|Slide for The Ghost in The Garret (1921)|
|Slide for London (1926)|
As her career progressed, Dorothy quickly veered off D.W. Griffith’s radar, in a sense, as she was a very talented comedienne. Griffith had little feel for comedy and assigned her films to other directors once he and his company of players moved to Triangle from Biograph. Griffith was “supervisor” but one doubts his role in this regard, except in name only. Dorothy’s popularity at the time cannot be underestimated. She was offered $1,000,000 to join Paramount and turned it down reportedly out of loyalty to Griffith.
|Slide for I'll Get Him Yet (1919)|
Later on, in between 1918 and 1920 she made a series of comedies that were very popular and money makers. Released through Paramount/Artcraft films such as Peppy Polly (1919), Boots Remodeling Her Husband (1920) and Flying Pat (1920) made Dorothy a popular star. We cannot judge these films since every single one of them is now lost. What a tragedy this is.
|Slide for The Beautiful City (1925)|
In the meantime, we must make do with the tantalizing images that remain, like the colorful glass slides.
--- DONNA HILL
Donna Hill is a lifelong fan of silent film and classic film in general. She has maintained a fan website for Rudolph Valentino (www.rudolph-valentino.com) since 1997. Her book Rudolph Valentino The Silent Idol was published in 2010 and is available at www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/1644955.
Donna lives in San Francisco and is currently researching the life and career of Dorothy Gish and is blogging about it at www.dorothy-gish.com.
Slide image for The Beautiful City courtesy of Cleveland Public Library.