The Red Dance 1928

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Also Known As: The Red Dancer of Moscow

Brief Synopsis
“The Grand Duke Eugen is considered a menace by the reactionary court group which is undermining the morale of the Czar’s army. Tasia, a peasant girl, is persuaded to shoot him on the eve of his marriage to Princess Varvara. She misses and is glad because she loves him. Comes the Revolution, making her the Red Dancer of Moscow, while Ivan, her peasant admirer, rises to be a general. Eugen is again in danger but is saved from firing squad and restored to Tasia by the magnanimous Ivan.” ( National Board of Review Magazine , vol.3, no. 7, Jul 1928, p11.)

Director: Raoul Walsh
Box office: 1.3 million USD
Screenplay: Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Producer: Raoul Walsh

Stars: Dolores del Rio, Charles Farrell, Ivan Linow



Lightning Bryce Episode 6 – “Robes of Destruction” (1919)

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“Lightning Bryce” is a Western cliffhanger serial featuring Jack Hoxie.

This is episode 6, entitled “Robes of Destruction”. There is action, intrigue, and even a “Mystery Woman”. Stay tuned, 9 more episodes are coming.

Director: Paul Hurst
Writers: Joe Brandt (story), Harvey Gates (scenario)
Stars: Ann Little, Jack Hoxie, Paul Hurst

Cameo Kirby 1923


IMDb 7.6/10

Cameo Kirby

Wrongfully blamed for the death of Col. John Randall, Cameo Kirby (Gilbert) must find the true villain and clear his name before he can declare his love for Adele (Olmstead), the dead man’s daughter.

—Ben Model

Director: John Ford
Screenplay: Robert N. Lee
Story by: Booth Tarkington
Producer: William Fox

Stars: John Gilbert, Gertrude Olmstead, Alan Hale


The Lonedale Operator 1911

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When her father becomes ill, a young woman takes over the telegraph at a lonely western railroad station. She soon gets word that the next train will deliver the payroll for a mining company. The train brings not only the money, but a pair of ruffians bent on stealing it. All alone, she wires for help, and then holds off the bad guys until it arrives.

—John Oswalt

Director: D. W. Griffith
Screenplay: Mack Sennett
Producer: D. W. Griffith
Production company: Biograph Company

Stars: Blanche Sweet, Francis J. Grandon, Wilfred Lucas

Upstage 1926

IMDb 7.1/10

upstage 1926

Dolly Havens, a small-town girl with big-town ambitions that are larger than her talents, hooks up with Johnny Storm, a vaudeville performer, whose talents make the act a success. Dolly, thinking she is the reason, meets a handsome leading man and joins up with him but, before long, he discovers ‘she ain’t a trouper’ and she is soon performing with 4th-class acts in Tank Town America

Director: Monta Bell
Costume design: André-ani
Story by: Walter DeLeon
Screenplay: Lorna Moon, Joseph W. Farnham

Stars: Norma Shearer, Oscar Shaw, Tenen Holtz

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The Night Bird 1928


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The night bird

Stars Reginald Denny as a prizefighter who is picked up by Italian girl Madelina, played by a very un-Italian girl, Betsy Lee. The subtitles for the Italian characters are decidedly silly and unrealistic, but hey, that’s part of the fun of watching pre-PC movies, isn’t it?

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer
Writers: Nicholas T. Barrows, Albert DeMond (titles)
Stars: Reginald Denny, Betsy Lee, Sam Hardy

The Hero of Tokyo 1935

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The story focuses on the widower Nemoto, ostensibly a businessman, who has one son, Kanichi, the hero of the title. Nemoto remarries; his new wife is a widow with a son and daughter of her own. However, Nemoto’s business turns out to be out a shady scam, and he disappears, leaving his wife to raise the three children alone. In order to support the family, she is obliged to become a bar hostess. She conceals this shameful employment from the children, but the truth comes out years later, after her daughter is rejected by her husband’s family when they investigate her background

Initial release: 1935
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Cinematography: Hiroshi Nomura
Production design: Yonekazu Wakita
Cast: Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Tomio Aoki, Kōji Mitsui, Mitsugu Fujii, Yukichi Iwata, Mitsuko Ichimura, Michiko Kuwano, Bakudankozo