Many silent movie stars had their careers die when talking movies overtook the industry. While there is a myth that many macho actors like John Gilbert, lost their following overnight when the world heard them and discovered they had squeaky voices, the truth is that audio brought a realism to film that the silent films (with the sped up, jerky movements that seem comical today) just didn’t have. More acting depth was possible and stories were told in a new way, with less physical action. You no longer needed to tell a story through movement alone, requiring different types of talent. “Talkie” stars took off and the fresh breed of glamourous faces just pushed the older silent stars into the background.