1920 in film
The year 1920 in film involved some significant events.
The top four films released in 1920 by U.S. gross are as follows:
|Rank||Title||Studio||Box office gross rental|
|1||Way Down East||United Artists||$2,000,000|
|2||Over the Hill to the Poorhouse||Fox Film Corporation||$1,500,000|
The Mark of Zorro
|UFA/First National Pictures
Notable films released in 1920Edit
Notable United States filmsEdit
- For a complete list see: American films of 1920
- Along the Moonbeam Trail contained animated dinosaur sequences by Willis O'Brien
- April Folly directed by Robert Z. Leonard; starring Marion Davies and Conway Tearle
- Black Shadows, directed by Howard M. Mitchell
- The Dark Mirror, directed by Charles Giblyn 
- The Devil's Pass Key directed by Erich von Stroheim; starring Mae Busch and Maude George
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde directed by John S. Robertson; starring John Barrymore
- The Flapper, starring Olive Thomas
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, directed by Charles J. Hayden, starring Sheldon Lewis
- The Girl in Number 29 directed by John Ford
- Go and Get It, starred Pat O'Malley and Wallace Beery
- His Brother's Keeper, directed by Wilfred North
- House of the Tolling Bell directed by J. Stuart Blackton
- The House of Whispers directed by Ernest C. Warde 
- Huckleberry Finn directed by William Desmond Taylor; starring Lewis Sargent, Edythe Chapman, Martha Mattox
- If I Were King directed by J. Gordon Edwards; starring William Farnum, Betty Ross Clarke and Fritz Leiber, Sr.
- The Jack-Knife Man directed by King Vidor
- Judy of Rogue's Harbor directed by William Desmond Taylor; starring Mary Miles Minter, Fritzi Ridgeway and Theodore Roberts
- Lady Rose's Daughter directed by Hugh Ford; starring Elsie Ferguson
- The Last of the Mohicans directed by Maurice Tourneur and Clarence Brown; starring Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford, Alan Roscoe
- The Love Flower directed by D. W. Griffith starring Richard Barthelmess and Carol Dempster
- Love Without Question, directed by B. A. Rolfe 
- The Mark of Zorro directed by Fred Niblo; starring Douglas Fairbanks
- The Master Mind, starred Lionel Barrymore
- The Mollycoddle directed by Victor Fleming; starring Douglas Fairbanks and Wallace Beery
- Old Lady 31 directed by John Ince & Sherry Harris; starring Emma Dunn, Carrie Clark Ward, Winifred Westover & Martha Mattox
- One Hour Before Dawn, directed by Henry King for Pathe 
- Outside the Law directed by Tod Browning
- Over the Hill to the Poorhouse
- The Penalty directed by Wallace Worsley; starring Lon Chaney
- Phantom Melody, directed by Douglas Gerrard for Universal
- Pollyanna, starring Mary Pickford
- The Restless Sex directed by Robert Z. Leonard; starring Marion Davies and Carlyle Blackwell
- Romance, starring Doris Keane and Norman Trevor (refilmed later as a 1930 Greta Garbo talkie)
- Sex directed by Fred Niblo
- Shipwrecked Among Cannibals documentary film
- Something to Think About directed by Cecil B. DeMille; starring Gloria Swanson and Monte Blue
- The Star Rover, based on the novel by Jack London, directed by Edward Sloman 
- Stolen Moments, starring Rudolph Valentino
- Suds, starring Mary Pickford
- Way Down East directed by D. W. Griffith; starring Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess
- Within Our Gates directed by Oscar Micheaux, starring Evelyn Preer
- Why Change Your Wife? directed by Cecil B. DeMille; starring Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan and Bebe Daniels
- For a complete list see: List of Austrian films of the 1920s
- Anita (aka Trance), directed by Luise Kolm and Jakob Fleck
- Boccaccio directed by Michael Curtiz.
- The Prince and the Pauper directed by Alexander Korda.
- The Scourge of God directed by Michael Curtiz.
- The Star of Damascus directed by Michael Curtiz.
- For a complete list see: French films of 1920
- Barrabas directed by Louis Feuillade
- The Man Who Sold His Soul to the Devil, directed by Pierre Caron 
- For a complete list see: List of German films of 1920
- Algol, starring Emil Jannings
- Anna Boleyn directed by Ernst Lubitsch
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari directed by Robert Wiene; starring Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt and Lil Dagover
- Cagliostro, directed by Reinhold Schuenzel, starred Conrad Veidt
- Evening – Night – Morning (Abend – Nacht – Morgen) directed by F.W. Murnau
- Genuine directed by Robert Wiene, starring Fern Andra
- The Golem: How He Came Into the World (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) directed by and starring Paul Wegener
- The Head of Janus (Der Januskopf) directed by F.W. Murnau, starring Conrad Veidt and Bela Lugosi
- Hound of the Baskervilles, directed by Willy Zehn, released in two parts
- The Hunchback and the Dancer (Der Bucklige und die Tänzerin) directed by F.W. Murnau
- Kohlhiesels Töchter (Kohlhiesel's Daughter) directed by Ernst Lubitsch
- The Last of the Mohicans (Der Letzte der Mohikaner), starring Bela Lugosi
- Nachtgestalten, directed by Richard Oswald, starring Conrad Veidt and Paul Wegener, based on the Karl Hans Strobl short story Eleagable Kuperus
- Satan (Satanas) directed by F. W. Murnau, starred Conrad Veidt, filmed in 1919
- Sumurun (One Arabian Night) directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Paul Wegener and Pola Negri
- Die Todeskarawane, starring Dora Gerson and Bela Lugosi
- Torgus, the Coffin Maker, directed by Hans Kobe
- For a complete list see: List of Philippine films before 1940
- For a complete list see: Swedish films before 1930
- Erotikon directed by Mauritz Stiller
- Herr och fru Stockholm (How Not to Dress), starring Greta Garbo
- Karin Daughter of Ingmar (Karin Ingmarsdotter) directed by & starring Victor Sjostrom
- The Monastery of Sendomir (Klostret i Sendomir) directed by Victor Sjostrom
- The Parson's Widow (Prästänkan) directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
- For a complete list see: British films of 1920
- The Barton Mystery, directed by Harry Roberts, starred Lyn Harding
- Bleak House directed by Maurice Elvey
- Build Thy House directed by Fred Goodwins, starring Henry Ainley
- Colonel Newcome directed by Fred Goodwins' starring Milton Rosmer, Joyce Carey
- Ernest Maltravers directed by Jack Denton; starring Lillian Hall-Davis
- The Ever Open Door directed by Fred Goodwins; starring Hayford Hobbs
- The Fordington Twins directed by W.P. Kellino
- General Post directed by Thomas Bentley; starring Douglas Munro, Lilian Braithwaite
- The Lure of Crooning Water directed by Arthur Rooke; starring Guy Newall and Ivy Duke
- Mr. Gilfil's Love Story directed by A.V. Bramble; starring Mary Odette
- A Son of David directed by Hay Plumb; starring Ronald Colman
- Trent's Last Case directed by Richard Garrick; starring Gregory Scott, Pauline Peters and Clive Brook
- The Twelve Pound Look directed by Jack Denton; starring Milton Rosmer
- The Son of Tarzan, a 15-chapter film series:
- The Call of the Jungle
- Out of the Lion's Jaws
- Girl of the Jungle
- The Sheik's Revenge
- The Pirate's Prey
- The Killer's Mate
- The Quest of the Killer
- The Coming of Tarzan
- The Kiss of the Beast
- Tarzan Takes the Trail
- Ashes of Love
- Meriem's Ride in the Night
- Double Crossed
- Blazing Hearts
- An Amazing Denouement
Short film seriesEdit
Animated short film seriesEdit
The following is a list of animated shorts of the year 1920 that belong to series that lasted several years.
- Felix the Cat (1919–1936)
- A Frolic with Felix (January 25, 1920)
- Felix the Big Game Hunter (February 22, 1920)
- Wrecking a Romeo (March 7, 1920)
- Felix the Food Controller (April 11, 1920)
- Felix the Pinch Hitter (April 18, 1920)
- Foxy Felix (May 16, 1920)
- A Hungry Hoodoo (June 6, 1920)
- The Great Cheese Robbery (June 13, 1920)
- Felix and the Feed Bag (July 18, 1920)
- Nifty Nurse (August 22, 1920)
- The Circus (September 26, 1920)
- My Hero (October 24, 1920)
- Felix the Landlord (November 21, 1920)
- Felix's Fish Story (December 26, 1920)
- Out of the Inkwell (1918–1929)
- The Boxing Kangaroo
- The Chinaman
- The Circus
- The Ouija Board
- The Clown's Little Brother
- Perpetual Motion
- The Restaurant
- January 7
- January 20
- January 27 – John Box, production designer, four-time Oscar winner (died 2005)
- January 30
- February 8 – Bengt Ekerot, Swedish actor and director (died 1971)
- February 11 – Billy Halop, actor (died 1976)
- February 26 – Tony Randall, actor (died 2004)
- February 29 – Michèle Morgan, actress (died 2016)
- March 3 – James Doohan, actor (died 2005)
- March 6 – Lewis Gilbert, director (died 2018)
- March 16 – Leo McKern, actor (died 2002)
- March 19 – Paul Hagen, Danish actor (died 2003)
- March 22
- April 1
- April 2 – Jack Webb, actor (died 1982)
- April 20 – Gianrico Tedeschi, actor (died 2020)
- May 2 – Preben Neergaard, Danish actor (died 1990)
- May 7 – Rendra Karno, Indonesian actor (died 1985)
- May 11 – Denver Pyle, actor (died 1997)
- May 16 – Martine Carol, actress (died 1967)
- May 26
- May 29 – Clifton James, actor (died 2017)
- June 12 – Jim Siedow, American actor (died 2003)
- June 13 – Rex Everhart, American actor (died 2000)
- June 15 – Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (died 2003)
- June 17 – Setsuko Hara, Japanese film actress (died 2015)
- June 18 – Ian Carmichael, English stage, film and television actor (died 2010)
- June 29 – Ray Harryhausen, producer, visual effects artist (died 2013)
- July 11 – Yul Brynner, actor (died 1985)
- July 12 – Keith Andes, American actor (died 2005)
- July 16 – Phillip Pine, American actor (died 2006)
- July 28 – Andrew V. McLaglen, film & TV director, son of Victor McLaglen (died 2014)
- July 31 – Franca Valeri, actress (died 2020)
- August 6 – Ella Raines, actress (died 1988)
- August 17 – Maureen O'Hara, actress (died 2015)
- August 18 – Shelley Winters, actress (died 2006)
- August 22 – Ray Bradbury, writer (died 2012)
- September 18 – Jack Warden, actor (died 2006)
- September 23 – Mickey Rooney, actor (died 2014)
- September 27 – William Conrad, actor (died 1994)
- October 1 – Walter Matthau, actor (died 2000)
- October 10 - Noah Keen, actor (died 2019)
- October 13 – Laraine Day, actress (died 2007)
- October 17 – Montgomery Clift, actor (died 1966)
- October 18 – Melina Mercouri, actress (died 1994)
- October 21 – Hy Averback, actor (died 1997)
- October 22 – Mitzi Green, actress (died 1969)
- October 27 – Nanette Fabray, actress (died 2018)
- November 10 – Jennifer Holt, actress (died 1997)
- November 19 – Gene Tierney, actress (died 1991)
- November 25
- November 30 – Virginia Mayo, actress (died 2005)
- December 29 – Viveca Lindfors, actress (died 1995)
- December 7 – Frances Gifford, actress (died 1994)
- December 30 – Jack Lord, actor (died 1998)
- December 31 – Rex Allen, American cowboy actor, singer (died 1999)
- January 31 – Gilda Langer, 23, German actress
- February 11 – Gaby Deslys, 38, French actress, dancer, singer
- February 17 – Thomas Commerford, 64, American veteran character actor
- March 2 – Harry Solter, 46, American actor
- April 12 – Walter Edwards, 50, American director
- April 25 – Clarine Seymour, 21, American actress
- May 22 – Hal Reid, 59, American actor & director (father of Wallace Reid)
- June 14 – Gabrielle Réjane, 64, stage and film actress
- August 1 – Eugene Gaudio, 33, Italian born cinematographer (brother of Tony Gaudio)
- August 2 – Ormer Locklear, 29, American stunt flier
- August 13 – Gladys Field, 31, actress (died in childbirth)
- August 28 – Suzanne Grandais, 27, French actress
- September 5 – Robert Harron, 27, American actor
- September 10 – Olive Thomas, 25, American actress
- November 19 – Will S. Davis, 38, American film director
- December 9 – Mollie McConnell, 55, American actress
Films set in 1920Edit
There are films released in later years whose plot is developed totally or partially in 1920:
- Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
- Winterset (1936)
- The Road Back (1937)
- Clash of Loyalties (1938)
- Three Comrades (1938)
- Hostile Whirlwinds (1953): Film portrays the first years of Soviet government, biography of Felix Dzerzhinsky in 1918–1921.
- Kappalottiya Thamizhan (1961)
- The Ball of Count Orgel (1970): Set in 1920, the Comte hosts a soirée and dance for the upper echelons of Parisian society.
- Vengeance (1970): The film is set in 1920 Peking, and centers on a revenge plight of Chiang.
- Reds (1981)
- Once Upon a Time in America (1984): David "Noodles" Aaronson struggles as a street kid in Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1920.
- The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)
- A Month in the Country (1987): Set in rural Yorkshire during the summer of 1920, the film follows a destitute World War I veteran employed to carry out restoration work on a Medieval mural discovered in a rural church while coming to terms with the after-effects of the war.
- Life and Nothing But (1989): Set in October 1920, it tells the story of Major Delaplane, a man whose job is to find the identities of unknown dead soldiers after World War I.
- The Treaty (1991): The film is about the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Michael Collins bargained for with the British government in 1921.
- Michael Collins (1996)
- The Image Makers (2000): The drama is set in the year 1920 at Filmstaden where the film director Victor Sjöström is shooting the film The Phantom Carriage.
- The Admiral (2008)
- 1920 film series (2008–2016)
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