ⓘ 1924 in film

Greed (1924 film)

Greed is a 1924 American silent drama film written and directed by Erich von Stroheim and based on the 1899 Frank Norris novel McTeague. It stars Gibson Gowland as Dr. John McTeague, ZaSu Pitts as Trina Sieppe, his wife, and Jean Hersholt as McTeagues friend and eventual enemy Marcus Schouler. The film tells the story of McTeague, a San Francisco dentist, who marries his best friend Schoulers girlfriend Trina. Greed was one of the few films of its time to be shot entirely on location, with Stroheim shooting approximately 85 hours of footage before editing. Two months alone were spent shoot ...

The Thief of Bagdad (1924 film)

The Thief of Bagdad is a 1924 American silent swashbuckler film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Douglas Fairbanks, and written by Achmed Abdullah and Lotta Woods. Freely adapted from One Thousand and One Nights, it tells the story of a thief who falls in love with the daughter of the Caliph of Baghdad. In 1996, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Fairbanks considered this to be the favorite of his films, according to his son. The imaginative gymn ...

Die Nibelungen

Die Nibelungen is a series of two silent fantasy films created by Austrian director Fritz Lang in 1924: Die Nibelungen: Siegfried and Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Revenge. The scenarios for both films were co-written by Langs then-wife Thea von Harbou, based upon the epic poem Nibelungenlied written around AD 1200. Die Nibelungen received its UK Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where it played for forty performances between 29 April-20 June 1924. Siegfried was released in the U.S. on 23 August 1925, premiering at the Century Theatre in New York City in the short-lived Phonofilm s ...

Peter Pan (1924 film)

Peter Pan is a 1924 American silent adventure film released by Paramount Pictures, the first film adaptation of the play by J. M. Barrie. It was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Betty Bronson as Peter Pan, Ernest Torrence as Captain Hook, Mary Brian as Wendy, Virginia Browne Faire as Tinker Bell, and Anna May Wong as the Indian princess Tiger Lily.

Captain Blood (1924 film)

Captain Blood is a 1924 American silent adventure film based on the novel Captain Blood, His Odyssey by Rafael Sabatini. Produced and distributed by the Vitagraph Company of America, the film is directed by David Smith, brother of Vitagraph founder Albert E. Smith. Early silent film hero J. Warren Kerrigan stars along with resident Vitagraph leading actress Jean Paige.

The Sea Hawk (1924 film)

The Sea Hawk is a 1924 American silent adventure film about an English noble sold into slavery who escapes and turns himself into a pirate king. Directed by Frank Lloyd, the screen adaptation was written by J. G. Hawks based upon the 1915 Rafael Sabatini novel of the same name. It premiered on June 2, 1924, in New York City, twelve days before its theatrical debut.


ⓘ 1924 in film

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer MGM considers making a silent film of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. MGM and the estate of L. Frank Baum failed to come to an agreement so the rights were sold to Chadwick Pictures.
  • April 17 – Entertainment entrepreneur Marcus Loew gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer Pictures to create Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer MGM
  • January 10 – CBC Distributions corp. is renamed and incorporated as Columbia Pictures.
  • Joseph Schenck becomes president of United Artists.
  • Loews Theatres acquires the 4.000 seat Capitol Theatre in New York City becoming the flagship of the theatre chain and site of many future MGM premieres.
  • D. W. Griffith, co-founder of United Artists, leaves the company.

1. Notable films released in 1924

United States unless stated

  • Along Came Ruth, directed by Edward F. Cline
  • The Humming Bird, starring Gloria Swanson
  • Dantes Inferno, directed by Henry Otto
  • The Iron Horse, starring George OBrien
  • Helens Babies, starring Edward Everett Horton, Baby Peggy and Clara Bow
  • Captain January directed by Eddie Cline; starring Baby Peggy and Hobart Bosworth
  • The City Without Jews Die Stadt ohne Juden – Austria
  • Wine, directed by Louis J. Gasnier; starring Clara Bow
  • Peter Pan, starring Betty Bronson
  • Little Robinson Crusoe, starring Jackie Coogan
  • Her Night of Romance, directed by Sidney Franklin; starring Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman
  • Helena, directed by Manfred Noa Germany
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov – U.S.S.R.
  • Symphonie diagonale – Germany
  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache, by Fritz Lang – Germany
  • Wild Oranges, directed by King Vidor
  • Aelita, directed by Yakov Protazanov – U.S.S.R.
  • The Hands of Orlac, starring Conrad Veidt – Austria
  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried, directed by Fritz Lang; starring Paul Richter – Germany
  • Open All Night, starring Viola Dana
  • Monsieur Beaucaire, directed by Sidney Olcott; starring Rudolph Valentino and Bebe Daniels
  • The Grand Dukes Finances Die Finanzen des GroSherzogs, directed by F. W. Murnau – Germany
  • The Great Well directed by Henry Kolker – GB
  • Ballet Mecanique, directed by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Leger – France
  • His Hour, directed by King Vidor, starring John Gilbert
  • The Sea Hawk, starring Milton Sills
  • Beau Brummel, directed by Harry Beaumont; starring John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Willard Louis and Irene Rich
  • The Navigator, starring Buster Keaton
  • Icebound, directed by William C. deMille, starring Richard Dix and Lois Wilson
  • The Enchanted Cottage dir. by John S. Robertson and starring Richard Barthelmess and May McAvoy
  • Isnt Life Wonderful, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • LInhumaine The Inhuman Woman – France
  • Gosta Berlings saga, directed by Mauritz Stiller, starring Greta Garbo – Sweden
  • Carlos and Elisabeth, starring Conrad Veidt – Germany
  • Michael, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer – Germany
  • Three Women, directed by Ernst Lubitsch
  • The Passionate Adventure, directed by Graham Cutts, starring Clive Brook – GB
  • Wine of Youth, directed by King Vidor; starring Eleanor Boardman and ZaSu Pitts
  • Secrets, starring Norma Talmadge
  • Janice Meredith, starring Marion Davies, Holbrook Blinn, and Tyrone Power, Sr.
  • Waxworks Das Wachsfigurenkabinett, directed by Paul Leni, starring Conrad Veidt and Emil Jannings – Germany
  • The Marriage Circle, directed by Ernst Lubitsch
  • Stupid, But Brave, directed by Fatty Arbuckle
  • The Last Laugh Der Letzte Mann, directed by F. W. Murnau; starring Emil Jannings – Germany
  • Yolanda, directed by Robert Vignola; starring Marion Davies and Ralph Graves
  • Claude Duval, starring Nigel Barrie, Fay Compton GB
  • Sherlock Jr., starring and directed by Buster Keaton
  • Forbidden Paradise, directed by Ernst Lubitsch; starring Pola Negri, Adolphe Menjou and Rod La Rocque
  • Three Weeks, starring Conrad Nagel and Aileen Pringle
  • Hot Water, starring Harold Lloyd
  • Au Secours! Help, directed by Abel Gance, starring Max Linder – France
  • Greed, directed by Erich von Stroheim; starring ZaSu Pitts and Gibson Gowland
  • Entracte, directed by Rene Clair – France
  • America, directed by D. W. Griffith
  • The Thief of Bagdad, directed by Raoul Walsh; starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • Happiness, directed by King Vidor
  • He Who Gets Slapped, directed by Victor Sjostrom; starring Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer and John Gilbert
  • The Alaskan, directed by Herbert Brenon, starring Thomas Meighan and Estelle Taylor
  • Girl Shy, starring Harold Lloyd

2. Animated short film series

  • Alices Day at Sea
  • Alices Fishy Story
  • Alice the Peacemaker
  • Alice Hunting in Africa
  • Alice and the Three Bears
  • Alice Comedies 1923–1927
  • Alice the Piper
  • Alices Wild West Show
  • Koko the Clown 1919–1934
  • Alice and the Dog-Catcher
  • Alices Spooky Adventure
  • Alice Gets in Dutch
  • Felix the Cat 1919–1936

3. Births

  • January 26 – Armand Gatti, French filmmaker died 2017
  • April 18 – Leida Rammo, Estonian actess
  • January 16 – Katy Jurado, Mexican actress died 2002
  • March 12 – Helen Parrish, American actress died 1959
  • February 19 – Lee Marvin, American actor died 1987
  • April 7 – Astrid Lepa, Estonian actress and director died 2015
  • Leslie Phillips, English comic actor
  • April 3 – Marlon Brando, American actor died 2004
  • April 20
  • Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress died 2008
  • January 14 – Carole Cook, American actress
  • January 9 – Sergei Parajanov, Soviet director died 1990
  • March 25 – Machiko Kyō, Japanese actress
  • February 12 – Louis Zorich, American actor died 2018
  • April 13 – Stanley Donen, American director and choreographer died 2019
  • September 16 – Lauren Bacall, American actress died 2014
  • September 30 – Truman Capote, American author died 1984
  • June 25 – Sidney Lumet, American director died 2011
  • August 10 – Martha Hyer, American actress died 2014
  • December 2 – Vilgot Sjoman, Swedish director died 2006
  • September 8 – Denise Darcel, French actress died 2011
  • August 1 – Marcia Mae Jones, American actress died 2007
  • May 2 – Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American actor died 2015
  • September 21 – Gail Russell, American actress died 1961
  • July 20 – Lola Albright, American actress died 2017
  • October 25 – Billy Barty, American actor died 2000
  • July 21 – Don Knotts, American actor died 2006
  • September 9 – Jane Greer, American actress died 2001
  • September 28 – Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor died 1996
  • May 1 – Dodo Abashidze, Soviet Georgian director died 1990
  • July 6 – Draga Ahacic, Slovene actress and director
  • August 29 – Tanis Chandler, French-born American actress
  • April 29 – Heikki Haravee, Estonian actor died 2003
  • November 22 – Geraldine Page, American actress died 1987
  • July 4 – Eva Marie Saint, American actress
  • December 25 – Rod Serling, American screenwriter died 1975


4. Deaths

  • April 16 – Amleto Novelli, Italian stage and screen actor born in 1885
  • October 12 – Kate Lester, English veteran stage and film actress born in 1857
  • November 19 – Thomas Ince, American actor and pioneer film producer born in 1882
  • August 9 – L. Rogers Lytton, American stage and screen actor born in 1867
  • September 23 – Ben Deeley, film actor married to Barbara La Marr born in 1878
  • April 21 – Eleonora Duse, Italian veteran and stage actress who made one film in 1916 born in 1858