The immense popularity of movies has its roots in the silent
films of the early 1900s, this being especially true of the crime
genre. The authors of this Guide have compiled for the first time
in one volume an entire history of the crime genre during the
silent era, preserving the memories of these films for their own
generation and introducing these works to a new generation thirsty
for entertainment and knowledge. This Guide includes more than
2,000 film entries, complete with names of directors,
screenwriters, and major players and offers a wealth of data
supported by plot evaluations and occasional thematic commentaries.
This is the only work that includes one- and two-reelers and
serials along with full-length crime features.
Each entry covers title, date of release, distributor or studio,
director, screenwriter, major cast members, plot description, and
thematic commentary, reviving this almost forgotten genre for
generations of students and movie fans both old and new. The Guide
pays tribute to the glory of cinema pioneers as diverse as D. W.
Griffith and Lon Chaney who have given the world a wide variety of
stories and experiences both thought-provoking and startling.
Although men tended to dominate the silent years in Hollywood,
women managed to contribute dramatically. Among them were director
Lois Weber and film personalities Mabel Normand, Pearl White, Mary
Pickford, and Ruth Roland. These creative men and women and their
often neglected works deserve a second look. The likes of Pacino,
Eastwood, and Brando can look to the past where the ground for
their work was carefully prepared in such earlier silent films as
Griffith's "The Musketeers of Pig Alley" (1912) and von Sternberg's
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