Show Folks

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Directed by Paul L. Stein
Produced by Ralph Block
Written by John W. Krafft
Jack Jungmeyer
George Dromgold
Starring Eddie Quillan
Lina Basquette
Carole Lombard
Music by Josiah Zuro
Cinematography David Abel
J. Peverell Marley
Edited by Doane Harrison
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
October 21, 1928
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Show Folks is a 1928 American silent film directed by Paul L. Stein and starring Eddie Quillan, Lina Basquette and Carole Lombard. [1]

Silent film film with no synchronized recorded dialogue

A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound. In silent films for entertainment, the plot may be conveyed by the use of title cards, written indications of the plot and key dialogue lines. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, the introduction of synchronized dialogue became practical only in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the advent of the Vitaphone system. During the silent-film era that existed from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s, a pianist, theater organist—or even, in large cities, a small orchestra—would often play music to accompany the films. Pianists and organists would play either from sheet music, or improvisation.

Paul Ludwig Stein was an Austrian-born film director with 67 films to his credit. Stein began his career in Berlin in 1918 and worked exclusively in the German silent film industry until 1926, when he first went to Hollywood, and spent the next five years commuting between Germany and the U.S., where he worked with stars such as Jeanette MacDonald, Lillian Gish and Constance Bennett.

Eddie Quillan actor

Edward Quillan was an American film actor and singer whose career began as a child on the vaudeville stages and silent film and continued through the age of television in the 1980s.



Lina Basquette American actress

Lina Basquette, was an American actress. She is noted for her 75-year career in entertainment, which began during the silent film era. Talented as a dancer, she was paid as a girl for performing and gained her first film contract at age nine. In her acting career, Basquette may have been best known for her role as Judith in The Godless Girl (1929) The film was based on the life of Queen Silver, known as a 20th-century child prodigy, and feminist and Socialist activist.

Carole Lombard American actress

Carole Lombard was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. She was the third wife of actor Clark Gable.

Robert Armstrong (actor) American actor

Robert Armstrong was an American film actor remembered for his role as Carl Denham in the 1933 version of King Kong by RKO Pictures. He uttered the famous exit quote, "'it wasn't the airplanes, T'was beauty killed the beast," at the film's end.

Preservation status

This film survives at Archives du Film du CNC (Bois d'Arcy, France), Library of Congress and UCLA Film & Television Archives. [2] [3]

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  1. Gehring p.62
  2. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) p.165 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  3. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Show Folks