Recommended Reading

"Eighty Silent Film Stars: Biographies and Filmographies of the Obscure to the Well-Known"

by George Katchmer (McFarland & Company, Inc.., 1991, 1065 pages)

I like books like this - first because I get the life story of a silent star in a concise format (from a few pages to maybe 30 or so pages), and because I get to read about some of the "obscure" stars, as the title indicates, that I wouldn't otherwise have any information on. The late George Katchmer took great delight in researching the lesser known stars and publishing his writings in periodicals. He's pulled together 80 excellent short biographies in this book of such silent personalities as (the list is far too long to name everyone) George Bancroft, Noah Beery Sr., Joe Bonomo, Hobart Bosworth, Edmund Cobb, Ricardo Cortez, Reginald Denny, Richard Dix, the Farnum brothers, Lefty Flynn, Robert Frazer, Kenneth Harlan, Johnny Hines, Norman Kerry, Tully Marshall, Thomas Meighan, Antonio Moreno, Jack Mulhall, Conrad Nagel, Eddie Polo, Ruth Roland, Tom Santschi, Richard Talmadge and many, many more. Each comes with a filmography that includes year of release, distribution company director and story credits and other cast members. This is a hardback book (alas, no dustjacket) that is rather expensive (about $90) but a welcome addition to any silent movie library.

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