The Sound of Silence: Conversations with 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap Between Silents and Talkies

Overview

Marion Shilling began her career as a silent film ingenue for MGM and went on to play heroines in Westerns of the 1930s. Stage actress Esther Muir made the transition from Broadway to Hollywood just as talkies became popular. Hugh Allan was a leading man in the last years of the silents only to leave the film business in 1930 because of the uncertainty surrounding his transition to sound films and his disgust with studio politics.

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Overview

Marion Shilling began her career as a silent film ingenue for MGM and went on to play heroines in Westerns of the 1930s. Stage actress Esther Muir made the transition from Broadway to Hollywood just as talkies became popular. Hugh Allan was a leading man in the last years of the silents only to leave the film business in 1930 because of the uncertainty surrounding his transition to sound films and his disgust with studio politics.

These three performers and thirteen others (Barbara Barondess, Thomas Beck, Mary Brian, Pauline Curley, Billie Dove, Edith Fellows, Rose Hobart, William Janney, Marcia Mae Jones, Barbara Kent, Anita Page, Lupita Tovar, and Barbara Weeks) reminisce here about Hollywood and the movie business as it made the transition.

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Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
Excellent, entertaining, and well written with great photos
Film & History
Pleasurable reading...engaging period photographs and exhaustive individual filmographies...detailed research, vividly recounts what it was like to be an early screen siren
Film Review
This compulsive collection of vivid reminiscences is a fascinating journey back to early cinema. It's the next best thing to traveling back in a time machine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786463831
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/25/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael G. Ankerich is a writer whose work focuses on the silent film era of Hollywood. A former newspaper reporter, he has written extensively for Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age, and Hollywood Studio Magazine, which featured his interview with Butterfly McQueen (Prissy) on the 50th anniversary of the release of Gone With The Wind. He can be reached at his website michaelgankerich.com .

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    Please Take a Look, it is Highly Recommended

    I have this book and was so good, I spent the last three years trying to find a copy of his "Sounds of Silence". All of the used books were running as high as $249.00! So it is really great that McFarland is reissuing both books at very reasonable prices. Mr. Ankerich is such a natural at interveiwing and letting the stars talk. Some stars made you a bit angry at their stupidity and some made you cry with the sadness of their lives. If you have any interest at all in the stars of the silent era and would really like to get a feel of what they were really like, purchase both The Sound of Silence and Broken Silence. For further information visit the author on facebook.

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