Warner Bros: 1926-1956

by dusky-1 | created - 06 Aug 2013 | updated - 18 Feb 2014 | Public

A list of Warner Bros. pictures from 1926 (debut of Don Juan, their first semi-sound film) to 1956 (the year Jack L. Warner infamously betrayed his brother out of the business). Not included are shorts, pre-1929 First National pictures or pictures which were distributed but not produced by the Warners.

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1. Don Juan (1926)

Passed | 110 min | Adventure, Romance

In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Jane Winton, John Roche, Warner Oland, Estelle Taylor

Votes: 687 | Gross: $1.92M

First film to use synchronized sound. Remade as 1948's the Adventures of Don Juan.

2. Broken Hearts of Hollywood (1926)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

Virginia Perry, a former movie star, leaves her family and returns to Hollywood to make a comeback, but age has taken its toll and she is cast in small character roles. Meanwhile, her ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Patsy Ruth Miller, Louise Dresser, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jerry Miley

Votes: 7

3. Millionaires (1926)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy

Meyer Rubens and his wife, Esther, own a pressing-shop in New York's lower East Side. Esther wants to move on up to the upper West Side. She has a rich sister, Reba, who persuades Meyer to ... See full summary »

Director: Herman C. Raymaker | Stars: George Sidney, Louise Fazenda, Vera Gordon, Nat Carr

A lost film.

4. Across the Pacific (1926)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, Romance, War

Following the Spanish-American War, a soldier is given the assignment of finding the leader of a band of rebels in the Phillipines. In order to do this he must romance Roma, a cabaret spy, ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Monte Blue, Jane Winton, Myrna Loy, Charles Stevens

Votes: 16

A lost film.

5. The Better 'Ole (1926)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, War, Drama

The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in the trenches of the first World War.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Syd Chaplin, Harold Goodwin, Jack Ackroyd, Edgar Kennedy

Votes: 209 | Gross: $1.25M

6. My Official Wife (1926)

Passed | 84 min | Drama, Romance, War

A glittering drama of Imperial Russia in the days before the Revolution and the reckless life of the aristocracy in the days of the Czar, featuring gorgeous gowns, beautiful women and spectacular settings.

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Irene Rich, Conway Tearle, Jane Winton, Gustav von Seyffertitz

7. Private Izzy Murphy (1926)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Isadore "Izzy" Goldberg changes his name to I. Patrick Murphy because his store is in an Irish-neighborhood in New York City. He meets Eileen Cohannigan, the daughter of a meat-packer, and ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: George Jessel, Patsy Ruth Miller, Vera Gordon, Nat Carr

A lost film.

8. While London Sleeps (1926)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Rinty is a police-dog (and faithful companion) assigned to a young Scotland Yard police-officer who covers the Limehouse district of London. The East India dock in Limehouse is the home of ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Helene Costello, Walter Merrill, John Patrick

Votes: 12

9. The Third Degree (1926)

80 min | Romance

Alicia, a circus artist, deserts her husband and child to elope with Underwood, her handsome lover. Fifteen years later, Annie Martin, Alicia's deserted daughter, is a trapeze performer in ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Dolores Costello, Louise Dresser, Rockliffe Fellowes, Jason Robards Sr.

Votes: 24

Remake of 1919 version.

10. Finger Prints (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Crime

A gang of inept crooks and even more inept lawmen search for a cache of hidden money.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Louise Fazenda, John T. Murray, Helene Costello, Myrna Loy

Votes: 10

A lost film.

11. Wolf's Clothing (1927)

80 min | Comedy

Barry Baline, a guard at a subway station, has worked at his job for six years without a day off. One New Year's Eve he's told that he won't be needed until the next morning, so he decides ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, John Miljan, Douglas Gerrard

Remake of 1925's Kiss Me Again. A lost film.

14. When a Man Loves (1927)

Passed | 111 min | History, Romance

A nobleman studying for the priesthood abandons his vocation in 18th Century France when he falls in love with a beautiful, but reluctant, courtesan.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: John Barrymore, Dolores Costello, Warner Oland, Sam De Grasse

Votes: 273 | Gross: $0.89M

16. The Gay Old Bird (1927)

70 min | Comedy

A maid is forced to take the place of the lady of the house when she is temporarily incapacitated.

Director: Herman C. Raymaker | Stars: Louise Fazenda, John T. Murray, Jane Winton, William Demarest

A lost film.

17. White Flannels (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Romance

A smothering mother, Mrs. Jacob Politz (Louise Dresser), stands in the way of the engagement of her college son Frank Politz (Jason Robrads) to local girl Anne (Virginia Brown Faire), ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Louise Dresser, Jason Robards Sr., Virginia Brown Faire, Warner Richmond

18. What Every Girl Should Know (1927)

70 min | Romance, Drama

A young girl and her two brothers are sent to a childrens home after their older brother, who is the only one supporting them, winds up in jail.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Patsy Ruth Miller, Ian Keith, Carroll Nye, Mickey McBan

19. Matinee Ladies (1927)

70 min | Comedy

Law student Bob Ward, short on money, takes a job as a "dancing companion" at a roadhouse, where most of his clients are women looking for a little excitement outside their marriage. He ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: May McAvoy, Malcolm McGregor, Hedda Hopper, Margaret Seddon

20. The Brute (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Martin Sondes (Monte Blue) is an easy-going cowhand going up against a shady, saloon owner called "Square Deal" Fenton (Paul Nicholson", whose chief means of making money is befuddling ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Monte Blue, Leila Hyams, Clyde Cook, Carroll Nye

21. Bitter Apples (1927)

Passed | Drama, Romance

John Wyncote's father dies, leaving him a bankrupt business. He instructs the family attorney, Thorden, to sell the business and all of his father's other interests. One of the now bankrupt... See full summary »

Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Monte Blue, Myrna Loy, Paul Ellis, Charles Hill Mailes

Votes: 15

A lost film.

22. The Climbers (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Romance

The Duchess of Aragon (Irene Rich) is wooed by King Ferdinand VII of Spain, much to the displeasure of his mistress Countess Veya (Myrna Loy), who forces the Duchess out of Spain and into ... See full summary »

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Irene Rich, Clyde Cook, Forrest Stanley, Florence Fair

Remake of 1919's the Climbers. A lost film.

23. Tracked by the Police (1927)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Laguna Dam is to be built in Arizona,to supply water to desert-land unfit for cultivation or stock-raising. Rival companies bid for the building contract, which leads to violence and danger for Bob Owen and his dog Satan.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Jason Robards Sr., Virginia Brown Faire, Tom Santschi

Votes: 26

Debut of Ray Enright.

24. Irish Hearts (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy

Sheila, a feisty Irish girl, loves Emmett, a somewhat shady Irish boy. When Emmett goes to America, Sheila and her father follow and join him. However, when he loses his job, Sheila is ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: May McAvoy, Jason Robards Sr., Warner Richmond, Kathleen Key

Votes: 12

Holds the distinction of lowest IMDB rating on this list. A lost film.

25. The Missing Link (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Arthur Wells (Syd Chaplin), an impoverished poet, impersonates a big-game hunter in an attempt to locate the missing link. However, the poet has an aversion to animals...tame or wild.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Syd Chaplin, Ruth Hiatt, Tom McGuire, Crauford Kent

Votes: 7

26. A Million Bid (1927)

70 min | Drama, Romance

An experimental brain surgeon must decide if he will restore the memory of his wife's abusive first husband.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Dolores Costello, Warner Oland, Malcolm McGregor, Betty Blythe

Votes: 23

Remake of 1914 version.

28. The Black Diamond Express (1927)

Passed | Action, Adventure, Drama

Dan Foster (Monte Blue), the engineer of the Black Diamond Express express train falls in love with Jeanne Harmon (Edna Murphy), whose snobbish, high society mother, Mrs. Harmon (Myrtle ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Monte Blue, Edna Murphy, Myrtle Stedman, Claire McDowell

A lost film.

29. Dearie (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Drama

Finding herself in dire circumstances, the widowed Sylvia Darling determines that her son, Stephen, will complete his college education and develop his supposed literary talents; thus, she ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Irene Rich, William Collier Jr., Edna Murphy, Anders Randolf

A lost film.

30. Old San Francisco (1927)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

In San Francisco, a villainous land owner with underworld connections seeks to steal the property of an old Spanish family.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Dolores Costello, Josef Swickard, Anders Randolf, Charles Emmett Mack

Votes: 279

31. What Happened to Father (1927)

Passed | Comedy, Romance

The title is descriptive and is not a question in which William Bradberry (Warner Oland), an absent-minded Egyptologist, turns from a henpecked husband to a dominating one who, unknown to ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Warner Oland, Florence Fair, William Demarest, Vera Lewis

32. The First Auto (1927)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

Hank owns horses, stables horses and races horses. He favorite horse always wins and he is prosperous and will known. His son (Bob), however dreams only of the future of the horseless ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Barney Oldfield, Patsy Ruth Miller, Russell Simpson, Frank Campeau

Votes: 186

33. The Heart of Maryland (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Drama, Romance

The Heart of Maryland (1927) is a silent film costume Vitaphone drama produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Lloyd Bacon. The film stars Dolores Costello in the title character and features Jason Robards, Sr..

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Dolores Costello, Jason Robards Sr., Warner Richmond, Helene Costello

Votes: 7

Remake of 1921 version.

34. The Bush Leaguer (1927)


"Specs" White owns a garage in town and is the local baseball team's #1 pitcher--but he's more interested in working on his latest invention, a new and improved gas pump, than pitching on ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Monte Blue, Clyde Cook, Leila Hyams, William Demarest

A lost film.

35. The Desired Woman (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Diana Maxwell, a British army officer's-wife cause havoc, desire and jealousy among the men stationed in an isolated outpost in the Sahara desert and other locations.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Irene Rich, William Russell, William Collier Jr., Douglas Gerrard

Votes: 16

36. Slightly Used (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy

Cynthia Martin (May McAvoy) in order to get around the insistence of her father (Rudolph Anders) that her two younger sisters Helen (Audrey Ferris) and Grace (Sally Elers) can not marry ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: May McAvoy, Conrad Nagel, Robert Agnew, Audrey Ferris

Remade as 1930's the Flirting Widow.

37. Jaws of Steel (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Rinty (Rin-Tin-Tin) has to live down a false accusation of being a vicious killer he does so by protecting a baby girl (Mary Louise Miller) from a multiplicity of hazards.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Jason Robards Sr., Helen Ferguson, Mary Louise Miller

38. One-Round Hogan (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Drama, Romance

"One-Round' Hogan is a heavyweight prizefighter with a knockout punch contending for a championship bout who, because of the death of a friend, almost wrecks his own career by holding back.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Monte Blue, Leila Hyams, James J. Jeffries, Frank Hagney

39. A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Cynthia Botts (Louise Fazenda) is the headmistress of a girls' school who is left a fortune on the condition that no scandal could ever be associated with her name. But scandal , in the ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Louise Fazenda, Clyde Cook, Myrna Loy, William Demarest

40. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

66 Metascore

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 8,310 | Gross: $7.63M

First partial-talkie film. Warner Bros. won a special Academy Award for producing "the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry." Remade in 1952.

41. Sailor Izzy Murphy (1927)

Passed | Comedy, Drama

Izzy Murphy (George Jessel) is a street vendor of scents that falls in love with the beautiful woman (Audrey Ferris) whose picture adorns the perfume bottle he sells. After resourcefully ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Lehrman | Stars: George Jessel, Audrey Ferris, Warner Oland, John Miljan

A lost film.

42. The College Widow (1927)

67 min | Comedy, Romance

The College Widow (1927) is an American silent comedy film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Archie Mayo. The film is based on the 1904 Broadway play by George Ade ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Dolores Costello, William Collier Jr., Douglas Gerrard, Anders Randolf

Remade in 1930 as Maybe it's Love and 1936 as Freshman Love. A lost film.

43. A Reno Divorce (1927)

Passed | Drama, Romance

An attractive heiress, Carla (May McAvoy), and David (Ralph Graves), a successful artist, fall in love following an automobile accident. and are married. Their idyll is interrupted by a ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Graves | Stars: May McAvoy, Ralph Graves, Hedda Hopper, Robert Ober