Hi, I was looking for an introductory thread and finally found it!
I am Larry and I live in a small rural community just south of Hannibal, Missouri (which of course is the claim to fame for writer/humorist/novelist Mark Twain, as well as the Unsinkable Molly Brown). I am currently currently going on my 20th year of marriage.
I was raised in Hannibal; spent much of the decade of the 1990s living in Oklahoma City along Historic Route 66; then returned to the Hannibal area.
I had been exposed to classic films periodically throughout my childhood, but never thought much of them. Then, a 1980s NBC detective series, Remington Steele
gave me further exposure, as the series' detective used references to classic movies to solve crime cases. These references intrigued me quite a bit, and I remembered thinking "There must be something interesting about these old movies"; so I began watching them, then became hooked. Later on, silents became interesting to me, initially for their historical content; shortly after, I became completely "hooked" on silents. Now I prefer silents over any other movie! My special area of interest is the late 1800s (the dawn of moving pictures) to the 1940s.
I just returned from my annual trip to the Kansas Silent Film Festival (as you noticed by the wonderful pictures I previously posted). I try to attend yearly, although I missed going in 2007. People in my area are just appalled at the idea of watching silent films. I've been asked, "You mean to tell me you sit in a theater all day, watching black & white movies with NO sound?!" When I proudly state that I do, I've been told "You're weird!!!"
Perhaps I am, but proudly!
I currently am the Administrator of my own website, Larry's 66 Diner
, which is approaching its two-year anniversary this coming Sunday MAR 2. I founded the site based on my two main loves: Silent & Classic Movies and Historic Route 66. However, over the past two years, we've become more of a social forum, straying slightly from the main topics (but still having that focus), where we discuss recipes, play games, give advice etc — just like being in an actual roadside Diner of the earlier by-gone era.
Although I DO like silent comedy, I prefer the dramatic efforts of DW Griffith, as well as others. My favorite silent comedians are Charley Chase and Harold Lloyd (yes, I've hit burn-out long ago on Charlie Chaplin!
). A couple other favorites are Marie Dressler, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, and Mary Pickford.
I have too many other silent favorites to name, but the most intriguing one of all is young miss Gladys Egan. I have had an on-going quest for her for 2-3 years! She was a young "starlet" (comparable to today's Dakota Fanning?) who had great talent which was never unleashed. Her best performance, which featured her prominently, IMO was in In the Border States (1911)
a DW Griffith short about the Civil War. She was with the Biograph Company from 1908-1914 then she suddenly disappeared (along with another child actress of the day, Adele deGarde), when Griffith pulled up stakes and moved his company to the West Coast. My hunch was that she either abandoned her potential career, or the decision was made for her by her parents, and she perhaps grew up to be someone's grandmother with a lost and forgotten photograph in an old trunk in someone's attic.
Perhaps one day, someone will speak up and say "This was my great-grandmother. She was in the first moving pictures!" IMDB.com has no statistics on her, aside from her filmography, and other resources seem to be coming up with loose ends, as well.
I am glad to have found this fascinating site!