ⓘ 1925 in film

The Pleasure Garden (1925 film)

The Pleasure Garden is a 1925 British-German silent film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in his directorial debut. Based on a novel by Oliver Sandys, the film is about two chorus girls at the Pleasure Garden Theatre in London and their troubled relationships.

The Lost World (1925 film)

The Lost World is a 1925 American silent fantasy monster adventure film adapted from Arthur Conan Doyles 1912 novel of the same name. The film was produced and distributed by First National Pictures, a major Hollywood studio at the time, and stars Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger. It was directed by Harry O. Hoyt and featured pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis OBrien, a forerunner of his work on the original King Kong. Doyle appears in a frontispiece to the film, absent from some extant prints. In 1998, The Lost World was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically ...

The Phantom of the Opera (1925 film)

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Lerouxs 1910 novel Le Fantome de lOpera, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. The film remains most famous for Chaneys ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the films premiere. The film was released on November 25, 1925. The picture also features Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John ...

Tartuffe (1926 film)

Tartuffe is a German silent film produced by Erich Pommer for UFA and released in 1926. It was directed by F. W. Murnau, photographed by Karl Freund and written by Carl Mayer from Molieres original play. It was shot at the Tempelhof Studios in Berlin. Set design and costumes were by Robert Herlth and Walter Rohrig. The film starred Emil Jannings as Tartuffe, Lil Dagover as Elmire and Werner Krauss as Orgon. Based on the play Tartuffe, the film retains the basic plot, but Murnau and Mayer pared down Molieres play, eliminating most of the secondary characters and concentrating on the triangl ...

Alice Gets Stung

Julius the Cat and Alice are hunting a wily rabbit, when they come across a bear, among other animals. Alice attempts to shoot the bear, but the bear ends up chasing them into a barrel. The bear then knocks a bee hive into the barrel thus the "gets stung" from the title.

Lady Windermere's Fan (1925 film)

Lady Windermeres Fan is a 1925 American silent film directed by Ernst Lubitsch. It is based on Oscar Wildes 1893 play Lady Windermeres Fan which was first played in America that year by Julia Arthur as Lady Windermere and Maurice Barrymore as Lord Darlington. The film is being preserved by several archives. It was transferred onto 16mm film by Associated Artists Productions in the 1950s and shown on television.

                                     

ⓘ 1925 in film

  • December 30: Premiere of Ben-Hur, the most expensive silent film ever made, costing $4 million around $57 million when adjusted for inflation
  • June 26: Charlie Chaplins The Gold Rush premieres. It is voted the best film of the year by critics in The Film Daily annual poll
  • November 5: The Big Parade holds its Grand Premiere.
  • Hong Shen publishes the film script Mrs. Shentu in the Shanghai magazine Eastern Miscellany. It is never filmed, but is considered a milestone in film history for being the first published film script in China. Hong also directs his first film, Young Master Feng, at Mingxing Star Film Company in this year.
  • September 25: Ufa-Palast am Zoo in Berlin rebuilt as Germanys largest cinema reopens.
                                     

1. Notable films released in 1925

United States unless stated

  • Visages denfants Faces of Children, directed by Jacques Feyder – France
  • Sally, Irene and Mary directed by Edmund Goulding; starring Constance Bennett, Joan Crawford & Sally ONeil
  • Quo Vadis, starring Emil Jannings – Italy
  • Curses!, starring Fatty Arbuckle
  • Isnt Life Terrible, directed by Leo McCarey
  • Bulldog Drummonds Third Round, starring Jack Buchanan – GB
  • Too Many Kisses, directed by Paul Sloane
  • Tumbleweeds, starring William S. Hart
  • The Blackguard Die Prinzessin und der Geiger, directed by Graham Cutts – GB/Germany
  • Lights of Old Broadway, directed by Monta Bell; starring Marion Davies and Conrad Nagel
  • The Mystic, directed by Tod Browning; starring Aileen Pringle
  • The Whirlpool of Fate La Fille de leau, directed by Jean Renoir – France
  • The Dark Angel, directed by George Fitzmaurice; starring Vilma Banky and Ronald Colman
  • Prem Sanyas Die Leuchte Asiens | The Light of Asia – Germany/India
  • The Goose Woman, directed by Clarence Brown; starring Louise Dresser
  • Smouldering Fires directed by Clarence Brown; starring Pauline Frederick and Laura La Plante
  • The Gold Rush, a Charlie Chaplin film
  • The Street of Forgotten Men
  • Paris Qui Dort, directed by Rene Clair – France
  • Grass: A Nations Battle for Life, directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Cobra, starring Rudolph Valentino and Nita Naldi
  • The Rat, starring Ivor Novello, Mae Marsh and Isabel Jeans – GB
  • A Kiss For Cinderella, starring Esther Ralston and Dorothy Cumming
  • Feu Mathias Pascal The Late Mathias Pascal, directed by Marcel LHerbier – France
  • The Circle, directed by Frank Borzage; starring Eleanor Boardman
  • The Unholy Three, starring Lon Chaney
  • Are Parents People?, starring Florence Vidor
  • The White Lily Laments Shirayuri wa nageku – Japan
  • His Supreme Moment directed by Marshall Neilan; starring his wife Blanche Sweet with Ronald Colman
  • Go West, starring Buster Keaton
  • The Heart Breaker
  • Bride of Glomdal Glomdalsbruden, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer – Denmark
  • The Lady, starring Norma Talmadge
  • Ben-Hur, directed by Fred Niblo, starring Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman and May McAvoy
  • Wizard of Oz, starring Dorothy Dwan
  • Don Q, Son of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Astor and Donald Crisp
  • Womanhandled, starring Richard Dix and Esther Ralston
  • Lady Windermeres Fan, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Ronald Colman and May McAvoy
  • The Big Parade, directed by King Vidor; starring John Gilbert and Renee Adoree
  • Jealousy, directed by Karl Grune Germany
  • The Monster, starring Lon Chaney
  • Fifty-Fifty, starring Hope Hampton, Lionel Barrymore and Louise Glaum
  • Old Clothes
  • Red Heels Das Spielzeug von Paris, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Lili Damita – Austria
  • Zander the Great, directed by George W. Hill; starring Marion Davies and Harrison Edward Ford
  • The Plastic Age – directed by Wesley Ruggles, starring Clara Bow and Gilbert Roland; Clark Gable was also in this film
  • The Farmer from Texas, directed by Joe May, starring Lillian Hall-Davis Germany
  • She, starring Betty Blythe – GB/Germany
  • The Swan directed by Dimitri Buchowetzki; starring Frances Howard, Adolphe Menjou and Ricardo Cortez
  • El Husar de la muerte Hussar of the Dead, starring and directed by Pedro Sienna – Chile
  • Seven Chances, a Buster Keaton film
  • The King on Main Street, directed by Monta Bell; starring Bessie Love & Adolphe Menjou
  • Strike Stachka, directed by Sergei Eisenstein – U.S.S.R.
  • The Merry Widow, directed by Erich von Stroheim, starring Mae Murray and John Gilbert
  • The Lost World, starring Bessie Love and Wallace Beery
  • Braveheart, starring Rod La Rocque
  • Proud Flesh, directed by King Vidor
  • Orochi – Japan
  • Master of the House Du skal ære din hustru aka Thou Shalt Honour Thy Wife, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer – Denmark
  • The Tailor from Torzhok Zakroyshchik iz Torzhka – U.S.S.R.
  • Corazon Aymara, directed by Pedro Sambarino; first Bolivian fiction feature film
  • Wolf Blood
  • A Woman of the World, starring Pola Negri
  • Les Miserables – France
  • The Lucky Horseshoe, starring Tom Mix and Billie Dove
  • Three Weeks in Paris, starring Matt Moore
  • The Eagle, starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky
  • The Rag Man, directed by Edward F. Cline, starring Jackie Coogan
  • Madame Sans-Gene, starring Gloria Swanson – France
  • The Pleasure Garden, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Virginia Valli and Carmelita Geraghty – GB
  • Joyless Street Die freudlose Gasse, directed by G.W. Pabst, starring Greta Garbo – Germany
  • Variety Variete Jealousy, starring Emil Jannings – Germany
  • The Freshman, starring Harold Lloyd
  • Stella Dallas, starring Ronald Colman and Belle Bennett
  • His People, starring Rudolph Schildkraut
  • Madame Behave, starring Julian Eltinge and Ann Pennington
  • Under the Crimson Sunset Akai yuhi ni terasarete – Japan
  • The Battleship Potemkin Bronyenosyets Potyomkin, directed by Sergei Eisenstein – U.S.S.R.
  • Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin and Norman Kerry
  • Sally of the Sawdust, directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Carol Dempster and W. C. Fields
  • Men and Women, starring Richard Dix
  • Le fantome du Moulin-Rouge The Phantom of the Moulin-Rouge, directed by Rene Clair – France
  • Little Annie Rooney, starring Mary Pickford
  • Chess Fever Shakhmatnaya goryachka – U.S.S.R.
  • Pretty Ladies, directed by Monta Bell
                                     

2. Comedy film series

  • Charlie Chaplin 1914–1940
  • Buster Keaton 1917–1944
  • Harry Langdon 1924–1936
  • Our Gang 1922–1944
  • Harold Lloyd 1913–1938
  • Lupino Lane 1915–1939
  • Laurel and Hardy 1921–1943
                                     

3. Animated short film series

  • Alice Wins the Derby
  • Alice Solves the Puzzle
  • Alice Plays Cupid
  • Alice Loses Out
  • Alice Gets Stung
  • Alice Cans the Cannibals
  • Alice the Jail Bird
  • Felix the Cat 1919–1936
  • Alices Egg Plant
  • Aesops Film Fables 1921–1934
  • Alices Tin Pony
  • Alice Chops the Suey
  • Alice Picks the Champ
  • Alice Rattled by Rats
  • Alice the Toreador
  • Alice in the Jungle
  • Alice is Stage Struck
  • Alice Comedies
  • Koko the Clown 1919–1963
  • Un-Natural History 1925–1927
  • Krazy Kat 1925–1940
  • Kokos Song Car Tunes 1924–1927
                                     

4. Births

  • January 9 – Lee Van Cleef, American actor died 1989
  • January 6 – Enrique Carreras, Peruvian-born director and producer died 1995
  • Paul Newman, American actor died 2008
  • January 13 – Gwen Verdon, American actress and dancer died 2000
  • January 26
  • Joan Leslie, American actress died 2015
  • February 17
  • January 30 – Dorothy Malone, American actress died 2018
  • Ron Goodwin, English film composer died 2003
  • February 8 – Jack Lemmon, American actor died 2001
  • February 11 – Kim Stanley, American actress died 2001
  • February 2 – Elaine Stritch, American actress died 2014
  • Hal Holbrook, American actor
  • July 13 – Huang Zongying, Chinese actress and scriptwriter
  • May 25 – Jeanne Crain, American actress died 2003
  • April 19 – Hugh OBrian, American actor died 2016
  • October 5 – Gail Davis, American actress died 1997
  • July 23 – Gloria DeHaven, American actress died 2016
  • May 2 – John Neville, English-Canadian actor died 2011
  • August 23 – Robert Mulligan, American director died 2008
  • September 12 – Dickie Moore, American actor died 2015
  • September 8 – Peter Sellers, English comedian and actor died 1980
  • Angela Lansbury, English-American actress
  • June 29 – Cara Williams, American actress
  • April 14 – Rod Steiger, American actor died 2002
  • July 1 – Farley Granger, American actor died 2011
  • February 25 – Aino Seep, Estonian singer and actress died 1982
  • June 8 – Charles Tyner, American actor died 2017
  • August 15 – Mike Connors, American actor died 2017
  • May 26 – Alec McCowen, English actor died 2017
  • July 6 – Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress died 2002
  • September 21 – Noor Jehan, Indian actress died 2000
  • August 11 – Arlene Dahl, American actress
  • June 7 – John Biddle, American yachting cinematographer died 2008
  • June 3 – Tony Curtis, American actor died 2010
  • October 3 – Gore Vidal, American writer and actor died 2012
  • February 18 – George Kennedy, American actor died 2016
  • April 18 – Bob Hastings, American actor died 2014
  • June 25 – June Lockhart, American actress
  • August 22 – Honor Blackman, English actress
  • June 16 – Otto Muehl, Austrian experimental director died 2013
  • October 16
  • July 15 – D. A. Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker died 2019
  • October 11 – Nancy Guild, American actress died 1999
  • Lenka Peterson, American actress
  • June 21 – Maureen Stapleton, American actress died 2006
  • February 20 – Robert Altman, American director died 2006
  • February 21 – Sam Peckinpah, American director died 1984
  • December 8 – Sammy Davis Jr., American singer, dancer, musician and actor died 1990
  • December 18 – Peggy Cummins, Welsh-born Irish actress died 2017
  • November 17 – Rock Hudson, American actor died 1985
  • December 28 – Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer and writer died 2002
  • December 3 – Kaljo Kiisk, Estonian actor and director died 2007
  • December 13 – Dick Van Dyke, American actor
  • November 25 – June Whitfield, English comic actress died 2018
  • October 29 – Robert Hardy, English actor died 2017
  • December 12 – Anne V. Coates, English film editor died 2018
  • December 2 – Julie Harris, American Broadway and film actress died 2013
  • November 4 – Doris Roberts, American actress died 2016
  • November 10 – Richard Burton, Welsh actor died 1984


                                     

5. Deaths

  • April 13 – Frederik Buch, Danish actor born 1875
  • December 24 - James O. Barrows, American stage and screen actor, born 1855
  • October 21 – Orme Caldara, American stage and film actor born 1875
  • November 3 – Lucile McVey, American actress born 1890
  • April 16 – David Powell, Scottish actor born 1883
  • December 8 – Marguerite Marsh, American actress born 1888
  • February 25 – Louis Feuillade, French director born 1873
  • December 22 – Mary Thurman, American actress born 1895
  • September 28 – Paul Vermoyal, French actor born 1888
  • April 8 – Thecla Åhlander, Swedish actress born 1855
  • December 31 – J. Gordon Edwards American director born 1867
  • March 13 – Lucille Ricksen, American actress born 1910
  • January 24 - Wilton Taylor, American actor, born 1869
  • February 7 – Edward Jobson, American actor born 1860
  • October 31 – Max Linder, French actor born 1883
  • December 21 – Lottie Lyell, Australian director/producer born 1890
  • December 9 – Harry Rattenberry, American actor born 1857
  • July 29 – Mark Fenton, American actor born 1866
  • November 1 – Lester Cuneo American actor born 1888
                                     

6. Film debuts

  • Dolores del Rio – Joanna
  • Phillips Holmes – Her Market Value
  • Tim McCoy – The Thundering Herd
  • Myrna Loy – What Price Beauty?
  • Gilbert Roland – The Plastic Age
  • Gary Cooper – Dick Turpin
  • Anita Page – A Kiss for Cinderella
  • Walter Brennan – Webs of Steel
  • Stepin Fetchit – The Mysterious Stranger
  • Joan Crawford – Lady of the Night