Snooky’s Twin Troubles 1921

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Snooky befriends twin little girls, the daughters of a beat cop, and purchases bags of popcorn for them. Their father plans on entering his kids in a beauty competition for twin babies, but with $1000 at stake, a mustachioed bad guy temporarily kidnaps them to present as his own. The cop, his wife and Snooky intervene, leading to a frantic chase.


Directors: Mort Peebles, Harry Williams

Produced by  C.L. Chester
Stars: Snooky, Ernie Adams, Tom Kennedy


A Bear, a Boy and a Dog 1921

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This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.

Henry (“Sonny” Howard) does not want to do chores. His mother (Margaret Mann), adamant that he continue his chores, heads for the market leaving Henry in charge of the rent money. At the same time a lady (Nell Shipman) drives out of her yard, leaving her dog tied up. Meanwhile a bear escapes from the zoo. Henry decides to go on strike, leaves his mother a note and climbs out of the kitchen window. At the same time the dog slips his collar and heads for freedom. Henry arrives to save the dog from three bullies and the boy and dog are quickly pals. Now two burglars enter Henry’s house, stealing the mother’s jewelry. The bear also enters the house and eats the mother’s baking. The bear scares off the burglars. The mother returns from the market and the bear escapes unseen. On the road, dog and boy are startled by the appearance of the bear. A terrified Henry climbs a tree but the bear chases him up the tree and climbs over him. Back on terra firma the trio quickly become fast friends. Henry comes on the two burglars. They have a pipe-bomb to be used in an attempt on the life of a judge. He also recognizes jewelry in their possession as his mother’s. Discovered by the villains, Henry is tied up but the bear unties him soon enough to get to the judge’s residence and snatch the bomb off the doorstep, hurl it away to to save the judge’s life. Sunday morning Henry returns home to find his aund an cousin on hand to accuse him of the theft of both the rent money and his mother’s jewelry. By an unfortunate coincidence, Henry has on him the exact amount of the rent, a ten and a twenty. His explanations, shown in flashback, that he got these two notes from the lady in the car when he returned her dog and from a grateful zoo keeper when he returned the bear, are met with disbelief. To make matters worse he has on his person the jewelry, recovered from the burglars. Now even his mother thinks him a thief. Henry realizes that she never even found the note he left her. But, the judge arrives to sing the boy’s praises and reward him for his brave deed while Henry, inside the house, discovers that the rent money is still there. Now his aunt and cousin hang their heads in shame and Henry exclaims that he “won’t never strike no more!”

Director: Bert Van Tuyle
Writer: Nell Shipman
Stars: Sunny Howard, Margaret Mann, Nell Shipman

Jack Dempsey versus Georges Carpentier 1921

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This is silent, black-and-white film on boxing championship (preparation, training and bout): Jack Dempsey vs Georges Carpentier. Jul. 2, 1921. Boyle’s Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States.

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Called the “battle of the century” by boxing enthusiasts, the fight between Jack Dempsey and Frenchman Georges Carpentier  was an extravaganza that introduced sports as leisure for the masses at the beginning of the 1920s.The site today is south of the Montgomery Gardens at Montgomery Street and Florence Place.

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The contest for the heavyweight championship took place on the overcast, humid Saturday afternoon of July 2, 1921 , and was scheduled for 3:00 PM . Randy Roberts, author of Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler, places the historic fight in the cultural perspective of the post-World War I era: “In an age where man seemed to be guided by amoral forces beyond his control, the Dempsey-Carpentier fight represented man as master of his fate”.


The official attendance for the fight was 80,183, but by all accounts the stands built for over 91,000 were packed to capacity. Roberts reports that “the fight grossed $1,789,238, well over twice as much as any previous fight”

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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