Saturday, June 15, 2019

LUCREZIA BORGIA (1922) German Silent Film Lobby Card Liane Haid In Church Scene

This is a vintage original 9 x 12 in. "country of origin" German gelatin silver double-weight glossy photograph / lobby card from the epic silent film drama LUCREZIA BORGIA, released in Germany in 1922 and directed by Richard Oswald, starring Conrad Veidt as Cesare Borgia. 

The image features a beautifully lit and composed scene inside of a church as a man holds an unconscious Lucrezia Borgia (Liane Haid) while a nun watches disapprovingly. The image is complimented by a halo effect around the flames on the two candles at the altar. In remarkable condition for its age, this very desirable "country of origin" German lobby card is in fine+ condition and shows only staple holes in the top background, pinholes in the borders and image area, a small smudge in the right border, and small corner bends. On the verso is a title stamp. Rare.

Set in 16th century Italy, the film details the life of the Borgia family, with Rodrigo Borgia (Albert Bassermann) as its patriarch and newly-elected Pope Alexander VI. His son, Cesare, is played by Conrad Veidt, is a feared murderer. Lovely Liane Haid is his sister, Lucrezia, around which the drama of the film is centered. 

LUCREZIA BORGIA; Universum Film (UFA) (Germany); 1922; dir: Richard Oswald; cast: Liane Haid, Conrad Veidt, Albert Bassermann, Paul Wegener, Heinrich George, Adolf E. Licho, William Dieterle, Lothar Müthel, Alphons Fryland, Kathe Oswald, Alexander Granach, Anita Berber, Lyda Salmonova, Mary Douce, Max Pohl.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to screen classic silent films WINGS and THE THIEF OF BAGDAD on Superbowl Sunday

Santa Barbara International Film Festival will screen two classic silent films, WINGS and THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, on Super Bowl Sunday (February 2, 2014) for free!    

According to the woman we spoke with at the Ticket Agency phone number for the Arlington Theatre, (805) 963-4408, she confirmed that the screening is free and all you have to do is "just have to walk in".  Make sure you mark your calendar and get there on time before all the seats are taken!

The Arlington Theatre is located at 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 and the Box Office can be reached at the number above between 10-6, Monday through Saturday and 10-4 on Sundays.

The image of the "Wings" herald and the photograph of Douglas Fairbanks as the thief of Bagdad are courteously provided from the archives of

Following is the section of the "2014 Lineup Announced! by ADMIN on January 7, 2014" article pertaining to the silent film screenings of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival website:

"Super Silent Sunday - On Super Bowl Sunday, SBIFF will present - FOR FREE - two classic silent films at the Arlington Theatre:

-Wings, directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clara Bow, about two young men - one rich and one middle class - who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War 1. They remain friends, but the relation to the girl threatens their friendship. This film has the distinction of winning the first Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as for Best Effects.

-The Thief of Bagdad, directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Douglas Fairbanks, about a thief who falls in love with the Caliph of Bagdad's daughter. The Caliph will give her hand to the suitor that brings back the rarest treasure after seven moons. The thief sets off on a magical journey while, unbeknownst to him, another suitor, the Prince of Mongols, is not playing by the rules. Fairbanks brings grace and poetry to physical action, essentially inventing the action/adventure movie genre, known in his day as swashbucklers.

Live accompaniment will be provided by Adam Aceto on the theatre's Wonder Morton pipe organ, which is one of only five in existence."

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be held from January 30 through February 9, 2014 and for more information, you can visit their website at

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

POPPY Norma Talmadge Lobby Card with African American Actors Silent Film Melodrama (1917)

POPPY Norma Talmadge Lobby Card with African American Actors Silent Film Melodrama (1917)

This rare lobby card from the 1917 silent film POPPY, starring Norma Talmadge, represents an early depiction of African American actors in a motion picture lobby card from a major studio release.

It wasn't until 1920 that the Norman Studios was founded in the Arlington district of Jacksonville, Florida by Richard Norman who, between 1920 and 1928, made six feature films and scores of shorts starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles, contrasting the derogatory roles offered by the era’s mainstream filmmakers.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Cohen Film Collection Restores and Releases D.W. Griffith's 1916 masterwork, INTOLERANCE

The Cohen Film Collection is proud to announce the upcoming release of its 2K restoration of the D.W. Griffith masterwork INTOLERANCE (1916).  Completed at Modern Videofilm in Los Angeles and utilizing three 35mm negatives, this restoration replicates the director's last cut of the film as well as the tinting found in that version.  The restoration also features the magnificent orchestral score (in 5.1 surround sound) composed by Carl Davis conducting the Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra.

INTOLERANCE has already had a wildly successful run at New York's Film Forum, having had its initial 7-day run in early August extended by 11 additional days (link here).  The screening received a feature article in The New York Times (link here) and was also covered by The New Yorker and The Village Voice.  

Upcoming screenings include: The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL - October 16, 18, 26, 28.

On November 5, 2013, the Cohen Film Collection will release a deluxe home video set which will include the new restoration of INTOLERANCE along with bonus features of the Griffith films THE MOTHER AND THE LAW (1919) and THE FALL OF BABYLON (1919).  These features are accompanied by newly-commissioned scores from The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and will be presented in HD.  In addition, a new featurette about the film with historian Kevin Brownlow as well as new essays will be included.

The trailer for INTOLERANCE can be seen here: INTOLERANCE silent film trailer.

Sunday, September 1, 2013's Rudolph Valentino Collection

Here's the first of a series of video presentations that will be producing from it's inventory and archives collection. For your viewing pleasure, we present the RUDOLPH VALENTINO COLLECTION!

Monday, March 18, 2013

BALBOA STUDIOS Collection of images from

Here is a selection of original Balboa Studios stills from the collection of Silent Cinema, Inc., aka  The BALBOA STUDIOS, was located in Long Beach, CA and was active in the silent film era between the years of 1913 and 1923.  Some of the silent film actors in the collection include the following: 

Balboa Studios Actor Neil Hardin

Unidentified Balboa Studios Actor

Balboa Studios Actor, Edwin J. Brady, aka Ed Brady

Balboa Studios Child Actress, Baby Marie Osborne

Balboa Studios Actor, Frank Mayo

Balboa Studios Actor, Bruce Randall

Balboa Studios Child Actress, Baby Gloria Joy

Friday, September 14, 2012

Historic 1911 Silent Film David Copperfield
Released on DVD Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Dickens


The Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. (Portland, OR) and the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino, Italy, recently announced the release on DVD of the 1911 silent film version of David Copperfield in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.

The most ambitious Thanhouser Company effort since its first release in 1910 came with David Copperfield. Thanhouser released the film over the course of three weeks, consisting of one 1,000-foot reel per week, which was based upon Charles Dickens’ 1850 immortal story of an English lad’s tribulation-filled journey to adulthood. The film was photographed in and around New Rochelle, New York, including scenes along the New York Long Island sound. The film was praised by a reviewer in the September 20, 1911 issue of Motion Picture World: “The best ideals and fondest expectations of both the friends of the moving picture and the readers of Dickens have been realized.”

Thanhouser also distributed the film in Europe and a copy of the Italian release of the film was acquired and preserved by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema film library in Torino, Italy in 1955. A new restoration was undertaken in 2012 and a high-quality video transfer was made available to Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. for this DVD release. This is the first time the film has been made available to the public on DVD.

The DVD also includes an optional commentary track by Dickens scholar Professor Joss Marsh and an additional bonus film, Thanhouser’s 1912 production of Nicholas Nickelby, based upon Dickens’ 1838/1839 serialized novel.

The DVD is $19.95 plus shipping and can be purchased online at or directly from Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc., 8770 NY Kearney Street, Portland, OR 97229. For additional details on this DVD, background on Charles Dickens, Thanhouser’s film realization of David Copperfield, and the restoration by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, please visit Thanhouser’s website at  

Friday, March 16, 2012

Featured here is a vintage original 41 x 81 in. (104.1 x 205.7 cm.) U.S. three-sheet poster from Harold Lloyd's feature length silent film comedy, Grandma's Boy (1922). This rare three-sheet poster, which is offered by, is a beautiful stone lithograph and is in it's original unrestored condition (in two sections and folded as originally issued).
Grandma's Boy was produced by comedy legend Hal Roach and was originally intended as a serious film. The flashback sequences set during the Civil War were actually the original short film which Lloyd then altered into a comedy by adding various gag sequences. Consequently, Grandma's Boy became Harold Lloyd's first 5-reel feature-length film and marks an important milestone in his long and illustrious career. 

The image on this wonderful original release three-sheet poster features one of the film's key scenes as Grandma (Anna Townsend) asks her grandson (Harold Lloyd) to evict the Tramp (Dick Sutherland) from her backyard. The Tramp has made himself comfortable as he defiantly sits in Grandma's wicker chair and reads her newspaper while Grandma and her boy stand behind him. Lloyd's character lacks the courage to deal with the Tramp, which then forms the basis for the rest of the film's storyline.
Grandma's Boy; Associated Exhibitors; 1922; prod: Hal Roach; dir: Fred C. Newmeyer; cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis (later Mrs. Harold Lloyd), Anna Townsend, Charles Stevenson, Dick Sutherland, Noah Young, Roy Brooks, Sammy Brooks.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rare Mary Pickford postcard!

Here is a vintage original 3.5 x 5.25 in. U.S. postcard from the early feature-length silent film drama IN THE BISHOP'S CARRIAGE, released in 1913 by Famous Players Film Corp., starring Mary Pickford

The beautiful color-tinted image features a dramatic scene from the film as Nancy Olden (Pickford) hides behind a door as a policeman tries to protect her from the two men that are gesturing wildly. The caption in the bottom white border reads, NANCY OLDEN'S FATE IN THE BALANCE. On the verso are three short paragraphs describing the production with the Famous Players Film Co. logo beneath them. Also features a rubber stamp in purple ink (AT THE PORTOLA MONDAY), which indicates that this postcard was given out to film patrons as they left the theatre as a "coming attraction" advertisement (similar to a "herald"). This vintage original postcard is uncirculated and in very fine+ condition.

In the Bishop's Carriage was co-directed by two pioneers of film history, J. Searle Dawley and Edwin S. Porter (who directed The Great Train Robbery in 1903), both veterans of the Thomas Edison Studios.

IN THE BISHOP'S CARRIAGE; Famous Players Film Co.; 1913: dir: J. Searle Dawley, Edwin S. Porter; cast: Mary Pickford, David Wall, House Peters, Grace Henderson, George Moss, Howard Missimer, Camille Dalberg, John Steppling.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage Paying Tribute to Great Silent Film Actresses with an All-Day Silent Film Event

On Saturday, November 5th, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. the Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage is having an all-day tribute to some of the great actresses of the silent cinema by presenting several silent films throughout the day.

The tribute starts with a screening of SEX, starring Louise Glaum at 2:30 p.m., followed by ARE PARENTS PEOPLE?, starring Betty Bronson, Florence Vidor and Adolph Menjou at 3:30 p.m. and ending with the screening of LILAC TIME, starring Gary Cooper and Colleen Moore at 7:30 p.m.

All silent film presentations will be accompanied by the talented composer and musician, Michael Mortilla, who is to say the least an essential component to a silent film screening and a favorite among silent film cinephiles. I've always felt that the (silent) film is the body and the (silent film) score is the soul. To look at a silent film without music is to see and read the words but to have it accompanied by a talented composer / musician is to hear those words speak and joggle your emotions. I have been present at many silent film screenings where Mr. Mortilla was the featured composer and I, among other cinephiles, have never been let down by his wonderful musical presentations.

The Hollywood Heritage is located across the street from The Hollywood Bowl in the Lasky-DeMille Barn at 2100 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BEYOND THE ROCKS (1922) - Vintage Original 8x10 On-Set Still Photograph #19

BEYOND THE ROCKS (1922) - Vintage Original 8x10 On-Set Still Photograph #19

Beyond the Rocks was the only screen pairing of silent film legends Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. The image depicts a rare on-set publicity shot of Valentino sharking hands with the film's director, Sam Wood, as his co-star, Gloria Swanson, peeks at the camera from underneath Valentino's outstretched arm. "Madame" Eleanor Glynn, who wrote the novel upon which this film was based, is seated behind Wood's outstretched arm. Behind Valentino is the 35mm Bell & Howell motion picture camera which was used to photograph this film. This vintage original still photograph is in very fine- condition with a portion of the photograph's negative number handwritten in pencil in the white border below it. Vintage original 8 x 1 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm.) U.S. single-weight gelatin silver glossy still photograph (NN: 430-2/28), very fine- condition and rare.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be held on July 14-17, 2011 at the beautiful Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The festival opens with the silent film UPSTREAM, directed by John Ford and ends with HE WHO GETS SLAPPED, directed by Victor Sjostrom. This year's event features eighteen wonderful programs of new discoveries and restorations, with extraordinary live musical accompaniment by top musicians in the field, including the Alloy Orchestra, Stephen Horne, Dennis James, the Matti Bye Ensemble, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and Donald Sosin.

One of the highlights of this year's festival is the premiere of the restoration of MR. FIX-IT, a 1918 romantic comedy starring Douglas Fairbanks (pictured above) which was considered a lost film but was recently discovered and restored by The Goessel Family Foundation, which includes Dr. Tracey Goessel, the preeminent private collector on Douglas Fairbanks.

Of particular interest are two films by major directors: UPSTREAM (1927, US), director John Ford's splendid comedy which was thought lost for many years but was recently discovered in the vaults of the New Zealand Film Archive and preserved. Director F.W. Murnau's masterpiece SUNRISE (1927, US), while quite an accessible film, will feature a unique presentation with a solo performance on the electric guitar by Giovanni Spinelli.

The festival continues with HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1927, US), directed by William Desmond Taylor; I WAS BORN, BUT... (1932, Japan); THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE (1924, UK); IL FUOCO (1915, Italy), directed by Giovanni Pastrone; THE BLIZZARD (1923, Sweden), directed by Mauritz Stiller; THE GOOSE WOMAN (1925, US), directed by Clarence Brown and starring Louise Dresser and Jack Pickford; THE WOMAN MEN YEARN FOR (1929, Germany), starring Marlene Dietrich in her first leading role; SHOES (1916, US), directed by Lois Weber; THE NAIL IN THE BOOT (1931, USSR), directed by Mikhail Kalatozov; and HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924, US), directed by Victor Sjostrom and starring Lon Chaney.

This year's festival also includes interesting panel discussions including AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE ARCHIVIST AS DETECTIVE, hosted by Jan-Christopher Horak of the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Melissa Levesque of the Academy Film Archive; a selection of WALT DISNEY'S LAUGH-O-GRAMS, hosted by Disney author and historian J.B. Kaufman; VARIATIONS ON A THEME: MUSICIANS ON THE CRAFT OF COMPOSING FOR SILENT FILM, featuring all of the musicians performing at this year's festival and hosted by composer/musician/performer Jill Tracy; and AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES: KEVIN BROWNLOW ON 50 YEARS OF RESTORATION, featuring Academy Award Recipient and one of the world's foremost authority on silent film, Mr. Kevin Brownlow.

For more information on this year's exciting event, please visit the San Francisco Silent Film Society's website at

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rudolph Valentino Birthday Tribute

On the evening of Wednesday, May 11, 2011 a celebration in commemoration of the birthday of silent film legend Rudolph Valentino was held at the Hollywood Heritage Museum in Hollywood, CA. The Museum was filled to capacity as silent film enthusiasts came to hear noted author and Valentino historian Donna Hill gave an entertaining presentation in connection to her book, "Rudolph Valentino, the Silent Idol: His Life in Photographs".
Ms. Hill delighted the audience by showcasing various rare photographs of Valentino which were not able to be included in her book. We enjoyed seeing some never-before-seen candid photos of the handsome silent star as well as beautiful scene stills and on-set publicity stills from his many films. Ms. Hill's presentation was augmented by a condensed presentation of "Blood and Sand" as well as several contemporary and older newsreels and documentaries on Rudolph Valentino.
The event was complimented by a truly amazing display of just a portion of noted Valentino collector (and author of "Valentino the Unforgotten"), Tracy Ryan Terhune. We were treated to view in person original movie posters from "Blood and Sand," "The Young Rajah," "The Eagle," " The Conquering Power" as well as a superb selection of original lobby cards from these films as well as some rare "pre-star" titles. Even more impressive was Mr. Terhune's beautifully arranged display of ultra-rare personal items that belonged to Valentino (including a pair of binoculars with the original case, a silk top hat and various decorative silver pieces) as well as equally rare trophies from a dance contest, an original poster from Valentino's famed "Mineralava" dance tour with his wife, Natacha Rambova, and numerous other amazing pieces.
Hollywood Heritage Board member Mary Mallory produced the event which was initially introduced by Hollywood Heritage's President, Richard Adkins. This was a very special and enjoyable evening that played to a sell-out crowd and is yet another sign of the enduring popularity of the silent cinema and one of it's greatest stars... Rudolph Valentino.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

D.W. Griffith's Artistic Impact on the Film Making Industry

Movie director, Peter Bogdanovich gives a strong argument for the acknowledgment of D.W. Griffith's film making techniques and unsurpassed artistic impact on movie making and succeeding directors on his blog "Blogdanovich".

We fully agree and are showcasing his blog below to share his insightful posting with our audience. Bravo, Mr. Bogdanovich.

The Birth of a Nation

In January, 2000, the National Society of Film Critics issued a blistering statement of protest that “deplores the rash decision” made by the Directors Guild of America’s National Board a month before to retire the name of its highest (lifetime achievement) honor, the D.W. Griffith Memorial Award, citing as their reason the racist stigma attached to Griffith’s 1915 Civil War landmark, The Birth of A Nation (available on DVD), the second half of which depicts sympathetically the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. The Film Critics went on: “The recasting of this honor, which had been awarded appropriately in D.W. Griffith’s name since 1953, is a depressing example of ‘political correctness’ as an erasure, and rewriting, of American film history, causing a grave disservice to the reputation of a pioneering American filmmaker…The DGA’s national board might spend its time on more significant business: as a watchdog pressuring the industry to improve on its shameful record of employment of minority filmmakers.” In other words, the racist aspects for which Griffith’s name was being removed perhaps still prevailed in current industry hiring practices.

And, of course, not only American film history was being rewritten, but American history itself. Certainly it was not the fault of The Birth of A Nationthat it took another nearly fifty years for the civil rights movement to start making big differences. Griffith was being used as scapegoat not only for an industry but for the country as well. Remember, in 1915, the First World War having just begun, women—-black or white—-still didn’t have the right to vote. Do we no longer revere Washington or Jefferson because they kept slaves? In his brilliant documentary on the black heavyweight Jack Johnson of the 1910s, Unforgivable Blackness, Ken Burns quotes lengthy, virulently racist passages from such contemporary newspapers as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune. As Robert Graves has pointed out, it is impossible not to be a part of your times, even if you are against them.

When The Birth of A Nation opened—-an independent film, the world’s first $2.00 screen attraction, the first three-hour epic and, in terms of attendance, the most successful movie ever made—-it was immediately greeted with a storm of controversy, considered by some white liberal and black groups as “a flagrant incitement to racial antagonism,” authorities being urged in several states to ban its exhibition.

Griffith was deeply shaken by the accusations of prejudice. Being a Kentucky Southerner, born only a decade after the end of the Civil War, he had learned his slanted history from members of his own family, reduced to poverty by conditions during the Reconstruction, acknowledged by all historians as an extremely turbulent and tragic era for the South. As an answer to the outcry against The Birth of A Nation, Griffith put all the money he had earned into his next picture, a $2.5 million colossus (an unheard of cost for its time), Intolerance (1916), charting the course of prejudice through four ages of history from Babylonian times to the present. Though certainly very influential to filmmakers, Intolerance was not a success, and while Griffith still would have several more box-office hits, he actually never recovered his own financial equilibrium.

Despite every valid attack on the biased history presented by The Birth of A Nation, there also can be no denying the unsurpassed artistic impact it had on virtually all subsequent pictures. It was the first film ever screened at the White House; after seeing it President Wilson said, “It is like writing history with lightning.” Nevertheless, D.W. Griffith’s career neither began nor ended with this one notorious movie. In the seven years preceding, he made over 450 short films, which formed not only the essential alphabet, vocabulary and grammar of moviemaking, but were acknowledged as state of the art before there was an art; introducing a new, more intimate, acting style, bringing numerous stars to pictures, from Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish to Mae Marsh and Richard Barthelmess.

Of the almost thirty features he made after The Birth of A Nation, there are several humanist masterworks such as Hearts of the World, Broken Blossoms(an interracial love story), True Heart Susie, Way Down East, and Orphans of the Storm. When I asked the great filmmaking pioneer Allan Dwan how he had learned to direct, he said he went to see Griffith’s movies and just tried to do what Griffith did. Nearly everyone did that. John Ford is unthinkable without Griffith, of course, but so is Hitchcock. Orson Welles told a Spanish critic who was starting a film magazine that the most appropriate name for a definitive publication on cinema would be Griffith, and that’s what it became.

Since movie directing really begins with D.W. Griffith, the choice of his name for a director’s lifetime achievement award was not only apt but inevitable. The removal of his name, though addressing belatedly both a personal and a national sin, diminishes the artistic heritage of the prize. To see The Birth of A Nation today—-much of which remains remarkably affecting, like the battle sequences, the murder of Lincoln, the homecoming of the Southern colonel—-is all the better to witness afresh the terrible divisions that ravaged the country in the worst war of its history—-at a toll of 600,000 deaths—-the aftermath of which plagues us still. We can see as well how far we had to go, how far we have come, and how much farther we have yet to travel.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 CHAPLINFEST - February 4-5, 2011

The William S. Hart Park and Museum, Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Los Angels County Department of Parks and Recreation will be presenting Charlie Chaplin's classic film, MODERN TIMES, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the release of the film on February 4th & 5th, 2011!

The 2011 ChaplinFest will be held at:
William S. Hart Park
24151 Newhall Ave.
Newhall, CA 91321.
You can get additional event info at

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Rudolph Valentino 83rd Annual Memorial Service (Aug. 23, 2010)

The Rudolph Valentino 83rd Annual Memorial Service was held today at 12:10 p.m. (to mark the time of death of the famous silent film star on August 23, 1926), who died at the age of 31, a few days after having an operation for appendicitis and gastric ulcers.

To my best guess, there were about 150 attendees at this annual gathering, some of which were dressed in 1920's era attire. Author, Allan Ellenberger presented and discussed the history of the Valentino "Aspiration" statue which included a slide show of the statue, it's history and the park it's located in (Delongpre Park, in Hollywood, CA).

Frank Labrador sang two pieces of Valentino related music that were never before heard at the memorial service until today (Candlelight, The Angels Above Needed Someone To Love), musical accompaniment was provided by Garrett Bryan.

Karie Bible gave us a history of "Ditra Flame: The Original Lady in Black" and presented a video, which has not been shown since it first aired on television in the 1950's, showing Ditra being interviewed and explaining that the reason she always showed up to Valentino's memorial service with a rose was that at the age of 14, she met Valentino before he became a star and at the age of 15, she came down with a disease that almost took her life. While she was hospitalized, Valentino visited her and told her that if she died he would always take her some roses He calmed her by telling her that he didn't believe she would die. He also asked and made her promise that if he should die before her, to always bring him roses, so she did. She said that she kept it up for many hears until she got tired of all the people who were attending the memorial service for other reasons other than paying their respects, such as publicity stunts and dramas.

Seymour Cassel, who played George Ullman in the 1977 film "Valentino" was scheduled to appear on the program but as far as I can tell, he never showed up.

Author, Tracy Terhune read excerpts from "I Remember Valentino," stories from Paul Ivano, a close friend of Rudolph Valentino. These personal stories of Valentino have never been published and it was very interesting to hear information about them walking the dogs in Hollywood and Valentino's purchase of and experience (or lack thereof) with his horse.

Author, Donna L. Hill discussed and presented a video which showcased a few of the 200 candid photographs from her new book "Rudolph Valentino The Silent Idol His Life in Photographs". Her book is available here.

The musical team, Ian and Regina Whitcomb also presented very delightful renditions of "There's a New Star in Heaven Tonight" and "Sheik of Araby".

There were various items and memorabilia on Valentino that were on display courtesy of casting director, Marvin Paige, which included photographs, newspaper clippings, records, ads and magazines. I'm not sure if others contributed to the memorabilia on display but I only saw signs indicating that items were from the collection of Marvin Paige.

All in all, it was a very well organized memorial service which lasted over an hour with no unnecessary Hollywood drama.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Original photo for THE TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN (starring Norma Shearer)

I just posted this original 1929 photo of THE TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN, starring Norma Shearer (sitting at the courtroom desk). Norma's brother, Douglas Shearer, a very well known sound and recording engineer, worked on this movie as well. This was Norma Shearer's first talkie and one of a few films that MGM recorded on a sound disc!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

An Introduction to Silent Cinema, Inc.

Formed in 2003, Silent Cinema, Inc. is the only dealer of vintage original movie memorabilia that specializes in memorabilia from the Silent Era (1896-1928).  We offer vintage original movie posters, lobby cards, still photographs, programs, souvenir programs, pressbooks, heralds, and other types of theatre-used movie memorabilia.  We also offer a large selection of copy still photographs (photographs which were printed after the film’s original release) in addition to vintage original still photographs.


Silent Cinema, Inc. is owned and operated by long-time collectors John Hillman and Marcelo Coronado.  We are the world’s foremost collectors on D.W. Griffith and are experts in the field of Silent Film memorabilia.  We have amassed the greatest private collection on D.W. Griffith which includes rare original posters, lobby cards, still photographs and other items from such landmark films as The Birth of a Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916), Hearts of the World (1918) and Broken Blossoms (1919). Our Griffith archive also includes original posters from Griffith’s apprenticeship at the Biograph company (1908-1913), where he directed over 450 primarily one-reel films.


In addition to offering a unique and diverse selection of original movie memorabilia, our website,, will be a resource for Silent Film aficionados.  We will soon offer regular blogs regarding various aspects of movie memorabilia collecting, the history of Silent Film, recaps of various Silent Film-related events and other items of interest.  We will also offer our own on-camera interviews with some of the world’s foremost dealers and collectors of movie memorabilia which will be archived on  In addition, we will provide information on past, present and upcoming silent film festivals, events and collector shows, as well as resources about Silent Film memorabilia, preserving and displaying your movie posters and memorabilia and other related resources.

We hope you will enjoy our website and we welcome your feedback.