Male and Female (1919)

Yes, that's likely not a stuntwoman but Gloria Swanson herself, with a lion holding her down.  Cecil B. DeMille was awesome, at least from the audience's viewpoint.

Yes, that really is Gloria Swanson herself, with a lion holding her down. Silents are awesome!


 
The Hazards of Helen, Perils of Pauline and Exploits of Elaine will have to wait one more week because time is needed to do a post about them, as they are all incomplete.

In the meantime, here’s an interesting movie – it’s a sort of Cecil B. DeMille-style “Gilligan’s Island,” and that’s both right and proper in light of the recent passing of Russell Johnson, the Professor.

Of note, a quick look-up online didn’t uncover an actual link between the two, but I’m guessing that Male and Female – reportedly Paramount’s biggest hit in 1919 – probably was brought up when they pitched “Gilligan’s Island” to CBS.

And since this is based on a play by J. M. Barrie, you now have a cool trivia question: “What do ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘Peter Pan’ have in common?”

Enjoy!
 



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