Eighty Silent Film Stars

Biographies and Filmographies of the Obscure to the Well Known

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About the Book

Eighty good-sized biographies of significant silent-era players hard to find in other reference works, and almost nowhere at this length: The villains and sidekicks of two-reelers (Jim Corey, Nelson McDowell), cowboy action stars (Jack Hoxie, Art Acord, Hoot Gibson, et al.), comedians, character actors, matinee idols and other talented and reliable performers.
A comprehensive filmography (compiled for this book by Richard E. Braff and listing year, studio, director, screenplay, story or author, length and cast) accompanies each entry. The biographies are revised and edited versions of a series that ran in the film periodical Classic Images.

About the Author(s)

The late George A. Katchmer had a long career as a coach, educator, and columnist. He lived in Millersville, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

George A. Katchmer
Format: softcover (6 x 9 in 2 vols.)
Pages: 1084
Bibliographic Info: 88 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1991]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6764-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Acknowledgments      ix

Foreword by Samuel K. Rubin      xi

Introduction      xiii

Notes on the Filmographies      xv

1. Art Acord      1

2. George Bancroft      8

3. Richard Barthelmess      15

4. Warner Baxter      24

5. Noah Beery, Sr.      34

6. Wallace Beery      49

7. Monte Blue      67

8. Joe Bonomo      86

9. Hobart Bosworth      91

10. William Boyd      109

11. Harry Carey      122

12. Edmund Cobb      139

13. Jim Corey, Fred Kohler and Bob Kortman      163

14. Ricardo Cortez      192

15. Donald Crisp      203

16. Reginald Denny      220

17. William Desmond      234

18. Richard Dix      246

19. William Duncan      256

20. Dustin Farnum      265

21. Franklyn Farnum      270

22. William Farnum      280

23. Lefty Flynn      289

24. Francis Ford      293

25. Robert Frazer      315

26. Hoot Gibson      327

27. Alan Hale      340

28. Kenneth Harlan      357

29. Neal Hart      369

30. Raymond Hatton      375

31. Jean Hersholt      398

32. Johnny Hines      412

33. Jack Hoxie      419

34. J. Warren Kerrigan      430

35. Norman Kerry      441

36. Rod La Rocque      448

37. George Larkin      459

38. Montagu Love      468

39. Francis McDonald      487

40. J. Farrell MacDonald      504

41. Wallace MacDonald      526

Volume 2


42. Nelson McDowell, Slim Summerville, and Ernest Torrence      536

43. J. P. McGowan      564

44. Victor McLaglen      580

45. Tully Marshall      595

46. Ken Maynard      613

47. Frank Mayo      625

48. Thomas Meighan      637

49. Walter Miller      650

50. Ruth Mix      662

51. Antonio Moreno      667

52. Pete Morrison      680

53. Jack Mulhall      692

54. Conrad Nagel      713

55. Warner Oland      728

56. Eugene Pallette      742

57. Jack Perrin      763

58. House Peters      782

59. Eddie Polo      791

60. Herbert Rawlinson      800

61. Ruth Roland      822

62. Albert Roscoe      833

63. William Russell      843

64. Tom Santschi      854

65. Milton Sills      870

66. Russell Simpson      881

67. Lewis Stone      900

68. Richard Talmadge      916

69. Conway Tearle      925

70. Fred Thomson      938

71. Ben Turpin      946

72. Tom Tyler      961

73. George Walsh      976

74. H. B. Warner      985

75. Bryant Washburn      1001

76. Guinn “Big Boy” Williams      1021

Index      1037

Book Reviews & Awards

“anyone with an interest in silent films will…find quite a few favorites…recommended”—Classic Images; “filmographies…are quite impressive”—Library Journal; “lively, carefully researched…belongs in all serious film collections…extensive filmography…excellent reference source…fills a real gap”—Choice; “a much-needed reference”—Film Quarterly; “reliable information…recalls a vanished world…biographies are generally interesting”—ARBA; “this book is a labor of love…anyone with an interest in silent films, especially the Western certainly needs to have a copy of this book in their movie library”—Wrangler’s Roost; “thoroughly researched”—Western Clippings; “substantial biographies and full filmographies”—American Cinematographer; “wonderful…80 excellent short biographies…a welcome addition”—Silents Are Golden; “a thorough background of the silent genre…fascinating…has the detail of an encyclopedia, but the prose of a great biography times 80!”—The Silents Majority; “weighty tome…a goldmine of data”—The Silent Film Monthly; “immensely detailed and extensive”—Film Monthly.