Buster Keaton in The Cameraman (1928). Image: maudit.tumblr.com

We adore old movies.

Old movies are good for you, like chocolate eclairs or a trip to the spa. You should never let a week go by without enjoying at least one of these.

Our purpose with this blog is to sell you on these older films, to show you why they’re so entertaining. We’re not offering an in-depth analysis of these films and their effect on society. We’re just in it for the fun.

We hope you’ll come to love these old movies as much as we do.

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Bonus Trivia: Silver Screenings is the name of a fictional movie-fan magazine featured in the delightful 1922 novel Merton of the Movies by Harry Leon Wilson.

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  1. Thanks for dropping by my little piece of the blogosphere. I like what I’ve seen of your blog so far and I’ve a feeling it’s going to become very popular.


  2. Hey!

    Nick from http://www.cinekatz.com here. Doing some scout work for the LAMB. We’re wanting to make an email newsletter for community features as well as a list we’re making similar to Sight & Sound’s best movies of all time list. Just need an email! Email me at npowe131 at gmail.com


  3. The word “classic” is thrown around much too often these days- such as “American Movie Classics” (AMC, which is now just another mass marketed channel that butchers movies). To me, and many others, “classic” isn’t 70% of the movies shown on AMC. I used to watch FMC (Fox Movie Channel) but even they are starting to go down the same road as AMC.

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    • There’s nothing more frustrating than watching a movie that is constantly interrupted by commercials. That’s why I think Turner Classic Movies is one of the best channels ever.

      As for the word “classic” – yup, it means different things to different people. This is one of the things that makes the classic movie blogging community so interesting. You should give it a try!

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      • Would a 1967 theme work or is that a bit too recent to fit with your classic films theme? If so, we could do 1939? I was thinking maybe late June, if that works for you!


      • I think 1967 could work well, since it’s such a momentous year. A lot of classic movie bloggers don’t cover films past 1967, but I think many would be interested in exploring this year in film. Let’s do it!

        Late June sounds perfect to me. Perhaps we can discuss this in more detail via email? I’m 925screenings [at] gmail.com.


  4. Ruth, I for one have been a fan of yours for quite some time now, and you deserve all the accolades you deserve! You go, girl! 😀


  5. I just wanted to let you know about this special event (their 50th annual film festival) of rare and rarely seen old movies.

    I hope you can do a story on Cinecon and their 50th Annual Film Festival this Labor Day Weekend (Starting August 28th through September 1st, 2014. These are film fans who love the rare and rarely seen movies, silents and early talkies. The movies are mostly 35mm film, not digital films shown on the big screen (the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood) with an appreciative audience.

    There is live musical accompaniment for the silent films, including at 1925 John Ford directed film entitled Kentucky Pride. (a list of some of the movies is below).

    U.S. Premiere of EYE Institute’s New Restoration of EAST IS WEST (1922) Brought to the screen by producer Joseph M. Schenck and director Sidney Franklin as a vehicle for the delightful Constance Talmadge with a scenario by screenwriter Frances Marion and photography by Tony Gaudio, East Is West has been one of the most sought-after Constance Talmadge films, and this new EYE Institute restoration brings it back to the screen. For a preview visit: http://youtu.be/QySm_qotNMs

    Thank you for any assistance in getting the word out to your Silverscreenings.org readers.

    This is a non-profit organization with monies going toward film preservation (yes, they have preserved films) http://www.cinecon.org/cinecon_filmpreservation.html.


    Please let your friends who are interested in old film movies know that they can come and explore the 50th Annual Cinecon film festival Labor Day Weekend in Hollywood (Egyptian Theater), and the movie memorabilia sale at the Loew’s hotel (the guest hotel). This has been going on for 50 years.
    What is Cinecon? http://www.cinecon.org/cinecon_whatisit.html
    If you’ve never been to a Cinecon you might ask “What’s it all about?” Well…
    Taking place in the heart of Hollywood, Cinecon is a five-day celebration of film featuring screenings, celebrity guests, and one of the best movie memorabilia shows in the country. Next Labor Day weekend, beginning Thursday night, August 28 and continuing through Monday afternoon, September 1, film fans attending the show will be treated to nearly fifty rare features and shorts, and have an opportunity to purchase rare stills, posters and other collectibles.
    We specialize in running rare, unusual and unjustly forgotten movies from the silent and early sound era. Most films are screened in 35mm and silent films include live piano accompaniment. Cinecon is truly 7th Heaven for Cinephiles who have seen nearly everything TCM and AMC have to offer.
    For nearly fifty years, Cinephiles from across the nation and around the world have come together over Labor Day weekend to celebrate the movies.
    Over 50 films (most are 35mm film not digital) will be screened on the big screen at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood from September 28th through Monday early evening September 1st. Most of the films are rare and rarely seen.
    Here are some of the titles scheduled for this years show. More films to come.

    U.S. Premiere of EYE Institute’s New Restoration of EAST IS WEST (1922)
    Cinecon strives to bring film fans the opportunity to see the latest film restorations from archives and Hollywood studios, and we are especially pleased this year to be able to present the Constance Talmadge film East Is West for the first time on any American screen since its 1922 release.
    Recently restored by the EYE Institute of the Netherlands, East Is West is based on a play written by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer, which opened Christmas day 1918 in Manhattan’s Astor Theater, and by the standards of the day was a tremendous hit, running for nearly two years, and racking up 680 performances. The play starred future movie character actress Fay Bainter in the role of Ming Toy.
    Brought to the screen by producer Joseph M. Schenck and director Sidney Franklin as a vehicle for the delightful Constance Talmadge with a scenario by screenwriter Frances Marion and photography by Tony Gaudio, East Is West has been one of the most sought-after Constance Talmadge films, and this new EYE Institute restoration brings it back to the screen. For a preview visit: http://youtu.be/QySm_qotNMs

    We’ve been reacquainting Cinephiles with the films of Jane Withers for that past several years, and here’s yet another of Jane’s top notch comedies in which a spoiled family learns the value of work when they’re castaway on a desert island

    COURT-MARTIAL (1928)
    Betty Compson plays Confederate raider Belle Starr in Court-Martial, a tale set in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War co-starring Jack Holt.

    Gloria Jean, Robert Stack, and a host of policeman “uncles” played by some of the silent screen’s leading stars, including Charles Ray, Maurice Costello, Monte Blue and William Desmond. Directed by Andrew Marton.

    A truly unique silent screen comic was Raymond Griffith, whose inability to become flustered when confronted with disaster made his screen persona both familiar and unpredictable. Paths to Paradise is part Trouble in Paradise, part Cops, and all fun. Betty Compson is the “Queen of Crooks”, and Griffith is the “Dude from Deluth” in this hilarious tale of crook vs. crook Directed by Clarence Badger, and based on the 1914 play Heart of a Thief by Paul Armstrong.

    NIGHT OF JANUARY 16TH (1941)
    Based on Ayn Rand’s 1935 mystery play, this was directed by William Clemens, who helmed the four Bonita Granville Nancy Drew pictures. Robert Preston, Ellen Drew and Nils Asther take the leading roles.

    A screwball follow-up to 1941’s Moon Over Her Shoulder, this film pits a hapless husband against his super-efficient wife. Resentment leads to infidelity, divorce proceedings and (believe it or not) murder! Lynn Bari, Joseph Allen, Jr., Mary Beth Hughes and Nils Asther star in this oddball comedy directed by Robert Siodmak.

    Twenty years after Paths to Paradise, Paul Armstrong‘s play Heart of a Thief was remade starring past Cinecon guest Eddie Bracken and Veronica Lake as the wayward thieves, with director George Marshall, at the peak of his comic powers, calling the shots.

    HUMAN CARGO (1936)
    Rita Cansino (soon to become Rita Hayworth), Claire Trevor, Ralph Morgan and Brian Donlevy in Human Cargo, directed by Allan Dwan.

    Based on the 1936 Austrian play, Jean, by Ladislaus Bus-Fekete. The Baroness and the Butler has William Powell as Johan Porok, butler to Hungarian Count Sandor (Henry Stephenson). He gets elected to parliament on the social progressive ticket, even as he vows to maintain his position as a gentleman’s gentleman. Joseph Schildkraut co-stars, and Anabella plays the spoiled baroness.

    Blackmail, suicide, murder, a cover-up not to mention yachts and sea planes all wrapped up in an efficient 66 minutes of screen time with Henry Hunter, Polly Rowles and C. Henry Gordon in the leads, and Lewis R. Foster sitting in the director’s chair.

    TRAVELIN’ ON (1922)
    A rarely screened William S. Hart Western, and, from all reports, one of his very best. Hart plays a mysterious stranger, in love with a preacher’s wife, who takes the blame for her husband’s crimes. Directed by longtime Hart associate Lambert Hillyer, Travelin’ On also features Ethel Grey Terry, Brinsley Shaw and James Farley.

    Three years before his long-running radio show really hit its stride, the full-blown character for which Jack Benny would be remembered was in evidence for the first time in this delightful comedy musical, also featuring Ellen Drew, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Andy Devine and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson.
    ONE IN A MILLION (1936)
    In her screen debut, ice skating star Sonja Henie is surrounded with a top-notch supporting cast, including Adolphe Menjou, Arline Judge, Jean Hersholt, Ned Sparks, and Don Ameche. What more could you ask for? The Ritz Brothers? They’re on hand as well!
    The first screen version of Mark Twain’s classic novel about an ingenious New Englander who is transported back in time and place to the days of King Arthur’s England. Starring Harry Myers.
    Director John Ford and screenwriter Dorothy Yost put audiences through their emotional paces with this “kitchen sink” drama that includes just about everything that can happen to a horse in a horse racing movie and still end up with a happy ending. Henry B. Walthall and Gertrude Astor star.

    As always films are listed here pending final clearance and are subject to change.


  6. As a teenager I used to love spending Saturday afternoon curled up in front of an old B&W movie. We only had a few TV channels in those days but they showed some good stuff. I especially liked watching Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire and Danny Kaye.


  7. Great idea for a blog… Can I ask where you are getting access to the films? Is there a must-have collection of DVDs where I can get a whole bunch in one go? (Legally, and with money, of course.) I love old movies, but don’t know where to find them anymore!


    • Youtube is a great place to watch old films. A lot of them are obscure and many of them aren’t remastered, but they’re still fun. There’s also a selection on NetFlix, and Warner offers a streaming service as well. Because I have a weakness for old movies, I do own quite a few DVDs.

      Sometimes you can find collections from a studio that have a bunch of great movies packed in one set. Sometimes the theme will be Oscar Winners, or sometimes the theme will be a certain actor. Warner Bros has a terrific set on Humphrey Bogart that features many of the great films from that studio. Hope that helps. 🙂

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  8. It’s my pleasure to recommend your fascinating site. Like Sarah Vernon and Vickie Lester, you know what you are writing about and you love what you know without being dazzled or sentimental about it.

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  9. Hi…could I ask you a humongous favour please? I’m desperately trying to join the John Wayne Blogathon over at the Midnite Drive-In but just can’t publish – I see you have joined up…would you be able to post this on my behalf on the John Wayne blogathon page:

    Ah! My childhood hero! Please may I join with The War Wagon and Big Jake?
    Thoughts All Sorts is my blog at https://thoughtsallsorts.wordpress.com/

    Can’t wait for the Dual Roles Blogathon on Friday! My post is patiently waiting to be published….am so excited!


  10. Dear Ruth,

    I am working on my banners for “The Great Breening Blogathon,” The Flapper Dame was going to be my co-host, but she had to resign. I have never made banners before, and I am struggling. I am trying to use GIMP, but I am running into problems. Can you offer any advice? Is there another program which would be easier to use? Thank you very much.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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  11. […] Silver Screenings and Wide Screen World are co-hosting the Time Travel Blogathon, and my contribution is the review of “Edge of Tomorrow“, a fantastic science-fiction film directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. Relying on the now fabled “Groundhog Day” concept, “Edge of Tomorrow” is about a Major (Cruise) who is doomed to relive one particular day of the invasion battle with aliens until he is forced to find a solution to the infinite time loop and save the humankind from the destructive alien force.  […]


  12. Great website! Thank you for creating this fantastic and distinctive platform for older movies. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far and I like the fact that it’s educative/informative as well. I will certainly keep coming back for more! Have a fantastic weekend

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