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Marcelle de Saint Martin and British silent film

  French born Marcelle De Saint Martin, became the first true head of a cohesive costume or wardrobe department for a British film studio beginning work at the Islington film Studio in the early 1920s. A creative, talented and a striking beauty she had found great success designing costumes for the stage in London at the end of the First World War before joining Famous Players Lasky British Producers Ltd at their brand new American built and financed enterprise in a converted power station. And yet, her career as a designer for British silent film was sadly all too brief and short-lived.  Read her full story here   [caption id="attachment_3654" align="alignleft" width="184"]Marcelle de St Martin
Marcelle de St Martin[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3651" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sketches by Marcelle de St Martin for one of the early Famous Player's Lasky films (early 1920s)
Sketches by Marcelle de St Martin for one of the early Famous Player's Lasky films (early 1920s)[/caption]                         London’s Hollywood: The Gainsborough Studio in the Silent Years  Published 15th July 2014 A detailed look at the British Silent Film industry with this first ever evaluation of the history, output and achievement of the most iconic film studio in England during the silent era.  Available in the following formats: Hardback, £27, ISBN 9781909230132 Paperback, £14.99, 
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The School For Scandal (1923)

The School For Scandal (1923)

A surprising British feature film released in 1923 was Bertram Phillips' The School For Scandal starring Queenie Thomas based on a well-known British stage play by Richard Sheridan. (more…)

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Paddy the Next Best Thing (1923)

Herbert’s Wilcox’s second film with Mae Marsh, following The Flames of Passion, was Paddy the Next Best Thing, a romantic drama about a young tomboy and her growing love for a rich landowner set in Ireland and London, once again directed by Graham Cutts. (more…)

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Josephine Earle

Josephine Earle

Josephine Earle was an American actress who made a name for herself at Vitagraph in a series of Vamp movie roles from 1915. She then made herself thoroughly at home in England during the 1920s appearing in British silent films, legitimate stage shows and cabaret. (more…)

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The Flames of Passion (1922)

Flames of Passion (1922)

One of the earliest ground breaking British silent films from Herbert Wilcox and Graham Cutts was The Flames of Passion starring the American actress Mae Marsh and a solid British cast. (more…)

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The White Shadow (1924)

The White Shadow (1924)

Part of a two-picture deal starring the American actress Betty Compson, The White Shadow (1924) was the second picture from British director Graham Cutts, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Woman to Woman (1923). (more…)

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The White Shadow, a British Silent film from 1924 found in part

It would appear that several reels of the 1924 silent movie The White Shadow, starring Betty Compson have been found in New Zealand. (more…)

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Two Lancashire Lasses in London (1917)

Two Lancashire Lasses in London (1917)

Two Lancashire Lasses in London was a typical British feature film made during the First World War. The film is lost, at the time of its release it was overshadowed by big American releases and yet a press book has survived that gives us a glimpse of what it was all about. (more…)

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Clothes, Legs and ‘I’m no Beauty’ – Betty Blythe gets her finger burned

The 1926 adaptation of the Rider Haggard novel She by G.B Samuelson starring the American actress Betty Blythe proved to be a fiasco, ended up in court and, as a result of the ensuing press coverage, provides us with a fascinating insight into the film business of the time. (more…)

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Woman to Woman (1923)

Graham Cutts’ Woman to Woman (1923) has been regarded as the most ground breaking British film to be released in the 1920s and although the film is lost and cannot be viewed, from the available commentary, reviews and remaining stills it was obviously a lavish and sophisticated production. It was a commercial success both at home and in the USA and launched the careers of three men who would play major roles in the development of British Cinema - Michael Balcon, Victor Savile and Alfred Hitchcock. (more…)

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