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Silent Film Collection

Step back in time to the golden era of cinema with these captivating images from silent films

Background imageSilent Film Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY, 1928. Stan Laurel, left, and Oliver Hardy with a police officer in the silent

LAUREL AND HARDY, 1928. Stan Laurel, left, and Oliver Hardy with a police officer in the silent film Leave Them Laughing, 1928

Background imageSilent Film Collection: METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, Metropolis

METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, Metropolis
METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, " Metropolis."

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Miss Greta Garbo, portrait photograph, 1925 July 27. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Miss Greta Garbo, portrait photograph, 1925 July 27. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Miss Greta Garbo, portrait photograph, 1925 July 27. Address: Commodore Hotel, New York City

Background imageSilent Film Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Frau im Mond advert, 1929

Frau im Mond advert, 1929
Frau im Mond advert. The science fiction silent film Woman in the Moon (German: Frau im Mond), released in 1929, was written and directed by Austrian film-maker Fritz Lang

Background imageSilent Film Collection: CHAPLIN: THE KID, 1921. Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan as his adopted son in Chaplins film The

CHAPLIN: THE KID, 1921. Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan as his adopted son in Chaplins film The Kid, 1921

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Dance: Charleston, 1920S

Dance: Charleston, 1920S
DANCE: CHARLESTON, 1920s

Background imageSilent Film Collection: CHAPLIN: THE KID, 1920. Poster for Charlie Chaplin in The Kid

CHAPLIN: THE KID, 1920. Poster for Charlie Chaplin in The Kid

Background imageSilent Film Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

LAUREL AND HARDY. From the film Big Business (1929)

Background imageSilent Film Collection: BUSTER KEATON (1896-1966). American comedian. In the film The Boat, 1922

BUSTER KEATON (1896-1966). American comedian. In the film The Boat, 1922

Background imageSilent Film Collection: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1925. Lon Chaney in the title role of the film, Phantom of the Opera, 1925

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1925. Lon Chaney in the title role of the film, Phantom of the Opera, 1925

Background imageSilent Film Collection: BILL PICKETT (1870-1932). The cowboy star in an American poster for the 1923 film, The Bull-Dogger

BILL PICKETT (1870-1932). The cowboy star in an American poster for the 1923 film, The Bull-Dogger

Background imageSilent Film Collection: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1925. Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin in a scene from the film

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1925. Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin in a scene from the film

Background imageSilent Film Collection: ASTA NIELSEN (1881-1972). Danish silent film actress. Photographed c1920

ASTA NIELSEN (1881-1972). Danish silent film actress. Photographed c1920

Background imageSilent Film Collection: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1925. Lon Chaney in the title role

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1925. Lon Chaney in the title role

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Justus D. Barnes in the film The Great Train Robbery made by the Edison Company in 1903

Justus D. Barnes in the film The Great Train Robbery made by the Edison Company in 1903
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, 1903. Justus D. Barnes in the film The Great Train Robbery made by the Edison Company in 1903

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino
circa 1924: Rudolph Valentino (1895 - 1926) the screen name of Rodolpho d Antonguolla, the Italian-American leading man and great romantic idol. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageSilent Film Collection: TITANIC: RE-CREATION, 1912. A Hollywood re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912

TITANIC: RE-CREATION, 1912. A Hollywood re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. No actual photograph of the event exists

Background imageSilent Film Collection: HARRY HOUDINI (1874-1926). American magician. Houdini overpowers Eugene Pallette in Terror Island

HARRY HOUDINI (1874-1926). American magician. Houdini overpowers Eugene Pallette in Terror Island, 1920

Background imageSilent Film Collection: CLARA BOW (1905-1965). American actress

CLARA BOW (1905-1965). American actress

Background imageSilent Film Collection: CHAPLIN: GOLD RUSH. 1925. Charlie Chaplin eating his shoe in a scene from his film The Gold Rush

CHAPLIN: GOLD RUSH. 1925. Charlie Chaplin eating his shoe in a scene from his film The Gold Rush, 1925

Background imageSilent Film Collection: SILENT FILM: PARIS, 1926. Joan Crawford and Douglas Gilmore at the bar of an Apache Den in Paris

SILENT FILM: PARIS, 1926. Joan Crawford and Douglas Gilmore at the bar of an Apache Den in Paris, 1926

Background imageSilent Film Collection: TARZAN THE MIGHTY, 1928. Frank Merrill in the title role and Natalie Kingston in Tarzan

TARZAN THE MIGHTY, 1928. Frank Merrill in the title role and Natalie Kingston in Tarzan the Mighty, 1928

Background imageSilent Film Collection: THE GOLD RUSH, 1925. Charlie Chaplin in a scene from The Gold Rush

THE GOLD RUSH, 1925. Charlie Chaplin in a scene from The Gold Rush

Background imageSilent Film Collection: LOUISE BROOKS (1906-1985). American cinemactress. Brooks with Osgood Perkins in a scene from Love

LOUISE BROOKS (1906-1985). American cinemactress. Brooks with Osgood Perkins in a scene from Love Em and Leave Em, Paramount, 1926

Background imageSilent Film Collection: SILK STOCKING SAL, 1924. A scene from the film directed by Tod Browning

SILK STOCKING SAL, 1924. A scene from the film directed by Tod Browning

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Gloria Swanson, American actress, 1933

Gloria Swanson, American actress, 1933. Swanson (1897-1983) was an American actress who was prolific during the era of the silent film

Background imageSilent Film Collection: THE SON OF THE SHEIK, 1926. Film poster

THE SON OF THE SHEIK, 1926. Film poster

Background imageSilent Film Collection: CHAPLIN: THE GOLD RUSH. Charlie Chaplin in a scene from The Gold Rush, 1925

CHAPLIN: THE GOLD RUSH. Charlie Chaplin in a scene from The Gold Rush, 1925

Background imageSilent Film Collection: M├®li├¿ss FILM, 1902. Scene from the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, directed by Georges M├®li├¿s

M├®li├¿ss FILM, 1902. Scene from the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, directed by Georges M├®li├¿s
M├®li├¿s FILM, 1902. Scene from the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, directed by Georges M├®li├¿s

Background imageSilent Film Collection: M├®li├¿s FILM, 1902. Production still from the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon

M├®li├¿s FILM, 1902. Production still from the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, directed by Georges M├®li├¿s
M├®li├¿s. FILM, 1902. Production still from the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, directed by Georges M├®li├¿s

Background imageSilent Film Collection: GEORGES MELIES (1861-1938). Depicted on French postage stamp with a scene from his 1902 film A

GEORGES MELIES (1861-1938). Depicted on French postage stamp with a scene from his 1902 film A Trip to the Moon ( Le voyage dans la lune )

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Miss Pauline Gilmer and Miss Olive Water in the 'Blue Bird', 1910. Creator: Bain News Service

Miss Pauline Gilmer and Miss Olive Water in the "Blue Bird", 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Miss Pauline Gilmer and Miss Olive Water in the "Blue Bird", 1910

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Laura Hall and Orrin Johnson embracing, scene form Children of Destiny, White Photo, 1910

Laura Hall and Orrin Johnson embracing, scene form Children of Destiny, White Photo, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Laura Hall and Orrin Johnson embracing, scene form Children of Destiny, White Photo, 1910

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Laura Hall and Orrin Johnson embracing, scene form Children of Destiny, White N.Y. Photo, 1913

Laura Hall and Orrin Johnson embracing, scene form Children of Destiny, White N.Y. Photo, 1913

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Mabel Taliaferro, 1913. Creators: Bain News Service, George Graham Bain

Mabel Taliaferro, 1913. Creators: Bain News Service, George Graham Bain
Mabel Taliaferro, 1913

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Paula Blackton, Nancy Palmer, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

Paula Blackton, Nancy Palmer, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
Paula Blackton, Nancy Palmer, between c1915 and c1920

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Billie Burke, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Billie Burke, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Billie Burke, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Anita Stewart (1895-1961), American actress and film producer of the early silent film era

Anita Stewart (1895-1961), American actress and film producer of the early silent film era depicted on a magazine cover
5669848 Anita Stewart (1895-1961), American actress and film producer of the early silent film era depicted on a magazine cover circa 1918 (illustration); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Alice Brady [draped in Old Glory], between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

Alice Brady [draped in Old Glory], between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
Alice Brady [draped in Old Glory], between c1915 and c1920. Shows Alice Brady (born Mary Rose Brady, 1892-1939) an American stage and silent film actor who later successfully moved into talking films

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Constance Talmage [i.e. Talmadge], between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

Constance Talmage [i.e. Talmadge], between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
Constance Talmage [i.e. Talmadge], between c1915 and c1920. Shows American silent movie star Constance Alice Talmadge (1898-1973)

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Miss Evelyn Greely, portrait photograph, 1919 Apr. 24. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Miss Evelyn Greely, portrait photograph, 1919 Apr. 24. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Miss Evelyn Greely, portrait photograph, 1919 Apr. 24. American silent film actress

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Miss Evelyn Greely, portrait photograph, 1919 Apr. 24. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Miss Evelyn Greely, portrait photograph, 1919 Apr. 24. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Miss Evelyn Greely, portrait photograph, 1919 Apr. 24. American silent film actress

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Peedie, J.S. Mrs. (Ann Murdock), portrait photograph, 1914 Mar. 12. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Peedie, J.S. Mrs. (Ann Murdock), portrait photograph, 1914 Mar. 12. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Peedie, J.S. Mrs. (Ann Murdock), portrait photograph, 1914 Mar. 12

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Miss Olive Wyndham, portrait photograph, between 1918 and 1921. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Miss Olive Wyndham, portrait photograph, between 1918 and 1921. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Miss Olive Wyndham, portrait photograph, between 1918 and 1921. Olive Frances Wyndham Meysenberg, American actress on stage and in silent films

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Miss Olive Wyndham, portrait photograph, between 1918 and 1921. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Miss Olive Wyndham, portrait photograph, between 1918 and 1921. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Miss Olive Wyndham, portrait photograph, between 1918 and 1921. Olive Frances Wyndham Meysenberg, American actress on stage and in silent films

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Dalmores, Miss, portrait photograph, 1915 May 7. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Dalmores, Miss, portrait photograph, 1915 May 7. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Dalmores, Miss, portrait photograph, 1915 May 7

Background imageSilent Film Collection: Dalmores, Miss, portrait photograph, 1915 May 7. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Dalmores, Miss, portrait photograph, 1915 May 7. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Dalmores, Miss, portrait photograph, 1915 May 7



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Step back in time to the golden era of cinema with these captivating images from silent films. In 1928's "Leave Them Laughing, " comedic duo Laurel and Hardy find themselves caught up in a hilarious encounter with a police officer, showcasing their impeccable timing and physical comedy skills. The following year, they brought their unique brand of humor to "Big Business, " leaving audiences roaring with laughter as they navigated through chaotic situations. Meanwhile, Fritz Lang's groundbreaking 1926 film "Metropolis" captivated viewers with its stunning visuals and thought-provoking narrative, pushing the boundaries of what was possible on screen. Charlie Chaplin stole hearts in his iconic role as a tramp in "The Kid" (1921), forming an endearing bond with Jackie Coogan as his adopted son. The poster for this heartwarming film perfectly captures Chaplin's charm and charisma. Speaking of posters, the vibrant dance craze known as the Charleston dominated the 1920s social scene. Its infectious energy is palpable even today, reminding us of a bygone era filled with joyous revelry. Lon Chaney mesmerized audiences as the enigmatic Phantom of the Opera (1925), bringing chills down spines while simultaneously evoking sympathy for his tortured character. His haunting portrayal remains etched in cinematic history. Buster Keaton showcased his incredible physicality and daring stunts in "The Boat" (1922). With each death-defying moment captured on screen, he solidified himself as one of Hollywood's greatest comedians. Bill Pickett blazed trails as a cowboy star in 1923's "The Bull-Dogger. " This American poster highlights Pickett's rugged charm and undeniable talent that made him an icon during this era. Returning to Lon Chaney's chilling performance, we witness him alongside Mary Philbin in scenes from "Phantom of the Opera. " Their on-screen chemistry adds depth to this timeless tale of love and tragedy.