Anthony Slide: Articles


Jimmy Edwards – Outed 'Conservative' Gay British Comedian Discussed: Q&A with Biographer Anthony Slide

Jimmy Edwards. Best known for his radio and television work – Take It from Here in the former medium; Whack-O! in the latter – British comedian Jimmy Edwards was seen, mostly in small parts, in about a dozen features from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. His most notable film role […]


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Jimmy Edwards – Outed 'Conservative' Gay British Comedian Discussed: Q&A with Biographer Anthony Slide



Comediennes of the Silent Era & Film Historian Anthony Slide: Remembering Cinema's Pioneering Women

One of cinema's early comediennes, Dorothy Devore: between 1918 and 1930, the Ft. Worth-born actress was seen in nearly 100 movies, both features and shorts. Among them were Salvation Sue, Naughty Mary Brown, and Saving Sister Susie, all with frequent partner Earle Rodney. 'Comediennes of the Silent Era' & film […]


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Comediennes of the Silent Era & Film Historian Anthony Slide: Remembering Cinema's Pioneering Women



Comedy Actress Rediscovered: 'She Could Be Chaplin!' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide

Comedy actress Alice Howell on the cover of film historian Anthony Slide's latest book: Pioneering funky-haired performer “could have been Chaplin” – or at the very least another Louise Fazenda. Rediscovering comedy actress Alice Howell: Female performer in movie field dominated by men Early comedy actress Alice Howell is an […]


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Comedy Actress Rediscovered: 'She Could Be Chaplin!' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide



British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide

Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Ingrid Bergman: The 'Notorious' British (Hitchcock, Grant) and Swedish (Bergman) talent. British actors and directors in Hollywood; Hollywood actors and directors in Britain: Anthony Slide's 'A Special Relationship.' 'A Special Relationship' Q&A: Britain in Hollywood and Hollywood in Britain First of all, what made you […]


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British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide



Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back

Kitty Gordon: Silent film star with the 'most beautiful' and most heavily insured back. Rediscovering a long-forgotten silent film star: Kitty Gordon It seems almost unthinkable that there are still silent film stars who have not been resurrected, their lives and movies subject to detailed, if not always reliable, examination. […]


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Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back



Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership

'Sunset Blvd.,' with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond: Final Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder collaboration. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership



Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Billy Wilder screenwriting partner (1936–1949), producer (1945–1949) and Hollywood diarist. Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood



Remembering a Forgotten 'Hollywood Hero'

'Hollywood Hero' John Dewar remembered (image: Anthony Slide wearing Tom Mix's hat in 1976) Perhaps I have been around too long, but as I grow older I grow despondent that those who contributed so much to film history in the past are forgotten, with others often coming along and taking […]


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Remembering a Forgotten 'Hollywood Hero'



Hollywood Extras: Anthony Slide Lecture Featuring 102-Year-Old Former Movie Extra

Movie extras, bit players and stand-ins: Film historian Anthony Slide lecture at the historical Lasky-DeMille Barn (image: Olivia de Havilland and her The Charge of the Light Brigade stand-in, Ann Robinson) Author and film historian Anthony Slide will be talking about his latest book, Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, […]


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Hollywood Extras: Anthony Slide Lecture Featuring 102-Year-Old Former Movie Extra



Noah's Ark Flood Injures Extras: 'Hollywood Unknowns' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide

Holywood Unknowns: A history of movie extras and bit players In Hollywood Unknowns (University Press of Mississippi), film historian Anthony Slide delves into a rarely discussed side of Hollywood moviemaking: the aspirations and travails of those invariably nameless, usually voiceless, and oftentimes faceless contributors to the art and success of […]


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Noah's Ark Flood Injures Extras: 'Hollywood Unknowns' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide



D.W. Griffith 'The Birth of a Nation' Director: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

D.W. Griffith Father of Film, controversial figure. To say that the movies wouldn't be what they are today without D.W. Griffith is probably inaccurate. I mean, someone – or “someones” – would have received credit for turning filmmaking into a major art form. Either way, Griffith, a movie director since […]


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D.W. Griffith 'The Birth of a Nation' Director: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide



Vaudeville Theatre History: From Shimmy Dancing to Male Impersonators - Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

Vaudeville history: George Burns and Gracie Allen, The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville Vaudeville history in Anthony Slide's The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville. Vaudeville is now extinct – at least officially. But about a century ago and well into the '30s, vaudeville (under various names, e.g., musical hall, revues, variety shows) was a […]


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Vaudeville Theatre History: From Shimmy Dancing to Male Impersonators - Q&A with Author Anthony Slide



Hollywood Fan Magazines - From Mary Pickford to Angelina Jolie: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

Wholesome silent era superstars Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks drawn by Vargas (probably best known for his drawings of naked and semi-naked women in Playboy), Motion Picture Long before Robert Pattinson, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, and Will Smith, there were Tyrone […]


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Hollywood Fan Magazines - From Mary Pickford to Angelina Jolie: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide



Cult Sex Movie Director Joseph W. Sarno Dies, 'Hollywood Fan Magazine' Exhibition

Joseph W. Sarno (a.k.a. Joe Sarno), the director of cult erotic movies such as Sin in the Suburbs (1963), Moonlighting Wives (1966), and Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974), died on April 26, '10, in Manhattan. Sarno was 89. Sarno's specialty became known as “sexploitation,” as his films were […]


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Cult Sex Movie Director Joseph W. Sarno Dies, 'Hollywood Fan Magazine' Exhibition



Frank Lloyd: Two-Time Best Director Oscar Winner Q&A

Like many other Hollywood filmmakers of the studio era, Frank Lloyd (1886-1960) is hardly remembered today despite his numerous box office successes – e.g., The Sea Hawk (1924), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Wells Fargo (1937) – and no less than two Best Director Academy Awards, for The Divine Lady […]


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Frank Lloyd: Two-Time Best Director Oscar Winner Q&A



'Incorrect Entertainment': Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

Veteran author Anthony Slide has another book out, Incorrect Entertainment or Trash from the Past: A history of political incorrectness and bad taste in 20th century American popular culture (BearManor, 2007, paperback, US$19.95). Lengthy title for a highly controversial subject matter. Chapters range from “This Race Business” and “Sex” to […]


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'Incorrect Entertainment': Q&A with Author Anthony Slide



Q&A with 'Now Playing' Author Anthony Slide

I've already mentioned film historian Anthony Slide's stunning new book Now Playing, which documents the work of artists who created movie posters for urban movie palaces and neighborhood theaters alike, from the silent era to the 1950s. Tony has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about both his work […]


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Q&A with 'Now Playing' Author Anthony Slide