|THE INTERNATIONAL SILENT MOVIE|
1903 - 1990
The actress Dorothy Mackaill had soon the wish to become an actress. When her parents were separated she lived with her father, but the rebellious teenager run away from home to London from where she could convince her father to send her money for acting lessons.
She got her first job as a member of a dancing group, after that she went to Paris where she met a choreographer who offered her a job at the famous Ziegfeld Follies in New York.
Already in 1920 she took part in first silent movies like "Torchy's
Millions" (30), "The Face at the Window" (20), "Isle of Doubt" (22), "The
Streets of New York" (22), "The Fighting Blade" (23), "The Painted Lady"
(24) and "The Next Corner" (24).
The arising sound movie didn't meant a handicap for her career. She already acted in 1928 in the movie "The Barker" which had partially involved sound, other movies are "The Great Divide" (29), "Man Trouble" (30), "Once a Sinner" (31) and "The Reckless Hour" (31).
When her contract with First National expired in 1931, Dorothy Mackaill
tried to stay in the film business as a freelancer. She appeared in the
following years in movies at Columbia, MGM and Paramount. To these movies
belong "Love Affair" (32), "No Man of Her Own" (32), "The Chief" (33) and
"The Cheaters" (34). Her last performance in a movie was in "Bulldog Drummond
at Bay" (37).
Other movies with Dorothy Mackaill: