Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet 1921

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After eating a rarebit, a man has an odd dream in which his wife takes in a strange-looking animal that eats everything in sight and keeps growing until it threatens the entire city.

Director: Winsor McCay
Screenplay: Winsor McCay
Producer: Winsor McCay
Story by: Winsor McCay


My Boy 1921

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On the journey from Europe to America, the widowed mother of young Jackie Blair (Jackie Coogan) dies. Jackie is supposed to be deported upon arrival, but after crusty Capt. Bill Hicks (Claude Gillingwater) introduces him to a large family of immigrants, he slips off the boat with them. Left alone when the family rejects him, Jackie finds Bill, who allows him to accompany him home. When Jackie learns Bill is broke and behind in rent, he tries to help, unaware his wealthy grandmother is nearby.

Directors: Albert Austin, Victor Heerman

Screenplay: Victor Heerman, Max Abramson, Shirley Vance Martin
Music composed by: José Rosito, Eduardo Pereyra

Cast: Jackie Coogan, Mathilde Brundage, Patsy Marks, Claude Gillingwater

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House 1921

Also known as the Flying House

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After eating rarebit, a woman has a strange dream in which her husband converts their home into a flying machine to escape having to pay the exorbitant interest on the mortgage. It takes them around the world and to the moon.

Director: Winsor McCay
Screenplay: Winsor McCay
Producer: Winsor McCay
Story by: Winsor McCay
Adapted from: Dream of the Rarebit Fiend



Too Wise Wives 1921

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Synopsis by Bruce Calvert
Too Wise Wives was an independent film produced and directed by prominent woman director Lois Weber. It is a pointed soap opera about the state of marriage and women’s roles in society in the early 1920s. Two couples are newly married. Marie (Clarie Windsor) and David Graham (Louis Calhern) are rich. She agonizes about doing everything she can to make her husband happy. This just irritates him to no end. The other couple, Sara Daly (Mona Lisa) and John Daly (Phillips Smalley) are very rich. She married him for his money. He dotes on her all of the time. Since he travels a lot, she gets bored. Also, she used to be David’s girlfriend, and she want’s David back and works hard to make Marie miserable. Real trouble begins when Marie intercepts a note that Sara sent to David asking him to meet for a secret affair. The cinematography is beautiful — the movie was obviously filmed on some huge estates in Southern California. At the time this film was released, Cecil B. DeMille was famous for his films that were celebrations of materialism. This film is just the opposite. Director Weber shows how “keeping up with the Joneses” can harm a marriage.


Director: Lois Weber
Producer: Lois Weber
Cinematography: William C. Foster
Screenplay: Lois Weber, Marion Orth

Stars: Louis Calhern, Claire Windsor, Phillips Smalley


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The Devil 1921

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In Four Parts

Georges and Marie are due to be married, despite artist Paul’s feelings for Marie. Following a meeting at an art gallery, and an exchange about Evil’s capacity to overcome Truth, sinister Dr Mueller decides to put Marie’s relationship to the test.

Director: James Young

Production Co: Associated Exhibitors
Writers: Edmund Goulding (screenplay), Edmund Goulding (story)
Stars: George Arliss, Sylvia Breamer, Lucy Cotton






The Indian Tomb Part 1 and 2 (1921)

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

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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 – http://silent-volume.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-indian-tomb-parts-one-and-two-1921.html


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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Labyrinth of Horror 1921

Labyrinth of Horror is a 1921 Austrian silent film with English titles

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Labyrinth des Grauens (original title)

Edward Stephenson, the son of a great industrialist, is due to marry the daughter of another prominent business leader. But the boy prefers a modest employee of the latter, Maud Hartley, whose brother is an impossible rascal, murderer of a police officer. Maud is spurned by Edward who wrongly assumes she is unfaithful. Later, the girl is victim of a railway accident and then throws herself headlong into the easy life. Will the couple reunite again, for better or worse?

Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenplay: Fred Wallace
Cinematography: Gustav Ucicky
Art directors: Artur Berger, Julius von Borsody

Stars: Lucy Doraine, Alphons Fryland, Max Devrient