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The Movie Album (1931)

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This short features clips from silent films (mostly unidentified) of the 1910's, accompanied by humorous commentary. Highlighted are early appearances of stars still recognized today (e.g., ... See full summary »

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This short features clips from silent films (mostly unidentified) of the 1910's, accompanied by humorous commentary. Highlighted are early appearances of stars still recognized today (e.g., Lionel Barrymore, Norma Shearer), as well as stars whose careers did not extend to the sound era (e.g., John Bunny, Edith Storey). There is even a short glimpse of Leon Trotsky working as an extra, before he became a leader of the Russian Revolution. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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The movie features two clips from the otherwise lost film My Official Wife (1914), with an extra identified as Leon Trotsky. Silent film historian Kevin Brownlow has established that Trotsky was not in the U.S. at the time that film was shot, and that any resemblance was presumably coincidental. See more »

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Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
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17 October 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Movie Album, The (1931)

** (out of 4)

A rather bland short that only proves Mystery Science Theater 3000 wasn't the first to spoof or make fun of old movies. This "documentary" shows clips from various silent movies with the narrator adding sly comments usually meant to make the old footage look foolish. As a major silent film buff, I must admit that I didn't find the humor here to be funny but it's not because I'm a snob unwilling to laugh. The reason I didn't laugh is that the movie is just rather lazy and never really had any good jokes about the material we're watching. We get a few famous faces like Lionel Barrymore and Chaplin but we also get some footage from some films that (to my knowledge) hasn't been identified so seeing them here is the only way to view them. The movie runs a short 8-minutes so it's a mildly entertaining time killer but if you want the laughs then you'd be better off just watching one of the comedies from this era.


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