The White Hell of Pitz Palu 1929

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Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü (original title)

German movie with English intertitles

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The original version of Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü was lost until 1996. The film was restored in 1997 by the German Federal Film Archive

A man climbs a 12,000-foot mountain to search for his wife, who was lost on their honeymoon. Another couple makes the dangerous climb with him.

Director: Arnold Fanck, Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Music composed by: Willy Schmidt-Gentner
Cinematography: Sepp Allgeier, Hans Schneeberger, Richard Angst
Screenplay: Arnold Fanck, Ladislaus Vajda

Stars: Gustav Diessl, Leni Riefenstahl, Ernst Petersen



High Treason 1929


The film is a science fiction drama set in a futuristic 1940 (though this is changed to 1950 in later releases). The plot and aesthetics of the film are heavily influenced by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Two versions of the movie were released on silent and the other with sound. This is the silent version.

In 1940/50, world peace is threatened when the “United States of Europe” comes into conflict with the “Empire of the Atlantic States”. The former comprises Europe, India, the Middle East, Canada, Africa and Australasia. The latter is a combination of the United States and South America.

In the film the prohibition era in America extends to 1940 and the tension is initially caused by bootleggers crossing the borders between territories. One such incident leads to a shoot-out between border guards in which both sides suffer casualties. War looks likely, but the pacifist Peace League intervenes. Meanwhile, we learn that the tension is in fact carefully orchestrated by a sinister terrorist group financed by arms manufacturers. They blow up a rail tunnel under the English Channel. The President of Europe orders a mass enlistment and mobilisation, fearing that the Atlantic States are preparing a sneak attack.

Dr. Seymour, leader of the Peace League, desperately attempts to avert war. His daughter Evelyn seeks to convince her boyfriend Michael, commander of the European air force, not to fight, but he insists he must do his duty. Evelyn says she will leave him.

The European council are divided, but the president decides on war, saying that he will announce the outbreak of hostilities on television.

The terrorists try to kill Dr. Seymour by bombing the Peace League, but Seymour survives. He tells Evelyn to make another effort to stop Michael ordering the airforce to attack, while he appeals directly to the President. Pacifists led by Evelyn demonstrate en masse at the airfield. Michael is uncertain what to do, but Evelyn convinces him to delay the attack. Seymour confronts the President, but is forced, despite his pacifism, to shoot him to stop him making the broadcast…From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Director: Maurice Elvey
Writers: Noel Pemberton-Billing (play) (as Pemberton Billing), L’Estrange Fawcett (scenario)
Stars: Benita Hume, Basil Gill, Humberston Wright


Seven Footprints To Satan 1929


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Rare, creepy Hollywood silent from the director of Haxan

A fearless bespectacled adventurer (Creighton Hale, also in The Cat and the Canary, 1927) and his fiance (Thelma Todd) get trapped in a house of mystery after panic breaks out at a society party.

They’re kidnapped and imprisoned in a huge house filled with secret panels, torturers, assassins and a gorilla on the loose. Quarrelling factions help and hinder them from escaping. A Chinese mystic, a dwarf and a monkey man inform them they are unwilling guests in the house of Satan, pawns in a deadly game…

Director: Benjamin Christensen
Screenplay: Benjamin Christensen
Producer: Richard A. Rowland

Stars: Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale, Sheldon Lewis

The Big Shot 1929


Fat and Snub are a reporter and photographer who try to track down a reclusive Scotsman for an interview and photo.
Director: James D. Davis
Stars: ‘Snub’ Pollard, Marvin Loback, Thelma Daniels

Sailor’s Holiday 1929


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Sailor’s Holiday is a 1929 sound film comedy directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and produced and distributed by Pathé Exchange. The film was also released in a silent version. The film is preserved at the Library of Congress. What we have here is the silent version.

Sailors Pike and Shorty are on leave when a street woman swindles them out of some money by telling them she is looking for her long-lost brother, a sailor.

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer
Screenplay: Joseph F. Poland
Produced by: Pathé Exchange

Stars: Alan Hale, Sally Eilers, George Cooper

Five Brides 1929

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The followers of ∗Petlura capture a village. The gang commander threatens to kill everyone if people don’t give them five hostage girls in wedding dresses. Under the pressure of the rich Jews fathers give away their daughters to the drunken officers. Fortunately, a detachment of partisans comes in and frees the village.

∗Symon Vasylyovych Petliura was a publicist, writer, journalist, Ukrainian politician, statesman of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, and nationalist leader who led Ukraine’s struggle for independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917

writing credit: David Maryan

directed by Alexander Solovyov

cinematography: Albert Kyun

production design: Yosif Shipnel

Tamara Adelgeym, Amvrosi Buchma, Yu. Koshevskaya, Matvei Lyarov, Anna Mesherskaya, I. Mindlin, R. Rami-Shor, Stepan Shagaida, Tatyana Tokarskaya, Z.Tsiss, D. Tyurchin


The Woman One Longs for 1929


Also known as Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt (original title)

The Three Lovers

The Woman Men Yearn For

A must for Marlene Dietrich fans – the movie has English subs

Director: Curtis Bernhardt (as Kurt Bernhardt)
Writers: Max Brod (book), Ladislaus Vajda
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Kortner, Frida Richard

Southern France, the present. About to marry, Charles Leblanc glimpses beautiful Stascha with her autocratic older companion, Karoff. They meet shortly after on a train. Stascha confesses she and Karoff murdered her husband, and asks for his help to escape from Karoff. She introduces Leblanc as her cousin, and the three go to an alpine hotel for a frantic New Year’s eve party. The police arrive next morning. Karoff draws a gun and kills Stascha, leaving a distraught Leblanc cradling her body

Director: Curtis Bernhardt (as Kurt Bernhardt)
Writers: Max Brod (book), Ladislaus Vajda
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Kortner, Frida Richard

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