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Stars of the Silent Screen
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"Before 1929 it was very quiet at the movies. Then 'talkies' arrived and most of these movie stars couldn't make themselves heard. Who is the famous silent star?"
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Despite his trademark straight face, this actor is regarded as one of the most important comic film-makers of the silent era. His career took a nose-dive with the advent of sound, but he made a comeback of sorts and appeared in a number of 'modern' movies including 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' in 1963. Who is he?
This English born actor is probably the most well-known of all silent movie stars. He appeared in his first motion picture in 1914, and within two years had become one of the best known personalities in America. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975, his name is ____ ?.
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This Canadian born actress was known as 'America's sweetheart' of the silent screen, and was one of the first ever film stars. She was also a shrewd businesswoman, and in 1919 was a prime mover in the setting up of United Artists Corporation. She appeared in 'Pollyanna' and 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm'. Her name is _________ ?
Although better known as a director, this dominant Hollywood figure began his career in 1900 as a theatre actor. Known for his strong assertive personality, he was the first director to use a megaphone on set. His 70th, and last, film was 'The Ten Commandments' in 1956. He is ____ ?
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This Italian born actor was idolised as 'The Great Lover'. He appeared in 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' in 1921 and became an immediate star. Who is this Italian star?
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The original 'It' girl (after her 1927 film 'It'), this American actress personified the vivacious, emancipated flapper of the 1920s. Her strong Brooklyn accent did not easily make the transition into talkies and she retired after making 'Hoopla' in 1933. Who is this lady from Brooklyn?
This early star of the silent pictures was an agile comedian, despite his large bulk. He was for a time a member of the Keystone Cops and was instrumental, via the the formation of his own production company in 1917, in furthering the career of Buster Keaton. What is his name?
Known as the 'King of Hollywood' during the 1920s this dashing actor was one of the first and greatest 'swashbucklers'. In 1929 he co-starred with his wife, Mary Pickford, in 'The Taming of the Shrew'. His name is __________ ?
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Although his popularity was at its peak during the silent era, this comedian was to make many movies after the advent of sound, his last being 'Mad Wednesday' in 1947. He was the highest paid star of the 1920s, and in 1952 was honoured with an Academy Award for his contribution to motion-picture comedy. Who is this comedian?
This cowboy star was a deputy sheriff and rodeo rider before embarking on his acting career in 1910. He appeared in more than two hundred films, many of which featured his horse, Tony, who became almost as famous as the actor himself. The name of this cowboy is ____ ?
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