Paul Killiam

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Paul Killiam
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CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationEntertainer, film historian, and collector

Paul Killiam was an entertainer, film historian, and collector. He was a pioneer in film preservation and the reintroduction of old films to the viewing public during the television era.[1][2] He amassed a large and valuable collextiom of films.[3] His collection was sold to various buyers after his death.

He performed on The Steve Allen Show delivering a comedic monologue about his film company and then delivering contemporary narration over silent film footage from a film about cave dweller era relations. He hosted the Paul Killiam Show which festured a similar format of comedic introduction followed by ridiculous narration of old films including from the Thomas Alva Edison Studio.[4]

An orchestra purchased some of the films in his collection.[5]

He hosted the show Hour of Silents.[6]

His film company lost a suit over the film rights to The Son of the Sheik.[7]

In 1983, The New York Times reported on his activities.[8]


  1. Tribune, Donald Liebenson Special to the. "LISTEN UP".
  2. Slide, Anthony (August 7, 2000). "Nitrate Won't Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States". McFarland – via Google Books.
  4. "PAUL KILLIAM SHOW". Vimeo.
  5. "The old 'Phantom' rises from the dead -- in living color -- with a new score". April 21, 2005.

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