Welcome to the New Colleen Moore Project website!

This site is always a work in progress. Some day I will finish this site, but not soon. Please feel free to shoot an email to colleenmooresite@yahoo.com.

A new project...                                
Most of my spare time in the near future will be dedicated to working on my second book; not Colleen Moore this time, though she does appear in the book, but a history of the period in American film history between the end of the Motion Picture Patents Company and the rise of the Hollywood Studio System, roughly 1916 - 1920. This book promises to be lavishly illustrated, as the inspiration for the history was the glorious advertising in the pages of the trade press at the time. It will be a look from a different perspective at a period that I think tends to get short shrift. Below is a sample of the art that might appear in the book (if this image makes the final cut). "So Long Letty," with Colleen in the left panel, upper right-hand corner.

About Colleen Moore...

For a time, Colleen Moore was one of the most popular and beloved stars of the American silent screen. Her ascendance to fame coincided with the popularity of the “flapper” type character on the screen, a popular characterization of the rebellious youth that came to prominence with the growing unpopularity of Prohibition. As a result, Colleen is remembered today primarily as a comedienne in such films as Ella Cinders (1926) and Orchids and Ermine (1927), and also as the actress who made the flapper into the girl next door to the larger American (and the world’s) audience. However, her career was also filled with dramatic roles which often reflected greater societal trends; in fact, she made her debut in comedy strictly as a means to sharpen her dramatic skills.

As a result of her versatility, her comedic roles were filled with touches of drama and pathos, and her comedies often tugged at the heart.

Because she was a respected actress before she was known as a flapper, she made the flapper respectable. By removing the fear many held towards this new movement, she made it possible for a new generation of independent young woman to appear on the screen and to explore new degrees of independence in the real world.

She has since been overshadowed by the female stars that followed her notably Louise Brooks and Clara Bow—individuals that look more familiar to modern audiences because of their more frank sexuality and explosive personalities—but without Colleen her cinematic descendants would not have been possible. 

A special thanks...

Colleen Portrait circa 1928

Courtesy Judy Coleman
...to Judy Coleman, who has let me use some of the photos from the albums of her stepmother Colleen in this site... I was limited to about 60 images in the book, and a few of the images that didn't make it into the book are now in this site. Most are unique... at least I never saw many of them before. Now you have a chance to see some more images of Colleen and understand how versatile an actress she was.

Research Notes....
Although I probably won't get to it any faster than I've gotten to working on the website recently, I've had occasion to copy some of the notes on my research for the book. They are posted here. Might be as someone has a use for them. In the meantime, I'm shifting bookmarks and figured I'd post the list online as well... not necessarily related directly to Colleen, but material that provided background and context. Get a look into my research!

New Notes

Help crowdfund the preservation (and perhaps a bit of restoration) of Colleen's Dinty. She plays the mother, not the main character, but the more Colleen out there, the better. Last I checked, it was 100% funded, any extra will go towards cleaning up the film a little.


See the sidebar to the left for a new section on Colleen post-Hollywood: Colleen in Daytona, Ohio, 1935. Some articles provided about Colleen's 1935 visit.

Big News Colleen Fans...

Little Orphant Annie has been restored and is available on Blu-ray and DVD. C Lick on the image below to go to it on Amazon. The more the movie sells, the more likely the next restoration becomes possible!


...and a special treat; "Why Be Good" is now available on DVD. I've ordered mine! What about you?


Click on the image to order.

The Book available for ordering in soft-bound and Kindle editions. Ten years of research went into the creation of this book, giving the most complete account of her childhood and film career to date, including a look behind the scenes of many of her films, as well as a look at the evolution of her studio First National, and how it's fortunes were affected by Colleen's. Many never-before seen photos, including family photographs and candids. A must-have for Colleen Moore enthusiasts (if I do say so myself).
Click on the cover image above to be taken to the publisher's page, or do a Google search for the book. Amazon.com has an updated author's page if you want to know a little more about the project itself.