Silent Film

The Little Tramp turns 100

“A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.” – Charlie Chaplin Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Charlie Chaplin‘s Little Tramp when the Keystone Comedy, Kid Auto… Read More ›

Frankenstein (1910)

Once Upon a Screen is unofficially dedicating the month of October to Frankenstein’s Monster.  Not only does The Monster remain among the most popular characters in media almost two centuries after Mary Shelley created him, but I also happen to… Read More ›

Mary Pickford Interview

In tribute to Mary Pickford who would have celebrated her birthday today, I thought I’d share this outstanding interview she did with CBC Radio on May 25, 1959.  In it she recounts memories of her life and career – a… Read More ›

Good Night, Nurse! (1918)

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle would have celebrated his birthday today (1887-1933).  In remembrance here is a 1918 comedy short, Good Night, Nurse, which co-stars Buster Keaton.  Not only is this great fun, but it’s historic – Buster Keaton smiles on camera!… Read More ›

Chaplin’s, THE KID

Released today in 1921 a gem from one of cinema’s true masters, Charlie Chaplin’s, The Kid. The film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in December 2011 as being “culturally, historically, or… Read More ›

A Romance of the Redwoods

Other than the significant role she played in Hollywood history, I know close to nothing of Mary Pickford’s work as an actress.  This is why I wanted to take part in The Mary Pickford Blogathon hosted by Classic Movies.  My… Read More ›


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