ⓘ 1926 in film


The General (1926 film)

The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. It was inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the American Civil War. The story was adapted from the memoir The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger. The film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman. At the time of its initial release, The General, an action-adventure-comedy made toward the end of the silent era, was not well received by critics and audiences, resulting in mediocre box office returns about half a million dollars domestically ...


Mother (1926 film)

Mother is a 1926 Soviet drama film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin depicting one womans struggle against Tsarist rule during the Russian Revolution of 1905. The film is based on the 1906 novel The Mother by Maxim Gorky. It is the first film in Pudovkins "revolutionary trilogy", alongside The End of St. Petersburg and Storm Over Asia. The film was banned in the United Kingdom in 1930 after the Masses Stage and Film Guild applied for permission to screen it in London. The film underwent restoration in 1968 in the Mosfilm studio and a sound track was added with music by Tikhon Khrennikov.


Mauprat (film)

Mauprat is a 1926 French silent drama film directed by based on the eponymous novel by George Sand. Luis Buñuel who had enrolled in Jean Epsteins acting school was the production assistant and had a small acting role.


Nana (1926 film)

Nana is a 1926 French silent drama film directed by Jean Renoir and starring Catherine Hessling, Werner Krauss and Jean Angelo. It was Renoirs second full-length film and is based on the novel by Emile Zola. It was shot at the Bavaria Studios in Munich and the Neuilly Studios in Paris. The films sets were designed by the art director Claude Autant-Lara.


The Barrier (1926 film)

The Barrier is a 1926 American silent adventure film produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by George Hill. The film stars Lionel Barrymore and Marceline Day and is based on the 1908 wilderness novel of the same name by Rex Beach. Previous versions of the novel had been filmed in 1913 and 1917 respectively. This film is the last silent version to be filmed. A lost film. The film’s" world premiere” took place at the West Coast Theatre in San Bernardino, California, on Sunday 28 February 1926, with four showings that day, seen by" thousands.” Subsequent weekday showings ...


The Scarlet Letter (1926 film)

The Scarlet Letter is a 1926 American drama film, based on the book by the same name, and directed by Victor Sjostrom. Louis B. Mayer was reluctant on using Miss Gish, fearing opposition from church groups. The film was announced as "Its a real A picture", taking advantage of the A for Adultery. Prints of the film survive in the MGM/United Artists film archives and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

1926 in film

ⓘ 1926 in film

  • February – The oldest surviving animated feature film is released in the Weimar Republic, directed by Lotte Reiniger. It is called The Adventures of Prince Achmed Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed.
  • October 7 – Warner Brothers release the second Vitaphone film, The Better Ole, starring Sydney Chaplin.
  • Al Jolson films A Plantation Act, one of the first unreleased talkies and a test film for The Jazz Singer
  • Theodore W. Case and E. I. Sponable demonstrate their sound-on-film experiments to William Fox of the Fox Film Corporation. The Fox-Case Corp. is formed in an effort to exploit the system, which is given the name Movietone. Fox begin to create Movietone News newsreels at this time. One of the first newsreels is of Charles Lindberghs takeoff for Paris.
  • August 5 – Warner Brothers debuts the first Vitaphone film, Don Juan. The Vitaphone system uses multiple 33⅓ rpm gramophone records developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories and Western Electric to play back music and sound effects synchronized with film.
  • August 23 – Rudolph Valentino, whose film The Son of the Sheik was currently playing, dies at the age of 31 in New York. Riots occur at the funeral parlor as thousands of people try to see his body.

1. Notable films released in 1926

United States unless stated

  • The Sea Beast, starring John Barrymore, Dolores Costello and George OHara
  • The Bells, directed by James Young, starring Lionel Barrymore and Boris Karloff
  • The Overcoat Shinel – U.S.S.R.
  • Faust, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Gosta Ekman and Emil Jannings – Germany
  • The Sorrows of Satan, starring Adolphe Menjou
  • The Magician, directed by Rex Ingram, starring Alice Terry
  • The Golden Butterfly Der goldene Schmetterling, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Lili Damita and Nils Asther – Germany
  • The Devils Circus, starring Norma Shearer
  • The Great K & A Train Robbery, starring Tom Mix
  • Dangerous Traffic, directed by Bennett Cohen, starring Ralph Bushman, Mildred Harris and Jack Perrin
  • Miss Mend, directed by Fyodor Otsep, starring Boris Barnet – U.S.S.R.
  • Torrent, starring Ricardo Cortez and Greta Garbo
  • A Trip to Chinatown, starring Margaret Livingston and Earle Foxe
  • The Show-Off, directed by Mal St. Clair; starring Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson and Louise Brooks
  • The Scarlet Letter, starring Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson
  • Cab No. 13 Einspanner Nr 13, directed by Michael Curtiz – Germany
  • Michel Strogoff
  • Bardelys the Magnificent, directed by King Vidor, starring John Gilbert and Eleanor Boardman
  • The Devils Wheel Chyortovo koleso – U.S.S.R.
  • Brown of Harvard directed by Jack Conway, starring William Haines, Jack Pickford and Mary Brian
  • Cruise of the Jasper B, starring Rod La Rocque, Mildred Harris and Snitz Edwards
  • Loves Berries Yagodka lyubvi – U.S.S.R.
  • A Woman of the Sea, directed by Josef von Sternberg; starring Edna Purviance unreleased
  • Nana directed by Jean Renoir – France
  • The Student of Prague, starring Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, Agnes Esterhazy and Fritz Alberti – Germany
  • Menilmontant, directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff, starring Nadia Sibirskaïa – France
  • Old Ironsides directed by James Cruze; starring Esther Ralston
  • What Price Glory?, starring Edmund Lowe, Victor McLaglen and Dolores del Rio
  • The Last Days of Pompeii Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei – Italy
  • My Stars, directed by Fatty Arbuckle
  • A Page of Madness Kurutta Ippēji – Japan
  • Nelson, starring Cedric Hardwicke – GB
  • Madame Mystery, directed by Richard Wallace and Stan Laurel, starring Theda Bara
  • Battling Butler, directed by and starring Buster Keaton
  • Sos Your Old Man, starring W. C. Fields
  • The Son of the Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky
  • Hands Up!
  • Mother, directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin – U.S.S.R.
  • Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, starring Harry Langdon and Joan Crawford
  • The Temptress, starring Greta Garbo and Antonio Moreno
  • Don Juan, directed by Alan Crosland, starring John Barrymore
  • The Great Gatsby, directed by Herbert Brenon, starring Warner Baxter and Lois Wilson
  • The Triumph of the Rat, directed by Graham Cutts, starring Ivor Novello and Isabel Jeans – GB
  • La Boheme, directed by King Vidor, starring Lillian Gish, John Gilbert and Renee Adoree
  • Manon Lescaut, UFA production; directed by Arthur Robison, starring Lya De Putti – Germany
  • Mare Nostrum, directed by Rex Ingram, starring Antonio Moreno and Alice Terry
  • Flesh and the Devil, directed by Clarence Brown, starring John Gilbert and Greta Garbo
  • For Heavens Sake, directed by Sam Taylor, starring Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston
  • The Johnstown Flood, starring George OBrien and Janet Gaynor
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed, directed by Lotte Reiniger – Germany
  • The Holy Mountain Der heilige Berg, starring Leni Riefenstahl – Germany
  • Brudeferden i Hardanger The bridal procession in Hardanger – Norway
  • The General, starring Buster Keaton
  • Falesna kocicka aneb Kdyz si zena umini Fake Woman or When He is a She – Czechoslovakia
  • The Strong Man, starring Harry Langdon
  • Rien que les heures Nothing but Time, directed by Alberto Cavalcanti – France
  • Aloma of the South Seas, directed by Maurice Tourneur, starring Gilda Gray & William Powell
  • The Black Pirate, directed by Albert Parker, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Billie Dove
  • Irene, starring Colleen Moore. In color sequence by Technicolor.
  • 3 Bad Men, directed by John Ford
  • Kid Boots, starring Eddie Cantor and Clara Bow
  • Fools Luck, directed by Fatty Arbukle, starring Lupino Lane and George Davis
  • The Three Million Trial – U.S.S.R.
  • Beverly of Graustark, directed by Sidney Franklin, starring Marion Davies and Antonio Moreno
  • It Must Be Love, starring Colleen Moore.
  • Nell Gwyn directed by Herbert Wilcox; starring Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton – GB
  • Tartuffe, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Emil Jannings – Germany
  • Sparrows, directed by William Beaudine, starring Mary Pickford
  • Tell It to the Marines film, directed by George W. Hill; starring William Haines and Lon Chaney
  • In the Way of Zorro
  • Beau Geste, directed by Herbert Brenon, starring Ronald Colman and Alice Joyce
  • The Volga Boatman, directed by Cecil B. DeMille; starring William Boyd
  • The Winning of Barbara Worth, starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky and Gary Cooper
  • The Bat, directed by Roland West
  • Loetoeng Kasaroeng, directed by L. Heuveldorp, starring Martoana – Dutch East Indies
  • Secrets of a Soul, directed by G. W. Pabst – Germany

2. Animated short film series

  • Alices Balloon Race
  • Alices Little Parade
  • Alice the Lumber Jack
  • Alice Charms the Fish
  • Alices Mysterious Mystery
  • Alices Brown Derby
  • Alices Monkey Business
  • Alices Orphan
  • Alice in the Wooly West
  • Koko the Clown 1919–1934
  • Alice Cuts the Ice
  • Alices Spanish Guitar
  • Alice Helps the Romance
  • Alice on the Farm
  • Felix the Cat 1919–1936
  • Alice Comedies
  • Alice the Fire Fighter
  • Pete the Pup 1926 –1927
  • Un-Natural History 1925–1927
  • Kokos Song Car Tunes 1924–1927
  • Krazy Kat 1925–1940

3. Births

  • February 11 – Leslie Nielsen, actor and comedian died 2010
  • January 17 – Moira Shearer, actress and dancer died 2006
  • April 7 – Prem Nazir, Indian actor died 1989
  • May 8 – Don Rickles, American comedian and actor died 2017
  • Andy Griffith, American actor died 2012
  • January 19 – Fritz Weaver, actor died 2016
  • April 14 – Gloria Jean, American actress and singer died 2018
  • March 16 – Jerry Lewis, American actor died 2017
  • January 14 – Tom Tryon, actor and novelist died 1991
  • January 20 – Patricia Neal, actress died 2010
  • June 1
  • May 10 – Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, American film personality, publisher of The Hollywood Reporter died 2004
  • February 20 – Gillian Lynne, dancer, actress and choreographer died 2018
  • April 22 – Charlotte Rae, American actress died 2018
  • April 30 – Cloris Leachman, American actress
  • April 5 – Roger Corman, American director
  • February 16 – John Schlesinger, director died 2003
  • April 12 – Jane Withers, American actress
  • February 2 – Lia Laats, actress died 2004
  • January 6 – Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor and 1955 Mr. Universe died 2006
  • January 15 – Maria Schell, actress died 2005
  • Marilyn Monroe, American actress died 1962
  • March 6 – Andrzej Wajda, director died 2016
  • April 8 – Shirley Mills, American actress died 2010
  • May 11 – Frank Thring, Australian actor died 1994
  • October 15 – Jean Peters, American actress died 2000
  • June 13 – Paul Lynde, American comedian and actor died 1982
  • Beverly Garland, American actress died 2008
  • August 29 – Betty Lynn, American actress
  • August 7 – Stan Freberg, American voice actor, author, radio personality and comedian died 2015
  • July 10 – Carleton Carpenter, American actor, magician, author and songwriter
  • September 19 – James Lipton, American actor, screenwriter and presenter
  • October 17
  • June 28 – Mel Brooks, American entertainer
  • Julie Adams, American actress died 2019
  • July 22 – Bryan Forbes, English director died 2013
  • July 21 – Norman Jewison, Canadian director
  • July 5 – Diana Lynn, American actress died 1971
  • July 14 – Harry Dean Stanton, American character actor died 2017
  • November 1 – Betsy Palmer, American actress died 2015
  • December 18 – Walter Lassally, German-born British-Greek cinematographer died 2017
  • October 18 – Klaus Kinski, German actor died 1991
  • December 1 – Allyn Ann McLerie, American actress
  • November 30 – Richard Crenna, American actor died 2003


4. Deaths

  • October 31 – Harry Houdini, magician & actor born 1874
  • July 23 - Charles Avery
  • August 22 – Joe Moore, actor, brother of Mary Moore, Matt Moore, Owen Moore & Tom Moore
  • September 8 – Kisaburo Kurihara, Japanese actor born 1885
  • April 20 – Billy Quirk, actor born 1873
  • November 8 – James K Hackett, stage & silent film actor born 1869
  • November 7 – Tom Forman, silent film actor & director born 1893
  • January 30 – Barbara La Marr, actress born 1896
  • July 22 – Willard Louis, actor born 1882
  • February 6 – Carrie Clark Ward, actress born 1862
  • March 2 – Victory Bateman, actress born 1865
  • November 17 – Harold Vosburgh, silent film actor born 1870
  • September 11 – Matsunosuke Onoe, actor born 1875
  • August 23 – Rudolph Valentino, actor born 1895
  • May 7 - Lillian Lawrence, actress born 1868
  • August 30 – Eddie Lyons, American actor born 1886

5. Film debuts

  • Mickey Rooney – Not to Be Trusted as Mickey McBain
  • Buddy Rogers – Fascinating Youth
  • Nancy Kelly – The Untamed Lady
  • Franklin Pangborn – Exit Smiling
  • John Wayne – Brown of Harvard
  • Joel McCrea – Torrent
  • Sterling Holloway – The Battling Kangaroo
  • Der Rosenkavalier is a 1926 Austrian silent film of the opera of the same name by Richard Strauss music and Hugo von Hofmannsthal libretto Directed
  • The Country Beyond is a 1926 American drama film directed by Irving Cummings and written by Irving Cummings, Ernest Maas, H. H. Caldwell and Katherine
  • is a 1926 British romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton and Juliette Compton. It was based on the 1926 novel
  • lost 1926 American drama silent film directed by Clarence G. Badger and written by Gerald Beaumont, Louis D. Lighton and Hope Loring. The film stars
  • Ella Cinders is a 1926 American silent comedy film directed by Alfred E. Green, starring Colleen Moore, produced by her husband John McCormick 1893 - 1961
  • Across the Pacific is a lost 1926 American silent romantic adventure film produced by Warner Bros., directed by Roy del Ruth and starring Monte Blue. It
  • The City is a lost 1926 silent film produced and released by the Fox Film Corporation. It was directed by Roy William Neill and is based on Clyde Fitch s
  • Miss Nobody is a 1926 silent film drama produced and distributed by First National Pictures and directed by Lambert Hillyer. The film is based on a short

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