The Superstars of 1921



The year 1921 was a landmark year in silent films. That year saw the making of two silent screen superstars: Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino.

Charlie Chaplin made his first feature film, “The Kid,” in 1921. He was already well known from his many “shorts,” but this longer feature rocketed him to the top.

1921 also saw the release of the first major film for Rudolph Valentino, “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” He had been playing bit parts, usually a dancing part because he was an excellent dancer or a villain’s role because of his dark “foreign” looks. Well, geez Louise, he was Italian, after all!

Both men became instant international stars. Poor Valentino would enjoy his fame for only four more years, before he died at 31. Chaplin lived to the ripe old age of 88.


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