The Spiders 1919

German title: Die Spinnen

The movie has English intertitles

the spiders


In San Francisco, well-known sportsman Kay Hoog announces to a club that he has found a message in a bottle with a map drawn by a Harvard professor who has gone missing. The map tells of a lost Incan civilization that possesses an immense treasure. Hoog immediately plans an expedition to find it. But Lio Sha, the head of a criminal organization known as the Spiders, is determined to get the treasure for herself and plans a rival expedition.

The Movie was made in two parts and the video below contains part 1and 2

Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Fritz Lang
Stars: Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg John, Lil Dagover

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His Marriage Wow 1925

His Marriage wow

In Highland Park, it’s Agnes Fisher and Harold Hope’s wedding day. Mishaps almost keep them from getting hitched: he goes to the wrong church, then, one of the guests, Professor McGlumm, convinces him that the bride only wants him to collect his life insurance. Finally they marry and her family moves in with them. Harold is now convinced that he’ll be poisoned at dinner. When further mishaps give him stomach problems, McGlumm rushes him toward the hospital. On the trip, all is revealed and it takes a bride’s kiss to set things right.

Director: Harry Edwards

Production Co: Mack Sennett Comedies
Writers: Al Giebler (titles) (as A.H. Giebler), Arthur Ripley
Stars: Harry Langdon, Natalie Kingston, William McCall

Stella Dallas 1925

7.5/10 IMDb


Director: Henry King

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn
Writers: Frances Marion (adaptation), Olive Higgins Prouty (novel)
Stars: Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Alice Joyce

Stella Dallas is a small town girl who marries the upper class Stephen Dallas, with whom she has nothing in common. After the birth of a daughter, Laurel, the Dallas’ go their separate ways. Now confined to poverty, Stella must sacrifice her own life and happiness for the sake of her daughter….

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How to Make Movies 1918


This film was never released for the general public. It was hidden in Chaplin’s private vaults for forty years until he included some parts of it in his compilation ‘The Chaplin Revue’ in 1959.

Review by Patrick Terry
Nice performance piece, that does yield a few nice moments of late teens film production. Would love to have seen more of the studio and acting style prep over the character work that takes over the last third of the picture.

Director: Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Albert Austin, Henry Bergman, Eric Campbell


The Indian Tomb Part 1 and 2 (1921)

the indian tomb

Das indische Grabmal erster Teil – Die Sendung des Yoghi (original title)

English intertitles


The Indian Tomb was a two-part German silent film directed by Joe May. It is based on the novel Das indische Grabmal by Thea von Harbou It comprised two parts, Part I: the Mission of the Yogi and Part II: the Tiger of Bengal. Wikipedia

When the European public of the 1920s imagined India, what did they conjure in their minds? Was it a realistic picture? Could it be? Certainly, most of them had never seen the place.

Presumably, some of the filmmakers whose work the public consumed, had. But filmmakers, for the most part, seek to entertain. So when they set a film in India, they made this India the stuff of fantasy, with beautiful dancers and ecstatic priests, and heathen monuments hewn from rock, all of it encroached upon by jungles filled with terrible beasts. This place was defined by its otherness to the West. Its people were outsiders, even when depicted in their own land…..For a full and worthwhile review go to –


Directed by Joe May


Olaf Fønss – Herbert Rowland
Mia May – Irene Amundsen, Rowland’s Fiancée
Conrad Veidt – Ayan III, the Maharajah of Bengal
Erna Morena – Princess Savitri
Bernhard Goetzke – Ramigani ‘Rami’, the Yogi
Lya De Putti – Mirrjha
Paul Richter – MacAllan, an English Officer
Georg John – A Penitent
Max Adalbert – (uncredited)

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Dog Days 1925

This long-lost (until recently) Our Gang comedy is filled with elements that make the silent Our Gangs so special


In a nutshell, this deals with the Gang enjoying their dogs “p’forming” some interesting tricks until one of them comes to the rescue of our lady of cuteness Mary Kornman, playing a rich girl as she did in “Mary Queen of Tots” and “Derby Day.” The cute one invites the poor kids of the Gang to her birthday party as a reward, and LOOK OUT! On the whole, none of this will cause you to bust your guts and bang on the floor in hysterical laughter, but it’s all quite charming in its simplicity and I would highly recommend it….by Damon Fordham (United States)

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Film series: Our Gang
Producer: Hal Roach
Cast: Peggy Ahern
Screenplay: Hal Roach, H. M. Walker

Byrd’s First Antarctic Expedition 1928

Byrd Antarctic Expedition 1928. Richard E. Byrd

“In 1928, Admiral Byrd began his first expedition to the Antarctic involving two ships, and three airplanes: Byrd’s Flagship was The City of New York; a Ford Trimotor called the Floyd Bennett (named after the recently deceased pilot of Byrd’s previous expeditions); a Fairchild FC-2W2, NX8006, built 1928, named “Stars And Stripes” (now displayed at the Virginia Aviation Museum, on loan from the National Air and Space Museum); and a Fokker Universal monoplane called the Virginia (Byrd’s birth state). A base camp named “Little America” was constructed on the Ross Ice Shelf and scientific expeditions by snowshoe, dog-sled, snowmobile, and airplane began. Photographic expeditions and geological surveys were undertaken for the duration of that summer, and constant radio communications were maintained with the outside world. After their first winter, their expeditions were resumed, and on 28 November 1929, the famous flight to the South Pole and back was launched. Byrd, along with pilot Bernt Balchen, co-pilot/radioman Harold June, and photographer Ashley McKinley, flew the Ford Trimotor to the South Pole and back in 18 hours, 41 minutes. They had difficulty gaining enough altitude, and they had to dump empty gas tanks, as well as their emergency supplies, in order to achieve the altitude of the Polar Plateau. However, the flight was successful, and it entered Byrd into the history books. After a further summer of exploration, the expedition returned to North America on 18 June 1930. A 19 year-old American Boy Scout, Paul Allman Siple, was chosen to accompany the expedition. Unlike the 1926 flight, this expedition was honored with the gold medal of the American Geographical Society. This was also seen in the 1930 film With Byrd at the South Pole in which it covered his trip there.
Byrd, by then an internationally recognized, pioneering American polar explorer and aviator, served for a time as Honorary National President (1931–1935) of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honor society in the social sciences. In 1928, he carried the Society’s flag during a historic expedition to the Antarctic to dramatize the spirit of adventure into the unknown, characterizing both the natural and social sciences”…

From what I understand much of the footage for this documentary was recorded by … Ashley Chadbourne McKinley (June 23, 1896 in Marshall, Texas – February 11, 1970) was an accomplished American aerial photographer and colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps who helped pioneer aviation at subzero temperatures. He accompanied Richard E. Byrd as an aerial photographer on his expedition to the South Pole – Wiki