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1. Pollyanna (1920)

TV-G | 58 min | Family, Comedy, Drama

An orphan's optimistic outlook brings a change to the ill-tempered town in which she resides to her aunt.

Director: Paul Powell | Stars: Mary Pickford, Wharton James, Katherine Griffith, Helen Jerome Eddy

Votes: 323

standard Mary Pickford sop fest. Girl gets orphaned and has to go live with her grumpy aunt.

2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (I) (1920)

Unrated | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: John S. Robertson | Stars: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst, Charles Lane

Votes: 4,504

Decent but I think I prefer the 1930 version, although it was a while ago that I saw that one.

3. The Saphead (1920)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy

The simple-minded son of a rich financier must find his own way in the world.

Directors: Herbert Blaché, Winchell Smith | Stars: Edward Jobson, Beulah Booker, Edward Connelly, Edward Alexander

Votes: 1,345

pretty dull, not funny. The story goes Keaton did this just so he could star in a feature length film but wasn't allowed any say on the content, story, his acting or character. therefore there's none of the genius of his physic or visual comedy. Lost attention so not sure of the plot something about a rich man's lazy son, a mine, a love interest and the stock exchange. zzzz

4. Something to Think About (1920)

78 min | Drama

Wealthy cripple Markley finances the education of blacksmith's daughter Ruth. When she returns to their small town he asks to marry her, but she runs off with city worker Jim Dirk who is ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Gloria Swanson, Monte Blue, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 563 | Gross: $9.16M

Another over-rated (8.2? come on, really?) Swanson & Demille film overvoted by Sunset Boulevard fans and the christians are probably helping this one too. Plot is about a girl who chooses an able bodied man after promising to marry a crippled friend who has helped her financially to go to finishing school. When the man she runs off with is killed in a New York tunneling accident while she's carrying her child she considers suicide before reluctantly going back to the cripple but can he forgive her. The ending is a horrid miracles will happen if you pray type thing. Yuk

5. The Sky Pilot (1921)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama

The sky pilot is a preacher who helps Gwen walk again after a near-fatal accident.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: John Bowers, Colleen Moore, David Butler, Harry Todd

Votes: 96

pretty poor, not much plot, ropey acting. A preacher man (a sky pilot), comes to a small western town to do some converting but the locals don't want to know. After having a fight with one of the local hard men they make up and become ranchers tegether and fall for a girl, theres some baddie cattle rustlers along the way. Another crippling being cured after some hard praying. Some of the scenery was nice but over-all dull, dull, dull for a western. Highish score probably from God-botherers. - ETA another thging was WTF happened at the end, they set fire the church then in return set fire to their bar then cuts to them getting married and a happy ever after ending. Huh what happened about the fires?

6. Das Wunder des Schneeschuhs (1920)

65 min | Documentary

A documentary about skiing at the beginning of the century.

Director: Arnold Fanck | Stars: Sepp Allgeier, Ernst Baader, Arnold Fanck, Hannes Schneider

Votes: 13

Only 30 mins available. One of the master of "Mountain films" first attempts. For sure it looks very pretty and must of seemed spectacular to the public who had never seen people skiing before, rather like the modern day extreme snowboarding films like Art Of Flight". however without any narration or reference to modern eyes it all gets a bit boring after 10 mins, there's some brief possibility of excitement when someone falls down a crevasse and you think there might be a lengthy attempt to rescue him (or her , you can't tell) but a few seconds later some skis appear and he climbs out. Some slow motion sections & backwards running footage of people going over jumps makes it a little more arty but not enough to stop me fast-forwarding. Interesting as Arnold Fanck's first but apart from that too dull without inter-titles or some attempt to make it into a documentary.

7. Karin Ingmarsdotter (1920)

115 min | Drama

A young woman can't forgive her fiance for getting drunk and rejects him. In an ironic twist of fate, the man she marries becomes an alcoholic.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Nils Aréhn, Josua Bengtson, Bror Berger, Harriet Bosse

Votes: 87

pt 2 of Seastroms adaptation of Selma Lagerlöf novel Jerusalem 1 "pt 21 was sons of Ingmar and here we have daughter of Ingmar, the film picks up a few years after Sons of Ingmer, Little Ingmar has now become big ingmar as he and Brita had a son, who is now about 10, and a daughter, Karin, who is now a young woman, Brita died during the inter some years ago and big Imgmar still morns her. A man asks big Ingmar if he can marry his daughter but he worries that the man's father is an alcoholic and it might be a family trait. Both involve a wedding proposal, the bride being unhappy with the choice of groom and rejecting him only to regret her decision later. I enjoyed Sons Of ingmar [pt1) and the first half of this with seastrom back felt like an extension of that but after he died I lost intest a bit. Maybe as the print for pt2 wasn't as good you couldn't see the detailed acting as well so I didn't have empathy with the new characters. 6.7/10

8. Gipsy Anne (1920)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The story of an orphaned girl brought up by the Storlein family. Young Anne (Asta Nielsen) is brought as an infant to the Storlein farm by her mother, who has been traveling and is in need ... See full summary »

Director: Rasmus Breistein | Stars: Asta Nielsen, Einar Tveito, Johanne Bruhn, Lars Tvinde

Votes: 112

An absolutely mint restoration with suitable score added. As it's 1920's Nordic art-house it's no surprise that the plot moves quite slowly. It's power is in the quality of the acting and the Norwegian scenery, you're not going to enjoy it if you see a blurry bleached dirty copy. Is it a good film or just poor to average film made good by the high quality of the print & score. I think it's good but not exceptional. Acting for 1920 particularly good and the plot is slow but interesting. There are some plot problems too, the potential romance between Jon & Anne is rather paedoish, they do touch on this when Anne says she thinks of him as a father figure. The ages between Jon & Holdor don't add up - Jon knew Anne from when she was a baby & she is older than Holdor yet later on Holdor & Jon seem similar ages. Ending was disappointing, all too quick and with no emotion and with the moral doginerss of their relationship, the whole Anne & Holdor friendship/romance which had been the main theme through the film just seems to get forgotten about at the end. Shame - was good up to then 7.0/10

9. Manhatta (1921)

Not Rated | 11 min | Documentary, Short

This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors.

Directors: Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand

Votes: 1,230

Some beautiful shots of 1920s New York but at 10 minutes too short to be a classic.

10. The 'High Sign' (1921)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety, Ingram B. Pickett

Votes: 2,372

11. The Haunted House (1921)

Unrated | 21 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline

Votes: 2,376

Buster as a bank clerk unknowingly working for an owner dishing out counterfeit notes. Things get sticky when he spills glue on the money and is held up by bank robbers. After being wrongly accused of the theft he runs away to to the dodgy bank owners"haunted house" along with a troupe of actors performing Faust who are hiding from their disgruntled audience. OK Buster but not his best.

12. The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Wanda Hawley, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 1,191

The Affairs Of Anatol Another Demille / Swanson film, hopefully the last of these passably enjoyable but overrated films. A newly married woman's husband has a habit of falling for womens sob stories and being made a sucker by them, much to swanson's displeasure. DeMille gets to have an extra 3 leading ladies to vie with Swanson, it's broken up into the 3 separate stories of the women so seems a bit disjointed rather like 3 short films put together. Nice print, gorgeous coloured inter-titles, loved Bebe Daniels (as Satan Synne) octopus cape/ gown/ cloak. Some good lines - "all men worship the same religion - the golden calf" - Swanson's character as she sticks her leg out preparing to put on a new pair of , presumably, tanned stockings. "He Who Would Sup With The Devil Must Have A Golden Spoon" - Satan Synnes entry sign

13. The Idle Class (1921)

TV-G | 32 min | Short, Comedy

A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Charles Aber, Joe Anderson

Votes: 2,938

Chaplin gets to use both of his favourite characters in one short here, the little tramp plus the drunken (not that drunk here) swell, I didn't much care for this one compared to other Chaplin shorts I've seen but still enjoyable.

14. The Boat (1921)

Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Comedy, Family

Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Sybil Seely

Votes: 2,715

Great Keaton short on par with One Week. family man Buster tries to take his family for a day out on his home-made boat. Plenty of spectacular stunts here with complex rigged boat sets. Only bad point is there's no real emotional interaction with the few other characters in the plot and the wife and kids are there mainly as gag fodder. 8/10 1001

15. Scherben (1921)

50 min | Drama

Set during the winter, the story tells the tale of a track checker and his family who live a poverty-stricken life next to a railway line. They receive a telegram announcing the arrival of ... See full summary »

Director: Lupu Pick | Stars: Werner Krauss, Edith Posca, Hermine Straßmann-Witt, Paul Otto

Votes: 200

Shattered - The first example of the german film genre of Kammerspielfilm which where intimate stories of working class life. Here a track inspector & his family live near the railway. A supervisor telegrams to say he is coming to stay with them for a few days but upon his arrival he rapes the inspectors daughter, the mother finds out and so distraught she fwonders outside into a snow storm and is found frozen to death by her husband. after being rejected by the superviser the daughter tells her father he raped her and he stangles the man. when the next train comes through he tells the officials on board he has comitted a murder. Nice acting but the lack of inter-titles meant the plot was hard to follow so i lost interest which made it even harder to keep track. Good but could of been a classic if better titles and full length. 6/10

16. The Blot (1921)

91 min | Drama

The Professor dispenses the wisdom of the ages and does not make a living wage. The sons of the rich and powerful are students lacking any motivation. The next door neighbor of the ... See full summary »

Director: Lois Weber | Stars: Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade, Claire Windsor, Louis Calhern

Votes: 440

The Blot - Lois Webber A spolt young man falls for the daughter of his teaher, he romances her and only then realizes how poor shge is and how spoiled him and his rich friends are. the poor family are envious of the food they see being prepared by their neighbours. Theres a love triangle, and something about shoe repairs. the son persudes his trustee dad to pay the teacher more and we gert some politics about hoew disgracefiul it is that teachers are paid so little (A blot on our counciouss). Acting decent enogh, OK but nothing memorable. 6.6/10

17. Hintertreppe (1921)

50 min | Drama

A crippled mailman is in love with a maid who lives in the same building he does in one of the city's poor neighborhoods. She, however, is in love with a wealthy, handsome young man. ... See full summary »

Directors: Leopold Jessner, Paul Leni | Stars: Henny Porten, Fritz Kortner, William Dieterle, Eugene Dieterle

Votes: 191

A woman who works as a maid waits for a letter from her lover, unbeknownst to her the crippled (war wound) mailman harbours romantic feelings for her. Hints of German expressionism in the sets. the acting is great and although it's a slow paced film that never moves from one building and it's exterior the film is quite gripping. the bespoke score adds to it's watchability. Excellent 7.5/10 1001

18. Suramis tsikhe (1922)

70 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Legend of Surami Fortress. Love revenge can be very painful.

Director: Ivane Perestiani | Stars: Amo Bek-Nazaryan, Mikheil Chiaureli, Tamar Sakvarelidze, Tatyana Maksimova

Votes: 54

The Suram Fortress - some interesting imagery in the first 2 mins meant hoping there might be a slight hint of the beauty of the 1980s version but it was short lived. the plot was hard to follow as it kept jumping forward in time so new actors were playing people. ok but not essential. no score so watched with the new sote lp

19. Dr. Jack (1922)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy

Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr. Saulsbourg and is sanitarium very rich, after years of unsuccessful treatment. His ... See full summary »

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, John T. Prince, Eric Mayne

Votes: 1,142 | Gross: $0.32M

First (?) Harold Lloyd feature length film, none of the spectacular stunts from his most famous films but an OK slapstick feel good film about two doctors competing to treat a young female patient. Some of the jokes such as the card game & the escaped convict drag a bit but overall OK if not outstanding comedy.

20. The Loves of Pharaoh (1922)

100 min | Drama, History

The Ethiopian King offers his daughter to a powerful Pharaoh to secure peace between the two countries.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Emil Jannings, Harry Liedtke, Paul Biensfeldt, Friedrich Kühne

Votes: 425

Not the best of the early 20's silent epics but still great. Despite there being some sections lost, the connecting inter-titles and photos mean the plot is still easy to follow, combined with usual silent era standards of extras numbering in the thousands and some sensationally sized and decorated sets this is worth tracking down. Bad points, it's not very intellectual or emotional, the acting is rather pantomime-ish & the new score, too my ears, was rather too raucous and not delicate enough in the quieter moments, better than lots of other scores though so a minor quibble. Plot is about a love triangle between a Pharaoh, a slave girl he falls for and makes his queen and a slave she was in love with before he was arrested. war breaks out between Ethiopia & Egypt when the Pharaoh, rejects the Ethiopian kings offer of his daughters hand in marriage only to to take the slave girl instead.

21. Pay Day (I) (1922)

TV-G | 21 min | Comedy, Short

After a difficult day at work, a bricklayer tries to enjoy his pay day without his wife knowing.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Mack Swain, Edna Purviance

Votes: 3,273 | Gross: $0.13M

Chaplin works on a building set where we see the classic catching bricks routine and the lift gag. He goes out and gets sloshed on the little money his intimidating battleaxe of a wife hasn't taken from him then then has to get home before she's up. Classic slapstick stuff - 1001?

22. Rob Roy (1922)

Adventure

A clan chief seeks revenge on the jealous Duke who outlawed him.

Director: W.P. Kellino | Stars: David Hawthorne, Gladys Jennings, Simeon Stuart, Wallace Bosco

Votes: 43

wanted to liker it, a british movie. but costumes look like they came from a fancy dress shop where they had a surplus of comedy scotsman outfits, beards and wigs laughable in places, castle obviously made of wood or card, actors didn't look very scottish, actresses too made up and pretty to be believable as living in stone huts in the glens, acting - lots of arm waving in the 1910s style. plot a bit dull. Scotish (if indeed it was filmed in Scotland) scenery nice. One for Scots only. 6/10

23. Daydreams (1922)

Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Comedy

A sincere young man leaves his home to win his fortune so he can marry his home town sweetheart.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Renée Adorée, Edward F. Cline, Joe Keaton

Votes: 2,010

Really enjoyed this one, Buster has to prove himself to a girls dad that he can support her before he'll let him marry her so he goes off to the city to make a man of himself. his letters back to his sweetheart don't entirely tell the truth about how well he's doing. Great fun, the different sections means it doesn't get boring, fast paced gags, the centurion dance bit I'm sure Laurel & Hardy nicked for their Foreign Legion jokes and cop chase reminds me of Keaton's classic later film "Seven Chances". Shame some sections are lost of this would a classic too. 7.7/10

24. The Electric House (1922)

TV-G | 23 min | Short, Comedy

After being mistakenly certified as an electrical engineer, Buster is hired to wire a house.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Keaton, Louise Keaton

Votes: 2,244

Buster is mistaken for an electrician after his diplomas gets mixed with another graduates so when he rewires the University Principle's house things don't go to plan. Lots of scope for multiple trick house sets here, some clever stuff along with some trick photography (the pool) some jokes go on for too long (the stairs). OK Buster but not his best from 1922 - I recon (?)

25. The Blacksmith (1922)

21 min | Comedy, Short

Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts

Votes: 2,188

not the best but far from the worst of Buster's shorts. A Blacksmith's (that includes auto repair) assistant gets his mean boss locked up and takes over the business but leaves his customers (& his boss) pretty mad.

26. My Wife's Relations (1922)

25 min | Short, Comedy

By accident, Buster and an intimidating woman end up married.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Wallace Beery, Monte Collins, Wheezer Dell

Votes: 1,748

Buster has to move in with a polish ladies rough n tough family after he occidentally marries her due to a misunderstanding about a broken window. - Probably my least favourite of his shorts that I've watched so far. No spectacular stunts, not many prop sets (just the yeast overflowing), stunts & gags you've seen him do before. The acting of the rest of the cast is the best thing in this.

27. The Frozen North (1922)

Unrated | 17 min | Short, Comedy, Western

Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Bonnie Hill

Votes: 1,714

Buster's parody of Erich von Stroheim and mountain movies. Its a weird one as Buster is playing a baddie. Not his best, not that funny and only 17 mins.

28. Mud and Sand (1922)

26 min | Comedy, Short, Adventure

Rhubarb Vaselino lives in a small village, when he and his friend, Sapo, enter a bullfighting contest, Sapo dies, but Rhubarb kills three bulls and becomes a local hero earning money. Two ... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Pratt | Stars: Stan Laurel, Mae Laurel, Julie Leonard, Leona Anderson

Votes: 315

This Stan Laurel comedy before he teamed up with Oliver Hardy is OK, the name is of course a pun on the famous Blood And Sand Valentino film that had come out earlier. You can see some of Laurels trademark qualities that would became so well loved with Laurel & Hardy in early form here. this comedy uses some basic slapstick jokes, it's not on Keaton or Chaplin's level but it's an OK little comedy. oh yeah and you get to see Stan Laurel on an Ether binge. A better print with a bespoke soundtrack would improve my score. 5.5/10

29. Beauty's Worth (1922)

Passed | 112 min | Drama, Romance

Prudence Cole is an unsophisticated Quaker girl being raised by her two aunts. Prudence is flirted with by snobbish Henry Garrison, who actually disdains the girl for her lack of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert G. Vignola | Stars: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, June Elvidge, Truly Shattuck

Votes: 712

Like Gloria Swanson, Marion Davis films are OK but seem over-rated on IMDb. This is a rather dull romance drama about a girl who has been brought up y two frumpy Quaker aunts, hence sahe';s a bit old fashioned in her ways and dress sense and the childhood friend she fancies doesn't see her as a potential mate. A trip away on holiday together and an artist helps her become more out going. A charade pantomime sequence in the middle gives the director a chance to do somne fantassy stuff with costumes, sets & acting but its not enough to save the rest of the film from being dull as dishwater

30. Nathan der Weise (1922)

128 min | Drama, History

One of the main works of the Age of Enlightenment, a powerful plea in favour of tolerance, humanity and freedom of opinion. Set in the age of the crusades, it deals with the relations ... See full summary »

Director: Manfred Noa | Stars: Fritz Greiner, Carl de Vogt, Lia Eibenschütz, Werner Krauss

Votes: 105

Nathan The Wise - based on the 1779 play by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, set at the time of the third Crusades with the Knights Templar battling Muslims in Bethlehem, it's a tale asking for religious tolerance. I found the plot hard to follow, as there are three main characters (representing the Jewish, Christian & Muslim faiths you never get any empathy with any of them hence you don't care what happens to them. Battle / crowd / sets sequences were impressive but far from the most spectacular I've seen from the era. the print was bit bleached out and un-crisp which didn't help, nice classical score was good though. 6/10.

A Jewish trader gets caught up in the crusades, his wife & seven children are burnt alive in front of him by the templars. He treats to mourn his loss & curses god, a templar fleeing the muslim army hands the trader a baby girl and tells him to take care of her before riding off. The girl is the daughter of a terminally wounded Templar leader who has also entrusted his baby son to another person with instructions to rename the. The babies grow up adulthood meet and fall in love not knowing they are brother & sister. The Jewish trader knowing this tries to prevent them, the boy takes offence and takes the trader to court through the muslim leader Saladin whgere he is sentenced to death. Then the boy learns the truth.

31. Monte Cristo (1922)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Romance

A film adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the ... See full summary »

Director: Emmett J. Flynn | Stars: John Gilbert, Estelle Taylor, Robert McKim, William V. Mong

Votes: 314 | Gross: $0.17M

Later versions might be more wise to watch for entertainment value but this is a very watchable silent era version of the Alexandre Dumas' classic tale. Maybe a bit too much packed into second half, some plot lines seemed to come out of nowhere [where did the arabic princess suddenly come from - is there a part missing here?] and the ending seemed a bit abrupt. Overall very enjoyable 7.6/10

32. The Love Nest (1923)

Unrated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at sea where he boards a whaling ship with a strict captain.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline | Stars: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Virginia Fox, Steve Murphy

Votes: 1,890

OK keaton not a classic

33. Souls for Sale (1923)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.

Director: Rupert Hughes | Stars: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix, Mae Busch

Votes: 771

Hollywood loves to make films about itself and here is an early example about a woman running away from an abusive husband and rising up the actress ranks in the film LA film industry. The movie business stuff is good and engaging, including brief cameos, from von Stroheim, Chaplin & Vidor but the side plot about the murderous husband spoils the flow. At the at it turns into a disaster film set in burning circus tent set. If they had kept this to a Hollywood based romance it would of been good but the lurching about of the plot makes it just enjoyable rather than great.

34. The Extra Girl (1923)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Romance

Sue Graham is a small town girl who wants to be a motion picture star. She wins a contract when a picture of a very pretty girl is sent to a studio instead of her picture. When she arrives ... See full summary »

Director: F. Richard Jones | Stars: Mabel Normand, Ralph Graves, George Nichols, Anna Dodge

Votes: 1,042

Mabel Norman is quite funny in some scenes here (the lion scene and the handprint/glove on the bum bits eg), some of the other parts of the film , like the first 10 mins, drag a bit.

35. The Covered Wagon (1923)

98 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

Two wagon caravans converge at what is now Kansas City, and combine for the westward push to Oregon. On their quest the pilgrims will experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and ... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze | Stars: J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Alan Hale, Ernest Torrence

Votes: 472 | Gross: $7.63M

OK western, Lois Wilson is exceptionally pretty but not too glam that she doesn't fit in among the rough & tumble cowboys and wild west backdrop. The scenery and scenes of the enormous wagon train are good and the siege by "Induns" in the gorge valley looks spectacular if too brief. Problem is a lack of gripping plot, it's more like a docu-drama recording the various problems they face as they travel west. The baddie gets his comeuppance in a rather dull scene at the end and the goodie is a rather a plonker who we are encouraged to like in a sickly scene where he mends a girls doll. Some good stuff but a shame the plot/ characters didn't live up to the scenery / action, a missed opportunity. 6.7/10

36. Scaramouche (1923)

Passed | 124 min | Drama, Romance

When a nobleman murders his best friend, a lawyer becomes a revolutionary with his heart set on vengeance.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Lloyd Ingraham, Alice Terry, Ramon Novarro, Lewis Stone

Votes: 478 | Gross: $0.94M

Great stuff set in the french Revolution, romance, action, impressive sets & costumes. After his friend is killed in an unfair duel, the hero swears to get revenge. He joins a circus troupe which holds plays critical of the arisocracy and becomes a member of those working for revolution. 1001 - not quite as good as the the 1950s version though.

37. The Red Inn (1923)

80 min | Drama

Based on the story by Honoré de Balzac. Caught in a storm, two young doctors book into an inn for the night and find themselves sharing a room with a Dutch diamond merchant. During the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein | Stars: Léon Mathot, Gina Manès, Jean-David Évremond, Pierre Hot

Votes: 83

Jean Epstein directed, Upon seeing a tavern owners daughter laying flowers at a grave one man tells the story of a group of travellers get stranded at the inn on a stormy night. they play cards and during the game one them reveals he is a diamond merchant from Amsterdam. He pulls out a large glittering diamond, a the camera focus on the peoples faces in the room who are all entranced by the object. Later they go to sleep, the diamond merchant sharing a room with a man. In the morning the guests arise to find the merchant murdered in his sleep and robbed, naturally they blame the man sharing his room. Some interesting bits from Epstein including some camera trickery (?) and the usual close ups of faces. But I found the plot hard to follow and there was a lack of info on who was who or character development at the start so i didn't care about any of the characters. Not his best - maybe a better print with a bespoke soundtrack (and no time-stamp running on it) might of helped my appreciation.

38. The Grub Stake (1923)

99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A young woman is lured to the Yukon by a gambler with promises of marriage and a grubstake for a gold mine. She takes her ailing father with her, only to discover when she gets there that ... See full summary »

Directors: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle | Stars: Nell Shipman, Hugh Thompson, Alfred Allen, Lillian Leighton

Votes: 53

I'd watched a few Nell Shipman films before and I don't recall much about them but in this one she really grabbed my attention, she's not a stunner compared to some 20s actresses but has a fascinating face that she uses to great advantage in her acting, i read more about her afterwards and only then fully realized the extent of her skills. Not only is she a compelling actress but director (another female director from the silent era - more than there seem to be 100 years later), writer, animal trainer & a feminist icon. IMDb has The Grub-Stake down as her most notable film and I'd agree from the few others I'd seen, however unfortunately The Grub-Stake still only manages to be OK rather than great. While Shipman is great fun to watch especially in the early sections, the plot later on veers from comedy to romance to action , to cutesy animal sections - this all means it's never really a gripping watch. the male romantic lead only appears halfway through the film. Interesting and definitely one to watch if you're investigating Nell Shipman's career but not a classic IMO.

39. Krasnye dyavolyata (1923)

130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Adventures of three Red Army soldiers - Misha, Dunyasha, and Tom Jackson (an African-American boy) - who fight against Ukrainian anarchist Nestor Makhno and his forces during the Russian Civil War.

Director: Ivane Perestiani | Stars: Konstantin Davidovski, Pavel Yesikovsky, Sofia Jozeffi, Kador Ben-Salim

Votes: 71

The rousing (but crackly) soundtrack with a mix of music styles from classical to folk singing along with song effects is the star here. Also interesting is a black actor playing a leading role in a 1923 Russian film. This is no Battleship Potemkin but the movie is a fun action adventure romp set in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War of Red vs White armies, with Nestor "Batko" Makhno's Makhnovist army also being baddies here, with the usual Commie propaganda points covered. A brother and sister both fantasize about being their heroes, Hunter & Hornet, from their favourite novels, they get to become action heroes when their father is killed by Makhno's bandits and they swear to avenge him. The plot is a bit hard to follow at times, IMDb has it down as 2 hours long but mine was only 1hr 23 (I played the soundtrack from a shorter version so it went off synch after the middle) so must be some parts missing / lost - hence characters occasionally appear out of nowhere with no introduction, the print is a little dark too adding to the problem. A full length well restored version of this with the soundtrack in synch & the subs well translated would definitely be a classic. 7.4/10 1001?

  • note- watch longer version with mp3 of soundtrack underneath. A bit of reading about Nestor "Batko" Makhno and the Makhnovist army helps understanding the film.

40. Little Old New York (1923)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died.

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: Marion Davies, Stephen Carr, J.M. Kerrigan, Harrison Ford

Votes: 878 | Gross: $2.40M

Marion Davis pretends to be a boy in order to win an inheritance that was meant for her deceased brother. It's hard to believe the main plot line that Harrison Ford thinks Marion Davis is a boy. The rest of it is pretty boring, the only interest is steamboat history stuff. zzzz 8.1 my arse 5.5/10

41. Soul of the Beast (1923)

Passed | 65 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Ruth, a young girl, runs away from an abusive stepfather, who owns a circus, and takes the circus' trained elephant--her only friend--with her. She winds up in a logging camp in the ... See full summary »

Director: John Griffith Wray | Stars: Madge Bellamy, Cullen Landis, Noah Beery, Vola Vale

Votes: 35

Entertainingly cute but light-weight drama cum fairytale about a girl & and an elephant that run away from the cruel owner of their circus / freak-show and fall in love with a hill-billy and his pet rabbit. The elephant was the star here although Madge Bellamy was rather captivating too.

42. The Balloonatic (1923)

G | 22 min | Short, Comedy

A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Phyllis Haver, Babe London

Votes: 2,470

nice little Keaton short - lots of ideas set in the great outdoors mostly on rivers. More scenes for a female sidekick than normal. Good but lack of much plot means not his best

43. The Sign of Four (1923)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

A convict seeks revenge on the partners who cheated him of his treasure share.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Eille Norwood, Isobel Elsom, Fred Raynham, Arthur M. Cullin

Votes: 56

watchable but nothing much memorable, best bit was the chase across London from Twickenham to Barking via road & the Thames taking in the sites & London bridges. acting was a bit laboured, plot wasn't very exciting considering this was from a Conan Doyle story.

44. Zaza (1923)

84 min | Romance, Drama