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Are there any silent movie stars who were known to have, for example, squeaky voices or unintelligable accents that meant they wouldn't have made it in talkies?

asked in Movies, films, silent



rasputin1309 answers:

I don't think Charlie chaplin's voice was well suited to talkies - one thing about laurel and Hardy was that their voices seemed to perfectly match their characters


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vultan answers:

John Gilbert's voice is supposed to have lost him most of his fans in his first talkie (although his career really went down the pan because he had a huge row with studio boss Louis B Mayer). A lot of foreign stars who'd come to Hollywood in the silent era slunk off home because they couldn't speak English well enough - Emil Jannings and Conrad Veidt, for instance. (They were probably premature - exotic foreign performers were big in the early years of the talkies - people like Garbo, Dietrich, Bela Lugosi).

Clara Bow, I think, had a pretty awful voice. She certainly didn't last into the sound era.


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blacksmith81 answers:

Most of the stars from the Silent era, were at the end of their careers when talkies came along. Most simply retiring, due to health or other problems.

http://forgetthetalkies.com/2008/06/talkie-myth-why-some-transitioned-and.html


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Messerwisser answers:

Chaplin was OK, but many famous film stars had to leave when the sound came.
John Gilbert is perhaps the best known.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gilbert_(actor)


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