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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Please Don't Forget...FRANK MAYO!

Frank Mayo
FRANK MAYO (1886-1963) appeared in over 400 films from 1911 to 1949. In silent films he was a star, but after the coming of sound he appeared in over 200 movies mostly in not billed roles. These include titles such as Showboat, The Life of Emile Zola, and Samson & Delilah. Many of his films exist, but this once-popular star is now totally forgotten.

When I think of Frank Mayo, I cherish his work in the following:

Six Days (1923)
Six Days (1923)? This was based on the notorious novel by Elinor Glyn, the Danielle Steele of her day.
The Perfect Flapper (1924) Others in the cast included Colleen Moore and Syd Chaplin, brother of Charlie.
Doughboys (1930) Mayo had a major supporting role in this sound Buster Keaton film.
The Red Circle (1915) Mayo costarred with Ruth Roland, one of the queens of the silent serials.
Hollywood Boulevard (1936) Mayo plays himself in this Robert Florey film which showed the callousness of Hollywood to former stars of the silent screen. The cast is composed of a Who's Who of one-time film greats.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Fri, Jun 30 2006 / 13:07:30 PST

Portrait photo supplied by "Eric Jamborsky": 1920s "Obsequito Cerveza Polar" Premium Card, Havana, Cuba.