1921 in film

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The following is an overview of 1921 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top seven films released in 1921 by U.S. gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1921
Rank Title Studio Domestic rentals
1 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Metro Pictures $4,500,000[1]
2 The Kid First National Pictures $2,500,000[1]
3 The Three Musketeers United Artists $2,000,000[2]
4 Orphans of the Storm $1,800,000[2]
5 The Sheik Paramount Pictures $1,500,000[1]
6 School Days Warner Bros. Pictures $546,000[3]
7 Why Girls Leave Home $410,000[3]

Events[edit]

Notable films released in 1921[edit]

United States unless stated.

A[edit]

B[edit]

C[edit]

D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

G[edit]

H[edit]

I[edit]

  • The Idle Class, a Charles Chaplin short
  • The Indian Tomb (Das Indische Grabmal) (German), directed by Joe May, starring Conrad Veidt (Germany)
  • Island of the Lost/ Die Insel der Verschollenen (German) directed by Urban Gad, starring Erich Kaiser-Titz, Hannie Wiese and Alf Blutecher; an unauthorized adaptation of the 1896 H.G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau (a print exists in Germany)[14]

J[edit]

K[edit]

L[edit]

M[edit]

  • The Man From Beyond, directed by Burton King, starring Harry Houdini and Nita Naldi[17]
  • The Man Who Laughs (Austrian/ German), directed by Julius Herzka, starring Franz Hobling, Nora Gregor and Lucienne Delacroix; a silent adaptation of the 1869 novel by Victor Hugo [17]
  • The Man Who Sold His Soul to the Devil (French) directed by Pierre Caron, starring Charles Dullin and Jean-David Evremond; this film wasn't shown in the U.S. until 1926
  • Mathias Sandorf, directed by Henri Fescourt, starring Romuald Joubé, Yvette Andréyor (France)
  • The Mechanical Man (L'uomo meccanico) (Italian), directed by Andre Deed, starring Deed, Giulia Costa and Valentina Frascaroli; a print exists that is missing more than half the film's running time (Italy)
  • A Message From Mars, directed by Maxwell Karger, starring Burt Lytell [17]
  • A Midnight Bell, a comedic horror film directed by Albert Ray, starring Charles Ray and Donald MacDonald, based on the play by Charles Hale Hoyt; plot involves a haunted church[17][18]
  • Miss Lulu Bett, directed by William C. deMille, starring Lois Wilson and Milton Sills
  • A Muddy Bride, starring Baby Peggy

N[edit]

O[edit]

P[edit]

Q[edit]

R[edit]

S[edit]

T[edit]

W[edit]

  • Whispering Shadows, directed by Emile Chautard, starring Lucy Cotton, Charles A. Stevenson and Robert Barrat; plot involves a seance and a warning from beyond the grave
  • White and Unmarried
  • The Witching Hour, directed by William Desmond Taylor for Paramount Pictures, starring Elliott Dexter, Winter Hall and Ruth Renick; adapted from the 1907 stage play by Augustus Thomas; a complete print exists[25][26]
  • Woman's Place, directed by Victor Fleming, starring Constance Talmadge
  • The Wonderful Thing, starring Norma Talmadge

Y[edit]

  • The Yellow Face (British) an entry in the British Adventures of Sherlock Holmes film series directed by William J. Elliott, starring Eille Norwood as Sherlock Holmes [25]
  • Yotsuya Kaidan/ The Ghost of Yotsuya/ The Yotsuya Ghost Story (Japanese) directed by Yoshino Jiro for Kokkatsu Films, starring Shirogoro Sawamura; based on the 1825 Kabuki play by Tsuruya Nanboku IV, this is a story that has been filmed more times than any other Japanese horror story (the film was remade again in 1923)[27]

Comedy film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • February 8 – George Formby Sr, 45, British music hall entertainer who appeared in one film (pulmonary tuberculosis)[28]
  • May 17 – Karl Mantzius, 61, Danish actor, theatre director, writer
  • June 5 – Georges Feydeau, 58, French playwright, many of whose plays were adapted for the screen (syphilis)[29]
  • June 11 - Frank R. Mills, 50, American stage and screen actor
  • June 20 – George Loane Tucker, 49, American actor, screenwriter and director
  • July 9 – Robert Broderick, 56, American stage and film actor
  • September 9 – Virginia Rappe, 30,[30] American actress
  • September 17 – Van Dyke Brooke, 62, American actor, screenwriter and film director

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The All Time Best Sellers". International Motion Picture Almanac 1937–38. Quigley Publishing Company. p. 942. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990. p. M190.
  3. ^ a b Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1–31 p. 1 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  4. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 232. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  5. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 241. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
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  7. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  8. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  9. ^ a b c d Kinnard,Roy (1995). "Horror in Silent Films". McFarland and Company Inc. ISBN 0-7864-0036-6. Page 124.
  10. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 234. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  11. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  12. ^ Kinnard,Roy (1995). "Horror in Silent Films". McFarland and Company Inc. ISBN 0-7864-0036-6. Page 125.
  13. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  14. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 238. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  15. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 239. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  16. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 239. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  17. ^ a b c d e Kinnard,Roy (1995). "Horror in Silent Films". McFarland and Company Inc. ISBN 0-7864-0036-6. Page 126.
  18. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 241. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  19. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 242. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  20. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 242. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  21. ^ a b Kinnard,Roy (1995). "Horror in Silent Films". McFarland and Company Inc. ISBN 0-7864-0036-6. Page 127.
  22. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 242. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  23. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 243. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  24. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 243. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  25. ^ a b Kinnard,Roy (1995). "Horror in Silent Films". McFarland and Company Inc. ISBN 0-7864-0036-6. Page 128.
  26. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 244. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  27. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 244. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  28. ^ "Mrs George Formby's Own Story". The Sunday Post. Dundee. February 13, 1921. p. 16.
  29. ^ Manuel A. Esteban (1983). Georges Feydeau. Twayne Publishers. pp. 17–18. ISBN 978-0-8057-6551-9.
  30. ^ Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915, Mabel Rapp in entry for Rapp, 07 Jul 1891; citing p.254 no.12677, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,287,737.