the best man 1928

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A bride and groom are all set to get married, but they can’t until the best man shows up. When the best man eventually does show up, he causes a few problems since he ran through some tar just before entering the church. The groom doesn’t seem to mind too much, just as long as the best man brought the ring, which he did. But as the wedding proceeds, that sticky tar just can’t help but get the best man into one disastrous incident after another, including with the ring. That havoc, which leads into the reception, the wedding night and the honeymoon send off, may end the marriage even before it begins… or at least the couple’s friendship with their best man.
– Written by Huggo

Director: Harry Edwards
Writers: Dudley Early, Harry Edwards | 6 more credits »
Stars: Billy Bevan, Vernon Dent, Alma Bennett

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Carry on, Sergeant! 1928

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Two Canadians (Jimmy Savo, Hugh Buckler) enlist in a Highlands regiment at the start of World War I. They indulge themselves in the side benefits to being soldiers, and one of them marries a French waitress.
Director: Bruce Bairnsfather
Writer: Bruce Bairnsfather
Stars: Jimmy Savo, Hugh Buckler, Nancy Ann Hargreaves

 

Bringing Up Father 1928

7.5/10 · IMDb

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The wealthy Jiggs is tired of being left out of the swanky parties thrown by his social-climbing wife Maggie and their daughter. He decides to teach them a “lesson” by faking his own suicide, but things don’t quite turn out the way he planned.

Director: Jack Conway
Production company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Cinematography: William Daniels
Screenplay: Frances Marion, George McManus, Ralph Spence

Stars: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, J. Farrell MacDonald

The First Born 1928

 

 

7.9/10 · IMDb

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The sex lives of the upper classes come under scrutiny in this tour de force of late silent British cinema. A philandering politician, the double standards of the upper classes, jealousy, miscegenation and a generation torn between centuries of tradition and a more modern morality… the plot of The First Born feels not unlike a lost episode of Downton Abbey. However, the film was expertly co-scripted by Alma Reville (Mrs Alfred Hitchcock) and it’s hard not to see her influence in raising it beyond old-school melodrama to be a tour de force of late silent British cinema. Sir Hugo Boycott (Miles Mander) and his young bride (a pre-blonde Madeleine Carroll) have a passionate relationship, but it founders when she fails to produce an heir. This is a surprisingly ‘adult’ film and made with both elegance and invention. Particularly surprising among Mander’s sometimes Hitchcockian box of visual tricks is a handheld camera sequence that allows the audience to become a voyeur as Boycott stalks the marital bedroom to find his wife in the bath. The story is oddly reflected in reality: the ‘firstborn’ is played by Mander’s own son and it was well-known that the leads were involved romantically – well enough known to bring Mander’s wife to the set to demand an explanation.

initial release: October 1928 (United Kingdom)
Director: Miles Mander
Production company: Gainsborough Pictures
Screenplay: Miles Mander, Alma Reville
Producers: Miles Mander, Michael Balcon, C.M. Woolf

Stars: Miles Mander, Madeleine Carroll, John Loder

The Night Bird 1928

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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

Sven Hedin’s 1928 Expedition through the Gobi Desert of China

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This is a very unusual documentary about the famous Swedish explorer Sven Hedin’s long scientific expedition in the Gobi desert, around the end of the 1920s.

They took along a photographer and the result was a nearly 2-hour silent film about the trip

This documentary is not reconstruction and it shows the very real, live hardship of life in the desert.

We do see some Buddhist sites along the way, like a visit to the Schande-miao (?) monastery to see its festivals, the remains of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Kara-khoto, and the 1,000 Buddha cave temples at Bezeklik.

But the main part of the film is taken up with the journey itself, some of the adventures – and misadventures – on the road, and in the last section some of the very real difficulties the expedition faced with washed out roads, driving sands, driving snow and dying camels!

The Man from Headquarters 1928

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A brilliant detective is trying to break up a notorious crime ring, using part of an intercepted message. While investigating, he meets a beautiful and mysterious countess.
Director: Duke Worne
Writers: Arthur Hoerl, George Bronson Howard (novel)
Stars: Cornelius Keefe, Edith Roberts, Charles West