Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet (1916)

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Portrait of Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916 via

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Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916 via

 

Norma Talmadge in Silent Drama “The Lady” (1925)

The Lady is a 1925 American silent drama film starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Frank Borzage. A young woman, Polly Pearl, marries the wastrel son of a British aristocrat. Her husband, who has been disinherited by his father, loses what little money he has left gambling in casinos and then dies, leaving her penniless and with an infant son. When her former father-in-law tries to get custody of the child, she leaves him with a couple she trusts, but when she later goes to reclaim her son, she can’t find the people she left him with.

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

Vintage Photos of Loretta Young in “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” (1928)

Laugh, Clown, Laugh is a 1928 American silent drama film starring Lon Chaney and Loretta Young. The movie was directed by Herbert Brenon and produced and released through MGM Studios.

The film is based on the 1923 Broadway stage production Laugh, Clown, Laugh, by David Belasco and Tom Cushing, based on a 1919 play Ridi, Pagliaccio by Fausto Maria Martini

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Ruth Harriet Louise, Loretta Young in “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” directed by Herbert Brenon, 1928 via

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Portrait of Loretta Young and Lon Chaney in Laugh, Clown, Laugh directed by Herbert Brenon, 1928 via

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Lon Chaney and Loretta Young in Laugh, Clown, Laugh directed by Herbert Brenon, 1928 via

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Ruth Harriet Louise, Loretta Young and Nils Asther in “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” directed by Herbert Brenon, 1928 via

Silent Film Star Gilda Gray for Aloma of the South Seas (1926)

Aloma of the South Seas is a 1926 American silent comedy drama film. A young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education. After his father dies, he returns to his island to try to stop a revolution. Gilda Gray starres as the exotic dancer Aloma. The films setting was in Puerto Rico and Bermuda. It was based on a 1925 play of the same title by John B. Hymer and LeRoy Clemens. ‘

Grossing $3 million in the U.S. alone, this was the most successful film of 1926 and the fourth most successful film of the 1920s. The film is now considered to be a lost film.

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Gilda Gray in Aloma of the South Seas, 1926 via

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Gilda Gray in Aloma of the South Seas, 1926 via

Gloria Swanson in Silent Drama ‘Sadie Thompson’ (1928).

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Silent screen star Gloria Swanson (1897 – 1983) plays a woman of ill repute in the film ‘Sadie Thompson’, 1928. The film was directed by Raoul Walsh for Gloria Swanson Pictures Corporation and United Artists via

Gloria Swanson in Sadie Thompson (1928)

Sadie Thompson is a 1928 American silent drama film that tells the story of a “fallen woman” who comes to Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila to start a new life, but encounters a zealous missionary who wants to force her back to her former life in San Francisco. The film stars Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, and Raoul Walsh.

A smoking, drinking, jazz listening, young prostitute named Sadie Thompson (Gloria Swanson) arrives at Pago Pago (now part of American Samoa), on her way to a job with a shipping line on another island. At the same time, ‘moralists’ arrive, including Mr. and Mrs. Davidson (Lionel Barrymore and Blanche Friderici).

Portrait of Gloria Swanson in Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh, 1928 via

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Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore in Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh, 1928 via

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Portrait of Gloria Swanson and Directo Raoul Walsh on the set of Sadie Thompson, 1928 via

Theda Bara in Silent Film Sin (1915)

Theda Bara made over 40 films for the Fox Film Corporation, with titles like The Eternal Sin, The Blue Flame, The Soul of Buddha, Purgatory’s Ivory Angel & Carmen.

In 1915 Fox produced silent drama Sin with Theda Bara starring  as Rose.

In order to play up Theda Bara’s image as a vamp, Fox Film Corporation publicized the film with the tagline “Sin With Theda Bara!”. Upon its release, Sin was an enormous hit with audiences and Bara earned generally good reviews for her performance.

In spite of its success, the film was banned in Ohio and Georgia due to its themes of suicide, lust, Roman Catholic sacrilege and love triangles. The Pittsburgh Board of Welfare condemned the film as did the Kansas Board of Censorship (which apparently still allowed the film to run in Kansas theaters).

The film is now considered to be lost.

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Theda Bara as Rosa in Sin, 1915 via

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Theda Bara as Rosa in Sin, 1915 via

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Theda Bara as Rosa in Sin, 1915 via

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Theda Bara as Rosa in Sin, 1915 via