Broken Silence

Conversations with 23 Silent Film Stars


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About the Book

This is a collection of 23 original interviews with stars of the silent screen, with biographical information and a filmography included for each. Interviewed are Lew Ayres, William Bakewell, Lina Basquette, Madge Bellamy, Eleanor Boardman, Ethlyne Clair, Junior Coghlan, Joyce Compton, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Dorothy Gulliver, Maxine Elliott Hicks, Dorothy Janis, George Lewis, Marion Mack, Patsy Ruth Miller, Lois Moran, Baby Marie Osborne, Muriel Ostriche, Eddie Quillan, Esther Ralston, Dorothy Revier, David Rollins and Gladys Walton.

About the Author(s)

Michael G. Ankerich is a writer whose work focuses on the silent film era of Hollywood. A former newspaper reporter, he has written extensively for Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age, and Hollywood Studio Magazine, which featured his interview with Butterfly McQueen (Prissy) on the 50th anniversary of the release of Gone With The Wind. He can be reached at his website

Bibliographic Details

Michael G. Ankerich

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 331
Bibliographic Info: 90 photos, filmographies, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [1993]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6382-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8533-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      xi

1. Lew Ayres      1
2. William Bakewell      15
3. Lina Basquette      31
4. Madge Bellamy      45
5. Eleanor Boardman      62
6. Ethlyne Clair      75
7. Junior Coghlan      86
8. Joyce Compton      103
9. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.      125
10. Dorothy Gulliver      140
11. Maxine Elliott Hicks      151
12. Dorothy Janis      164
13. George Lewis      172
14. Marion Mack      191
15. Patsy Ruth Miller      199
16. Lois Moran      212
17. Baby Marie Osborne      224
18. Muriel Ostriche      237
19. Eddie Quillan      249
20. Esther Ralston      263
21. Dorothy Revier      277
22. David Rollins      289
23. Gladys Walton      298

Index      307

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “A labor of love…informative, insightful reminiscences”—The Silent Film Monthly