Walking back 1928

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(SILENT)Jazz age youngster Smoke Thatcher “borrows” a neighbor’s car to take Patsy, his sweetheart, to a dance after his father refuses to lend him his car. A car-fight with a rival results in the borrowed automobile’s being so wrecked that Smoke cannot return it. The garage to which he and Patsy take the car for repair turns out to be actually a gang’s hideaway and a place where stolen cars are brought and later fenced. The gangsters compel Smoke, accompanied by Patsy, to drive a getaway car, promising enough money to replace the neighbor’s car. The gang robs the bank where Smoke’s father is employed, and they shoot Thatcher in making their getaway. Forced to leave his father wounded in the street, Smoke makes a wild drive through the city, ending up at the police station. He is rewarded for “capturing” the crooks.

—Lloyd Purvis

Directors: Cecil B. DeMille, Rupert Julian
Screenplay: Monte M. Katterjohn
Producer: Cecil B. DeMille
Cinematography: John J. Mescall

Stars: Richard Walling, Sue Carol, Robert Edeson

Driving Around New York City – 1928


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Vintage Film: Driving Around NYC in 1928 from Silent Film “Speedy” with Harold Lloyd
Michelle Young 02/25/2014 ARCHITECTURE, NEW YORK

This fun clip  is from the 1928 silent film Speedy, starring comedian Harold Lloyd and directed by Ted Wilde. It was filmed in New York City, and fans of our vintage photo column may notice some really fun transportation finds, like the 23-foot traffic towers that once graced 5th Avenue across the street from one of the original cast iron subway entrances, double decker public buses, street cars, and elevated trains in Manhattan.
Architecturally, you’ll see Herald Square, with the New York Herald Building designed by Stanford White, with the elevated train running through it, the Macombs Dam Bridge to Yankee Stadium, Washington Square arch (with roads for traffic through the park!), the Customs House (now also the Museum of the American Indian) at Bowling Green with an elevated train station, shots of the Brooklyn Bridge, the now demolished New York Produce Exchange Building, and the statue of Abraham De Peyster, who until the early 1970s resided in Bowling Green Park. Making cameos in the film are Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

La Quena de la Muerte 1928

A silent film from Argentina


A woman and her lover spend a season in the mountains to recover from the excesses of the dissipated life they lead in the city, but soon they return to their old ways and while he tries to seduce a countrywoman, she invites a mestizo to the bedroom.

—Sebastian Incaurgarat

Director: Nelo Cosimi
Stars: Nelo Cosimi, Floren Delbene, Chita Foras

The Constant Nymph 1928


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The Constant Nymph is a 1928 British silent film drama, directed by Adrian Brunel and starring Ivor Novello and Mabel Poulton. Wikipedia

Sanger, an eccentric expatriate composer, dies in his house in the Austrian Alps, leaving his daughters penniless. The young composer Lewis Dodd, a longstanding friend of the family, falls in love with their cousin Florence when she comes to take the girls back to England. But little Tessa Sanger is in love with Lewis herself, and when she runs away from school and comes to live with Florence and her husband, their already-shaky marriage is further undermined…

—Igenlode Wordsmith

Director: Adrian Brunel
Budget: 30,000 GBP
Production company: Gainsborough Pictures
Screenplay: Margaret Kennedy, Alma Reville

Stars: Ivor Novello, Mabel Poulton, Frances Doble

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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



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short film produced in 1928 to promote the Folies Bergeres. The fireman on duty at the Folies reels out of the theatre, dazzled by all the naked women he’s seen. Everywhere he looks, people are transformed into nude showgirls; the band in a club, the patrons in a bar, even his fellow firemen at the fire station doing group exercises become naked women doing knee-bends. On the way there, he descends into a Metro station, where he finds Josephine Baker (not naked, but wearing a short skirt and bra) sweeping the platform. She does one of her gangling comic dances for his benefit…After a lengthy period of watching the dancers at the Folies Bergères, a fireman stops in for a drink. As he becomes intoxicated, his thoughts return to the dancers, and he begins to see images of nude dancers all around him. Whether he goes into the subway, rides on a streetcar, or returns to the fire station, he continues to see the same imaginary sights…STARRING JOSEPHINE BAKER


Little Gray Doors 1928

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

This film shows the story of a misbehaving boy and his bad dream. The film begins by introducing David, a boy who has spent the day doing his favorite things: he is seen playing with a toy boat, enjoying flowers in the garden, walking along the fence throwing stones, and climbing on the big fallen oak tree. David peers inside the shattered trunk of the tree and wonders what is inside. While David is playing his Aunt Lucy arrives for a visit; when called, David takes a very long time returning home. In the mean time, Lucy and David’s mother talk about the young boy, in particular his temper when playing the piano. When David returns home, his mother takes him to wash his hands and change his clothes; David complains bitterly throughout. Before taking him in to his aunt, David’s mother asks Lucy not to give him the toy boat she has brought him, because of his poor behavior. Later that night, David takes a bath and apologizes to his mother. After he falls asleep, David’s dreaming body leaves his room and goes to the tree. Inside the trunk he finds a ladder leading down, which he descends a long way to the bottom.At the bottom of the trunk is a corridor with little gray doors along both sides and the letters “L.O.P.” hanging on the wall. David is seen passing down this hallway until a strange little man with a large hat and beard becons him through one of the doors. Inside, this man and an identical partner destroy a piano; David protests but they ignore him. Upset, David leaves the room and walks down the corridor, seeing the letters “L.O.P.” repeatedly and wondering what they mean. Exploring other doorways, David watches a boy destroying a cake and, later, sees his mother complaining to a group of women about how tired she is. The mysterious letters “L.O.P.” appear again and again, until they finally reveal their meaning: “Land of Punishment”. As David runs away from the letters he falls to the floor and cries for his mother. In the next shot, David is seen struggling in bed with his mother standing above him. After comforting David, his mother sends him to do his chores which David pledges he will complete.