John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars by Eve Golden

By Eve Golden

Charming and classically good-looking, John Gilbert (1897--1936) was once one of the world's so much recognizable actors throughout the silent period. He used to be a wild, swashbuckling determine on reveal and rancid, and debts of his existence have serious about his high-profile romances with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, his mythical conflicts with Louis B. Mayer, his 4 tumultuous marriages, and his quick decline after the advent of talkies. A dramatic and engaging character, Gilbert served as one of many fundamental inspirations for the nature of George Valentin within the Academy Award--winning motion picture The Artist (2011). Many myths have built round the larger-than-life superstar within the 80 years for the reason that his premature dying, yet this definitive biography units the list straight.

Eve Golden separates truth from fiction in John Gilbert: The final of the Silent movie Stars, tracing the actor's existence from his early life spent touring together with his mom in performing troupes to the height of status at MGM, the place he starred contrary Mae Murray, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and different actresses in well known motion pictures reminiscent of The Merry Widow (1925), the large Parade (1925), Flesh and the Devil (1926), and Love (1927). Golden debunks probably the most pernicious rumors concerning the actor, together with the oft-repeated delusion that he had a high-pitched, squeaky voice that ruined his occupation. Meticulous, accomplished, and generously illustrated, this booklet presents a behind-the-scenes examine one of many silent era's maximum stars and the glamorous but brutal international during which he lived.

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Even as Thomas Ince was telling reporters, “It has been rumored out here that Triangle is about to disband. I cannot imagine where such twaddle came from, but I can say that Triangle has never been in better financial condition,” the studio was indeed facing bankruptcy. Triangle’s three “angles” saw the writing on the wall and soon deserted the company; Griffith quit in March 1917, going first to Paramount, then First National, and finally to United Artists, which he cofounded in 1919 with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin.

Chapter Three I stared at a woman sitting opposite me in my apartment. I discovered that she was my wife. —John Gilbert, 1928 Freelancing as a film actor was perilous in the late 1910s, but not as unusual as it would become later, when stars and bit players alike so often enjoyed being in the safe rut of a long-term studio contract. From 1918 through 1921, Jack had films produced and/or released through companies big and small, some still in business today, others long forgotten: the large, France-based Pathé, the once-mighty but now ailing Vitagraph, Paramount, Haworth Pictures Corporation, Universal, Tyrad Pictures, Jesse D.

Universal’s business manager, G. E. Patterson, accompanied Davis. “As businessmen and persons they were efficient and charming,” said Jack. ” During the waning days of Triangle, in 1918, Jack had a small supporting role in Nancy Comes Home, a comedy about a neglected rich girl (Myrtle Lind) who hobnobs with the fast-living criminal element to teach her parents a thing or two. His last film for Triangle was The Mask, the tale of a poor girl who becomes a nouveau riche snob. Claire Anderson—a slumberous-eyed Mack Sennett bathing beauty recently (and briefly) graduated into features, had the lead.

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