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Silent Movie Movie Trivia

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10.  Marcel Marceau, the famous mime, has the only speaking line in this movie: "Non!" (when refusing a role in the silent film). As a result, the movie has been listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as having the fewest spoken lines of any sound movie.

9.  The villainous company Engulf & Devour is a spoof of Gulf & Western, which between 1965 and 1970 swallowed up 80 different companies, including Paramount Pictures in 1966.

8.  One scene shows the skyline of New York City. The orchestra begins playing "San Francisco", and the music comes to a sudden and noisy halt. The orchestra then goes into "I'll Take Manhattan".

7.  In the opening scene, the pregnant woman who is picked up by the three protagonists--Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise--is Carol Arthur, who is actually DeLuise's wife.

6.  The first of Mel Brooks' films in which he plays the lead role.

5.  Mel Brooks and his writers concocted a sight gag they loved, in which the customers at a seafood restaurant would be human-sized lobsters, who pick terrified humans out of an aquarium to be cooked for dinner. However, the gag bombed at sneak previews and was deleted.

4.  Final film of Harry Ritz, NOTE: Mel Brooks has described Ritz as "the funniest man on Earth" and one of his strongest comedic influences.

3.  According to Carl Reiner's book, "My Anecdotal Life", he taught Anne Bancroft how to cross her eyes one at a time. She does this in her scene with Marty Feldman and again during the credits.

2.  When the dialogue cards reveal Mel Funn said to Marty Eggs, "You bad boy!", Mel Brooks can clearly be seen mouthing, "You stupid son of a bitch!".

1.  The DVD contains audio tracks in three languages, plus an English subtitle track.



Throughout his career Burt Reynolds has made a number of movies that examine movie-making and this film is one of them. The pictures include Fade-In (1968) (location filming & westerns); Silent Movie (1976) and Nickelodeon (1976) (silent films); Best Friends (1982) (scriptwriting & Hollywood); Hooper (1978) (stuntwork and Hollywood); The Player (1992) (Hollywood); Boogie Nights (1997) (adult films); The Last Producer (2000) (producers and Hollywood); The Hollywood Sign (2001) and A Bunch of Amateurs (2008) (actors and Hollywood).

Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-1970s about Hollywood, Old Hollywood and its Golden Age including the Silent Film era. The pictures include Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), and The World's Greatest Lover (1977).

The original screenplay also featured an actual movie filming scene on the set of the movie, which is also called "Silent movie". That scene shows the set designer at work, girls on the set wearing hats shaped like a Christmas tree and the characters standing near a pool with no water at first. The line Mel Funn said in the scene via title card was "Lights! Camera! Action! No Sound!".

On the May 19, 1981, broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), Alan Alda related his experience of attending the film's 1976 premiere in Westwood (which had Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft in the audience). Alda said he probably laughed harder than anyone in the crowd, and once the movie had ended, he approached Brooks and Bancroft to compliment them on a job well done. According to Alda, Bancroft didn't miss a beat and responded, "Oh, that was you laughing? You see Mel? I told you SOME idiot would find this funny!"

At the sneak preview, several posters for Young Frankenstein (1974) are visible in the theater lobby.

The logo for Big Picture Studios features the slogan "Ars est pecunia" which is "Art is money" in Latin. This is a takeoff on the MGM slogan "Ars gratia artis" which means "Art for art's sake."

Mel Brooks claimed that he was able to get all of the big star cameos (Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, etc.) for under $300 a day, far below their normal salaries.

Silent Movie (1976)
PG | 1h 27min | Comedy | 16 June 1976 (USA)
A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.

Director: Mel Brooks
Writers: Mel Brooks (screenplay), Ron Clark (screenplay)
Stars: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise