THE BELOVED ROGUE
1927, 99 min, Dir: Alan Crosland

Based on the life of poet François Villon, this silent is set in William Cameron Menzies’ fantastic vision of 15th-century Paris and is packed with adventure and laughs. Star John Barrymore described Villon as a “poet, pickpocket, patriot - loving France earnestly, French women excessively, and French wine exclusively.” With Conrad Veidt as King Louis XI.


THE SILENT MAN
1917, 61 min, USA, Dir: William S. Hart

Silent cinema's foremost Western star, the great William S. Hart, directed and stars in this excellent feature. In an absorbing tale of treachery and redemption characteristic of Hart's best work, he plays "Silent" Bill Marr, who arrives in the town of Bakeoven to register his claim to a gold mine only to get swindled by dancehall owner "Handsome" Jack Pressley (Robert McKim). There's plenty of action and some wonderful location photography as our hero sets out to make matters right.


WAGON TRACKS
1919, Paramount, 64 min, USA, Dir: Lambert Hillyer

Produced by Thomas H. Ince (and beautifully shot by cinematographer Joe August), this Western has legendary silent screen star William S. Hart leading a wagon train across the wilderness - and trying to figure out who killed his brother.


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