q From his unique perspective of friendship with many of the actors and actresses about whom he writes, silent film historian Anthony Slide creates vivid portraits of the careers and often eccentric lives of 100 players from the American silent film industry. He profiles the eraas shining stars such as Lillian Gish and Blanche Sweet; leading men including William Bakewell and Robert Harron; gifted leading ladies such as Laura La Plante and Alice Terry; ingAcnues like Mary Astor and Mary Brian; and even Hollywoodas most famous extra, Bess Flowers. Although each original essay is accompanied by significant documentation and an extensive bibliography, Silent Players is not simply a reference book or encyclopedic recitation of facts culled from the pages of fan magazines and trade periodicals. It contains a series of insightful portraits of the characters who symbolize an original and pioneering era in motion history and explores their unique talents and extraordinary private lives. Slide offers a potentially revisionist view of many of the stars he profiles, repudiating the status of some and restoring to fame others who have slipped from view. He personally interviewed many of his subjects and knew several of them intimately, putting him in a distinctive position to tell their true stories.He became a star in John Forda#39;s semi-Western The Iron Horse ( 1924) and ended his career as a character actor in two Ford ... The problem with Sunrise was probably that it moved Oa#39;Brien a little too far away from ... He looked good stripped to the waist, as he usually was in most of his early films, although by 1950 and The Lone Star Ranger, it is obvious that Oa#39;Brien is desperately holding George Oa#39;Brien.
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