... The Forgettable ... Of The 1920s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 07 Sep 2014 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

First of all, most movies on this list are not really bad. But they are not good either. In order not to bore you with every average movie I have seen I will restrain myself only to those of interest. That means you will find movies here that were successful at the box office but did not deserve that undue success or movies that did not stand the test of time. Other entries concern movies that are acclaimed by critics but to me are nothing short of being pretentious. Other titles could include films that were much talked about for whatever reason upon their initial release and therefore hold some kind of reputation that, however, do not qualify them for quality movies. You may also find movies here to which famous actors or directors contributed to but which are a let-down in the end nevertheless.

So, have fun browsing through my selection of the odds and sods of the movie world and let me know what you think.

PS: This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. Just Pals (1920)

Not Rated | 50 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

Small-town tramp befriends runaway boy.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Buck Jones, Helen Ferguson, Georgie Stone, Duke R. Lee

Votes: 320

2. Nomads of the North (1920)

109 min | Drama

A Canadian Mountie allows an innocent fugitive to escape with the women he loves.

Director: David Hartford | Stars: Lon Chaney, Lewis Stone, Melbourne MacDowell, Spottiswoode Aitken

Votes: 186

3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (II) (1920)

40 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: J. Charles Haydon | Stars: Sheldon Lewis, Alex Shannon, Dora Mills Adams, Gladys Field

Votes: 125

4. Erotikon (1920)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

EROTIKON surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist, pursues a womanizing aviator, but she may actually be... See full summary »

Director: Mauritz Stiller | Stars: Anders de Wahl, Tora Teje, Karin Molander, Elin Lagergren

Votes: 691

5. Leaves From Satan's Book (1920)

TV-14 | 167 min | Drama

In 4 episodic tales of human suffering; the temptation of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the Russo-Finnish war of 1918, Satan attempts to win God's favor.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Helge Nissen, Halvard Hoff, Jacob Texiere, Hallander Helleman

Votes: 1,053

6. Genuine: The Tragedy of a Vampire (1920)

88 min | Horror

Extremely rare work of Robert Wiene. From the director and year of excellent "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" this work was eventually overshadowed by the success of Caligari. It has a dreamy atmosphere, like another world or something.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Fern Andra, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Ernst Gronau, Harald Paulsen

Votes: 818

7. Terror Island (1920)

Not Rated | 55 min | Mystery

An inventor travels to the South Seas, where there is buried treasure belonging to a girl. The girl's father is being held captive by cannibals until she returns a pearl that belongs to one of their idols.

Director: James Cruze | Stars: Harry Houdini, Jack Brammall, Lila Lee, Wilton Taylor

Votes: 161

8. Power (1920)

99 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An alien from the planet Algol gives a man a device that gives him superpowers.

Director: Hans Werckmeister | Stars: Emil Jannings, John Gottowt, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Hanna Ralph

Votes: 123

10. Lederstrumpf, 2. Teil: Der Letzte der Mohikaner (1920)

Adventure

Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of Lieutenant Colonel Munro, are traveling with Major Duncan Heyward from Fort Edward to Fort William Henry, where Munro is in command, and acquire another ... See full synopsis »

Director: Arthur Wellin | Stars: Emil Mamelok, Herta Heden, Bela Lugosi, Gottfried Kraus

Votes: 37

11. Dream Street (1921)

Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three men in London compete for the love of a dance-hall girl.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Carol Dempster, Ralph Graves, Charles Emmett Mack, Edward Peil Sr.

Votes: 124

12. The Conquering Power (1921)

TV-G | 89 min | Drama, Romance

After losing his father, a playboy moves in with his miserly uncle, who seeks to cheat him out of his inheritance.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Alice Terry, Rudolph Valentino, Ralph Lewis, Carrie Daumery

Votes: 403

13. Missing Husbands (1921)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Two men, lost in the desert, meet Queen Antinea, ruler of Atlantis.

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Jean Angelo, Stacia Napierkowska, Georges Melchior, Marie-Louise Iribe

Votes: 304

14. The Haunted Castle (1921)

Not Rated | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first ... See full summary »

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Arnold Korff, Lulu Kyser-Korff, Lothar Mehnert, Paul Hartmann

Votes: 1,327

15. Action (1921)

50 min | Western

Three Outlaws came across a stranded baby and must decided to save the child or escape from the law.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Hoot Gibson, Francis Ford, J. Farrell MacDonald, Buck Connors

Votes: 33

17. Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis

Votes: 2,201 | Gross: $0.27M

18. Blood and Sand (1922)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A toreador's familial and social life is threatened when he has an affair.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Rosa Rosanova, Rudolph Valentino, Nita Naldi, Leo White

Votes: 1,211

19. Shadows (1922)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

A dying Chinese man converts to Christianity in order to stop a friend from being blackmailed.

Director: Tom Forman | Stars: Lon Chaney, Marguerite De La Motte, Harrison Ford, John St. Polis

Votes: 354

20. Flesh and Blood (1922)

Passed | 74 min | Drama

A convict hiding in Chinatown assumes the identity of a cripple to track down a businessman who framed him 15 years previously. He discovers that his daughter has fallen in love with the businessman's son.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Lon Chaney, Edith Roberts, Noah Beery, DeWitt Jennings

Votes: 144

21. One Exciting Night (1922)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young orphan girl, courted by an unpleasant older wealthy man who has a hold over her adoptive mother, falls in love with a young stranger at a party. Odd noises begin to be heard as a ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Carol Dempster, Henry Hull, Porter Strong, Morgan Wallace

Votes: 83 | Gross: $0.41M

22. The Headless Horseman (1922)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

The village of Sleepy Hollow is getting ready to greet the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, who is coming from New York. Crane has already heard of the village's legendary ghost, a ... See full summary »

Director: Edward D. Venturini | Stars: Will Rogers, Lois Meredith, Ben Hendricks Jr., Charles E. Graham

Votes: 219

23. The Man from Beyond (1922)

Not Rated | 74 min | Mystery

A man who has been frozen in the Arctic ice for 100 years returns to civilization to find his lost love.

Director: Burton L. King | Stars: Harry Houdini, Arthur Maude, Albert Tavernier, Erwin Connelly

Votes: 214

24. Salomé (1922)

Not Rated | 72 min | Biography, Drama, History

Salome, the daughter of Herodias, seduces her step-father/uncle Herod, governor of Judea, with a salacious dance. In return, he promises her the head of the prophet John the Baptist.

Directors: Charles Bryant, Alla Nazimova | Stars: Alla Nazimova, Nigel De Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Rose Dione

Votes: 780

25. The Trap (1922)

60 min | Drama

A miner's happiness is destroyed when a rival steals his mine. He becomes obsessed with revenge, and plans a trap for the man who took his mine.

Director: Robert Thornby | Stars: Lon Chaney, Alan Hale, Dagmar Godowsky, Stanley Goethals

Votes: 115

26. The Light in the Dark (1922)

33 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A young girl is struck and seriously injured by a wealthy society matron's car. The woman brings the girl back to her house. Later, a hardened thief is told by the girl of a goblet, that ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Hope Hampton, E.K. Lincoln, Lon Chaney, Theresa Maxwell Conover

Votes: 130

27. Radio-Mania (1922)

95 min | Sci-Fi

An inventor succeeds in making contact with Mars via television.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Grant Mitchell, Margaret Irving, Gertrude Hillman, W.H. Burton

Votes: 13

28. 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: 485 | Gross: $7.63M

29. 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: 886 | Gross: $2.40M

30. Warning Shadows (1923)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A wealthy man invites the local wealthy bachelors over for a puppet show about men who covet another man's wife. The puppeteer is actually a witch and gives the men nightmares about what could happen if they date the lady of the house.

Director: Arthur Robison | Stars: Alexander Granach, Max Gülstorff, Lilli Herder, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 806

31. Crime and Punishment (1923)

135 min | Drama

Student Raskolnikow, who has written an article about laws and crime, proposing the thesis, that un-ordinary people can commit crimes if their actions are necessary for the benifit of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Gregori Chmara, Elisabeta Skulskaja, Alla Tarasova, Andrei Zhilinsky

Votes: 244

32. Haldane of the Secret Service (1923)

84 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Heath Haldane (Houdini) tracks down a vicious gang of counterfeiters, narrowly missing death several times. He must rescue Adele Ormsby, whom he loves despite her pending marriage.

Director: Harry Houdini | Stars: Harry Houdini, Gladys Leslie, William Humphrey, Richard Carlyle

Votes: 108

33. 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: 493 | Gross: $0.94M

34. White Tiger (1923)

86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Three crooks pull off a magnificent crime. As they're forced to hide out together they slowly begin to distrust each other.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Priscilla Dean, Matt Moore, Raymond Griffith, Wallace Beery

Votes: 109

35. The Silent Command (1923)

80 min | Drama

Spies are organizing an attempt to steal plans for the building of the Panama Canal. Bela Lugosi is Hisston, a secret agent who tries to discover and steal the planes themselves. During a ... See full synopsis »

Director: J. Gordon Edwards | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Alma Tell, Martha Mansfield, Betty Jewel

Votes: 61

36. America (1924)

Passed | 141 min | Drama, History, War

The story of a family caught up in the American Revolutionary War.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Carol Dempster, Erville Alderson, Charles Emmett Mack

Votes: 340

37. Michael (1924)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Triangle story: painter, his young male model, unscrupulous princess.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Walter Slezak, Benjamin Christensen, Nora Gregor, Alexander Murski

Votes: 1,491

38. The Last Man on Earth (1924)

70 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In the future year of 1940, a young man is rejected and humiliated by a girl and goes off to be a hermit in a redwood forest. By 1950, a dreadful plague of "Masculitis" has killed every ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Earle Foxe, Grace Cunard, Gladys Tennyson, Derelys Perdue

Votes: 62

39. $50,000 Reward (1924)

Not Rated | 55 min | Western

Tex Sherwood has just come into possession of a valuable piece of land that will be irrigated by a new dam. Banker Holman knowing the deed must be registered the next day, offers a $50,000 reward for Tex's capture.

Director: Clifford S. Elfelt | Stars: Ken Maynard, Esther Ralston, Bert Lindley, Edward Peil Sr.

Votes: 29

40. Janice Meredith (1924)

Passed | 153 min | Drama, History, Romance

It is 1774, the eve of the American War of Independence. Janice comes from a Tory household. She cavorts with American and British alike, is pursued by Charles Fownes, patriot and friend of... See full summary »

Director: E. Mason Hopper | Stars: Marion Davies, Holbrook Blinn, Harrison Ford, Macklyn Arbuckle

Votes: 666 | Gross: $0.43M

41. Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Romance

When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of Winterset cheating at gambling, Beaucaire exacts Winterset's cooperation in sneaking Beaucaire into a great ball, disguised as the ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Bebe Daniels, Lois Wilson, Doris Kenyon

Votes: 444 | Gross: $0.56M

42. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State's debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy... See full summary »

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Mady Christians, Harry Liedtke, Robert Scholtz, Alfred Abel

Votes: 710

43. Sally of the Sawdust (1925)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

Judge Foster throws his daughter out because she married a circus man. She leaves her baby girl with Prof. McGargle before she dies. Years later Sally is a dancer with whom Peyton, a son of... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Alfred Lunt, Erville Alderson

Votes: 469 | Gross: $0.30M

45. The Pleasure Garden (1925)

75 min | Drama, Romance

Two couples' romances are fancifully intertwined.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles Mander, John Stuart

Votes: 2,019

46. The Vanishing American (1925)

110 min | Western