Stunt Stars of The Silent Movie Era best rare films

Silent movies were films produced as early as 1891 until the first movie with dialogues was released in 1927. The name may be misleading for those who are not

aware of this genre of film production but the content is anything but voiceless.

The masterworks of this era did not feature a pin-drop silence for the entire length of the film; there were orchestras, music, and even narrations to support the plot.

They included dramas, epics, romances, and even comedies. Silent movie comedies were based on slapstick humor coupled with daring stunts.

Slipping on a banana peel was just not enough because the audience wanted something more courageous like a man hanging from a tower.

Here are a couple of names who accomplished such feats and emerged as stars of classic silent comedy.


Some of the jaw-dropping stunts that the actor Keaton pulls off in this movie are so real that even the camera crew could not follow them without

averting their gaze. From being blown around in a cyclone to surviving a 4000 lb. building crashing on him, the actor did a commendable job at

daring to accomplish these challenges.

As outrageously risky as it may seem, the scene doesn’t fail to send the audience into fits of laughter. The man remains unharmed after a housefront collapses on

him just because a window frame barely saves him from having his head busted.

Even 8 years after the stunt, the actor was still amazed at his own ability. He was quoted saying that it did require a bit of madness to enjoy the thrill of it!


As a veteran army pilot from World War I, stuntman Dick Grace was the ideal candidate for successfully pulling off aerial stunts. The Oscar-winning movie 

Wings featured several stunts by the self-acclaimed “crack-up engineer” who crashed aircraft into lakes and fields and dangled himself from the cockpit with a rope.

The secret to his stunts was not just courage but also meticulous planning, skill, and engineering hacks. Grace utilized his intelligence to see specific parts

of the aircraft to minimize the blow from the crash. Apart from this he also observed safety rules like wearing a shock absorber jacket which protected his spine.

Even though he broke his neck while shooting, this did not stop the stuntman from forming his stunt organization called The Squadron Of Death. 

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