The TFH Grab Bag! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with Alan Spencer introducing Mel Brooks’ “Silent Movie.”
Brooks’ affectionate 1976 tribute to silent films is
oddly subdued (for a Mel Brooks film) though the good-natured comedy still
contains plenty of chuckles if not outright bellylaughs. By deciding to keep
his actors completely silent, Brooks lost much of the raucous verbal humor that
propels so much of his best work. With cameo appearances by Burt Reynolds, Paul
Newman and that chatterbox Marcel Marceau.