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    You have come to this website, because you like silent films and silent movie stars.  There are many places like this.  But unlike other sites, here at Silent Hall of Fame you can make a real difference.  You can help us show for the first time many films featuring your favorite silent stars that have not been seen in generations.  This will bring their names back into the public discourse.  But you can do much more than that: you can help your favorite silent stars receive belated recognition and glory.

    Until now there has never been an organization with the purpose to place a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for movie personalities from a century ago.  Silent Hall of Fame is this historic organization.  Silent Hall of Fame is the only organization of its kind.  We will make history and we invite you to become a part of history by sponsoring a silent movie star for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  All contributions are tax deductible.

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Rare Gems on DVD

    Our users have spoken, and we have listened. You want to see rare and hard to find films, and we have created for you the Silent Gems Collection, available on eBay. This DVD collection includes rare and for the first time available films with our stars, as well as other silent masterpieces. These are high quality films that are hard to find anywhere else. Please click on this link to see the collection: Silent Gems Collection

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Important Update:
You don't have to leave our website in order to obtain the films from our Silent Gems Collection. These gems are now available to our users as a reward for donation. For details click here.

 2 Out Yonder 191915 That Model from Paris 192621 For Better  for Worse 191924 The Woman God Forgot 19173 Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall 1924

 

OUR DOCUMENTARY

    We are proud to present to all silent film lovers our multiple award-winning documentary! In March 2015 it won the distinction "Award of Merit" at the San Francisco Film Awards. In May it won the Silver Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards. In September 2015 it won the Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Of equal merit is the inclusion of the documentary in the Official Selection of the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2015. In December the documentary won the extremely prestigious Diamond Award at the 2015 California Film Awards. The amazing run of recognition for our documentary continued in 2016. In February it was included in the Official Selection of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.

 Accolade Global Film Competition AwardSan Jose International Short Film FestivalCalifornia Film Awards smallSan Francisco Film AwardsInternational Independent Film Awards

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   Marceline Day and Buster Keaton

 

Directed by                Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Produced by              Buster Keaton, Lawrence Weingarten
Written by                 Story: Clyde Bruckman, Lew Lipton
                                    Titles: Joseph Farnham
Starring                      Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Harry Gribbon, Sidney Bracey
Cinematography        Reggie Lanning, Elgin Lessley
Editing by                   Hugh Wynn
Distributed by            Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date               September 22, 1928
Running time             75 minutes
Country                      United States
Language                    Silent film, English intertitles

 
We have included this film in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of our star Marceline Day.

 
"The Cameraman" is the quintessence of a romantic comedy.  It was the first film of Buster Keaton after he signed a contract with MGM, and before the studio was able to stifle his unique creativity and effectively grind his career to a halt.  In this film Buster Keaton is still at the top of his form and he creates a string of breathtaking gags, which are masterfully connected with a nice story and a beautiful romance with the outstanding silent movie star Marceline Day.

All reviews make a note of the many memorable comic scenes in "The Cameraman", such as:
a/ the amazing “double shots” and backward running scenes of Buster Keaton’s camera
b/ the famous scene in the dressing room
c/ the adventures at the public pool
d/ the golf pantomime at the stadium
e/ the fire truck parking in the fire station
f/ the scene with the dime bank
g/ the unbelievable escapades during the Tong war
h/ the numerous window breaking accidents

Many other scenes also deserve to be mentioned as a comic achievement:
i/ Marceline Day’s precious comic reaction to seeing Buster Keaton bring his second hand camera
j/ Marceline Day’s precious comic reaction to seeing Buster Keaton pull out a handful of dimes
k/ the scene where Buster Keaton in his hurry stumbles upon the housekeeper and then pulls out the telephone cord from the wall
l/ the scene when Marceline Day asks Buster Keaton for his phone number, but he gives her the pencil – this scene lasts maybe just five seconds, but is unsurpassed in perfect timing
m/ the needle accident
n/ the slip on the banana peel

"The Cameraman" has it all: comedy, drama, romance, a roller-coaster of viewer emotions, heartbreak and triumph.  Marceline Day shines brightly and sweetly in the role of Sally; she is unbelievably touching in constantly encouraging and rooting for this awkward fellow, just out of a good heart, even before the romance takes shape.  In the whole film there is only one little kiss from Marceline Day’s lips to Buster Keaton’s cheek, but this is plenty to melt all romantic hearts.  These two masters of pantomime could say it all with their eyes, and say it in a way that world audiences could perfectly understand and appreciate 85 years ago, as they do today. 

"The Cameraman" was the peak of both Buster Keaton’s and Marceline Day’s careers.  It is, arguably, their biggest achievement.  Marceline Day's wonderful interpretation of her role is one of the reasons why this film is so universally acclaimed both by the critics and by the public.  "The Cameraman" has an outstanding ranking 8+ in IMDB.  Amateur reviewers from the site Mythical Monkey have described Marceline Day's performance in this film as worthy of an Oscar. 

The Cameraman (1928) on IMDb  

Ironically, after destroying Buster Keaton’s career and almost destroying his life, MGM used the film to teach comedians for generations. 

The film is ranked number 37 in the list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films of the influential website Silent Era.  "The Cameraman" was added to the National Film Registry in 2005 as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".  This is one film for the ages.

Buster Keaton’s name and legacy were revived in the 60ies and he has received full public recognition for his silent masterpieces.  Marceline Day, on the contrary, has not been given any award from the film industry establishment and her legacy as an illustrious silent movie star has been largely ignored, until now.  It is the responsibility of all silent film lovers to fight and bring her name and outstanding contributions back from oblivion.

 

Below is a short clip of the film.

 

 

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    Marceline Day and Buster Keaton

 

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