Tag Archives: 1920s
He Who Gets Slapped (1924) Victor Sjöström, Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Story of an inventor who, suffering betrayal in life, makes a career of it by becoming a clown whose act consists of getting slapped by all the other clowns. He falls in love with another circus performer, and those who betrayed him enter his life yet again.
Lady of the Night ~ the story of two baby girls, born near in proximity, but worlds apart in life, – Molly Helmer, the daughter of a thief, and Florence Banning the daughter of the judge who would send Molly’s father to prison. The girls’ lives come together as young women at eighteen as Florence leaves the security of the exclusive Girls Select School, and Molly, now orphaned, begins her life free from reform school.
A meek and mild projectionist, who also cleans up after screenings, would like nothing better than to be a private detective. He becomes engaged to a pretty girl but a ladies man known as the Sheik vies for her affection. He gets rid of the projectionist by stealing a pocket watch belonging to the girl’s father – which he pawns to buy her an expensive box of candy.
Financial broker Jimmie Shannon is nearly bankrupt when an attorney presents grandfather’s will leaving him seven million dollars. In order to inherit the money Jimmie must marry before 7 pm on his 27th birthday – today!
The Divine Lady (1929) Frank Lloyd, Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi, H.B. Warner, Drama, History, Romance
A partly fictionalized account of history begins with the arrival of slatternly Emma Hart, a cook’s daughter, at the home of Charles Greville. Greville takes her as his lover and grooms her until their relationship becomes an inconvenience. Greville then dupes Emma into traveling to Naples to live with his uncle, Lord Hamilton, ambassador to the court at Naples. Realizing that Greville has abandoned her, Emma agrees to marry Lord Hamilton. Soon, however, she meets Admiral Horatio Nelson of the British Navy.
Once Upon a Time / Der var engang (1922) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Clara Pontoppidan, Svend Methling, Peter Jerndorff, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Die Gezeichneten / Love One Another (1922) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Adele Reuter-Eichberg, Vladimir Gajdarov, Polina Piekowskaja, Drama
Based on the 1918 novel ‘Elsker hverandre’ by Aage Madelung, the film follows various lives, one of which is Jewish girl Hanne Liebe, as she grows up, and experiences the pains of living as a Jew in Russia, leading to a revolution.
Leaves from Satan’s Book / Blade af Satans bog (1920) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Helge Nissen, Halvard Hoff, Jacob Texiere, Drama
After seeing D. W. Griffith’s epic Intolerance, Denmark’s greatest director, Carl Theodor Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr), was inspired to make his own four-episode historical epic with each story told end to end, anthology-style, linked by theme to the others. The unifying character, Satan, attempts to win God’s favor but is doomed to cheerless participation in dark episodes of human history: the temptation of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the Russo-Finnish war of 1918.
The Racketeer (1929) Howard Higgin, Robert Armstrong, Carole Lombard, Roland Drew, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tough mobster Mahlon Keane practically runs crime in New York City. He meets broke ex-society girl Rhoda Philbrooke at a society fundraiser and helps her cheat her way to some winnings in poker. Rhoda needs the money to help nurse broken alcoholic concert violinist Tony Vaughan back to health.