1920s history

Film History of the 1920s

  • United Artists Corporation

    United Artists Corporation
    formed by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith, all leading movie stars of the time. Their idea for this corporation originated as they were traveling around the nation advertising Liberty Bonds. The UAC really picked up during the 1920s.
  • Marriage of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford

    Marriage of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford
    Pickfair Estate King and Queen of the movies. Their mansion, the Pickfair estate, became the center of social activities in Hollywood.
  • Jackie Coogan

    Jackie Coogan
    Charlie Chaplin discovered Jackie Coogan, who became a star for his role in "The Kid". He later became known as Uncle Fester on the 1960s sitcom The Addams Family.
  • Rin Tin Tin

    Rin Tin Tin
    During the 1920s, The Warner Brothers featured many new stars, including the first and very famous animal star, Rin Tin Tin. Rin Tin Tin was adopted from the World War One battlefield, and became an instant celebrity with his first film, The Man from Hell's River, in May of 1922.
  • Nanook of the North

    Nanook of the North
    This was one of the first documentary style films. Produced by Robert J. Flaherty
  • Pola Negri Signs Contract with Paramount

    Pola Negri Signs Contract with Paramount
    Pola Negri became the first European actress to gain fame in Hollywood. As a child Pola faced extreme poverty. She was one of the most famous actresses of the silent film era, and certainly the most wealthy. Negri started several trends, such as painted red toenails and fur boots.
  • The Power of Love

    The Power of Love
    This was the first 3D film released to a paying audience. The audience wore spectacles with one red and one green lens.
  • Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated

    Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated
    The brothers began making movie theaters in mining towns, They began to establish sophisticated theaters, and went on to produce films such as The Jazz Singer, a great success.
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer founded

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer founded
    headquarters in Beverly Hills, CA. Tapped into the audience's need for glamour and sophistication. Established a host of new movie stars, also one of the first studios to incorporate Technicolor film.
  • Vitagraph sells out to Warner Bros.

    Vitagraph sells out to Warner Bros.
    World War I spelled the end to Vitagraph studios. A loss of foreign distributors as well as the rise of monopolistic studio systems brought this company out of business. On April 22, 1925 Vitagraph sold out to Warner Bros., who acquired all of Vitagraph's research and knowledge.
  • The Black Pirate

    The Black Pirate
    this was a silent adventure film shot in entirely two-strip technicolor, marking important progress in film production.
  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

    Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
    Began with Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The AMPAS started the Academy Award. The Academy would also go on to create the nation's first film school in attempt tp further the art and science of moving pictures
  • The Jazz Singer

    The Jazz Singer
    This Warner Bros. film was recognized as the first "talkie" introducing a synchronized sound track with dialogue. The film was a major success.
  • Plane Crazy

    Plane Crazy
    On this date Plane Crazy was released as a sound film, the first to feature the famous Mickey Mouse.