit. Just send the blogmaster an e-mail. He will send your URL out to the members, they will vote you in, and then you will have another link from there. There is nothing you have to do, and it is just more exposure for your blog.

    I think it is important to expose younger movie fans to the joy of silent films. There is another silent blog already at CMBA, but the more the merrier.

    Thanks again for the enjoyment and knowledge you bring.

  17. glhan said,

    Wonderful pix of the San Francisco Fox I had not before seen. What collection are they from…?

    Also—in one closing night photo of the Fox, looking up at several people
    looking down on the lobby—the gal in the center is US Senator Dianne
    Feinstein (D-CA.) at about 30 years of age.

    I took this photo to her office to confirm her identity

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