Bumping into Broadway 1919

Bumping into Broadway

Bumping Into Broadway is a 1919 American short comedy film featuring Harold Lloyd. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Wikipedia
Initial release: November 2, 1919
Director: Hal Roach
Box office: 113,426 USD
Screenplay: H. M. Walker
Producer: Hal Roach
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, ‘Snub’ Pollard

The Midnight Girl 1925

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 Three women complicate the lives of an opera impresario (Bela Lugosi) and his son (Gareth Hughes). Initial release: February 15, 1925 Director: Wilfred Noy Written by: Wilfred Noy, Garrett Fort Cinematography: Billy Bitzer, Frank Zucker

Stars: Lila Lee, Gareth Hughes, Dolores Cassinelli, Bela Lugosi



Maciste in the Lion’s Cage 1926

“Maciste in the Lion’s Cage” (1926)  –  Dutch titles only

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Maciste in the Lion’s Cage is a 1926 Italian silent adventure film directed by Guido Brignone and starring Bartolomeo Pagano, Elena Sangro and Luigi Serventi. It was part of the popular Maciste series of films. Wikipedia
Initial release: February 10, 1926 (Rome)
Director: Guido Brignone
Film series: The Maciste Silent Film Series
Screenplay: Guido Brignone
Story by: Guido Brignone

Stars: Bartolomeo Pagano, Elena Sangro, Luigi Serventi


Au Secours! 1924


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Also known as The Haunted House in the United Kingdom; Help! in the USA

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Au Secours! is a 1924 short comedy film directed by Abel Gance and starring Max Linder.

Well, this was a treat. A Max Linder comedy-horror short about a man who takes a bet that he can’t spend the night in a haunted house. Typical stuff, right? Well, it is, sort of, until it takes a quite bizarre turn
Initial release: June 17, 1924
Director: Abel Gance
Producer: Abel Gance
Written by: Max Linder, Abel Gance
Cinematography: Émile Pierre, Georges Specht

Stars: Max Linder, Jean Toulout, Gina Palerme

The Yellow Ticket( Der gelbe Schein) 1918

Also known as the The Devil’s Pawn

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Pola Negri plays Lea, a bright adolescent girl who lives in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw with her ill father. She loves to read, and intends to study medicine at a university in St. Petersburg in the hopes of making her father well again. Her father dies suddenly and her tutor, Ossip Storki, is called away to work for the governor. When she goes to Russia, she learns that Jewish women are only allowed to work as sex workers with the benefit of a “yellow passport”, otherwise they will be taken to prison. She applies for a yellow passport and takes up residency at a brothel. Upon finding the identification papers of her tutor’s deceased sister Sophie in a book her tutor gave her, Lea applies to the University with the deceased sister’s identification papers and is accepted. So begins an unhappy life of studying by day and receiving scholastic honors, while reluctantly working as a party girl at night. Her fellow students, including a boy named Dimitri who is in love with her, then find her out. Dimitri in particular is crushed to learn of Lea’s double life. Lea realizes that this will be the end of her scholastic career, and attempts suicide.

Dimitri goes to their professor, Peter Zukowski, to tell him of Lea’s double life. Prof. Zukowski then ruminates over his own double life, having fathered an illegitimate child 19 years prior with a fellow student named Lydia. He does not know what became of either Lydia or the child. Meanwhile, Lea’s former tutor Storki learns that his deceased sister has allegedly received a gold medal for her studies at the University in St. Petersburg. Storki is suspicious and asks for a leave of absence from his work to investigate the matter. A meeting between Stroki and Prof. Zukowski reveals that Lea is actually the professor’s long lost daughter. The next day, Lea is brought to the University for an emergency operation. The professor learns on the spot this it is Lea, his daughter, that he has to save from death. The surgery is successful, and Lea recovers, with both her father and her admirer Dimitri at her side.

Directors: Eugen Illés, Victor Janson
Writers: Hans Brennert, Hanns Kräly
Stars: Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, Victor Janson

Cruel, Cruel Love 1914

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Cruel, Cruel Love is a 1914 American comedy silent film made at the Keystone Studios and starring Charlie Chaplin. Wikipedia

Presumed a lost film for 50 years until a reasonable condition, complete nitrate copy was discovered in South America
Initial release: March 26, 1914
Directors: Mack Sennett, George Nichols
Production company: Keystone Studios
Producer: Mack Sennett
Screenplay: Charlie Chaplin, Craig Hutchinson

Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edgar Kennedy, Minta Durfee


Maciste in Hell 1926

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Federico Fellini claimed that Maciste all’inferno (1926) was the first movie he remembered seeing as a child. His 1954 film La Strada features a brutish strongman performer.

The devil takes Maciste down to hell in an attempt to corrupt and ruin his morality.

Director: Guido Brignone
Film series: The Maciste Silent Film Series
Production company: Società Anonima Stefano Pittaluga
Cinematography: Ubaldo Arata, Massimo Terzano

Stars: Bartolomeo Pagano, Umberto Guarracino, Mario Saio

English Intertitles


Alternatively you can watch the full movie with French and Italian intertitles

with music by Gojira