Tag Archives: 1920s

Souls for Sale (1923) Rupert Hughes, Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Souls for Sale (1923)
On board a train en route to Los Angeles, runaway bride Remember Steddon, believing now that she married in haste, abandons her husband, Owen Scudder, not knowing at the time that Scudder had previously married and murdered solely for money. Unprepared to be on her own, Mem, as she is known to her friends, accidentally stumbles across the outdoor set of a Hollywood movie directed by Frank Claymore. Mem is welcomed onto the set by the cast and crew. But as the shooting moves on, Mem decides to pursue other avenues, as she had been taught by her conservative parents that movie acting was a disreputable occupation. But needing work, Mem decides to try her hand at being an actress. This task is easier said than done, until she runs across Claymore again, he who is determined to make her a star. As her movie stardom does indeed rise, so does the admiration of adoration of legions, including her director Claymore, and her leading man Tom Holby. A further consequence of her stardom is that …

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The Single Standard (1929) John S. Robertson, Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, Johnny Mack Brown, Drama, Romance

The Single Standard (1929)
The wealthy Arden Stuart is bored in a party; after refusing the wedding proposal of Tommy Hewlett, she drives her car with her driver to a lonely place. She has one night stand with him and returns to the party; then she witnesses the driver being fired by a relative and committing suicide. In a rainy day, Arden goes to an exposition and meets the painter and aspirant boxer Packy Cannon. They sail to the South Seas together in his sailboat and Arden falls in love for him. However, a couple of months later, Packy dumps her and brings her back to her city, traveling to China alone. The heartbroken Arden is proposed again by Tommy and gets married with him. Three years later, Arden meets Packy by chance and becomes divided between her unconditional love for Packy and the love for her son.

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Spione / Spies (1928) Fritz Lang, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Romance, Thriller

Spione (1928)
Haghi is a criminal mastermind whose ubiquitous spy operation is always several steps ahead of the police and the government’s secret service. Enter Agent 326, the daring and dashing young man, who thinks his disguise as a dirty, bearded vagrant is fooling the unknown mastermind and his minions. But Haghi is well aware of 326’s existence and what he looks like. Enter Sonya, a Russian lady in Haghi’s employ. Haghi wants Sonya to subvert the efforts of the government agent, but doesn’t count on her falling in love with him. Meanwhile, Haghi is anxious to get his hands on a Japanese peace treaty in the possession of the cunning Doctor Masimoto, whose mistress is also in his employ.

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Hangman’s House (1928) John Ford, June Collyer, Larry Kent, Victor McLaglen, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Hangman's House (1928)
‘Citizen’ Hogan is a Irish Republican patriot with a price on his head, serving in Algiers, where he is highly respected by his Foreign Legionaire comrades. After receiving a telegram, he asks permission to go back to Ireland to settle a matter involving family honor by killing D’Arcy, a fortune-hunting opportunist who has turned British informer. Back in Ireland Lord Justice O’Brien, who has the unenviable reputation of being a hanging judge and is haunted with self-doubt, is terminally ill and close to death. He tries to ensure his daughter Connaught’s future welfare by coercing her to renounce her love for the upstanding but poor Dermot McDermot and marry the despicably unscrupulous but affluent D’Arcy, the man Hogan has returned to murder.

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La terre (1921) André Antoine, Armand Bour, René Alexandre, Germaine Rouer, Drama

La terre (1921)
As Jean is walking across the countryside in search of work, he helps and befriends a young woman, Françoise, who is having trouble controlling the cow that she is leading. Jean finds work at a local farm, but he soon finds himself caught in the middle of the conflicts in Françoise’s family. Her uncle Fouan has just decided to divide everything that he has amongst his two sons and his daughter, hoping that he can then spend the rest of his life at ease. But the details of the division only create bitterness, rivalry, and intrigue.

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Wild Orchids (1929) Sidney Franklin, Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, Nils Asther, Romance, Drama

Wild Orchids (1929)
Lillie Sterling comes with her husband, John, on a business trip to Java, expecting a second honeymoon. On the ship, she witnesses Javanese Prince De Gace mercilessly whipping a servant and shrinks in horror from the sight. When John is befriended by the Prince, who is very attracted to Lillie, she tries to have little to do with him. During a conversation in their room, John is called away to answer a wire, and the Prince steals a kiss in his absence, for which she slaps him. So she is understandably upset when John accepts the Prince’s invitation to stay at his plantation in Java when he promised to arrange a tiger hunt. She tries to dissuade John from going, but John says he always wanted to shoot a tiger and she is being unreasonable. Once at the plantation, John is too busy to pay much attention to Lillie, and when he is away, the Prince tries to seduce her. Lillie flees in tears after another kiss, afraid of her own emotions.

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The Affairs of Anatol (1921) Cecil B. DeMille, Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Wanda Hawley, Comedy, Drama

The Affairs of Anatol (1921)
Socialite Anatol Spencer seeks a better relation that he has with his wife. He sets up the friend of his youth Emilie in an apartment only to have her two-time him. He comforts the near suicide Annie only to have her rob him of his wallet. “Satan” Synne, the “wickedest woman in New York,” looks promising but she’s only plying her trade to help raise funds for her husband’s surgery. He decides to return to his wife, with all her faults, only to find her carousing with his best friend Max.

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