On This Day – January 23rd

Remembering the beautiful Marie Prevost (1898–1937) who passed away on this day.



Trivia Question #2 – Answer

It was the Lost World (1925). It was shown on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris in April of 1925. A promotional short called ‘Howdy Chicago’ was shown on a short flight around the city in 1921, but this was the first feature-length film.

Here’s a short silent film showing them preparing the plane for the screening of the Lost World. Enjoy!

Trivia Question #1 — Answer

Ben Hur has the honor of being the most expensive silent film ever made, at a whopping  $3.9 million in 1925 money! Metropolis was the most expensive foreign silent film at 5 million Reichsmarks. In January of 1927 the exchange rate was 4.2 Reichsmarks to $1. So, in 1927 dollars that was about $1.19 million. Still, a whole lotta money! The General holds the record for the most expensive single scene ever shot in a silent film – $46,000 for the part where the train plunges off the burning bridge into the river.

Ben Hur

On This Day – January 21st

Lido Manetti aka Arnold Kent

Lido Manetti was born in Florence, Italy on this day in 1899. He began acting on the stage and then went on to star in Italian silent films.  He was scouted by a rep from Universal and came to the United States in 1925. He made a couple of films for Universal and then signed a contract with Paramount. While at Paramount, he took on the stage name Arnold Kent in order to not sound so foreign. His career was picking up and he was acting alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Clara Bow, Pola Negri, Florence Vidor, Louise Brooks and Norma Talmadge. Alas, his rise to fame was to be short lived.

On Saturday, September 29, 1928, Lido was walking down a Hollywood street when he was struck by a car driven by an extra. He died from his injuries at the young age of 29. At the time of his death, he had been shooting The Four Feathers with Richard Arlen and Fay Wray. His scenes had to be reshot with William Powell taking over the part. A tragic ending to a very promising life and career.

Lido Manzetti duo