From Silents to Sound
A Biographical Encyclopedia of Performers Who Made the Transition to Talking Pictures
About the Book
Garbo talked, Gilbert self-destructed and Chaplin refused—that’s about all many people know about silent film actors who faced the transition into talking pictures. Yes, Greta Garbo’s talkie debut was successful, John Gilbert’s was disastrous, and Charlie Chaplin did not deign to make one for over a decade. But there were many others—both stars and lesser lights—who also made the leap for at least one talking film.
From Renee Adoree to Loretta Young, more than 500 actors who made at least three silent films and had some starring or supporting roles in sound films are included in this reference work. For each performer, vital data are given and a source for filmographic information. This is followed by capsule accounts of the performer’s silent and sound careers, along with contemporary reviews of selected talkies in which they appeared.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 
Table of Contents
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA 1
Appendix I: Some Silent Stars Who Did Not Appear in Talkies 299
Appendix II: The One- and Two-Shot Wonders 300
Selected Bibliography 303
Book Reviews & Awards
“most interesting…even the most casual browser will be impressed…thought provoking…recommended”—Booklist; “[a] well-written, educational, and eminently readable look at the turbulent history of an industry that affects us all”—ARBA; “wonderful”—Public Library Quarterly; “fill[s] [a] niche in film biography…useful”—Choice; “very readable…informative…the author writes engagingly and his descriptions of the performers and their screen personas are right on target”—The Silents Majority.