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Silent Films

Test your knowledge about 'silent films' in this quiz

  1. In which 1936 film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin does his Little Tramp character struggle to survive in the industrialized world?
  2. In Safety Last! which actor is seen dangling from the the hands of a large clock?
  3. In which 1921 romantic film does leading man Rudolph Valentino plays a handsome Arabian in the Saharan desert?

  4. The Battle of the Century is a Laurel and Hardy film famous for its use of more than 3,000 what?
  5. Name the incompetent policemen featured in the slapstick comedies produced by Mack Sennett?
  6. Which American silent film actor was Hollywood's first Western star?
  7. Which 1926 Buster Keaton film did Orson Welles consider "the greatest comedy ever made... and perhaps the greatest film ever made"?
  8. In the 1917 film Teddy at the Throttle, Gloria Swanson plays a damsel in distress who rescues herself from which bad situation because the “dashing” hero arrives too late?
  9. Who directed the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation?
  10. During the silent film era who was known as "America's Sweetheart" and the "girl with the curls"?
  11. Who was the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929?
  12. Who directed the 1927 British thriller The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog?
  13. The first movie ever to have a Hollywood premiere, who played Robin Hood in the 1922 silent adventure film Robin Hood?
  14. Which actress was called "The First Lady of American Cinema", with a film acting career starting in 1912 and spanning 75 years?
  15. Who directed the 1923 American silent religious epic The Ten Commandments?
  16. The rock band Queen used footage from which 1927 silent science fiction film for its "Radio Ga Ga" pop video?
  17. In The Kid who played Charlie Chaplin's adopted son and sidekick?
  18. Which portly comedian was paid 3 million dollars over three years by Paramount Pictures to star in 18 silent films?
  19. Which star of the 1923 horror film The Hunchback of Notre Dame was given the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces"?
  20. Whose performance in Flesh and the Devil in 1927 made her an international star?
  21. We give the first name of the following stars from the silent era, can you give their last names:
    (a) Clara..., (b) William S...., (c) Fritz... (director), (d) Norma..., (e) Lionel...


  1. Modern Times
  2. Harold Lloyd
  3. The Sheik
  4. Cream pies
  5. The Keystone Cops
  6. Tom Mix
  7. The General
  8. Tied to a railway tracks
  9. D. W. Griffith
  10. Mary Pickford
  11. Janet Gaynor
  12. Alfred Hitchcock
  13. Douglas Fairbanks
  14. Lillian Gish
  15. Cecil B. DeMille
  16. Metropolis
  17. Jackie Coogan
  18. Fatty Arbuckle
  19. Lon Chaney
  20. Greta Garbo
  21. (a) Clara Bow, (b) William S Hart, (c) Fritz Lang, (d) Norma Shearer, or Norma Talmadge, (e) Lionel Barrymore