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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March 1932 (USA)  »

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Pepper Pot (1931-1932 season) #7: The Movie Album  »

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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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Features Carmen (1915) See more »

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Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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A Backward Glance
13 October 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Vitaphone Short Subject.

A look at THE MOVIE ALBUM reveals stars from yesterday, but not always at their best & brightest.

This little film takes a somewhat supercilious look at sequences from old silent films, showing that even by 1931 they were considered by some within the movie industry to be passé. While a few celebrities are treated with respect - Sir Charles Chaplin, Wally Reid and the legendary John Bunny - others, such as Norma Shearer, Lillian Gish & Lionel Barrymore are gently ridiculed.


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