ⓘ 1928 in film


Easy Virtue (1928 film)

Easy Virtue is a 1928 British silent romance film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall and Ian Hunter. The movie is loosely based on the 1924 play Easy Virtue by Noel Coward. It was made at the Islington Studios in London. The films art direction is by Clifford Pember.


The Patriot (1928 film)

The Patriot is a 1928 semi-biographical film that was directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released by Paramount Pictures. While mainly a silent film, the film did have a synchronized soundtrack as well as some talking sequences. The movie is a biographical story of emperor Paul I of Russia, starring Emil Jannings, Florence Vidor and Lewis Stone.


Street Angel (1928 film)

Street Angel is a 1928 American silent drama film with a Movietone soundtrack, directed by Frank Borzage, adapted by Harry H. Caldwell, Katherine Hilliker, Philip Klein, Marion Orth and Henry Roberts Symonds from the play Lady Cristilinda by Monckton Hoffe. As one of the early, transitional sound film releases, it did not include recorded dialogue, but used intertitles along with recorded sound effects and musical selections. Street Angel was one of three movies for which Janet Gaynor received an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929; the others were F. W. Murnaus Sunrise: A Song of Two H ...


The Circus (1928 film)

The Circus is a 1928 silent film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film stars Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis and Henry Bergman. The ringmaster of an impoverished circus hires Chaplins Little Tramp as a clown, but discovers that he can only be funny unintentionally. The production of the film was the most difficult experience in Chaplins career. Numerous problems and delays occurred, including a studio fire, the death of Chaplins mother, as well as Chaplins bitter divorce from his second wife Lita Grey, and the Internal Revenue Se ...


Tempest (1928 film)

Tempest is a 1928 feature silent film directed by Sam Taylor. V. I. Nemirovich-Dantchenko wrote the screenplay and William Cameron Menzies won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work in the film in 1929, the first year of the awards ceremony. John Barrymore and Camilla Horn star in the film, with Louis Wolheim co-starring. Preserved by two US archives George Eastman House and UCLA Film and TV.


The White Eagle

The White Eagle is a 1928 Soviet silent drama film directed by Yakov Protazanov and starring Vasili Kachalov, Anna Sten and Vsevolod Meyerhold. Set in Tsarist times, it is based on the play The Governor by Leonid Andreyev.

1928 in film

ⓘ 1928 in film

The following is an overview of 1928 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths. Although some movies released in 1928 had sound, most were still silent.


1. Events

  • September 19 – The Singing Fool, Warner Bros follow-up to The Jazz Singer, is released. While still only a partial-talkie sequences still featured intertitles, 66 minutes of the films 105 minute running time feature dialogue or songs, making it the longest talking motion picture yet. Lights of New York runs a total of 57 minutes. It is the highest-grossing film of the year, becomes Warner Bros highest-grossing film for the next 13 years, and is the most financially successful film of Al Jolsons career.
  • January 6 – The long-awaited Charlie Chaplin comedy The Circus premieres at the Strand Theatre in New York City.
  • December 25 – In Old Arizona, released by Fox Films, is the first sound-on-film feature-length talkie, utilizing the Movietone process. Previously, feature-length talkies used the less-reliable Vitaphone sound-on-disc process. It is also the first Western talkie, and the first sound film primarily shot outdoors.
  • November 18 – Disneys Steamboat Willie premieres, marking the official introduction of Mickey Mouse. This animated short is the first film to include a soundtrack, completely created in post production, including sound effects, music, and dialogue.
  • July 6 – Lights of New York starring Helene Costello is released by Warner Bros. It is the first "100% Talkie" feature film, in that dialog is spoken throughout the film. Previous releases Don Juan and The Jazz Singer had used a synchronized soundtrack with sound effects and music, with The Jazz Singer having a few incidental lines spoken by Al Jolson.
  • November 10 – At the beginning of White Shadows in the South Seas, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayers mascot Leo the Lion roars for the very first time, giving voice to one of the most popular American film logos.
  • October 23 – RKO Productions Inc. created
  • April 21 – The Passion of Joan of Arc is released.

2. Academy Awards

  • Best Director, Dramatic Picture: Frank Borzage – 7th Heaven
  • Best Director, Comedy Picture: Lewis Milestone – Two Arabian Knights
  • Best Unique and Artistic Picture: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans – Fox Film Corporation
  • Best Actress: Janet Gaynor – 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Best Actor: Emil Jannings – The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh
  • Best Picture: Wings – Paramount Pictures

Note: Prior to 1933, awards were not based on calendar years, which is why there is no Best Picture for a 1928 film.


3. Notable films released in 1928

United States unless stated

  • Street Angel, starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell
  • The Godless Girl, directed by Cecil B. DeMille
  • Balaclava, starring Cyril McLaglen, Benita Hume – GB
  • A Woman of Affairs, starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert
  • The Matinee Idol, directed by Frank Capra, starring Bessie Love and Johnnie Walker.
  • Storm Over Asia Potomok Chingis-Khana, starring Valery Inkijinoff – U.S.S.R.
  • Homecoming Heimkehr – Germany
  • LArgent Money, starring Pierre Alcover and Brigitte Helm – France
  • What a Night!, directed by A. Edward Sutherland; starring Bebe Daniels
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Ruth Taylor and Alice White, subtitles written by Anita Loos
  • The Racket, directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Thomas Meighan, Marie Prevost, and Louis Wolheim.
  • Lonesome, directed by Paul Fejos – a silent and a sound version
  • The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel, starring Matheson Lang Britain
  • The Singing Fool, starring Al Jolson and Betty Bronson
  • The Seashell and the Clergyman La Coquille et le clergyman – France
  • Ramona, starring Dolores del Rio and Warner Baxter
  • Tempest, starring John Barrymore, Camilla Horn and George Fawcett
  • Steamboat Willie, a Walt Disney Mickey Mouse short
  • Jujiro – Japan
  • Alraune, starring Brigitte Helm and Paul Wegener – Germany
  • Piccadilly, starring Anna May Wong, Gilda Gray and Cyril Ritchard Britain
  • The Man Who Laughs, directed by Paul Leni, starring Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin
  • October: Ten Days That Shook the World Oktyabr: Desyat dney kotorye potryasli mir, directed by Sergei Eisenstein – U.S.S.R.
  • The Vortex, starring Ivor Novello – GB
  • The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple Huo shao hong lian si – China – Released in 18 parts as the film runs for a total of 27 hours
  • Red Hair, starring Clara Bow
  • The Wedding March, directed by and starring Erich von Stroheim with Fay Wray and ZaSu Pitts
  • Dawn, directed by Herbert Wilcox, starring Sybil Thorndike – Britain
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr., a Buster Keaton film
  • Sins of the Fathers starring Emil Jannings and Ruth Chatterton
  • Three Sinners starring Pola Negri, Warner Baxter and Olga Baclanova
  • We Faw Down, starring Laurel and Hardy
  • The Fall of the House of Usher, directed by James Sibley Watson
  • Skyscraper, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring William Boyd, Alan Hale, Sue Carol and Alberta Vaughn
  • The Docks of New York, directed by Josef von Sternberg, starring George Bancroft, Betty Compson and Olga Baclanova
  • The Terror, starring May McAvoy, Edward Everett Horton, and Louise Fazenda
  • The Cameraman, a Buster Keaton film
  • The Fall of the House of Usher La Chute de la maison Usher – France
  • Feel My Pulse, starring Bebe Daniels, Richard Arlen and William Powell
  • The Cardboard Lover, directed by Robert Z. Leonard; starring Marion Davies, Nils Asther, and Jetta Goudal
  • The Last Command, directed by Joseph von Sternberg, starring Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent and William Powell
  • The Actress directed by Sidney Franklin; starring Norma Shearer
  • His House in Order, starring Tallulah Bankhead Britain
  • Champagne, directed by Alfred Hitchcock – GB
  • The Big City, starring Lon Chaney, Sr.
  • Moulin Rouge directed by Ewald Andre Dupont – GB
  • The Devious Path Abwege, directed by G.W. Pabst – Germany
  • Rose-Marie, starring James Murray and Joan Crawford
  • Underground, directed by Anthony Asquith – GB
  • While the City Sleeps, directed by Jack Conway; starring Lon Chaney
  • Tommy Atkins, starring Lillian Hall-Davis Britain
  • A Girl in Every Port, directed by Howard Hawks, starring Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong, Louise Brooks
  • A South Sea Bubble, starring Ivor Novello, Benita Hume Britain
  • Mother Machree, directed by John Ford
  • Two Tars, starring Laurel and Hardy
  • Vormittagsspuk Ghosts Before Breakfast, a dadaist animated short – Germany
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc La Passion de Jeanne dArc, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Maria Falconetti – France
  • West of Zanzibar, starring Lon Chaney and Lionel Barrymore
  • The Divine Woman, starring Greta Garbo
  • Sweeney Todd, starring Moore Marriott – GB
  • The Crowd, directed by King Vidor
  • Beau Sabreur, directed by John Waters, starring Gary Cooper and Evelyn Brent
  • The Awakening, directed by Victor Fleming, starring Vilma Banky and Louis Wolheim
  • A Little Bit of Fluff, starring Sydney Chaplin and Betty Balfour – GB
  • The Noose, starring Richard Barthelmess
  • Maria Marten, starring Trilby Clark and Warwick Ward Britain
  • Four Sons, directed by John Ford
  • Laugh, Clown, Laugh, starring Lon Chaney and Loretta Young
  • The Mysterious Lady, starring Greta Garbo and Conrad Nagel
  • Tillies Punctured Romance, starring W. C. Fields, Louise Fazenda and Chester Conklin
  • Speedy, starring Harold Lloyd
  • The Trail of 98, starring Delores del Rio
  • Across to Singapore, starring Ramon Novarro and Joan Crawford
  • The Wind, directed by Victor Sjostrom, starring Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson
  • Noahs Ark, starring George OBrien
  • The Ringer directed by Arthur Maude – Britain
  • The First Born, starring Miles Mander, Madeleine Carroll – GB
  • The Midnight Taxi
  • Accident Polizeibericht Uberfall – Germany
  • The Circus, starring, directed and written by Charles Chaplin
  • The Guns of Loos, directed by Sinclair Hill, starring Madeleine Carroll Britain
  • Show People, directed by King Vidor, starring Marion Davies and William Haines
  • Hangmans House, directed by John Ford, starring Victor McLaglen and June Collyer
  • Therese Raquin, directed by Jacques Feyder – France
  • Number 17, directed by Geza von Bolvary, starring Guy Newall and Lien Deyers – GB/Germany
  • The Smart Set, starring William Haines, Jack Holt, and Alice Day
  • Sadie Thompson, starring Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore
  • Take Me Home, a lost film directed by Marshall Neilan, starring Bebe Daniels
  • Toni starring Jack Buchanan – GB
  • The Farmers Wife, directed by Alfred Hitchcock – GB
  • The Power of the Press, directed by Frank Capra, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr
  • Kurama Tengu – Japan
  • Beggars of Life, directed by William Wellman, starring Wallace Beery and Louise Brooks
  • The Patsy, directed by King Vidor, starring Marion Davies and Marie Dressler
  • Zvenigora, directed by Alexander Dovzhenko – U.S.S.R.
  • Our Dancing Daughters, starring Joan Crawford and Johnny Mack Brown
  • The Italian Straw Hat Un chapeau de paille dItalie, directed by Rene Clair – France
  • Lights of New York
  • West Point, starring William Haines and Joan Crawford
  • The Constant Nymph, starring Ivor Novello – GB
  • On Trial, sound film, starring Pauline Frederick and Bert Lytell
  • The Viking – the first feature-length Technicolor film
  • Easy Virtue, directed by Alfred Hitchcock – GB
  • Ladies of the Mob, starring Clara Bow, Richard Arlen and Helen Lynch
  • Interference, Paramounts first ever all talking movie
  • The Gallant Hussar, directed by Geza von Bolvary, starring Ivor Novello, Evelyn Holt Britain/Germany
  • White Shadows in the South Seas, starring Monte Blue and Raquel Torres
  • Tesha, directed by Victor Saville, starring Maria Corda, Jameson Thomas – GB
  • The Cossacks starring John Gilbert, Renee Adoree and Ernest Torrence
  • Hungarian Rhapsody, directed by Hanns Schwarz, starring Lil Dagover, Willy Fritsch, Dita Parlo Germany
  • Adams Apple, starring Monty Banks – GB
  • The House on Trubnaya Дом на Трубной, directed by Boris Barnet – U.S.S.R.
  • Spione Spies, directed by Fritz Lang – Germany
  • Sex in Chains Geschlecht in Fesseln, starring and directed by William Dieterle – Germany
  • The Road to Ruin
  • The Red Dance, directed by Raoul Walsh, starring Dolores del Rio and Charles Farrell


4. Animated short film series

  • Sky Scrappers
  • Bright Lights
  • Sagebrush Sadie
  • Africa Before Dark
  • Harem Scarem
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Rival Romeos
  • Neck n Neck
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
  • Ozzie of the Mounted
  • Hungry Hoboes
  • Krazy Kat 1925–1940
  • Rideem Plow Boy
  • Felix the Cat 1919–1936
  • Tall Timber
  • Poor Papa
  • Inkwell Imps 1927–1929
  • The Fox Chase
  • Hot Dog
  • Oh, What a Knight
  • Aesops Film Fables 1921–1933
  • The Ol Swimmin Hole
  • Plane Crazy
  • Gallopin Gaucho
  • Mickey Mouse
  • The Barn Dance
  • Steamboat Willie
  • Newslaffs 1927–1928

5. Births

  • April 2 – Piet Romer, Dutch actor died 2012
  • August 14
  • February 29 – Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer and actress
  • April 7 – James Garner, American actor died 2014
  • January 2 – Ellen Kaarma, Estonian actress died 1973
  • August 6 – Andy Warhol, American artist and director died 1987
  • January 23 – Jeanne Moreau, French actress, singer, screenwriter and director died 2017
  • April 23 – Shirley Temple, American actress died 2014
  • July 6 – Nestor de Villa, Filipino actor died 2004
  • June 19 – Nancy Marchand, American actress died 2000
  • June 12 – Vic Damone, American singer, entertainer and actor died 2018
  • February 11 – Conrad Janis, American actor
  • February 1 – Stuart Whitman, American film and television actor
  • July 14 – Nancy Olson, American actress
  • January 26 – Roger Vadim, French director, screenwriter, actor died 2000
  • Joelle Bernard, French actress died 1977
  • May 7 – Georgi Rusev, Bulgarian actor died 2011
  • March 1 – Jacques Rivette, French director died 2016
  • June 20 – Martin Landau, American actor died 2017
  • March 19 – Patrick McGoohan, Irish actor died 2009
  • July 26 – Stanley Kubrick, American director died 1999
  • January 7 – William Peter Blatty, American screenwriter died 2017
  • June 22 – Ralph Waite, American actor died 2014
  • May 30 – Agnes Varda, Belgian-born French director, producer and screenwriter died 2019
  • February 8 – Jack Larson, American actor died 2015
  • June 13 – Nikola Todev, Bulgarian actor died 1991
  • March 24 – Vanessa Brown American actress died 1999
  • Jacques Rouffio, French director and screenwriter died 2016
  • Simone Silva, Egyptian-born French actress died 1957
  • Nicolas Roeg, English director died 2018
  • August 15
  • October 2 – George McFarland, American actor died 1993
  • August 16 – Ann Blyth, American actress
  • November 1 – Emmaline Henry, American actress died 1979
  • September 17 – Roddy McDowall, Anglo-American actor died 1998
  • August 31 – James Coburn, American actor died 2002
  • September 19 – Adam West, American actor died 2017
  • September 11 – Earl Holliman, American actor
  • November 10 – Ennio Morricone, Italian composer
  • September 4 – Dick York, American actor died 1992
  • November 3 – Wanda Hendrix, American actress died 1981
  • November 13
  • Ralph Foody, American actor died 1999
  • October 1 – George Peppard, American actor died 1994
  • Helena Carroll, Scottish-American actress died 2013
  • December 9 – Dick Van Patten, American actor died 2015
  • December 25 – Dick Miller, American actor died 2019

6. Deaths

  • January 25 – Charles Gorman, American stage and screen actor born 1865
  • March 13 – Poppy Wyndham, British actress and heiress; lost at sea born 1893
  • January 3 – Claude France, German film actress born 1893
  • June 22 – George Siegmann, American silent film actor born 1882
  • June 24 – Holbrook Blinn, American stage & silent film actor born 1872
  • April 22 – Frank Currier, American director, stage & silent film actor born 1857
  • Ward Crane, American film actor born 1890
  • July 21
  • February 22 – Rudolph J. Bergquist American cinematographer
  • July 20 – Scott Sidney, American film director born 1872
  • March 5 – Lidia Quaranta, Italian actress born 1891
  • January 2 – Emily Stevens, American stage & film actress born 1882
  • Ellen Terry, British stage actress of the Victorian and Edwardian times and later a silent film actress born 1847
  • December 14 – Theodore Roberts, American film actor born 1861
  • August 17 – Frank Urson, American film director born 1887
  • December 25 – Fred Thomson, American film actor born 1890
  • August 26 – Colin Campbell, British-born film director born 1859
  • October 8 – Larry Semon, American film comedian born 1889
  • August 10 – Rex Cherryman, American actor born 1896
  • November 19 – Jeanne Berangere, French stage and film actress born 1864
  • November 10 – Anita Berber, German film actress born 1899


7. Film debuts

  • Randolph Scott – Sharp Shooters
  • Jean Gabin – Ohe! Les valises
  • Jack Benny – Bright Moments
  • Jean Harlow – Moran of the Marines
  • Madeleine Carroll – The Guns of Loos
  • Humphrey Bogart – The Dancing Town
  • Mickey Mouse – Steamboat Willie
  • Anna Magnani – Scampolo
  • Charles Laughton – The Tonic
  • Miriam Hopkins – The Home Girl
  • Ray Milland – Moulin Rouge
  • Andy Devine – Thats My Daddy
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  • The First Kiss is a 1928 American silent romantic drama film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Fay Wray and Gary Cooper. Based on the short story
  • Rouge is a 1928 British silent drama film directed by Ewald Andre Dupont and starring Olga Tschechowa, Eve Gray and Jean Bradin. The film is set in and around
  • On Trial is a 1928 American talking drama film produced and distributed by Warner Bros., and directed by Archie Mayo. The film starred Pauline Frederick
  • Bushranger is a 1928 American drama silent film directed by Chester Withey and written by George C. Hull, Paul Perez, and Madeleine Ruthven. The film stars Tim
  • The Circus is a 1928 silent film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film stars Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker
  • What a Night is a 1928 American silent romantic comedy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland. The romantic comedy was written by Louise Long, from a
  • Excess Baggage is a lost 1928 American silent comedy film directed by James Cruze and distributed by MGM. The film was based on the play of the same name
  • a 1928 American film directed by John G. Blystone, based on a novel by Edna Ferber, fictionalizing the life of vaudevillian Elsie Janis. The film was

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