|Directed by||Paul L. Stein|
|Produced by||Ralph Block|
|Written by|| John W. Krafft |
|Starring|| Eddie Quillan |
|Music by||Josiah Zuro|
|Cinematography|| David Abel |
J. Peverell Marley
|Edited by||Doane Harrison|
|Distributed by||Pathé Exchange|
|October 21, 1928|
Show Folks is a 1928 American silent film directed by Paul L. Stein and starring Eddie Quillan, Lina Basquette and Carole Lombard.
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.
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, 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 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 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.
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Footloose Widows is a 1926 silent film feature comedy produced and distributed by Warner Bros., directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Louise Fazenda and Jacqueline Logan.
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Serenade is a lost 1927 American drama silent film directed by Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast and written by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Ernest Vajda. The film stars Adolphe Menjou, Kathryn Carver, Lawrence Grant, Lina Basquette and Martha Franklin. The film was released on December 24, 1927, by Paramount Pictures.
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Arizona Terror is a 1931 American Pre-Code western film directed by Phil Rosen and starring Ken Maynard, Lina Basquette and Hooper Atchley.
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A Perfect Crime is a 1921 American silent comedy drama film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Monte Blue, Jacqueline Logan, and Stanton Heck. It is not known whether the film survives.
Gold and the Girl is a 1925 American silent film directed by Edmund Mortimer and starring Buck Jones, Elinor Fair and Bruce Gordon.
Power is a 1928 American silent comedy film directed by Howard Higgin and starring William Boyd, Alan Hale, Sr., and Jacqueline Logan.
Geraldine is a 1929 American romantic comedy film, directed by Melville Brown. It stars Marian Nixon, Eddie Quillan, and Albert Gran, and was released on January 20, 1929.
Wheel of Chance is a lost 1928 silent film feature directed by Alfred Santell and starring Richard Barthelmess. It was produced and distributed by First National Pictures.
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