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A United Artists Retrospective Scrapbook: 1926-1929


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The Only Way was actually a silent version of A Tale of Two Cities....

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the Sea Gull/A Woman of the Sea was never fully released by UA, but it was intended to be. It starred Edna Perviance in a film directed by Josef von Sternberg.

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Partners Again was an early experiment in bringing Jewish humor to the big screen.

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Douglas Fairbanks next became a dreaded pirate.

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Jack Pickford and Louise Fazenza starred in the suspense comedy The Bat

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Son of the Sheik was released two weeks after Valentino's death and his fans stormed the box office.

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Mary was trying to save children from the alligators in Sparrows.

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Ronald Colman starred in the interesting The Winning of Barbara Worth, which was the debut for Gary Cooper.
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Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky had a romance in The Night of Love.

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Buster Keaton next scored his masterpiece with The General.

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Gloria Swanson wanted to know of her romantic future in The Loves of Sunya.

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John Barrymore was The Beloved Rogue.

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Rod LaRouque appeared in a Tolstoy adaptation.

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i really can't post the poster for Topsy and Eva, a spoof of Uncle Tom's Cabin. I don't want to open the blackface can of worms.

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Buster Keaton was off to College.

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The Magic Flame is believed to be lost, although there is a rumor that 5 reels survive. It was up for cinematography at the first Oscars.

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two Arabian Knights, a film with a slightly misleading title, was the film to win the only comedy Direction Oscar.

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Mary Pickford was My Best Girl.

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the Devil Dancer is another lost title.....

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Fairbanks now became a Gaucho.

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Sorrell and Son was massively controversal, dealing as it did with the matter of euthanasia.

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Norma Talmadge was in love in The Dove.

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Charlie Chaplin returned with the luminous comedy The Circus.

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Gloria Swanson was brilliant in the steamy melodrama Sadie Thompson.

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lionel Barrymore was in the cast of Drums of Love

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Corinne Griffith was off to the Garden of Eden.

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Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky were an item again in Two Lovers.

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Dolores Del Rio starred in a version of the classic tale Ramona.

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Buster Keaton moved over to MGM after Steamboat Bill Jr.

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tempest was set in Russia just before the revolution and starred John Barrymore.

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The Woman Disputed told the tale of a woman of the night.

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Revenge was next on the menu....

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Jean Hersholt was involved in The Battle of the Sexes.

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Vilma Banky starred in another film that has been lost

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Ronald Colman returned for The Rescue.

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Lupe Velez was the Lady of the Pavements

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Douglas Fairbanks and Belle Bennett teamed up for The Iron Mask

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Coquette was UA's first talkie, and Mary got the Oscar.

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Alibi was the first film from UA to be up for Best Picture at the Oscars.

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Continuing the Oscar theme, Ronald Colman was nominated for being the crimefighter in Bulldog Drummond.

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Ernst Lubitsch made a rare drama with Eternal Love

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The Three passions hailed from England, but this poster was not from there.....

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Eleanor Boardman headed off to battle.

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Vilma Banky headed off to the talkies....

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Delores Del Rio was the title character in the drama Evangeline.

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3 soldiers found that they were mistakenly listed as deceased in 3 Live Ghosts.

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Constance Talamage was in Venus.

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This is the reissue poster for Condemned, a prison film with an oscar-nominated turn from Ronald Colman.

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Gloria Swanson then returned to reveal her voice.

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Barbara Stanwyck had one of her earliest parts in The Locked Door.

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Pickford and Fairbanks made their only film together with The Taming of the Shrew.

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And Norma Talmadge closed the decade experiencing New York Nights

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  1. The General - one of my favorite silents
  2. Steamboat Bill Jr. - and so is this one
  3. The Bat 
  4. Bulldog Drummond - very creaky technically but one of my favorite Colman films
  5. The Beloved Rogue
  6. The Circus
  7. Sadie Thompson
  8. Two Arabian Knights
  9. The Trespasser
  10. College
  11. The Winning of Barbara Worth
  12. Alibi

I've also seen Condemned and Coquette.

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Vilma Banky's career was red hot during this period.

And so was Ronald Colman's.

COQUETTE is a film I like in spite of itself. It's certainly one of Pickford's hammiest performances. But I think the despair she conveys is real and despite the over-the-top theatrics, the character manages to be believable on some level. Not sure if she deserved the Oscar for it, however.

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